Memphis Catholic Charities assistance programs.

Most of the programs available in the Memphis Tennessee area focus on non-financial needs. For example, Catholic Charities can provide items like food, clothing, holiday assistance, and immigrant services. Note, when it comes to housing assistance, there are only two programs. They include veteran’s program for homeless or “At Risk” veterans and also the Genesis Homeless Services, which also helps with housing upon meeting the qualifications. No other financial aid is provided.

St. Peter Ministries may be able to assist low income and needy families who are faced with a crisis. Programs may provide free food and gently used clothing. However before applying, the client needs a referral, so they need to visit have to visit MIFA which is at 910 Vance Ave. Memphis, TN 38104.The Clothing Closet is normally open Monday thru Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and open a half day Friday. Gently used clothing can be obtained, and the center is always looking for new donations of items.

A food pantry is also available at the Catholic Charity St. Peter Ministries. The center operates in the basement of their Memphis center, and is open on Monday thru Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Both clients who are referred, as walk in clients, are provided bags of non-perishable food items, groceries or other fresh food and perishable commodities. The Memphis food pantry also offers so called walk about bags of one day’s worth of nutritious meals to the most vulnerable homeless clients in the Shelby County Tennessee community. The Clothes Closet and Food Pantry are staffed entirely with volunteer workers and members who are focused on helping the community and offering senior services.

Donations are always more than welcome and accepted by the Memphis Catholic Charities. For example, they always need donations (which are tax deductible) of gently worn clothing and/or non-perishable foods. Items are accepted during normal office hours; however they are willing to pick up any contributions if they are in exceptionally large quantities. The number to call for a pick up is (901) 722-4797.

A new program is the Mobile Food and Clothes Pantry. This resource may be able to bring clothing, nourishment and other assistance and support to the most vulnerable populations of Memphis and the entire Western Tennessee region. The agency is involved in partnerships with local businesses and non-profits, such as the Mid-South Food Bank, schools, multi-faith church communities, businesses and individuals. The agency will do its best to bring perishable (if available) as well as nonperishable foods along with new or gently used work or school clothing to the distant parts of the community.





Holiday assistance is offered in Memphis from a program known as Fig Tree. This is offered during Christmas time, and Catholic Charities works closely with parishes, local churches, individuals and businesses to provide children, at-risk youth and seniors with free gifts, presents, and toys. The official name of the resource is the Gifts for God's Children campaign.

Other services offered by Catholic Charities include Angel Food, Bereavement Ministries, Ministry to the Sick & Elderly, Soup Kitchens, and Beatitude Bags.

Referrals are provided as well, and are one of the main services offered by any Catholic Charity location in Shelby County. For example, the organization has a long standing partnership with the Mid South Food Bank. They also have information on other non-profit agencies and government programs in Memphis Tennessee, including services such as LIHEAP, food stamps, rental assistance and government aid.

The Immigrant Services Program offers qualified individuals with low cost, comprehensive immigration counseling services that can assist with addressing a clients basic needs and it can also help individuals with being integrated into the greater Shelby County community. Catholic Charities can offer legal referrals and direct services to immigrants and refugees who reside in the state of Tennessee.

As noted, Catholic Charities does not offer financial help. As noted, most of the support provided requires a referral from the Shelby County MIFA agency first. Call the western Tennessee Catholic Charities at (901) 722-4700, or stop by 1325 Jefferson Avenue  Memphis, Tennessee 38104.



By Jon McNamara

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