Local Care Services in Arkansas

Founded in 2005, The ALS Association Arkansas Chapter serves people living with ALS throughout the state with compassionate support. Our services are provided free of charge and include:

                   Care coordination is assistance in navigating the various processes of obtaining in home care, a power wheelchair, referral to an ALS specialty clinic, transportation, an augmentative communication device and much more.

                  Support groups provide an opportunity for people living with ALS to gather, connect, and talk with one another. These groups meet every other month at various locations throughout the state.

                  The Loan Closet has items to help people living with ALS every step of the journey, shared with us to be shared with you. Before purchasing a piece of equipment, check with us and we may have the item available.

                  Operation Speak Easier is a team of tech savvy individuals who assist people living with ALS in troubleshooting and fixing problems that may arise with augmentative communication devices.  

                 Caregivers' Conferences are held in various locations around the state to provide skills training and support to caregivers of our people living with ALS.

                 Educational Outreach is offered to local healthcare providers, institutions, and community members to increase awareness and knowledge of ALS throughout Arkansas. 

              Children and Family Support provides support and resources to children of those who have been affected by ALS.

                Our Grant Program is available to those in need to assist with respite care or medical supplies/groceries.

                Advocacy for legislation that improves people living with ALS' coverage for in home care, power wheelchairs, augmentative communication devices and a streamlined process and increased access to research, treatments, and medications.

                Bereavement Support for those who have lost a loved one due to ALS.

               Collaboration and partnership with ALS specialty clinics.


Care Services Coordinators

Cris Mammarelli

Central AR Care Services Coordinator




Kelsey Sundara, LMSW

NWA Care Services Coordinator



2017 Events


Northwest AR:

 July 29, ALS Night at the Madison County Rodeo @ Sky High Arena, Huntsville, AR 8pm

August 18, 1st Annual Ice Out ALS Gala

August 26, NWA Walk to Defeat ALS @ Compton Gardens in Bentonville

September 16, Brits in the Ozarks @ Agri Park in Fayetteville

October 8 Support Group 1:30-3:00pm @ McAuley Hall, Center for Nonprofits in Rogers (1200 W. Walnut)  

December 10, Holiday Party @ McAuley Hall, Center for Nonprofits in Rogers (1200 W. Walnut)  


**Events are subject to change without notice. For the most updated event information, please call 479-621-8700 or email info@als-arkansas.org  



Central AR:

Please contact Cris Mammarelli, Care Services Coordinator, for the most updated list of events at 501-773-3832 or email cris@als-arkansas.org

The Little Rock Support/Resource Group meets every third Wednesday of the month from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, offering a light lunch and often times a guest speaker.

Location: Little Rock Children’s Library meeting room, 4800 W. 10th Street in Little Rock. Here’s a link to the library: https://www.cals.org/about/locations/childrens-library.aspx The meeting space is just inside the front door. There is a reading nook for children attending the meetings to have a spot to read and play on the computers. Hope to see you there: January 18, February 15, March 15, April 19, May 17, June 21


The Corporate Kickoff for the Walk to Defeat ALS - February 9 from 5 to 7 pm at the Twin City Limo Event Room, 901 Main St. in Little Rock. This year's theme is Champions of Care as we honor Susie Kagebein in 2017 for her 15 years of respiratory care services for people living with ALS. We'll also recognize the team of NuMotion for their amazing support to our chapter. Enjoy drinks, appetizers and a silent auction at no charge. The goal is to raise awareness and corporate support for our care services programs.


The 3rd annual ALS Caregivers Conference in Little Rock is Saturday, April 1 at the UAMS Institute on Aging from 10 am to 1 pm. Geared specifically for caregivers, this event offers hands-on home care tips among many other topics and concludes with lunch and door prizes.


The 8th annual Walk to Defeat ALS in Little Rock is Saturday, April 8 at the Clinton Center. Registration begins at 9:30 am and the walk is at 10:30 am. This is always a wonderful time to gather with our ALS community to raise awareness and support for our cause.

Jonesboro Help & Hope Support Group is April 18 from 11:30am-1:30pm, at the Schmieding Home Caregiver Center, 2813 Forest Home Rd, Jonesboro, AR 72401. Lunch will be provided.


ALS Awareness Night at Dickey Stephens Park in North Little Rock is Tuesday, May 2 - We love this time together and an evening picnic watching the Travs with our registered pALS and families.


El Dorado Help & Hope Support Group, June 8 from 11:30am-1:30pm, at the Schmieding Home Caregiver Center, 106 Main, Suite 310, in El Dorado. Lunch will be provided.