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Catholic Charities assistance programs in Jacksonville Florida area.

Residents of the Jacksonville Florida and Duval County region can get help finding a job and gain skills from the Workforce Development program. Emergency Assistance can also provide food, utility bill help, and housing assistance. Resources are focused on the underemployed, low income, and individuals who are currently unemployed. The Jacksonville Catholic Charities, which is part of the Diocese of St. Augustine, assisted over 6,000 residents last year wit those and other needs. Many people are receiving help for the first time ever.

People call upon Catholic Charities if they are faced with an emergency situation. It is usually a short term financial hardship, such as they are unable to afford groceries, may be facing eviction or foreclosure, or they are about to have their electricity turned off. The charity may be able to assist them on a short-term basis. As funding allows, the agency may have rent assistance so people don’t become homeless, or they may be able to provide a few days worth of food.

Jacksonville Catholic Charities Workforce Development program

This resource may be able to help people find a job, become employed, or find a higher paying and/or more secure job. The agency is very excited about being able to offer this employment program to those who need help.

Clients of Workforce Development may be able to be placed into jobs using new and existing partnerships. Catholic Charities will partner with local Duval County businesses, schools, and churches. Vocation and job training may be provided in the future. Read more on Workforce Investment Act.

Emergency Assistance department in Duval County

This can provide for basic needs and homeless prevention resources. The program can help people who are faced with utility disconnection or eviction, with the goal of helping families stay safe and secure in their homes and apartments. Many people need help when considering that families of all backgrounds and religions live from paycheck-to-paycheck, may be out of a job or are facing a medical emergency. The Jacksonville Catholic Charities and the Emergency Assistance program helps by making payments for mortgages, rent, provides food, or pay utilities.




The charity administers resources such as the JEA Neighbor to Neighbor Program which provides limited financial assistance with bills for poor residents, the elderly, and the disabled. A focus is on those who are at risk of having their utilities disconnected. Catholic Charities also administers the Donna Foundation fund, which provides emergency financial assistance in Duval County Florida to individuals and their families who are living with breast cancer.

Another service is the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA). This program also provides emergency financial assistance to eligible clients. Among other needs it can help with include utilities, cooling bills, and rent expenses. More on nationwide Catholic Charity assistance programs.

Food assistance program

Catholic Charities operates a food pantry for people in Jacksonville Florida and across Duval County. In general, food will be distributed to the public on either Wednesday or Friday afternoons from 1pm to 2pm.  Applicants will need to bring proof of their ID, including driver license and/or social security card. Individuals of all backgrounds receive food, with an emphasis on the unemployed.

The food pantry may have free groceries, such as canned goods or fresh produce. Or there are free basic household staples or personal toiletries, including soap, detergent, or feminine goods. All of the Jacksonville Catholic Charity food pantry items depend on donations.

JEA Neighbor-To-Neighbor Program

This is run in partnership with the Catholic Charities Jacksonville Regional Office and JEA. Limited amounts of cash and financial assistance is offered for the elderly, disabled and working poor residents. Aid is offered for JEA customers who are faced with a disconnection of their utilities.





Donations are always needed and accepted to. Anyone can donate to the JEA utility bill assistance program by simply checking the Neighbor to Neighbor box on your monthly bill. One time contributions are accepted too. All of which you contribute will go towards the program, and there are no administrative fees.

Refugee and immigrant services in Duval County from Catholic Charities

When it comes to refugees, Catholic Charities helps them settle into the United States or region of Duval County. As part of this process, there is assistance to help them get established. This may be free basic needs such as furniture or food, as well as help in locating (and moving into housing).

Jacksonville Catholic Charities also helps refugees get the long term support they need. This may be assistance in applying for social security cards; ESL classes; information on Florida public assistance programs; employment resources and more. The goal is for the transition to be successful.

Low cost legal aid is available to immigrants, whether Spanish speaking or some other language other than English. This can help newcomers get a Green Card or help with identification in Duval County. Catholic Charities also wants an immigrants transition to the Jacksonville Florida area to be successful.

Contact information, and applications to Catholic Charities in Jacksonville FL area

The Jacksonville Florida Catholic Charities provides services to anyone in need regardless of their religion or race. Dial (904) 354-4846 for more information. The assistance programs above are offered as well as referrals in Duval County.

By Jon McNamara

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