St. Brigid Catholic Church operates a resource center for residents, no matter their income, to stop in at. There are many programs, social services and financial resources for the community, ranging from a food pantry to referrals to regional non-profits in Kings County. While not everyone can be assisted by the church, they do try their best.
Financial Literacy workshops are available to eligible clients to provide them with basic financial skills, money management and various techniques to ensure a stable future. Relying on highly trained staff that partner with the church, this can benefit many people by improving their finances.
It works by emphasizing the importance of managing their own money. The result is clients will prevent instability, running up unpaid debts, avoid homelessness and improve the quality of their lives. In the Financial Literacy program, they will also learn to take control of their budget and change their emotional responses and outlook on money management. The end result of the St. Brigid Catholic Church service is that people will develop appropriate skills to maintain a stable life at home.
The food pantry at the church is focused on those that are most in need and vulnerable. This will include families with children, disabled adults and senior citizens among others. There may also be free diapers and/or baby food, clothing and more. If the St. Brigid Catholic Church food bank can't help, then referrals are given to other programs in Kings County.
The St. Brigid Catholic Church Center Case Management Service works to match children and their families with resources that best meet their needs. These services include attaining established goals. This will also help people meet basic needs for both children and adults and assisting with any physical or mental challenges as applicable.
The mission of case management is that all individuals and families will be treated with respect, be able to add their own feedback and opinions, and more. They can also participate or leave the program at their discretion and have their confidentiality maintained regarding any records involving children or themselves. This St. Brigid Catholic Church case management process works to enhance strengths and build a solid foundation for all those involved.
Health referrals and consultations from St. Brigid Catholic Church is one part of the agencies resources that makes referrals for free or low cost medical and dental care as well as mental health counseling. In addition, residents of Kings County can get access to immunization clinics, nutrition classes, and vision and hearing checks as needed. Or inquire into applications for Medi-Cal. These things may be done by the case manager.
One goal is to tackle early onset health or development concerns they may see in a families child. In turn, referrals to early intervention or even other government programs such as Head Start may be implemented much earlier. There is also trained staff available to help clients fill out applications and renewal forms for Medi-Cal and other state of California benefits.
Financial aid will be met by referrals. Clients can learn about utility bill assistance programs, including but not limited to LIHEAP. There are often one time rental/mortgage assistance programs or help for the sick, such as limited prescription vouchers. Anyone in a crisis can be referred to more intensive services as well. This ranges from one to one support programs to support in dealing with confidential matters.
Staff work with families at risk or on the verge of homelessness. Prevention includes financial aid is noted above for rent and more. Or if it is just too late, then St. Brigid Catholic Church will help clients find another suitable living situation in order to prevent homelessness.
St. Brigid Catholic Church is also able to assist families from across Kings County who are overwhelmed with stress. They can ensure they have access to necessary resources for legal issues, emergency financial aid, government grants, and resources for meeting the basic needs of their family. There is also individual support on nutrition and money matters available to them. Some of these other resources include Youth and Parent Services, Toys for Tots Enrollment, Medicaid Insurance Application Assistance, Immunizations/TB Referrals, Dental Programs, and more. Call the church at 559-582-2533.
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