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Charleston and Coastal Catholic Charities assistance programs.

Providing assistance across the Coastal South Carolina region, Catholic Charities and its partners try to help the less fortunate. Many of the clients seeking help are struggling due to the challenging economy. What may be offered in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester County includes free food, dental care, medical clinics, and more. Catholic Charities will often have information on, and referrals to, other regional assistance programs for basic needs.

Regardless of faith or religion, Coastal Catholic Charities of Charleston will try to provide services. Some of the main programs that may be available, depending on funding, are below. Note they also rely heavily on donations and volunteers, so please give back if you can.

Dental care is offered as part of Save a Smile. This low cost, or free Dental Program, can provide adults, children (5 years and older), and teenagers with assistance. Services available include preventive cleanings, educational components, dental cleanings, extractions and replacements. Catholic Charities will help low income and also uninsured families in the community, including Dorchester and Charleston.

A medical or Wellness Clinic runs monthly. This will offer qualified patients with free monthly primary care services. There is assistance for the uninsured in the region. It can provide check ups, basic medical care, and similar attention. If the issues is more challenging, then referrals are offered to subspecialists or hospitals.

The Catholic Charity Vision Program offers tests, screenings, subsidized vision checkups, and maybe even free glasses. This is a partnership with local optometrists and medical professionals.




Prescription Assistance programs will offer discounted or other help with obtaining medications, including in life saving moments. The medications will not be on site but offered by drug companies and other providers.

Food pantries are available at local churches and Catholic Charity centers in the Coastal South Carolina region. There are also Supplemental sites for those that are 60 years of age or older. Catholic Charities can offer referrals to these programs.

Many locations also offer social services, such as provide applications for SNAP food stamp benefits. In some cases, there may be home delivered meals for seniors and the disabled in the region.





Referrals and linkage to community partners are available. Learn about other emergency assistance programs in the Coastal and southeastern part of South Carolina. For example, there may be places that can help those families facing eviction pay the rent, foreclosure counseling, and more. Other aid may be for utility bills. Catholic Charities and the churches that are part of the organization are some of the leading human service organizations in the Charleston area, so they are a great place for information.

Immigration Services are administered across South Carolina. The agency will offer low-cost immigration counseling and support for newcomers to the region or country who cannot afford a private lawyer. It was established as a program of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Charleston South Carolina. Find a number of financial aid programs for immigrants, both documented or not.

The immigration solutions from Catholic Charities will help people from every country, regardless of social, racial, religious, national, or economic background. The main office provides services for anyone in South Carolina that is qualified and can pay the reduced rates.

Coastal Catholic Charities is a non-profit that relies on donations. Anything you contribute will not go towards administrative costs, so it will make a difference. People can also volunteer and offer their services to those seeking help in the region.

The main centers in the region are as follows.
1662 Ingram Road, Charleston, SC 29407. The phone number is 855-377-7357
West Chancery, 1662 Ingram Rd. Charleston, SC 29407, dial 843-531-5535 ext. 33



By Jon McNamara

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