Struggling and low income families can receive help from Catholic Charities of Wilmington North Carolina. The organization, working with local churches and other charities, may have free food, social services, rental funds, housing, and other assistance. Programs cover all of southeastern North Carolina, including the counties of Brunswick, Pender, and New Hanover.
Resources are offered from a site formally known as the Cape Fear Regional Office of Catholic Charities. Professionals, volunteers, and case managers can support low income and needy families, individuals, seniors, the unemployed, and others. Assistance programs are offered regardless of religion, race, age, or background.
Some of what is available includes financial literacy classes, emergency food, case management and advocacy services, budgeting and credit repair, limited financial help (rent or utilities), advocacy for the poor, and more. Social workers can provide referrals and services are offered from bi-lingual/Spanish-speaking staff as needed. The Cape Fear Regional Office in Wilmington supports a total of six counties in Southeastern North Carolina. They are Pender, Brunswick, Columbus, Bladen, Duplin, and New Hanover.
Family support is a main service offered. This includes general case management for struggling individuals. You can meet with a social worker to get information and referrals for a variety of needs. Learn about government and non-profit financial assistance for basic needs such as food, utilities, and housing. Receive guidance in how to apply for these programs, and get information on all available resources in the community.
Other social services address family safety and health, including access to affordable health care. For example, Catholic Charities has information on clinics in the Wilmington and Brunswick area. Or get help in reducing risks of family/domestic violence.
With the still weak economy in North Carolina and New Brunswick County, assistance programs are also focused on enhancing economic stability. Receive free employment and job search assistance, budget counseling, financial literacy workshops, and general educational programming. After all, a higher income is key to stability and self-sufficiency.
Catholic Charities is focused on empowering families to overcome barriers that restrict their economic, personal and community growth. They try to get individuals to advocate for themselves. A main focus is on connecting and referring low income and poor families to the non-profit and government resources they need to succeed and raise healthy successful children. The organization works with many partners in New Hanover and Wilmington North Carolina, including those that improve economic stability and success.
Other resources available include Emergency Food Assistance, Adoption Services, Free Diapers and Baby Clothing, Clinical Counseling, Immigration Assistance, and Disaster Response Programs.
Food pantries and clothing closets provide much of these basic goods. The local pantries are open limited hours, so call in advance. Special programs may be offered for senior citizens and children in the region as well, including services as home delivered meals.
The main Cape Fear Regional Office is located at 4006 Princess Place Drive, Wilmington, NC 28405, telephone (910) 251-8130. Additional regional and satellite offices are located at Saint Teresa Church in Beulaville, Parish Hall at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Burgaw, NC, and also Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Whiteville. The exact address and phone numbers to call these other offices at are below. Call them for help in a crisis.
Other centers include Burgaw Office, which is at St. Joseph Parish. Address is 1303 Highway, 117 South Burgaw, North Carolina 28425, phone (910) 259-5153. Sacred Heart Parish in Whiteville North Carolina. Call (910) 642-3895. For Family Support, dial (910) 259-5153 or for Immigration Assistance the number is (910) 251-8130.
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