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Minneapolis and St. Paul Catholic Charities assistance programs.

Some of the primary goals of Catholic Charities is on enhancing the quality of life of families across Minneapolis and St. Paul region. The assistance programs focus on the low income, elderly adults, disabled, and working poor. Services are intended to preserve an individual’s dignity, provide short term help, and support their autonomy.

Community clinics assist with free health and dental care

Health care is offered by St. Joe's Community Health Clinic. The community clinic operates in South Minneapolis, and medical care is offered for children between the ages of newborn up through 20. Most of the patients whom participate in Catholic Charities' Children's Services Division come through Hope Street for Homeless, Northside Child Development Center, St. Joseph’s Home for Children, or Runaway Youth.

A number of free or low cost medical services are administered. They include dentistry and optometry referrals; Direct health care to children, including immunizations and screenings; Mental health and developmental screenings; Health and injury consultation; Well teen check and child check-ups; and they will provide health-related information for children, guardians and staff.

Catholic Charity assistance programs for the elderly and seniors in Hennepin and Ramsey County

Senior Care Management is a Catholic Charities’ service that helps older adults in Minneapolis and St. Paul live as independently as possible, with a goal of helping them stay in their current communities. In-home intensive care management is offered to the elderly in Ramsey and Hennepin counties Minnesota.

The program may be able to enhance the quality of life of senior citizens and elderly adults, preserve their dignity and respect, and also support their autonomy. Living independently can be challenging for low-income older adults, in particular those who live by themselves. When someone lacks support from their family members or the community at large, then it can be even more difficult. Isolated older adults and senior citizens often require additional assistance to access medical and social services, they need help in finding transportation, and will often need support in maintaining their homes and finances.




As part of Senior Care Management, professional Catholic Charity care managers will be able to assess clients’ needs, coordinate services, develop individual care plans and advocate on a clients’ behalf. Volunteers who are part of the program will provide transportation to appointments and help older adults across Minneapolis with tasks such as grocery shopping and attending a senior center.

Additional services include advocacy on behalf of the program participant; Comprehensive in-home assessment to create an individualized care plan; Close collaboration with other service providers and non-profits to coordinate and monitor care; and Coordination and referral and of services in all areas of participant’s life.

Financial aid and food programs in St Paul - Minneapolis region

Food Shelves are located across St. Paul and Minneapolis. Many families struggle with paying their bills, rent, and other expenses. Catholic Charities has a few food shelves/pantries that can help the less fortunate and working poor. By providing food and groceries for free or at reduced prices, this will allow families to focus their resources on paying other bills and expenses.

Staff from the organization will assist you with getting the food, meals, and groceries that you and your family need.  They will also review your financial situation and determine if you are eligible for other support, including SNAP food stamps. Seniors, elderly, and the disabled who are homebound may be able to have meals and groceries delivered to them from the Catholic Charities Meals on Wheels program.

  • Minneapolis Food Shelf is located at 1308 Franklin Ave. E., Mpls, Minnesota 55404, call 612.204.8585
  • If you live in St. Paul, stop by Dorothy Day Center Emergency Food Shelf. Address is 183 Old 6th St., St. Paul, MN 55102, or call 651.647.2350





Housing First is a Catholic Charity program that helps homeless women and men secure housing, including apartments or homes to live in. Clients will also be given access to supportive services and case management. The Rapid Re-housing Program helps people and families who were recently evicted or who are experiencing short-term homelessness of less than one year find a home. The program can also provide limited follow-up services for at most six months, and refer families to emergency rent programs that operate in Minneapolis.

Catholic Charities also partners with government funded homeless prevention and rapid rehousing. There are resources including (1) ESG and FEMA grants; (2) disaster relief and pandemic housing resources (as needed); (3) United Way and more. Tenants or homeowners in St. Paul or Minneapolis can get homeless prevention in Saint Paul - Minneapolis or rehousing into a shelter or placement into a new home. More on Minnesota homeless prevention and rehousing grants.

Catholic charities resources for immigrants and refugees

Refugee Cash Assistance can help people who are new to the Minnesota area pay for their basic needs. Through this program, married or single childless refugees and asylees can apply for cash assistance and employment referrals for their first eight months in the United States. Each month, participants in the refugee program will visit a local Catholic Charities center to meet with a case or social worker and receive financial assistance. All of the aid, and importantly the employment resources that are provided by Catholic Charities, will facilitate refugees’ transitions to self-sufficiency and long term success.

Immigration Services can help refugees, immigrants, and their family members with understanding the country’s laws and regulations. Catholic Charity staff can assist with completing immigration forms and processes at a low cost to the individuals. Resources focus on reuniting families and help people file for permanent residency and naturalization. The Minneapolis St. Paul program is affiliated with the national Catholic Legal Immigration Network, which trains staff to offer people other approved services as well.

Catholic Charities also helps immigrants with any legal needs. As there are free lawyers and attorneys that help with naturalization issues, or give details on how to give citizenship. Pro-bono law firms in the Twin Cities give this support. Find free legal clinics near you.

Locations of Catholic Charities in Minneapolis and Saint Paul region

There are multiple churches that are part of the network. Each has their own services as well as offers referrals. Catholic Charity locations are at:





  • 1200 Washington Avenue North  Minneapolis, Minnesota  55401, (612) 204-8500
  • 183 Old 6th Street West, Saint Paul, Minnesota, call (651) 293-1919
  • 1276 University Avenue West, Saint Paul, phone number (651) 222-3001
  • 902 Hersey Street, Saint Paul, MN, (651) 917-3432
  • 286 Marshall Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota , dial (651) 292-9281
  • 1000 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis, (612) 204-8575
  • 1308 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN phone number (612) 871-9442
  • 740 East 17th Street, Minneapolis Minnesota, primary number (612) 204-8300
  • 1121 East 46th Street, Minneapolis, telephone (612) 204-8250


By Jon McNamara

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