Baton Rouge Catholic Charities direct assistance and employment programs.

Most of the services offered by Catholic Charities in Baton Rouge focus on intensive case management for families and individuals in a crisis situation, and they try to address the root cause and provide longer term stability. Some of the primary assistance programs include employment services, immigration resources, senior programs and more.

A resource known as Direct Assistance is offered for families and individuals who are faced with a crisis. Some of the specific services offered by this Catholic Charity program include financial literacy classes, mental health counseling, vocational counseling, and referrals to other non-profit organizations and government agencies. The referrals may include information on more financial assistance oriented programs, and these may be section 8 vouchers, energy/cooling bill assistance from LIHEAP and more.

Various employment services are offered, and include Senior Employment Program, Job Services, Staffing Solutions, and more. After all, obtaining new skills or a new job can increase a family’s income, and can lead to increased financial stability.

Employment counselors from the Catholic Charities in Baton Rouge and Livingston Parish will assess your current job skills, which is key to beginning your search. Receive referrals to local employers who may be hiring and looking for workers. The center will also hold job search workshops which can help people brush up on resume writing, train on interview skills, and give advice on ways to look for job openings.

A more focused program for older adults is the federal government sponsored Senior Employment Program. Support is for people who are aged 55 or older. Catholic Charities can help older workers overcome the challenges that they may face.

If you are trying to reenter the workforce, even from a retirement, people can receive assistance and learn new job skills. They can also get help in transitioning to a permanent position. Most positions are available at a non-profit or government agency in Baton Rouge. The Senior Employment Program, or SEP, will also organize weekly job search workshops that can help people brush up on job searches, interviews, and resume writing.





The Family Achievement Center operates in the region. It offers education and training sessions with a common goal of establishing self sufficiency. Offerings include education for first time home-buyers, community-based support groups for vulnerable populations, family strengthening activities, and budgeting classes and. Dial the center at 225-336-4406 for more information, or stop by 1900 South Acadian Thruway, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Additional Catholic Charity assistance programs and social services are available for qualified people of Tangipahoa Parish.

Mental Health Counseling is provided by licensed and trained social workers. This professional, low-cost service is open to low income people of all faiths and religions. Specialties include post-disaster counseling, family, and marriage counseling.

Tangipahoa Parish residents can also access employment services and job programs. The organization is well recognized as a job resource and operates across the parish for people of all ages. Some special programs also exist for persons with disabilities, older workers, and disaster survivors.

Migration & Refugee Services are offered across Baton Rouge Louisiana and other parishes such as Livingston and Ascension. Call (225) 346-0660. Immigration assistance can help refugees and immigrants adapt to the United States and Louisiana. The agency can coordinate case management, affordable legal services, and translation services to help immigrants gain employment, access services, learn about public aid, and to otherwise become productive members of the community.

Refugee Resettlement is for people who may be fleeing violence in their homeland or faced with similar situations. Services provided by Catholic Charities include social and medical services, language training, employment counseling and job placement, citizenship preparation for immigrants and refugees, and family reunification.





Legal aid and support may be offered for immigrants. Baton Rouge area families who are new to the country and immigrants can receive extensive help and support from lawyers and other groups that work with Catholic Charities. The agency provides case management, legal services, ESL classes, and translation services. All of this aid is intended to help people and immigrants gain employment, access services, and become productive members of the local community. Programs can help legal immigrants escape labor exploitation, domestic violence situations, and hardship.

Refugees and immigrants can also use the services of an employment coach. Volunteers who work with Catholic Charities can act as a resource for qualified clients during their job search. Individuals can get help with creating a resume, assisting with job applications, coaching on appropriate workplace skills and behaviors, rehearsing for job interviews, or making contact with employers in the Ascension or Baton Rouge Parish and community.

Some other more financial type programs administered, as funding allows, include utility bill payment assistance. This can be for electric expenses or water bills. Some housing and/or rental funds may be provided too.

A listing of other services includes general Case/Care Management, Foster Grandparent Program, General Legal Aid, SCSEP or Senior Community Service Employment Programs, and Career Counseling. Stop by or call the center at 1900 South Acadian Thruway, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Phone (225) 336-8708.




By Jon McNamara

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