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Mobile County Catholic Charities assistance programs.

Mobile Alabama residents who are faced with a crisis or who have had an unexpected reduction in income may be able to receive assistance from Catholic Charities. Their main Service Center may be able to provide qualified individuals with limited amounts of assistance. The focus is on residents of the greater Mobile County region who are facing a crisis and/or loss of income, such as unemployment or reduction in work hours. Appointments need to be made and aid is only offered in person.

Any type of financial assistance provided depends on factors such as the client's ability to document the need as well as the availability of the needed resource. Also any support offered by Catholic Charities will be limited in nature.

  • Basic, non-financial needs can be provided for. This includes clothing, food, small household appliances, and similar items. Clothing can include professional work attire as well as back to school items for students in Mobile.
  • Personal hygiene items may be offered for the very low income and/or homeless in the community.
  • Direct financial assistance may be available. This tends to be the highest demand item but is also the most limited. Receive medications, utility bill assistance, rental help, and even transportation.
  • Healthcare services may be offered by a case manager. This includes referrals, support, and information on free clinics.

Referrals are offered from the Catholic Charity Service Center. Clients can be directed to local resources which help individuals make positive changes in their lives. Get information on job training, free legal services, and counseling.

Learn about government programs too, including public benefits. This can include Department Of Human Resources (Food Stamps, TAF, Child Protective Services). Get support on issues such as WIC, Social Security Administration, Educational Programs, Public Housing Programs and referrals to other non-profit agencies. Continue with public assistance in Alabama.

Medications may be offered from the Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy. Free prescriptions may be disbursed for the uninsured and people with serious illnesses. This will help them not need to decide between making difficult choices when deciding how to pay medical bills on limited incomes. The Mobile Service Center also offers referrals to the Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy for low income clients who are eligible. Qualified clients may be able to receive needed medications at no cost to them.





Holiday assistance may be provided in the form of free Thanksgiving Food Baskets and Christmas holiday programs to meet seasonal needs of children and the less fortunate. Catholic Charities workers with other churches and organizations such as the Mobile Salvation Army to make this happen.

Free or discounted clothing is offered to qualified individuals and families. The Mobile Alabama Curiosity Closet thrift store is a convenient way for people to shop for gently used, yet higher quality, clothing at bargain basement prices. If your income is low enough, and if a client meets other guidelines, they may be able to receive free clothing vouchers. This will allow them to shop for clothing they choose themselves, and it is offered at no cost.

This clothing closet provides the needy in the Mobile County Alabama community with an atmosphere of self-sufficiency and dignity at a time of crisis. It relies heavily on contributions, so donations of gently-worn clothing are always needed. All items will line the shelves and racks for shoppers to browse from, at their own pace and time. All prices are minimal and profits earned are used to support the work of the Catholic Charity center.

Other services available include Pregnancy Services, Child Adoption & Placement Services, Counseling, Refugee Resettlement, and Programs for Immigrants.

All resources are offered first come and served. An appointment is required. Applicants will need to meet with a case manager from Catholic Charities. People who need food assistance will be required to show a referral letter from the Mobile County (or state) Food Stamp office before a voucher will be issued to them. The center is at 555 Dauphin St. and can be reached at (251)434-1500.


By Jon McNamara













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