The programs offered by Catholic Social Services of Dayton and Miami Valley Ohio will help low income families. Services are available regardless of age, religion, or gender. Thousands of individuals receive help every month, and the charity covers a wide region.
A food pantry and other resources are administered in Montgomery, Greene, Miami, Preble, Darke, Mercer, Auglaize, and Shelby County. The Catholic Charity food distribution location is the largest and busiest pantry in the greater Dayton Ohio region. The free food pantry makes available emergency aid to those who reside in poor neighborhoods in the region with a focus on covering the west and northwest Dayton Ohio regions.
While the center will try not to turn anyone away from receiving help, some of the primary clients include families with children, working poor, senior citizens, transitional welfare recipients, the temporarily unemployed, and single high-needs individuals. Almost one half of those who use the Catholic Charity pantry are children or students. The food pantry is staffed by dedicated volunteers.
In addition to passing out a food box, the charity also offers the services of a professional case manager. This individual will assist clients by providing linkages and information to other necessary social service programs, including government aid and federal resources such as food stamps. By providing this information and in general helping to address the continuum of needs, the case managers encourage clients in Montgomery County to make the necessary and important changes to their lives.
Donations are always needed at the pantry. It is supported by corporate giving programs, private foundations in Dayton and other cities as well as individual donors who wish to pledge their support to help the hungry. Any contribution you can make to the pantry will make a difference in the lives of thousands of people right here in your local Miami Valley Ohio community.
Day care and child care can be coordinated by Catholic Charities. The Miami Valley Ohio Family Care Center can offer educationally-based and high quality child care to children of all income levels, religions, and even ethnic backgrounds. Before and after school programs are available for children ages 6 to 10 and full-day care programs are provided for children ages 2 1/2 to 5 years in the Montgomery and Darke Ohio region. In addition to the day care center, many Dayton-area schools provide transportation to and from the Catholic Charity center.
Immigration and refugee assistance is offered too. Catholic Charities does its best to welcome people to the United States as well as the state of Ohio. They can help those who are fleeing persecution or immigrants who are coming to our region. Assistance is offered to people regardless of race, political opinion, religion, nationality, or membership in a particular social group.
Resources are also offered for those individuals granted refugee status overseas by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. National voluntary resettlement agencies, such as Catholic Charities as well as the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, are directed by the U.S. Department of State to provide resettlement and self-sufficiency services. They want people to acclimate as quickly as possible to Dayton and Montgomery County.
Newly arrived immigrants and refugees in the region will receive supportive services. This can include help in finding a job and housing. People may be placed into a furnished apartment or housing unit, a cultural orientation overview, employment assistance and they will also gain linkage to community resources such as referral to medical services and ESL.
Senior assistance, including visiting services, are offered for older residents. The agency will provide a friendly face for seniors and the elderly who live alone, are homebound or who are are socially isolated. Trained volunteers from your local church or center will provide weekly visits and offer friendship and support. They may also be able to help with very small tasks. Seniors can also get information and referrals on assistance programs for their needs. Examples can include Meals on Wheels, LIHEAP applications, or help in enrolling for Medicare.
ComCare is an agency that provides services such as personal care aide / respite care, case management, homemaker, free home-delivered meals, emergency response system and more.
Residential State Supplement is a statewide program that provides qualified residents with a cash supplement program. It is focused and available for low-income adults who are aged, blind, or disabled and live in approved adult-care facilities.
Catholic Charities PASSPORT program, also known as Pre-admission Screening System Providing Options and Resources Today, is a home-care assistance program for senior citizens. It is paid for by Medicaid. The resource provides long-term care services to assist people over 60 in maintaining their lifestyle and independence. Qualified older individuals and elderly who are at risk of nursing home placement can often remain in their own Ohio homes with the supportive services of the Catholic Charity PASSPORT program. Services include homemaking, personal care assistance, home-delivered meals, adult day care, emergency response systems, home medical equipment, minor home modification, social work counseling, and medical transportation.
The agency also partners with a number of non-profit groups and organizations. They work with, among others, the United Way of Greater Dayton Area, Montgomery County Human Service Levy, Ohio Department of Aging as well as a number of licensed counselors, social workers, and other professionals.
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