Northern New Mexico and San Juan Catholic Charity assistance programs.

A number of assistance programs are offered in northern Arizona and New Mexico from Catholic Charities. The organization also provides services to Native American pueblos, tribes and reservations in the region.

There are churches and centers in San Juan and other towns, including Pine Top. Maybe the leading organization in the region is known as White Mountain Catholic Charities and this location partners with other non-profit agencies and churches in an effort to help meet basic needs.

Housing solutions are administered. For example, one program they have is involved in recycling mobile homes. They fix them up and give them away to a few local families each year. Catholic Charities also collaborates with other local New Mexico and Arizona agencies to provide housing and rental assistance. They have also obtained state and federal government contracts to assure that entitlement and public assistance programs are available to persons in need or facing eviction. An objective is on stopping homelessness.

Additional grants and funds may be offered for paying utilities, rent/mortgage payments and can help individuals provide for food. Seniors are often in need of help from these services. Case managers also assess energy needs for individual homes and help them save money. They will educate people on energy conservation and provide funding to upgrade the home. While they will not try to turn anyone away, that will really depend on funding and donations.

All of those programs, and much more, are offered by White Mountain Catholic Charities. The office is at 2019 E. White Mountain Boulevard, Pine Top, Arizona 85935

San Juan Catholic Charities offers its own programs as well, many of which are similar to above. The center provides emergency financial assistance, Immigration Services, Counseling, and Group meetings for Victims of Domestic Violence. The location also has a drop-in Center for persons who are homeless and it offers them a secure shelter to stay during the day as well as meals. Mini-health fairs can address basic health care needs such as physicals and screenings. Also get referrals to non programs and other government programs in San Juan. 119 W. Broadway, Farmington, NM 87401, call 505-325-3734.





The local Catholic Charities also partners with Good Shepherd Center. A number of emergency services are offered to local Arizona families. This can include mortgage or rent payment assistance, ESL classes, free groceries, temporary shelter, GED, after school tutoring, a summer camp for children, counseling and a food program for persons who are low income or homeless. Persons who are stranded may even be able to get a meal or lodging in a transitional housing unit. PO Box 41, Holbrook, Arizona 86025-0041, dial (928) 524-9720.

Donations are always needed for these Catholic Charity programs and other non-profits in the region. People can contribute at any time, even by using tax credits. To give examples of what a $400 tax credit provides is as follows. Job training and counseling; Food for a homeless family of four for a month; Temporary help with rent or utility bills; shelter for woman and her children escaping domestic violence; and clothing and mattresses. All of your contributions are tax deducible and go a long way to assisting the most vulnerable.

Catholic Charities provides financial and other forms of assistance to the working poor of Arizona and New Mexico. With unemployment being high in communities such as Apache and San Juan New Mexico, many Americans do not make enough money to pay for the basic needs and bills. It is impossible to make ends meet. The organization also works with other local entities including St. Vincent de Paul, Department of Economic Security, Salvation Army, and the American Red Cross as well as local churches. They are also partners in several food distribution centers in partnership with United Food, Grace Church, and others.








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