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Lake County Ohio Catholic Charities assistance programs.

Lake County Ohio residents can receive help with their basic needs and other support from Catholic Charities. The Community Service programs focus on the less fortunate, working poor, Latinos, seniors, and low income in the region. They have been operating in the area for over 60 years and assist hundreds of families and struggling individuals every year. They address mental health issues, provide emergency services and offer other outreach programs across Lake County and Painesville.

Hispanics and immigrants can look into several services. Catholic Charities will provide short and longer term assistance to the Latino community of Lake County. Some examples of the assistance programs and services administered include leadership development, community outreach, employment, and help in applying for government benefits or public aid. Other resources include juvenile court intervention and community referrals. This is offered in partnership with the Lake County ADAMHS Board as well as the United Way.

While limited, Catholic Charities may have some money to pay emergency rent/mortgage assistance. Cash grants and support is provided to qualified low income families who meet specific eligibility requirements. Funds can help people prevent an eviction or foreclosure.

The Food Force Pantry can help those families facing an emergency related to a food shortage or crisis. Seniors, the unemployed, and those that are struggling can be helped through the regional pantry. Local churches and Catholic Charities work to prevent hunger.

The Families of Promise program is a service for children and their caregivers. It will provide guidance and support and otherwise help them overcome the challenges that come from their parent's incarceration. Free food, information on housing, and much more may be provided.

Another Catholic Charity specialized service is known as Familias Fuertes, or Strengthening Families. This resource is offered to Latino youth, families and their parents. It is also combined with the Hispanic Services (see below). Several assistance programs are provided to reach and support the Latino community, including leadership and job training, case management assistance, and more general counseling is offered.





Mental Health Counseling can help clients deal with interpersonal challenges, relationship issues, and stressors in their life. Hopefully the client can get back on their feet and regain self-sufficiency after the counseling. There will be fees involved for this program.

Emergency financial assistance and related resources are offered in partnership with a non-profit known as the Food Force of Lake County Ohio. The agency may be able to help families and individuals in a variety of ways. Homeless prevention services are available in the form of housing (rent/mortgage assistance). A partial payment or counseling may be offered. Other resources include an on site food pantry that can be turned to in an emergency.

A number of conditions need to be met in order to receive any type of assistance. Funding also depends heavily on some other local organizations, including the Catholic Charities Annual Appeal, the United Way, and FEMA food and shelter grants.

Job training and other employment assistance is offered as well from Youth Employment Services. Catholic Charities and its partner groups can help coordinate free job training and skill development to eligible youth and teenagers under the age of 22. This can include internships, summer jobs, and similar skills and opportunities. Other programs may also be available as a result of the federal government and the Workforce Investment Act funds. The goal is to help as many people as possible regain income and gain financial stability.

The agency is located at 8 North State Street in Painesville, Ohio 44077. Dial 440.352-6191 for intake. Referrals may also be provided if an when needed.



By Jon McNamara

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