A multitude of programs are run by Ramsey County Catholic Charities, which is a non-profit organization based in St. Paul. The Family Service Center will coordinate short term support, which will help deal with an emergency situation, such as lack of food in the household or an impending utility disconnection. This assistance is then combined with case management to stabilize the situation.
A Homeless Prevention service is administered as a pro-active form of rent help. If and when needed, individuals can also use the Emergency Shelter at the Family Center in Saint Paul. These two resources are combined together to assist Ramsey County residents that are behind on their rent or mortgage and are at risk of homelessness.
The Catholic Charity program provides early intervention, in the form of government grants or mediation services, for those at risk. The aid is intended to be issued before a crisis escalates into a homeless event.
As resources allow, participants of this service may receive limited amounts of financial assistance with housing costs. This may include money for paying utility bills, back rent or mortgages, security deposits, and a portion of the payment of first month's rent.
Often combined with this, or maybe run separately, are the landlord tenant mediation services. Both tenants and landlords are involved, and it is meant to help end a short-term crisis, thereby avoiding eviction or a foreclosure.
The resources are often administered as projects. If so, they will provide participants a chance to find and move into stable housing. Catholic Charity church based staff will also help them increase their skill levels, and eventually become self-sufficient. The homeless prevention programs target are for women with children, families and victims of domestic violence, among others in Ramsey County.
St. Paul based Catholic Charity Housing Advocacy provides homeless participants a chance to have short and then eventual long term stable housing. A side effect is they can increase their skill levels and eventually become self-sufficient.
Through this process, the housing advocate works with clients to increase their skills, so that eventually they will develop the resources to maintain their housing on their own. This will include consumer and budgeting skills, literacy training, conflict management and more.
Utility bill assistance is a form of funding to qualified households. When possible, Catholic Charities of Ramsey County will provide heating and electric bill help to low-income residents. Households needing financial assistance should have the following proof before completing the application, including a copy of a shut off notice, photo identification and proof of income. They also need a decision notice on any LIHEAP applications from the Department of Human Services.
Shelter is available at the Family Service Center. This can be used by guests for up to 30 days. At the location, Catholic Charities will also arrange care for the family. This will include dental services, transportation, 3 meals per day, a computer lab and more.
Adult Literacy and educational support provides instruction to adults as well as the underemployed in Ramsey County county. Workshops and classes will be held, and they are confidential and tailored to the needs of the individual. Some workshops will be General Equivalency Diploma (GED) preparation, English as a second Language, and many others.
The service is is both classroom and tutor-based. So this means the client will be assigned one-on-one with a volunteer that tutors the individual, or the client will be placed into a classroom with a certified teacher for the topic in question. It will try to address the needs, skillset and goals of the learner. This program operates year round and has an open-ended enrollment.
General Equivalency Diploma is held as a class that is taught by certified teachers and is open to anyone at least 18 years old. They also can't be currently enrolled in high school. ESL will focus more on immigrants, but anyone from Ramsey County or Saint Paul that wants to touch up on reading or writing can participate.
Ramsey County Catholic Charity food programs, ranging from Congregate Meals to pantries and home delivery services provide nutritional support. At the center, such as a food pantry or congregate meal site, there will be other services arranged as well, such as health screenings, volunteer opportunities, and more for seniors.
Services will help older individuals as well as the working poor acquire knowledge and skills suited to their interests and needs and to break the cycle of hunger. They will also enhance their quality of life, both from advice and the serving of well-balanced meals.
The Main Food Pantry was designed to purchase and distribute grocery and non-perishable food items only. Eligible families who live within Ramsey County may receive a free box of food once per month a limited number of times per year. The amount is determined by family size and other factors, and partners include U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The resources above, combined with Outreach and Referral, can help residents live as independently as possible. To learn more, dial 651-225-9354 at or stop by the center at 244 10th Street E., St. Paul, MN 55101.
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