Catholic Charities may be able to help the low income, working poor, and those who are struggling. Many families across Mobile and Montgomery and nearby areas are struggling due to job loss, reduction in hours, medical emergencies, and other hardships. Direct aid, referrals, counseling, social services and much more may be provided by Catholic Charity social workers.
Direct financial and emergency assistance is provided by the Alabama service centers. They can offer limited assistance to qualified individuals in times of crisis or an unexpected emergency. Any type or amount of financial assistance depends on the availability of the agencies funds, needed resources and the applicant’s ability to provide and document the need. Some of what can be provided includes free food, personal hygiene items, and furniture or appliances. Financial assistance can help pay utilities, rent, and transportation costs. Some basic health care advice may be facilitated as well, as a healthcare case manager works with Catholic Charities and is available for referrals, education, and other support. Some of the focus is on cholesterol, asthma, Hypertension, diabetes, heart Disease, mental Illness, and seizures.
Families can use the Catholic Charity Thrift Stores. People can receive both low prices and gently used or new, quality merchandise. Stores operate across Alabama, including in Mobile and Montgomery Counties, as well as nearby regions such as Clarke. The thrift stores also need donations, and if you can, please contribute clothes, linens, or furniture. Donations are tax deductible. Also, volunteers are always needed too. From time to time the agency may have vouchers for people in need of clothes, personal hygiene and household items.
St. Margaret's Elderly Services can help people who are over 65, and who are very low income and faced with poverty. Services are offered to help senior citizens remain in their homes rather than go into a nursing home. Work with a case worker to apply for government benefits such as Food Stamps and other public aid for which they are entitled. People can also receive transportation to grocery and medical appointments in Mobile and other regions. Elderly can receive regular visits and monitoring calls, and workers will coordinate and advocate with family members and other local providers. The agency focuses on the poor, frail elderly, people whom have no family, and those senior citizens who are most at risk.
Counseling services are offered to people of all backgrounds, ages and cultures. They are offered to people who are coping with day to day problems. Services can provide advice to help people transition through various stages of life, provide advice to those who are troubled, and other services. Supportive is offered to those with mental illness and financial challenges.
Immigration Resource Program is a key service of Catholic Charities. A number of immigrants are in Alabama, and the offices currently provide multifaceted professional programs serving newcomers and the poor. Assistance includes casework, resource development, emergency financial assistance, information, referrals, therapeutic counseling, and various other special services. Catholic Social Services is an affiliate of the nationwide organization known as Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), which offers immigration and refugee services.
Referrals are extensive. Get information on programs in Montgomery County, including job training programs, free legal services, and learn about non-profit community agencies. Also get help in apply for public assistance, such as TANF, food stamps, WIC, educational programs/Head start, and section 8.
The Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy may be able to offer free prescription medications for people who lack health insurance or have a serious illness. The Catholic Charity Service Center offers referrals to this Charitable Pharmacy for clients who are eligible for aid.
Other seasonal programs such as Angel Tree, Thanksgiving Food Baskets and Christmas/holiday programs are available to meet seasonal needs.
A primary Christmas program is Angel Tree, which offers gifts, coats, and toys to children of low income families. Proof of income, ID, job search activity, and other support is needed when applying. All eligibility for this program is decided on a case-by-case basis by social workers and assistance is not guaranteed. Also note that clients who have participated in Christmas assistance programs three times in the past will not be eligible for participation in Angel Tree. Applicants also can’t be currently working with the Salvation Army.
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