Austin and Travis County Catholic Charities assistance programs.
Social services offered by Catholic Charities may be able to assist those who are struggling in the Austin region, including Travis and Williamson County. This is one of the nation's largest charity organizations and they will try to help people regardless of their religion, age, or gender. Whether it is food, housing, meals, rent, or immigration services (including for undocumented) resources are offered.
A number of churches and other organizations partner with Catholic Charities of Central Texas to ensure the assistance gets to those who need the most help. They serve the local community with compassion and love through a wide variety of assistance programs and projects.
Austin area Catholic Charity assistance programs
The funding and resources will vary. Most of the assistance comes with restrictions and a formal application process as well. Much of it relies on donations from the community, so if you can contribute in order to help the less fortunate please do so. Some examples of the social services and emergency assistance offered is below.
- Medical and health care needs. This can include consultations, prescription vouchers, and transportation to a doctors appointment or hospital.
- Catholic Charities has information on dental care too, including sliding fee clinics. Find free or low cost sliding fee dental clinics in Texas.
- Emergency assistance tends to be in the highest demand but is the most limited. The Travis County Catholic Charities may have limited amounts of financial assistance to help with paying for light, water, gas bills and rent.
- For those who are currently homeless, or faced with imminent eviction, shelter and short term transitional housing units may be located in Austin.
- Funeral and burial cost assistance. A focus is on the indigent who have passed away in the immediate area.
- Basic household goods including food, clothing, and sharing baskets.
- Aid for fire loss or disasters may be available, including emergency disaster response in Texas.
- Over-the-Counter Medications and also Durable Medical Equipment.
- Homelessness prevention including landlord/tenant mediation as well as emergency rent funds.
- Immigration services, including assistance for refugees as well. Case managers can help acclimate newcomers to Williamson and Travis County Texas.
Long term Catholic Charity services in Travis and Williamson County
Catholic Charities also works on fighting poverty. They advocate for fair housing in the Austin region, work to fight racism and discrimination, and participate in anti-poverty efforts. A wide range of social services are arranged.
A major goal is also on employment, credit counseling, and general financial literacy. As when a client (or family) understands money, how to manage it and live within their means, that is critical to stability. In addition, having a stable job with living wages is also necessary to long term financial success. As is having access to credit (even credit cards), and understanding the risks to them as well as how to use them. Catholic Charities assists in this capacity. Learn more on pre-approval for credit cards.
Travis and Williamson County Catholic Charity affiliated organizations
There are really dozens of churches and religious centers in the region that are part of the Catholic Charities of Central Texas network. While each church will have limited resources, if a location can't meet your needs they may be able to refer you to some other non-profit or government program. Many of the centers have extensive information on government resources, including both state of Texas and federal government.
Locations will generally have volunteers and dedicated staff on hand. They try to support everyone who needs help and will do their best to not turn anyone away. The focus is on those basic needs such as housing and food, but as indicated above some other resources may be offered. Examples of the churches to call in Texas are below. Call one near you. Or if a church isn't in your town or city, call a nearby location for referrals.
Holy Cross, 520 E. Hwy 29, Bertram, Texas 78605, dial (512) 355-2972
Holy Trinity Parish, 8626 FM 1105, Jarrell, Texas 76537. Call (512) 863-3020 for intake.
Holy Vietnamese Martyrs Parish, 1107 E. Yager Lane, Austin, Texas 78753, telephone (512) 834-8483
Santa Rosa Parish, 6571 FM 970, Andice, Texas 76527. Main number is (254) 793-2047
St. Albert the Great Parish, 12041 Bittern Hollow, Austin, Texas 78758. Call the center at (512) 837-7825
St. Elizabeth Parish 1520 N. Railroad Ave., Pflugerville, Texas 78660, call (512) 251-9838 for hours and details.
