Catholic Charities New Orleans assistance programs.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 medical bill assistance 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




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

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

By Jon McNamara

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