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Catholic Charities New Orleans assistance programs.

Some of the programs provided by the New Orleans Parish Catholic Charities include food, employment, adult education, and emergency assistance. The agency provides support to qualified people of all backgrounds, races, and religions.

Free food, healthy cooking and nutritional resources in Orleans Parish and city

Food is offered for seniors and families in New Orleans. Programs provide nutritional free food boxes and groceries to children less than six years of age, infants, pregnant women and post-partum mothers, and seniors. Aid is offered if the applicant is not currently receiving WIC assistance, and provided the individual also meets certain low income and/or federal government poverty guidelines.

Catholic Charities will also provide health and nutrition education to clients. Residents of all religions and backgrounds can learn about good nutrition and healthy eating habits. A variety of programs and classes provide free nutritional information that includes ideas and suggestions for healthy diets, advice on how to stretch food dollars, easy ways to make affordable and healthy recipes using commodity foods, and caloric intake.

One of the primary programs is known as Food For Families, which distributes groceries and food across a number of Louisiana churches and parishes, including Jefferson and the city of New Orleans. A site that distributes free meals, food and groceries is based out of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, 1720 St. Bernard Ave, New Orleans, Louisiana. It operates very limited hours, and usually only the first four Thursdays of a month. Another center is at Hope Haven, 1108 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, Louisiana. If interested in more information dial (800) 522-3333 for the nearest distribution site and hours of operation.

Catholic Charities also participates in Louisiana’s Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). This program is run in partnership with the US Department of Agriculture and also the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.

Job placement, Citizenship, educational and similar resources from Catholic Charity in New Orleans

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans partners with an alternative staffing organization known as Community Staffing Services. The organization can provide workers for companies located in southern Louisiana and across the Greater New Orleans area. The program will also support those workers before, during and after they are placed into a job.




Adult Education is facilitated by the non-profit organization. The primary services/classes offered to qualified individuals include English as a Second Language (ESL), computer training as well as services to help people prepare for the G.E.D. In addition to these education classes, clients that are new to the country can get information on Citizenship classes and assistance in going through that process.

Both the Catholic Charity Adult Education as well as Community Staffing are part of, and effective, at workforce development offices in Louisiana. As the state and federal government work with organizations, like Catholic Charities, on job placement, training, and career growth. Find free Louisiana job placement programs.

The New Orleans Catholic Charity Citizenship and ESL classes can help people from all over the world. Typically hundreds of immigrants, refugees and individuals every year benefit from these services and other affordable immigration type programs. Sessions are held at multiple locations throughout the City of New Orleans, Jefferson, and St. Tammany parishes. Classes and workshops are held both in the evening as well as the morning in order to accommodate as many people as possible.

It is critical for immigrants to become productive, independent, and to in general become integral members of the larger US society. The various Citizenship and ESL classes provide a key service in making that occur. Not only are the classes open to new immigrants and people who have recently arrived, but they are also open to those who have been living in the state of Louisiana or anywhere in the United States for the last several years.

As indicated above, Immigration Services are provided. This program provides assistance with services such as work authorization, citizenship, translation of legal documents, visa extensions, green card renewals, and applications for family visas. Free or low cost legal services for immigrants include asylum cases, domestic violence and VAWA cases, and Cuban adjustment cases for indigent clients. Main number is (504) 310-8765

Catholic Charity resources to help those who are sick or need medical attention

New Orleans families that have experienced a medical condition may be able to qualify for financial assistance from the Marque Medical Emergency Grant. The Catholic Charity program provides case management and direct cash/financial assistance for paying bills, rent and basic needs. Emergency grants can be provided to families and individuals who are experiencing financial hardship due to a medical condition or crisis that is faced by an immediate member of the family.





Catholic Charity clients can come to the program only by way of referral. Catholic Charities of New Orleans works with partner agencies, social service organizations and other groups, and those partners need to have conducted their own initial screening. Click here for additional financial assistance - medical bill programs from non-profits.

St. Vincent Maternity Clinic operates in New Orleans. The program provides high quality, yet affordable, private medical care, counseling, and education to low- to moderate-income women during pregnancy and delivery. The clinic can provide up to three days stay at Touro Infirmary, and it also accepts Medicaid as a form of payment. Call (504) 837-6346

Catholic Charities also helps with dental needs, in partnership with clinics. There is emergency financial help for dental bills as well as free cleanings for low income/uninsured New Orleans residents, wisdom teeth extractions, root canals, filings and other free or low cost services.

Alpha House Adult Day Health Care Center is available for seniors and the disabled. The location provides full-day services (Monday – Friday) to elderly and also disabled participants. Some of the services offered to New Orleans families include music and art, free nutritional meals, health screening and monitoring, prescription medication administration, exercise, social activities, field trips, and reminiscence and intergenerational projects. Catholic Charity case managers also provide counseling and support groups for seniors and disabled caregivers. (985) 892-7074

One time, limited financial help

Many of the Catholic Charity churches try their best to raise money from the community, and those funds can be used to pay bills, rent, housing and more. There may be local parishes that collect tithes or funds, or Catholic Charities sells goods at thrift stores and that money is paid out.

Regardless, Catholic Charities in Orleans Parish rarely have funds to help with critical bills. There is a strict application process based on need, income, residency, asset levels as well as other factors. The funds, when offered, are for critical bills like rent, deposits, utilities, medical equipment, and so called basic needs. Or learn more on other financial aid, including Louisiana homeless prevention programs.

Phone number and applying for Catholic Charities resources in New Orleans

Many different services, ranging from food to health, maternity clinics, financial aid and more are listed below. The applicable phone number is also above. Call that Catholic Charities parish for information.

By Jon McNamara

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