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Lafayette and Iberia Parish Catholic Charities assistance programs.

A number of churches work with Catholic Charities in Lafayette parish as well as surrounding areas such as Iberia. The centers provide various basic needs and emergency assistance to the low income and needy, including free food, financial aid, holiday help, and hot meals. Those are just a few examples of the programs available in Lafayette. Additional resources may be provided too as funding and donations allow.

Many programs are administered from Monsignor Sigur Service Center. This location offers emergency financial assistance for families and individuals that are experiencing an unexpected expense or an involuntary reduction in income, such as a job loss. Funds may be issued for rent, food, cooling bills, dental care, or maybe even medications. Other Catholic Charity resources may be offered for addressing funeral costs, fires, or man made disasters. 401 St. John St. or call (337)235-4972.

The Sigur Center also offers seasonal and holiday assistance. This includes such programs as free Coats for Kids, gifts, toys, and meals for children and low income families in Lafayette.

St. Joseph Shelter is available for men. It will usually hold a few dozen men per night and gives them a place to stay as well as a hot meal when they need one. Residents of the Lafayette Louisiana shelter will receive a free hot breakfast, dinner and supportive services. So they can work with a case manager in an effort to help secure permanent housing, employment and any other services that may be needed. People are accepted on a first come and served basis. There is a registration process set up by Catholic Charities and men will need a picture ID and will need to follow other regulations in place. (337) 233-6816.

Similar to above is a shelter for homeless women who may or may not have children. This is known as the New Life Center. It can even house veterans as well. This particular center is located in Opelousas, Louisiana and individuals or families will be able stay in hotel type rooms. Other services provided by the center include up to three hot meals a day, a licensed Class A child care center, and supportive services. This includes information on permanent housing, security deposit and rent assistance programs, job training, and a host of other support services. Phone (337) 948-3161.





St. Michael Center for Veterans is for the homeless, whether male or female, who have previously served our country. Catholic Charities may be able to offer emergency and transitional housing. Units are even available for the disabled. Also get help in signing up for VA benefits and in satisfying other basic needs, such as clothing, food, and employment. For more information or for intake, call the Lafayette St. Michael Center for Veterans at (337) 233-6816. They also coordinate some programs with the VA Medical Center that is based in Alexandria, Louisiana. Call that facility at (318) 466-4067 for medical care, prescriptions and other support.

Other basic needs can be met as well, including personal Hygiene Services, clothing, food, and basic health care check ups. Volunteers from  number of churches in Lafayette and Iberia help facilitate these services. Also, through partnerships with other local non-profit organizations, Stella Maris Center connects individuals and the poor with additional resources available to assist them. Stella Maris Center is based at 615 W. Simcoe Street.

A free meal site is available as well in Lafayette, Louisiana at 613 W. Simcoe Street. Volunteers and staff are at the center. They care for and treat the needy. All services and information is confidential and people are treated with dignity.

Meals for seniors are offered from the Catholic Charity affiliated Wanda Hines Bread Pantry. This is for low income senior citizens and adults age 55 years or older. If you are found to be eligible, free bread, fruits and even sweets will be served at the diner a few days per week. In addition, canned goods and groceries are also distributed monthly to qualified seniors and even their spouses who participate in the bread program. Holiday baskets, gift certificates and meals are distributed during Thanksgiving, Easter and Christmas.

Meals on Wheels and food for the homebound is administered. Volunteers and staff deliver free weekday meals to low income homebound individuals and families that live in the City of Lafayette. If you are older, disabled and homebound and would like lunch or food delivered to you, you will need a note from a doctor. Call (337) 235-4972.

The disabled or seniors can use the Catholic Charities in Lafayette parish Meals on Wheels or get other support too. One resource is always referrals, and social workers and volunteers from the church can refer the client to benefits from social security or other assistance programs. This can be effective for basic needs, financial aid, SSI payments, and more. There is also help for when social security payments are cut, which is mostly for the disabled on SSI.




Parishes, churches, and Catholic Charity centers

Bishop O’Donnell Transitional Housing, Lafayette, call 337 233 7788
Christian Care and Share Center, dial Ville Platte, 337 363 8041
Christian Rural Services, Lawtell, 337 543 6532
Christian Service Center, Abbeville, telephone number is 337 893 9756
Christians Who Care,Kaplan, 337 643 1717
Courage Ministry: Same Sex Attractions, Patterson, call 337 232 0074
Crowley Christian Care, Crowley, telephone - 337 783 5811
Emergency Aid Center, Franklin, main number is 337 828 0921
Family Missions Company, Abbeville, call 337 893 6111
Father Pierre Lebeau Community Center, Lafayette, telephone 337 623 4783
Holy Ghost Diner, Opelousas, 337 942 2732
I.C.O.N.S. Inc., Opelousas, 337 594 8845
Lafayette Catholic Service Center, Lafayette, telephone 337 235 4972
Ms. Helen’s Soup Kitchen, Crowley, dial 337 783 7374
Msgr. Sigur Service Center, Lafayette, call 337 233 7788
New Life Center, Lafayette, 337 948 3161
Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center, Lafayette, 337 470 2000
Our Lady of the Rosary Social Service Center, Jeanerette, dial 337 276 5486
Our Lady of Victory Food Pantry, Loreauville, 337 229 8135
Pontifical Mission Society, Lafayette, telephone number for assistance is 337 261 5536
Shelter Plus Care, Lafayette, 337 233 7788
Social Service Center, New Iberia, call 337 369 6384 for intake
Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, Abbeville, main number is 337 893 7900
St. Bernadette Clinic, Lafayette, 337 267 1437
St. Francis Center, Mamou, call 337 468 3559
St. Francis Diner, New Iberia, 337 369 3362
St. Joseph Diner, Lafayette, 337 232 8434
St. Joseph Shelter, Lafayette, telephone 337 233 6816
St. Michael Center for Veterans, Lafayette, 337 233 6816
Thensted Center, Grand Coteau, dial 337 662 5838 for intake

By Jon McNamara

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