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Indianapolis and Marion County Catholic Charities assistance programs.

Catholic Charities in the Indianapolis area focuses on addressing basic needs and offering emergency assistance. Most of the programs offered deal with the following needs, including food, housing, clothing, and day care/after school care for children.

The poor, vulnerable, jobless, and people who are struggling across Indianapolis and Marion County are the usual recipients of support from Catholic Charities and its churches. Most resources focus on people who are most at risk, regardless of their religion. This includes children, seniors, and the disabled. Details on the services and assistance programs administered are below.

The Christmas Store operates during the holiday season, and it will provide needy families who have children with free gifts, toys, and winter coats. Special holiday aid may be distributed for senior citizens as well. Most of the Christmas and holiday programs are offered by Catholic Charities in partnership with other agencies, such as the Salvation Army. The best place to get more information or to sign up is by calling 317-236-1512. Or stop by a neighborhood health centers/clinic, church, community centers, food pantry, or Salvation Army for more details. Or locate other free Christmas and holiday help in Marion County.

Financial assistance, housing, and aid from Marion County Catholic Charities

Housing, shelter, and homeless prevention services are always in high demand, especially during the cold Indiana winters. Catholic Charities offers crisis relief and shelter to Marion County individuals and families.

One of the main programs is known as Holy Family Services, which offers emergency shelter and transitional housing. This operates at 907 N. Holmes Ave., Indianapolis, Indiana 46222, and can be reached at the number above. On average over over 100 people receive help from this location every month. Not only can clients find a place to stay and short term housing, but case managers from Catholic Charities will also provide case management, information on programs to help pay rent and deposits, and offer other self-sufficiency resources.

 

 

 

Fairly similar to the shelter, but offering slightly longer term help and support, is the Holy Family Transitional Housing. Address is 930 E. Prospect St., Indianapolis 46203. Call 317-636-5534. Families who are enrolled can participate in the Catholic Charities transitional housing program for at most two years. Social workers will help people understand and address critical issues that lead to poverty and homelessness. The transitional housing program and related social services help families across Marion County and central Indiana break the cycle of homelessness. Information and services provided can help provide the stability necessary to be successful in school, work, and life. They can direct families with children to day care facilities as well.

Marion County Catholic Charities emergency financial assistance and crisis aid. Strict requirements will need to be met, and all resources provided will be limited. Qualified individuals can receive free food, clothing, rent help and money for paying utilities. Limited transportation assistance may be offered too. Only people with an emergency/critical need may be qualified. Call 317-236-1512.

There are also other Indianapolis and nationwide church based programs. Everything from a hot meal to free winter coats or boots (for kids or the elderly) along with a few dollars for indigent or transient may be offered. Most of the churches only help parishioners (or those in the direct neighborhood) as they have limited resources. Find church emergency assistance programs.

The Senior Companion Program is available for low to moderate income elderly and senior citizens. A companion or volunteer will visit the home or apartment of someone 55 years of age or older to provide them with company, and to check up on the senior citizen. Phone 317-236-1565.

 

 

 

 

Catholic Charity programs for immigrants and Refugees

Legal advice and aid for immigrants – This is one of the primary functions of Catholic Charity centers across the nation. The program is accredited by the federal government. The Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services program operates across the county, and it provides free or low cost legal advice and representation to immigrants, their families, and refugees. The immigration process is complicated and long, so this program can help guide clients through the process with care, confidentiality and efficiency. Call 317-236-1517

Many immigrants in Marion County Indiana (and nationwide) are not in the mainstream banking system. Catholic Charities helps people get access to a bank or credit account; build credit or access debit cards; understand financial literacy; and acclimate financially into the community. Also find prepaid cards that help immigrants with banking needs.

Similar to the immigration program above, Refugee Resettlement will help people new to this country who are “escaping” their homeland. The Catholic Charity centers in Indianapolis can offer job assistance, advocacy, family reunification, and other services to households in order to help them get settled. Phone number is 317-236-1553.

Locations of Catholic Charity churches in Marion County Indiana

Every single day, staff and volunteers from the Catholic Charity centers and churches across Marion County are committed to helping the needy among us. Emergency financial aid, food, clothing, immigration services, and much more is offered. The number and quality of the services they offer will also more than likely be expanded over time.

  • 4217 Central Avenue, Indianapolis, phone number (317) 283-6710
  • 1400 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN, call (317) 236-1500

 

By Jon McNamara

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