Get help from Catholic Charities in western Washington and Clark County.

Several programs are offered by Catholic Charities and partner organizations. Most of them are focused on families with children, the disabled, seniors and others who need longer term stability.

Providing housing is a key service. Catholic Charities operates facilities and shelters where homeless women, men and children can come to stay for a short period of time. Individuals can use the centers to receive medical attention, bathe, launder clothes, and receive alcohol and drug treatment. The charity is committed to offering case management services and resources that can help people normalize and stabilize their lives. Employment support and job placement will be offered as well to those who qualify.

Crisis Stabilization Services is an alternative to psychiatric hospitalization. Clients will be transitioned to longer term mental health care and services.

Intensive Services are offered to low income families with children. Most of the clients will need to be referred to Catholic Charities, and the agency can help children in Clark County Washington and other areas. A focus is on mental health, child welfare, developmental disabilities, education, and more.

Services are offered for the chronically homeless in western Washington. The agency may have access to public and private housing units in the region, including Cowlitz and Clark County. A focus is on the disabled. In addition to helping people find stability and permanent housing they will be able to receive case management, maybe funds for security deposits, and self-sufficiency. The tenant needs to have a history of past homelessness.

Meals and food may be offered to the poor and disenfranchised. Low income families and individuals can obtain congregate meals six days a week from local churches and Catholic Charity centers in Vancouver Washington and other cities. The needy are allowed to receive a hearty, hot meal in a safe, welcoming environment.

Some locations in Washington State work with legal clinics as well. It would be for civil matters. People faced with issues such as eviction, landlord/tenant issues, or illegal utility disconnections may also receive free advice. You will need to speak with staff to get approval for these programs.




The Kinship Navigator program is available to guide and support a caregiver. The agency can provide information, assistance and referrals for a number of needs. Caretakers can learn about financial support, housing, legal options, medical care, dental cleanings, counseling, support groups in Clark County, parent education and ongoing advocacy.

Additional emergency and financial support in Skamania and Clark County is available for unexpected bills such as food, rent, clothing, transportation, school supplies, youth activities, beds, household supplies and heating bills. All of these charity programs are very limited and applicants need to meet all qualifications for this aid.

Immigration programs are administered as well, and they are always a focus of Catholic Charities. The organization can provide affordable or high quality quality legal immigration assistance to low-income residents and newcomers of Washington state. Some of the services administered include DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) / DREAMers, Adjustments of status (Green Cards), Family-based immigration services, and help with citizenship/naturalization. The agency wants to help all newcomers to Washington gain long term stability.

The Catholic Charity Family Centers offer a wide variety of assistance programs and social services in a one-stop location. Each participant and client (regardless of age and religion) will be offered compassion, dignity and respect. The agency will partner with other organizations in Clark County and Skamania. A number of dedicated volunteers and social workers also participate in order to provide services for elders and adults with disabilities.

Several locations operate in the region. Clark and Skamania county centers are at 9300 N.E. Oak View Drive Suite A, Vancouver, Washington 98662. Phone (360) 567-2211. Other Catholic Charity centers are at Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties, 676 26th Ave. Longview, Washington 98632. Dial (360) 577-2200.




By Jon McNamara

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