Providing support to the low income, including short terms assistance, is a focus of Catholic Charities. Programs are available in many communities in New York, including Plattsburgh, Malone, Watertown and other cities. Some financial aid may be available, however Catholic Charities is more likely to provide more long term self-sufficiency type services and assistance for basic needs.
Maternity Services are available. Most Catholic Charity centers provide case management, counseling and maybe even financial assistance to women or families around the time of pregnancy. If you or your family are dealing with issues, problems or have a financial need during the time of pregnancy, or after having a newborn, then look into programs provided by the agency. They can also help with adoptions. The regional administrative office of Catholic Charities deals with the adoptive parents and the court and legal paperwork and process for finalizing the adoption process.
Catholic Charities offers various counseling services. They have contractual arrangements in place with many non-profit organizations and government entities to provide counseling for clients referred through Military One Source (Ceridian). Some centers in the New York region can also offer HUD foreclosure counseling and/or have relationships with non-profit credit counseling centers. Services are offered on a sliding fee scale, regardless of the individual's ability to pay.
Financial assistance is offered as a last resort. The Catholic Charities in Ogdensburg and local churches may have funds to help pay some crisis needs. Some money may be used to pay rent, utility bills, or provide for medications in a life threatening condition. The goal is to keep people housed and safe. This financial assistance may only be offered if/when other community sources are exhausted.
Coordinated Children’s Services are offered for families. A focus is on children with a severe behavioral, social or emotional problems or learning disability. They will also usually have referrals to programs such as Head Start. Some centers in Plattsburgh and Watertown may also coordinate day care or after school services.
Social workers provide Information and Referral. Receive, for free, linkage to community resources in Jefferson County, Plattsburgh and other areas that can help meet individual needs.
The Foster Grandparent Program will offer a small cash stipend to qualified low income seniors. The funds will be for those senior citizens to help them provide support to children/youth who need extra attention and encouragement in Head Start, a day care, or local school. The cash can help pay living expenses too.
Pregnancy and Parenting Teen Population can access another program, such as Project Iris, which is available out of the Ogdensburg location. This offers case management, education, mentoring and counseling. It can help people deal with the many challenges of parenthood. Iris is a 10-week educational support to help them deal with life stage issues, family issues, past/present experiences of difficult relationships, loss, and stress in building new relationships.
Seaway House can help people with a mental illness. It can help with medical needs, self care, recreation, and other life issues. Get information on government health care resources too, including those in New York and federal government programs.
The centers serve a large region, including the counties of St. Lawrence, Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Lewis and Jefferson.
Wadhams Hall is based in Ogdensburg at 6866 State Highway 37. Call (315) 393-2255
Ogdensburg Regional Office is at 716 Caroline Street. Call (315) 393-2660
Clinton / Essex is supported by Plattsburgh Office. 43 Durkee Street, Plattsburgh, New York 12901, (518) 561-0470
Franklin County, 57 Rennie Street, Malone, NY 12953, (518) 483-1460
Hamilton / Herkimer County is supported by Catholic Charities too. Call (315) 393-2255
Jefferson / Lewis County Catholic Charities Office. 145 Clinton Street, Watertown, New York 13501, telephone (315) 788-4330. Or dial (315) 376-4141 to reach the Lowville office.
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