Blair and Cambria area Catholic Charities assistance programs.
Various services are offered by Catholic Charities. The Diocese supports the regions of Blair and Cambria County as well as the surrounding Central Pennsylvania region. The agency partners with many churches, non-profit agencies, and other charities in the area as well. While direct financial aid is limited, they do administer a number of counseling and other support services to the low income and needy.
Case management and counseling services are available. Catholic Charities offers individual, group, and family programs. They can be offered for numerous needs, including personal issues (marriage) or case management can be provided for other situations as well. This can include housing issues, career counseling and employment services and more. The sessions will be provided by skilled, professional staff that are trained in the issue at hand.
The services in highest demand in Blair County, Johnstown and nearby areas is for emergency financial assistance. This is really in highest demand anywhere that Catholic Charities operates. Many people asking for help are doing so for the first time, mainly as a result of the weak economy or some type of unexpected crisis, such as a job loss or car repair.
In funding allows, financial assistance is offered for needs such as food, rent, or energy bills. Most issues that could potentially lead to evictions or homelessness will take priority. Help is offered to families and individuals in need, regardless of their gender, age, religion, or creed.
Social workers will also try to get people back on the path to stability. So Catholic Charity centers in Pennsylvania will offer classes and sessions for such needs as budget counseling. This is an option for those lower income and struggling families that are experiencing difficulty managing their income and paying their bills.
In general, the organization will do its best to answer the call of people of Central Pennsylvania, Fulton County, Blair, and other regions. They will offer these and other social services to persons and families in need. Ideally the emergency assistance will address the immediate crisis while the case management services provide hope. Everyone will be treated with respect. Other services offered include:
- Immigration and Refugee Services – This can help newcomers get settled into Pennsylvania, find jobs, apply for necessary paperwork and more.
- Information and Referral Services – If Catholic Charities can't help you they usually have information on many other local resources in Cambria County and other areas. For example, lists of clinics, pantries, churches, public aid and more.
- Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program is for heating and energy bills.
- Parent Assistance Student Support Program – Education is key to long term success, so this is an important service.
Adoptions services and programs for new moms are offered. The Catholic Charities center is licensed as a foster and an adoption provider by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. So they are involved in all areas of the adoption process. They may have some basic needs for new parents and moms as well, including baby shoes and clothes, diapers, and information on government benefits and health care for your newest family member.
Altoona Office, 1300 12th Avenue, Altoona, Pennsylvania 16603, (814) 944-9388
Johnstown Catholic Charity center, 321 Main Street, Suite 5G, Johnstown, PA 15901, telephone (814) 535-6538
Bellefonte Office, 213 East Bishop Street, P.O. Box 389, Bellefonte, PA 16823, call (814) 353-0502 for intake
Fulton County Mission, 110 South Third Street, McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania 17233, main number is (717) 485-5917