Allen and St. Joseph County Catholic Charities assistance programs.

Families that need help with basic needs can turn to Catholic Charities in Fort Wayne and Allen County. The organization assists people in neighboring regions as well. They are focused on assisting senior citizens. the poor and immigrants in the area. Dozens of assistance programs and services are offered to the needy in the region.

Job training and placement is offered for immigrants and refugees. They work with the state to offer services to newcomers and refugees that are new to the country. Job assistance and placement programs are also offered to those who have been granted asylum. Case managers and Catholic Charities also offer job readiness assessment, assistance with the interview process and resume writing, recruitment, training and referrals to local employers and other agencies.

Community services and financial assistance is offered to Allen County families for basic needs. This can include utility bills, food, clothing, rent/shelter and other needs. An interview process and assessment will be undertaken. The financial aid is very limited and not easy to be received. If the charity or church can't help you then they will try to provide referrals to other local resources or government programs.

A fairly unique program known as Hispanic Health Advocate is for non-English speakers. A highly trained caseworker will accompany the client to their doctor's appointment and ensure that they get the medical care they need.

Food pantries in South Bend, Fort Wayne and Auburn Indiana rely on donations from the community. Some of what may be offered includes groceries such as canned goods and boxed non-perishables. Qualified clients may get frozen items or fresh foods such as meat and vegetables, too. A pantry may have household goods such as paper towels, toilet paper, feminine-hygiene products, soap, shampoo, and household cleaners. The Community Center of Caring Food Pantries are at:

  • 107 West 5th Street, Auburn, Indiana 46706, call (260) 925-0917
  • The South Bend Food Pantry is at 1817 Miami Street, South Bend, Indiana 46613. Call (574) 234-3111




Catholic Charities in Allen County works with Indiana to coordinate health care, including screenings, for refugees. This service will ensure that refugees are screened for chronic or contagious diseases and receive referrals for appropriate follow-up care if it is needed.

The United States Board of Immigration Appeals also has allowed Catholic Charities to provide assistance to newcomers and immigrants in Indiana. Among other services offered include they can get help reuniting with family members, low cost legal aid, and information on job opportunities. Citizenship classes are also available in the region, including St. Joseph County Indiana. Case managers from the organizations try to help all newcomers to the country, whether they are immigrants or refugees.

The Senior AIDES program is another service offered by Catholic Charities. It offers the elderly and older adults the opportunity to find meaningful work so that they can keep learning and growing. Among other assistance offered includes subsidized employment for low-income seniors (age 55 and over). The agency will help them find jobs and also work on site with them. The employment will be at governmental entities or local nonprofit organizations. Participants, most who are seniors, are able to gain valuable work experience and also have the opportunity to learn new job and employment skills.

Host agencies that work with the program provide and support training in areas of employment such as retail, housing, food pantries, elder care, computers, community outreach and administration programs. One of the main goals of the program is for the men and women who participate to gain experience which will eventually lead to unsubsidized and permanent employment that helps them maintain their independence over the long term. The program operates in most counties, including Whitley, Adams, Allen, Huntington, DeKalb, Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Marshall, Steuben, Noble, St. Joseph, Wabash, and Wells counties Indiana.

While there are multiple churches and Catholic Charity centers, the primary locations are as follows.

  • 315 East Washington Boulevard, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802, call (260) 422-5625
  • 1817 Miami Street, South Bend, Indiana 46613, dial (574) 234-3111



By Jon McNamara

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