Catholic Charities Parallels to Others

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catholiccharitiesIn keeping with the Cancer Fairy Godmother ‘s objective to find free or low cost services the Catholic Charities organization is another agency that provides nutritious emergency meals and a full range of housing services for low income and vulnerable individuals and families. The Catholic Charities tradition parallels others in affirming that food and shelter are basic human rights. Until adequately available to all, Catholic Charities will continue to provide these essential services and work toward better policies to ensure both are more widely accessible.

What can you expect to find at catholic charities?

1. Emergency meals served in parish and community food program

2. Families prevented from becoming homeless

3. Individuals housed in temporary and transitional apartments

4. Individuals provided with emergency overnight shelter

5. Families living in affordable housing

If you need help in finding the services you need please call the Catholic Charities Help line at: 888-744-7900.

For more information about a particular program and/or service:

Emergency Meals

In any given year, community and parish-based food programs supported by Catholic Charities provide more than 5.3 million nutritious meals to families and individuals who struggle to make ends meet. Volunteers at parishes operate many programs while others are located in community-based programs services are also available to help people toward independence. Most food pantries provide staples to be taken home, while other programs provide hot meals on-site. With the generous support of the Rusty Staub Foundation, Catholic Charities operates “Rusty’s Rolling Van,” a mobile food pantry that regularly provides meals and other services in Staten Island and the Bronx. The Rusty Staub Foundation also responds to help victims of emergencies in other parts of the metropolitan area.

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If you need help in finding the services you need please call the Catholic Charities Help line at: 888-744-7900.

Catholic Charities works in partnership with others in feeding the hungry. Here are some other resources that might be useful:

  • NYC 24 Hour Hunger Hotline: 1-(866)-NYC-FOOD (1-866-692-3663)
  • Food Bank for New York City: www.foodbanknyc.org. external link See “Agency Network” and “Agency Directory.”
  • New York City Coalition Against Hunger: www.nyccah.org. external link See “Hungermaps.”

Eviction Prevention

Families and individuals who, for whatever reason, are facing the loss of a home or apartment are assisted by highly trained Catholic Charities caseworkers to prevent eviction and homelessness. Staff will assess the situation and create a comprehensive plan to respond to the immediate emergency and help avoid future crisis. Caseworkers will work with landlords, legal services, and financial management programs, to help access rent subsidies and other government programs to assist families and individuals relocate to a new home. This type of emergency financial assistance is one way Catholic Charities responds to those in need.

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If you require assistance in finding the services you need please call the Catholic Charities Help Line at: 888-744-7900.

Emergency Shelters

Parishes and other community organizations provide temporary shelter and respite for people living on the street. Some of these shelters are accessed through a central system, while others are more informal and can be accessed directly. Operated mainly by volunteers, Catholic Charities provides assistance to these shelters and can help those in need access their services.

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If you require assistance in finding the services you need please call the Catholic Charities Help Line at: 888-744-7900.

Temporary and Transitional Residences

Transitional, supported housing is an important component to the network of housing resources provided by Catholic Charities. Dedicated religious women have often taken the lead in developing and operating these housing programs. Some residences are specifically designed to serve the needs of women and their children, while others are available to the general population. Most offer a variety of services to assist the homeless in moving towards permanent housing and independence.

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If you require assistance in finding the services you need please call the Catholic Charities Help Line at: 888-744-7900.

Permanent Affordable Housing

Affordable housing developed by Catholic Charities and other parishes decades ago remain a precious, yet precarious resource. Catholic Charities has worked to make the Association of Catholic Homes an important vehicle, not only for preserving existing housing, but also for developing new affordable housing in the Archdiocese. All of these housing units have specific eligibility criteria, and many have significant waiting lists.

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If you require assistance in finding the services you need please call the Catholic Charities Help Line at: 888-744-7900.

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