Catholic Charities Orange County California assistance programs.

Many of the resources available by Catholic Charities in Orange County California focus on immigrants, refugees, and seniors. However they will do what they can to help the low income, working poor, and families who need help.

The Resettlement/Refugee, Immigration and Citizenship Center, or BIC, is certified by the federal government as a Board of Immigration Appeals service. People who are new to the country can get assistance with completing applications for naturalization. Also receive family petitions, adjustment of status, work permits, family unity and reunification, student visa, religious visa, self-petition for domestic violence victim, green card for refugee, re-entry permit, freedom of information act (FOIA), certificate of citizenship for children, consultation, referral and get other information. In addition to all of those assistance programs, free Citizenship Classes are held three times a month at the Orange County Catholic Charity Center. The main immigration office is located at 1800 East 17th Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705. Call 714-347-9664.

Job training programs are offered to immigrants and refugees from the Employment Service Center. Clients need to be referred by the Social Services Agency of Orange County. Case managers will work to develop life and employment skills that move clients toward self-sufficiency and independence. The employment center also assists refugees and immigrants with job placement in the southern California region. Phone 714-347-9664.

Food and basic necessities are distributed by the Doris Cantlay Center. Resources are available for low income families, the working poor, and individuals and families in need. Examples of programs include food distribution, which is offered at the Center 3 days a week. Special holiday meals, groceries and free food boxes are offered during the holidays of Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Other aid may include clothing or information on places to turn to for financial assistance. Address is 3631 West Warner Avenue, Santa Ana, California 92704. Phone 714-668-1130

Catholic Charities can provide information on and help people apply for CalFresh, or the food stamp program. If you need assistance with providing food for you or your family, call to find out how social workers and this resource can help you and your family meet their basic nutritional needs.





CalFresh is a federal government program that helps low income people and their families that have little or no income. Aid can help them buy nutritious food and groceries. Case managers from Catholic Charities of Orange County help eligible clients apply for the federal government CalFresh/Food Stamp benefits. They offer application assistance workshops, and they run monthly in San Juan Capistrano and Santa Ana, Orange. Their application assistance workshops are open to all Orange County California residents provided they have been prescreened by CalFresh Outreach Specialists. The main administration office is at 1820 East 16th Street, Santa Ana, California 92701. Call 714-347-9601. Another location is at the Doris Cantlay Center, 3631 W. Warner Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92704. Dial 714-668-1130 ext. 207

Community Outreach Services include referral services, information, food distribution and basic need supplies. Catholic Charities will trains volunteers from local churches, non-profits, and other members of the community. They will provide a range of outreach services in the community, general advice, and direct people to financial and government assistance as needed. Call 714-347-9628

Senior housing is offered at Casa Santa Maria. The center is a 100 unit independent living, senior housing complex that provides low-income older adults with affordable housing. Residents and potential clients will need to meet federal eligibility guidelines that are established by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 7551 Orangethorpe Avenue, Buena Park, California 90621, dial 714-523-1734.



By Jon McNamara

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