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Birmingham and Jefferson County Catholic Charities assistance programs.

The working poor and low income in Birmingham may be able to receive help from Catholic Charities. The charity provides limited amounts of financial assistance (as funding allows), basic needs, referrals, and much more to families across Jefferson County Alabama.

Some examples of what can be provided includes help to pay for prescription medicine for those who are uninsured or can't afford it, warm clothing for the homeless, utility bill assistance for the poor and unemployed, and more. A number of services are offered for immigrants, refugees, and people who are impacted by disasters. Your donations, volunteers, and generosity has allowed Catholic Charities to help thousands of families.

One option is Emergency Assistance from Catholic Social Services. The main location where this is distributed from is 555 Dauphin Street. For those residents of Birmingham who meet qualifications, and if resources are available, the charity or its local churches may offer limited financial and/or material assistance. It will be cash grant based aid or maybe vouchers in some instances.

This is generally offered as a grant but as a last resort when someone is faced with a crisis. Any type of assistance provided to clients will depend on many factors, including their proof of need. Free food, vouchers for clothing, furniture and appliances, household articles, and personal hygiene items are considered some of the more material programs. Other financial assistance paid out in Jefferson County can be used to pay for rent, medicines, utilities, and transportation costs. Find a listing of programs and learn how to get free grant money.

Campus Ministries can provide programs for college students as well as supporting resources and services for persons having developmental and intellectual disabilities. Many of these resources are also offered for children and teenagers.

Disaster Response and assistance for those impacted is available. Catholic Charities works with many organizations in Alabama to both create plans and train volunteers. They also partner with the federal government as needed and other groups such as the Salvation Army.





When an event does occur, volunteers and staff from your local church or Catholic Charities are some of the first to respond. Whether it is a tornado, fire, or some other event, victims can receive assistance. This may include food, water, shelter, clothing, and other basic needs.

Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services are a focus of the local and national Catholic Charity organization. The Birmingham churches and centers participate as well. Catholic Social Services will work to meet the special needs of newcomers and refugees who come to the area.

Most refugees are seeking freedom from persecution. It may be based on nationality, race, religion, political opinion or social groups. The charity also works and is certified by the Department of State and the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Many nationalities have been supported in the past, including Afghans, Cubans, Meskhetian, and others.

The goal is to help immigrants and refugees in Birmingham achieve self-sufficiency. So case managers and legal staff may provide case management, orientation, job development, English language training, free legal assistance, education, and assistance for health related issues. Other aid may include transportation and after school tutoring for students and children from low income families.

Jefferson County people with disabilities may be able to get help too. Parishes and regional churches may offer direction and resources to assure equal access to the Church, Sacraments and Ministries. This can include direct care for the individual and family based on need. Receive information and referrals for housing, medical bill assistance, transportation and government benefits. Outings and social activities are organized too.

To learn about these and other emergency services or assistance, stop by the main Catholic Charity office at 2121 3rd Avenue North, Birmingham, Alabama 35203. Or dial 205-969-8947.



By Jon McNamara

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