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Assistance from Reno Nevada area Catholic Charities.

The primary service offered in the Reno and Washoe County region is the Catholic Charities Emergency Assistance Program. The main focus is on helping those who are struggling and who are just trying to address their basic needs. The assistance, whether food, financial aid, material goods or more is part of the Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada.

Free material goods and financial help

In past years the charity has been able to help with financial expenses. This includes housing, including utilities, rent, and short term housing/shelter. Transportation, which is mainly free bus passes for areas in Northern Nevada, has been distributed. Other aid is listed below. Funding will always vary, and it sometimes depends on donations and other contributions from the community. However the various Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada programs may be able to help.

Case managers who oversee the Emergency Assistance Program will embrace each family and every individual who seeks help, whether they live in Reno or some nearby town or county. They will work with the individuals to create a plan to help people achieve an increased level of self-sufficiency while obtaining short term financial assistance.

Catholic Charities runs the St. Vincent’s Food Pantry. The center can help people put groceries and food on their tables. It is the largest and busiest food bank/pantry that operates in Washoe County and all of Reno and Northern Nevada. The demand continues to increase, and on average several thousand families receive some form of food assistance every year.

People who are receiving assistance from the pantry are often working and middle class families who rent or own a home or apartment, who have historically paid their bills on time, but who are faced with a short term hardship. Many people just do not have enough income to cover all of their monthly bills and expenses, so they are considered to be “food insecure”. The majority of the food items that Catholic Charities gives to their clients are raw ingredients and staples such as canned goods, bags of pasta, or rice.

The food pantry has two main programs. One is the daily food program, which provides the needy with a much smaller allocation of groceries, meals, and food items. Assistance from this program is provided on a daily basis if need be, and the items will supplement the diets of those who might otherwise go without.

 

 

 

The Catholic Charities monthly food program provides a substantial amount of groceries to the needy once a month. The amount distributed is based on family size. The Food Pantry is located at 500 E. Fourth Street, Reno, Nevada 89512. Call (775) 786-5266

A Dining Room Program is also available in Reno. This resource has been around since the 1960s, and the Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada and the St. Vincent’s Dining Room provide free, nutritious meals to the homeless, under-served children, and low income men and women. The dining room is open several days per week.

Emergency assistance is offered for several critical expenses. Housing, with a focus on homeless prevention, is offered. This includes funds for paying rent and energy bills. If someone is faced with a medical emergency, then some aid may be provided for medications, or even transportation to the doctor.

Direct financial aid for back rent (or utility bills if funds will stop evictions) can be arranged. Catholic Charity churches may have some of their own funds as well as referrals. The goal is to stop evictions and/or rehouse the homeless. Find emergency rent help in Washoe County.

Get referrals and guidance from Catholic Charities in Washoe County

Referrals and information is provided on other not-for-profit agencies in Reno, Washoe County, and other areas of the state. The agency will form partnerships and leverage their services with the countless other non--profit agencies, government programs, drug or gambling addiction support groups, and resources in the northern Nevada region.

This helps ensure that assistance offered is not duplicated, and aid can help target gaps in service. Case managers and emergency services staff consult with families and individuals to determine their overall needs and financial situations. Catholic Charities can connect people to other services and resources in the community. For those basic needs that people can’t get help from anywhere else, this is where Catholic Charities will focus its energy.

Northern Nevada Catholic Charities helps with debt, gambling, car title loans and general financial needs. As many Reno area families (or individuals) get over their head with borrowing money to (1) pay the bills or (2) for addictions such as gambling. Find more details on assistance paying off car title loans.

 

 

 

 

Catholic Charity immigration services and support in Northern Nevada

Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada also operates an Immigration Assistance Program. This service is offered in partnership with agencies such as the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Executive Office for Immigration Review. It can help immigrants understand the process and guide them through it. Get assistance with filing the paperwork and dealing with the legal process.

The program is run in partnership with the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC). Catholic Charity provides free yet high quality consultation on Immigration issues throughout the United States.

At the same time they walk people through the process, Catholic Charities of Reno will also help individuals obtain self-sufficiency, jobs, financial assistance and stability. Programs can help with and provide Temporary Protective Status, Employment Authorization, and Legal Permanent Residency.

Immigrants in Nevada, or migrant workers, can get other legal help in Nevada too. There are pro-bono lawyers and law firms that can help with citizenship applications. Or if an immigrant needs legal help for their family members there are resources too. More on free lawyers in Nevada.

Phone number and location of Catholic Charities

The city of Reno, Washoe County and all of Northern Nevada is covered by the church organization and its partners like Saint Vincent. Catholic Charities is at 500 E 4th St, Reno, NV 89512. Call  (775) 322-7073.

 

By Jon McNamara

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