Capitol View-Stifft Station Alert Center

Station Facilitator: Kathleen Countryman
2715 West 7th Street Little Rock, AR 72205

Neighborhood Alert Center Goals

The aim of the Neighborhood Alert Centers is to meet these six tactical objectives. The avenues taken to
meet the tactical objectives have only been limited by the imagination of the neighborhood alert center
team members and the neighborhood residents. Alert Center team members have assisted residents to create
neighborhood groups such as crime watches and neighborhood associations, as well as neighborhood business
organizations and religious organization alliances. They have organized and participated in neighborhood
clean-ups. Neighborhood facilitators approached City Hall with the idea of creating a tool lending
library through the alert centers so residents would have access to yard tools and lawn mowers to
promote neighborhood beautification. Frequent neighborhood functions, alert center open houses and
block parties are held to boost neighbor-to-neighbor and neighbor-to-city staff relations.

In 1995, neighborhood task forces were formed in each of the neighborhood alert center areas, comprised
of alert center team members and neighborhood residents. The neighborhood task forces were charged with
developing Neighborhood Negotiated Workplans. The neighborhood task forces, comprised of residents and
city staff, identified problems in the neighborhood and identified solutions to the problems. They
established neighborhood goals, developed projects and activities to meet the goals and set
implementation time frames. The City established a pool of money to fund cash awards for the
top proposals and projects developed in the Neighborhood Negotiated Workplan process. Criteria
for selecting the top proposals and projects included clarity and specificity of goals and objectives,
nature of goals as challenging or stretching purposes, degree to which the workplan will accomplish
the goals, degree of community involvement in the process.

Neighborhood Alert Center Locations and Staff

Capitol View-Stifft Station Facilitator
Kathleen Countryman
2715 West 7th Street
Little Rock, AR 72205
fax 501.372.3139

Other Little Rock Alert Centers

Alert Center Operations Supervisor
Willie Carpenter
City Hall Room 120W 500 West Markham
Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 371-4746
East Broadway Facilitator
Maggie Hawkins
500 East 21st Street
Little Rock, AR 72206
(501) 376-3406
Arch Street Facilitator
Arnuard Crump
2220 Arch Street
Little Rock, AR 72206
(501) 372-1555
East LR Facilitator
Bert Butler
2500 East 6th Street
Little Rock, AR 72202
(501) 374-4166
Neighborhood Resource Center
Dwight Pridgeon
3805 West 12th Street
Little Rock, AR 72204
(501) 379-1515
SWLR Facilitator
Valeria Tate
5621 Valley Drive
Little Rock, AR 72209
(501) 562-0042
Oak Forest Facilitator
Iglorida Conley
2106 Tyler Street
Little Rock, AR 72204
(501) 666-0916
West Baseline Facilitator
Linda Williams
9209 Mann Road
Little Rock, AR 72209 (501) 565-1499
South End Facilitator
Dionne Colemon
1100 West 33rd Street
Little Rock, AR 72206
(501) 370-9537
West Central Facilitator
Shaun Smith
4200 Barrow Road, Suites B and C
Little Rock, AR 72204
(501) 565-4807
Upper-Baseline Facilitator
Lesa Trimble
3623 Baseline Road
Little Rock, AR 72209
(501) 565-4669
Wakefield Facilitator
Carla Nichols
5323 West 65th Street
Little Rock, AR 72209
(501) 565-7119
Wright Avenue Facilitator
1813 Wright Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72204
(501) 374-4552
Central High Facilitator
Valerie Conway
1108 South Park Street
Little Rock, AR 72202
(501) 376-7610

Neighborhood Alert Center History

During the development of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fighting Back Grant Proposal,
the City of Little Rock created a series of planning networks. These planning networks were
charged with the responsibility of creating new and needed initiatives for the City of Little
Rock in four areas: treatment; prevention; data collection and public information. These planning
networks were asked to identify areas where enough was not being done about substance abuse
problems. They identified barriers to receiving services and the lack of services. In addition,
the planning networks were asked to create non-traditional methods to combat substance abuse,
especially those that would encourage partnerships between public agencies and citizens.

One such network, the Prevention Response Team Network met weekly during the fifteen month planning process.
This network, which included neighborhood residents, representatives of neighborhood associations, substance
abuse prevention specialists, Little Rock School District Staff, Little Rock Police Department Staff, other
City Staff and religious organizations first shaped the idea of a neighborhood alert system for Little Rock.

Research indicates successful integration of the family system, the neighborhood environment, schools and religious
organizations affect the successful prevention of substance abuse. Because of the concentration in Little Rock of
prevention based single environments, the Prevention Response Team Network began to develop and test a
neighborhood-based, multi-environment prevention effort called the neighborhood alert system.

Originally the alert system was to seek, on a voluntary basis, the participation of families to work with neighborhood
schools, religious organizations and resident associations to develop a coordinated method of working with youth
in the neighborhood. The Network planned to develop up to fifteen such systems throughout Little Rock. In addition,
it was to incorporate the neighborhood support centers and the neighborhood alert system survey. The neighborhood
support centers, another Little Rock Fighting Back initiative, are community-based facilities. They provide pre-and
post-alcohol and drug abuse treatment support services such as assessments, relapse prevention, food and housing
assistance, child care, transportation, education and job placement. The neighborhood alert system survey was
designed to identify at-risk circumstances such as: incidence and prevalence of substance abuse; poverty;
hopelessness; teenage parents; unparented or unsupervised children; boredom; gang activity; transient and/or
deteriorating neighborhoods.