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Piedmont region South Carolina Catholic Charity programs.

Catholic Charities and its churches operate across several counties in the Piedmont region of South Carolina. The organization offers emergency financial assistance, dental care, food, and other aid. While funds are limited, most of the money is targeted at rental or utility bill payments. Catholic Charities coordinates assistance in the counties of Anderson, Abbeville, Cherokee, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Newberry, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg, McCormick and Union.

Emergency Financial aid is always in high demand, but it is the most limited. The ministry may be able to offer rent, medications, utility bill or security deposit assistance to those families that are qualified. All resources are limited. For example, in an effort to provide the most help, they will limit any forms of financial aid to at most once per year. Often priority is for people who are most at risk as well.

Any funds issued by Catholic Charities goes directly to the service provider (such as landlord or utility company) and not to the individual that is applying. This is available from local churches in the entire region, including Anderson, Spartanburg, Laurens and other counties.

Senior Companions is when volunteers are matched with needy senior citizens. The Catholic Charity program is a free, non-medical based service that has a goal of helping the elderly in South Carolina age in their own homes rather than a nursing home or facility. It will also reduce isolation.

Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, churches, Piedmont South Carolina Catholic Charities, and other non-profits all work together to offer this program to the needy. It can often be combined with meals on wheels and other services from the organization.

For grandparents raising their grandchildren, Second Time Around is a support program for them. It is a social service and partner network. In addition, Catholic Charities and their volunteers also give them a link to non-profit resources and agencies in the community. For example, there may be some local non-profits in the region that offer financial aid or food to those faced with this circumstance.

Save-a-Smile is a dental assistance program that is available in South Carolina. It is a program in which Catholic Charities of the Piedmont provides subsidized care, including dentures and cleanings, to those that qualify. Most of the aid is for low income and/or uninsured families in counties such as Anderson, Greenville, or Pickens South Carolina.




Financial literacy and credit counseling is part of Make-Money-Count. This is marketed as a very basic financial workshop that is oriented to struggling and low income families. Credit counselors and specialists work with the client to help them keep their finances in order. The attendees can learn many things, including how to budget their expenses based on their family income and priorities.

Immigration and Refugee Services is for newcomers to the country. Catholic Charities, often working with attorneys, will provide clients with low-cost counseling and guidance. It is for low income immigrants who cannot afford a private lawyer on their own. It is often combined with the Citizenship program, which help immigrants to become citizens of the United States by learning civics, basic history, and other skills.

English as a Second Language classes are for non-English speakers in the Piedmont region of South Carolina. Catholic Charities and its volunteer teachers will help immigrants to better assimilate into society by improving upon or learning English skills. This can lead to improved employment prospects.

The main Piedmont Regional Office is at 204 Douthit St, Suite A1, Greenville, South Carolina 29602-0216. Or you can search for a local Catholic charity church in your town or county. Telephone number is (864) 242-2233.




By Jon McNamara

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