While a number of programs are available from Catholic Charities in the Tampa Bay Florida and Hillsborough County region, the focus is on addressing medical needs, immigrants, employment assistance and related issues. Very limited financial aid will be offered, if any. More details on the resources available are below.
Throughout the county Catholic Mobile Medical operates. This service uses volunteer doctors, dentists, nurses and other physicians to provide free medical care to the needy and low income. The unit mostly focuses on the eastern and southern Hillsborough County region but it may occasionally provide assistance to other towns, suburbs and villages. It helps people facing poverty and who lack proper health or dental insurance. Most of the visits occur in the service areas of Dover, Fl. St. Clement Catholic Church, San Jose Mission, Plant City, and nearby locations. The Mobile clinic may offer acute primary medical care, routine well woman exams, health screenings for high blood pressure and diabetes, follow-up and referral and even disease prevention.
Florida has an increasing number of immigrants and refugees in the state. The Catholic Charity Immigration Program provides low cost legal advice and affordable immigration services to all newcomers regardless of their religion, race, sex, age, or creed. Among other services, case workers and paralegals can help with applications such as replacement of immigration documents, affidavit of support, adjustment of status, naturalization, political asylum, extension of non-immigrant visas, change of status, petitions for family reunification, and other services, such as information on local Hillsborough County job programs.
An innovative program known as the Pathways to Self Sufficiency program can assist families facing eviction, homelessness or those who are experiencing a crisis. Assistance may also be coordinated for people who are in need of emergency utility bill assistance. The Catholic charity program also provides clients with referrals to other organizations in the Tampa region and nearby locations. The objective is self-sufficiency, so case workers will also assist with job finding and similar resources.
Refugees may benefit from the Employability Status Assistance Program. This offers referrals, information and follow up services for asylees, refugees and even Cuban entrants. As with most of the services listed here, they will emphasize employability and self sufficiency. Receive assistance and various case management services include assessment, screening, consultations and information, referral and representation from highly trained specialists.
Catholic Charities’ also focuses on the senior and aging population in Florida and Hillsborough County. Resources are dedicated to satisfy the growing needs of the elderly populations across the state. Programs can provide meals, transportation, social activities and more. Some respite services may be coordinated too.
The Respite Care Programs they administer can support people with early stage Alzheimer’s Disease or other memory loss illnesses including Parkinson’s Disease, stroke or senile dementia. They can arrange for caregivers and give them the opportunity to have some much needed time for themselves while their loved ones participate in activities and enjoy new friendships.
The so called Friends in Need program is also offered to the working poor and low income. Churches and charities may offer food, household goods, clothing and shelter under the Friends in Need Program. Catholic Charities will also offer life skills, case management, job placement education, free medical care, and support services to people in the Tampa Bay and Hillsborough region. It can also offer hospitalization services and free medical care.
The Shelters of Hope program also is part of the Ministry of Mercy resources. This service offers the needy with a safe living environments for individuals and families facing disability, a limited income, crisis, or other situations that causes them to be evicted or without housing. Some homeless prevention aid may be available from time to time as well.
The two main locations are at 911 U.S. 41, Ruskin, Florida as well as 2021 E Busch Blvd in Tampa Bay. Dial (813) 671-5250 for information and intake.
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