Catholic Charity assistance in Pima, Pinal, and Gila County.

The low income and needy in the region can turn to Catholic Charities. The agency supports families in Pinal, Pima, and Gila County. The main social services offered include St. Elizabeth's Health Center, dental assistance, housing, medical care, and immigration services.

St. Elizabeth's Health Center is a local, faith-based community clinic. Medical or dental care is offered for low income patients who have no health insurance, or who are underinsured. The St. Elizabeth's clinic has served patients of all ages and cultures who need dental and/or medical services. Most of the assistance is offered to patients with minimal fees and bills. The St. Elizabeth's clinic will bill patients on a sliding fee scale, meaning that people will only need to pay what they can afford to pay for their medical bills. Catholic Charities and St. Elizabeth's have assembled a large number of volunteer health care providers across Tucson and Pima County, as well as other regions, to support this effort. Dentists, doctors, nurses, behavioral health professionals, nurse practitioners, and others contribute their time and services to the clinic.

Medical care services offered include primary care services offered for all ages, X-ray services, laboratory work and services, diabetes care management, Rheumatology, Obstetrics and gynecology, Dermatology and Well Woman HealthCheck Program.

While specialty care is limited, and is mostly addressed from referrals, some of the care offered by St. Elizabeth's includes orthopedics, cardiology, surgical services, oncology, and ophthalmology.

As mentioned, this Catholic Charity clinic can also help with dental needs. Call them or stop by for dental, check ups, cleanings and general dentistry care.

St. Elizabeth's can also provide advice and counseling services to patients. This includes information on the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutritional Supplement Program, Prescription Medication Assistance, and more general Community Outreach and Education.





Many other community partners work with St. Elizabeth's Health Center. These relationships make it possible for the center to serve patients and coordinate affordable medical and health care. So the center and Catholic Charities can refer people to facilities across Tucson Arizona and counties such as Gila.

The Catholic Charity Pio Decimo Center Housing and Family Services provide stabilization with food, housing, clothing, and general safety. At the same time case management and self-sufficiency is provided.

Housing staff that are part of the center will provide services to facilitate shelter and transitional housing for homeless families, counseling for anyone considering a home purchase, or senior housing for low-income seniors. Foreclosure counseling and mortgage assistance can be facilitated too, as services will help a home owner in trouble and who is facing a mortgage default or foreclosure.

Renters who are having difficulties with landlords can also get help, including information on rental assistance in Pima County. Families that reside in transitional housing receive case management and advice. The elderly and senior citizens of Tucson can receive a number of supportive services that includes a weekly wellness check. As part of meeting basic needs, Catholic Charities will also distribute an emergency food box. Clothing is also available every week day year round for children, families, and qualified individuals in the community.

Pio Decimo Center Asset Building for Families is a financial advice, credit counseling, and wealth building program. Financial education is key to becoming self-sufficient over the long term, and Catholic Charities will provide counseling and support on a regular basis. Workshops and classes are held across Pinal and Pima County, and some people can receive free one on one advice.

This Catholic Charity asset building program encourages long-term savings through tools such as matched savings accounts, free federal and state of Arizona tax preparation through an IRS trained volunteer staff and more. Other components can assist with managing debt; developing household budgets and help people reduce both medical and credit card debts.

Immigrants to the Arizona area may get help from the Catholic Social Service Immigration and Citizenship Program, which has been approved by the federal government Board of Immigration Appeals. This service is operated from an office at 140 West Speedway, Tucson, Arizona, and it has served the entire county as well as Southern Arizona since the 1980s.





Most of the immigration services are offered with a minimal fee, and advice and counseling is bilingual, so offered in Spanish and English. Services are meant to be affordable. This Catholic Charity service can also include free advice from lawyers in Arizona for addressing immigration issues.

Specialists and well trained volunteers from Catholic Charities will process all citizenship and immigration forms. Appointments are given to those who need help, as accredited personnel are available.

Specific immigration programs include Family-Based Immigration and Adjustment to Lawful Permanent Residency as well as Citizenship by Naturalization.

Case management is offered for low income families from The Santa Cruz Project (SCP). Assistance is offered in order to provide supportive intervention to low-income families and individuals in the Tucson Arizona metro area.

The Catholic Charity SCP program provides a number of supportive intervention services and resources through case management services. Some of what can be provided includes referrals to other agencies for needed services, advocating for benefits and services for clients, accompanying clients to appointments with health care providers or teachers, and direct people to other community based organizations in Pima County. Information on public aid is also available. Case workers will assess clients in their homes too.

Tucson Catholic Charity senior programs

Transportation is offered in some areas for the elderly and seniors. Rides can be provided to take people to doctor appointments, shopping twice per month, nutrition services, or maybe even a ride to a senior center. Only some regions in southern Arizona have this senior transportation program.

Home Delivered and Congregate Meals are organized by Catholic Charities in the Pima and Pinal county area. The provision of healthy food and general nutrition services to older people in a group or home setting is a key service offered. A free or low cost hot meal is available most days of the week, and the meal will satisfy one-third of the recommended dietary allowances for senior citizens. The homebound and people who can’t make it to a meal site may be qualified for Meals on Wheels, which is the home delivery service.




Regional Catholic Charity churches

Catholic Charities operates from the following centers. They support anyone in need who lives in the Pima and surrounding county region, city of Tucson, Yuma, and other locations. Assistance is also for immigrants, Spanish speakers, and the working poor.

  • 140 West Speedway Boulevard, Tucson, AZ 85705, (520) 623-0344
  • Pio Decimo Center, 848 S. 7th Ave., Tucson,  Arizona 85701, 520-622-2801
  • Catholic Charity Service Western Arizona 690 E. 32ND ST., Yuma, AZ 85365, 928-341-9400
  • CCS Southeastern Arizona, 6049 Highway 90, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635, 520-458-4203
  • Southwest Community Services, 268 W. Adams St., Tucson, Arizona 85705, 520-792-1906


By Jon McNamara

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