St. Helen Parish, 2700 E. University Ave., Georgetown, Texas 78626. The main phone number is (512) 863-3041
St. John Vianney Parish, 3201 Sunrise, Round Rock, Texas 78664, (512) 218-1183
St. Margaret Mary Parish, 1101 W. New Hope Dr., Cedar Park, Texas 78613, call (512) 259-3126
St. Mary, Our Lady of the Lake - Lago Vista, 6100 Lohman Ford Rd., Lago Vista, Texas 78645, main phone number is (512) 267-2644
St. Patrick Parish, 2500 Limmer Loop, Hutto, Texas 78634. Phone number is (512) 759-3712
St. Thomas More Parish, 10205 N FM 620, Austin, Texas 78726, (512) 258-1161
St. Vincent de Paul Parish, 9500 Neenah Ave., Austin, Texas 78717, call (512) 255-1389 for services
St. William Parish, 620 Round Rock West Dr., Round Rock, Texas 78681, telephone : (512) 255-4473
Sts. Cyril and Methodius Parish, 300 West Davilla, Granger, Texas 76530, main phone number is (512) 859-2223
Cristo Rey Parish, 2110 East 2nd Street, Austin, Texas 78702, (512) 477-1099
Dolores Parish, 1111 Montopolis Drive, Austin, Texas 78741, telephone - (512) 385-4333
Good Shepherd Parish, 285 281 Loop Rd, Johnson City, Texas 78636, (830) 868-0370
Holy Cross Parish, 1610 E. 11th St., Austin, Texas 78702, phone (512) 472-3741
Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, 312 Lockhart St, Martindale, Texas 78655, main number (512) 357-6573
Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, 1206 E. Ninth St., Austin, Texas 78702, telephone (512) 478-7955
Our Lady of Wisdom University Parish, 100 Concho St., San Marcos, Texas 78666, main number is (512) 392-5925
Our Lady's Maronite, Austin, 1320 E. 51st Street, Austin, Texas 78723, (512) 458-3693
Sacred Heart Parish – Austin, 5909 Reicher Dr., Austin, Texas 78723, dial (512) 926-2552
San Francisco Javier Parish, 9110 Hwy. 183 S., Austin, Texas 78747, (512) 243-1404
San Jose Parish, 2435 Oak Crest, Austin, Texas 78704, phone (512) 444-7587. May have food and other support.
San Juan Diego - Stoney Point, 216 Stoney Point Drive, Dell Valle, Texas 78617, (512) 243-1404
Santa Barbara Parish, 13713 FM 969, Austin, Texas 78724, phone (512) 276-7718
Santa Cruz Parish, 1100 Main Street, Buda, Texas 78610, dial (512) 312-2520
St. Andrew Kim Parish, 6523 Emerald Forest Dr., Austin, Texas 78745, (512) 326-3225
St. Anthony Marie de Claret 801 N. Burleson St., Kyle, Texas 78640, (512) 268-5311
St. Austin Parish, 2010 Guadalupe St., Austin, Texas 78705, telephone (512) 477-9471
St. Catherine of Siena Parish 4800 Convict Hill Rd., Austin, Texas 78749, call (512) 550-1560
St. Ignatius Martyr Parish, 126 W. Oltorf St., Austin, Texas 78704. Dial (512) 442-3602 for more information.
St. John Neumann Parish, 5455 Bee Cave Rd., Austin, Texas 78746, main number is (512) 328-3220
St. John the Evangelist Parish, 624 E. Hopkins St., San Marcos, Texas 78666, (512) 353-8969
St. Julia Parish, 900 Tillery St., Austin, Texas 78702, (512) 926-4186
St. Louis Parish, 7601 Burnet Rd., Austin, Texas 78757, call (512) 454-0384
St. Martin de Porres Parish, 26160 Ranch Road 12, Dripping Springs, Texas 78620, (512) 858-5667
St. Mary Cathedral Parish – Austin, 203 E. 10th St., Austin, Texas 78701, (512) 476-6182
St. Mary Parish, 205 W. Pecan, Lockhart, Texas 78644, telephone number (512) 398-4649
St. Mary Parish, 14711 RR 12, Wimberley, Texas 78676, (512) 847-9181
St. Michael Parish, 80 S. Old Spanish Trail, Uhland, Texas 78640, phone (512) 398-7475
St. Paul Parish, 10000 David Moore Dr., Austin, Texas 78748, (512) 280-4460
St. Peter The Apostle Parish, 4600 E. Ben White, Austin, Texas 78741, call (512) 442-0655
St. Theresa Parish, 4311 Small Dr., Austin, Texas 78731, (512) 451-5121
University Catholic Center, 2010 University Ave., Austin, Texas 78705, call (512) 476-7351 for intake