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Flint Michigan Catholic Charities assistance programs.

Most of the Catholic Charities resources available in Shiawassee and Genesee County are targeted at more so called basic needs, such as food, holiday assistance, and counseling. However the agency may be able to refer qualified low income families to other assistance programs in the region, including homeless prevention/rent help, funds for paying heating bills, and more. From to time to the Flint Salvation Army may have some limited direct financial aid for those bills and costs. The non-profit both provides help and also creates hope for all those in need, serving all people regardless of faith, age or background.

Food and meals are provided from the North End Soup Kitchen. Special holiday meals may be served too, including Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Free bags of food and personal care items are passed out monthly to those from the community who need help.

The demand for help around the holidays is very high. Unfortunately the Catholic Charities organization is not able to meet the needs of every child, low income family, or senior citizen. Most of the programs available in Genesee County rely on donations and volunteers. So if you can contribute goods, or donate time, please do so. Your contributions to the Salvation Army will be tax deductible.

A Community Closet and thrift store are also operated. These centers allow low income families and other to get either free or discounted clothing, winter coats, personal hygiene products and more. Vouchers or certificates may be distributed to the lowest income families in the Flint Michigan and Shiawassee County region. There are many other free clothing banks in the region.

Other more general programs offered include individual, group, couple, and family counseling. Some people may even receive substance use treatment, drivers license assessments, prevention and education programs, as well as free pregnancy counseling and adoption services from Catholic Charities. Some of the services offered will be done so using a sliding fee scale. So this means clients will only pay what they can afford to.

If an applicants meets qualifications, including agreeing to case management, then the Flint Michigan Catholic Charities centers may have very limited amounts of emergency financial assistance. This is only paid out as a last resort to people who are faced with a crisis.





A focus of this cash assistance is on homeless prevention and/or life threatening medical conditions. So this can include money for rent or utility bills, both of which could lead to an eviction or homelessness. Vouchers or aid may be paid out for prescription medications as well.

If the Catholic Charity group or its partner churches are out of funding, or if an applicant doesn't meet their qualifications, then referrals or information may be provided. For example, get referrals to state of Michigan or federal government programs such as LIHEAP or weatherization. Or receive assistance in the form of welfare/TANF or food stamps/SNAP.

Families with children, women, and/or the current homeless in Michigan can turn to a shelter or a transitional housing program. People who stay in these centers can also receive the benefit if social services and case management. For example, staff from Catholic Charities will try to help people either find a job, locate more permanent housing in the Genesse County Michigan area, and help them explore a multitude of rental assistance programs.

Some of these employment services can include resume review, access to computers, and details on local job banks in the region. After all, obtaining a new, well paying job is the key to self-sufficiency.

The Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties is located at 901 Chippewa Street, Flint, Michigan 48503. Telephone number is (810) 232-9950. A second center is at 120 W. Exchange Street, Suite 300, Owosso, Michigan 48867. Call (989) 723-8239.




By Jon McNamara

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