Rockland County Catholic Charities assistance programs.

Catholic Charities partners with many non-profits and churches in Rockland County. Together the organization will offer resources to the less fortunate, low income, and jobless. While funds can be used to help pay a portion of rent or energy bills in order to prevent an eviction, the main focus is on providing long term self-sufficiency and stabilization to clients.

Programs are available to those in need in Rockland County New York. They rely heavily on private donations, the Department of Labor, and government grants. Social workers will review options with you and help you apply to programs.

The Catholic Community Services of Rockland food pantry will not turn anyone away. While qualifications will need to be met, in general residents can get help at most one-time-per-month. Another program may provide a three-day food supply to families for up to three meals. This particular resource is open a few times per week, including in the evening, afternoons and weekend. The demand on the food pantry is very high and resources are limited, so please donate if you can. The center is located at 78 Hudson Avenue in Haverstraw, New York. Other services available include education seminars and even cooking demonstrations.

Developing or improving Money Management skills and improving credit ratings are all very important. Catholic Charities will hold individual and/or group workshops that provide free or low cost money management services to clients. It is offered for those individuals who are interested in improving their skills and knowledge in household financial matters. Using non-profit credit counselors, the program covers topics such as tips for cutting expenses, budgeting, financial goal setting, banking, credit and debt reduction.

Eviction Prevention and Programs for the Homeless are offered in Rockland County. Some examples of this includes emergency funds for rent expenses and relief, case management, and other support for people facing eviction from their house or apartment. Clients can apply for and may qualify for one-time financial assistance. This is primarily for families that have emergency basic needs, such as prescriptions, unpaid utility bills, furniture needs, funeral assistance. Any type of emergency relief funds are limited by availability and donations.




Immigration Legal Services are offered at low cost. All services are federal government qualified. Get help with Work Authorization Applications, Naturalization, Relative Petitions, and employment services may also be offered for immigrants. Advocacy services and referrals for other services all may be offered as needed. A minimal consultation fee may apply.

Available in all towns and counties in New York is an Immigration Hotline. This is a statewide initiative that provides information and referrals. It was created to serve as a hotline that responds to citizenship and immigration related questions. Services are offered in many languages including Spanish, Macedonian, Arabic, Chinese, Italian, and more. Call 1.800-566.7636.

The numerous holiday and seasonal assistance programs include Adopt A Family, Back-To-School Book Bag Program and the Easter and Thanksgiving Basket Program.

Catholic Community Services, like many other agencies, runs an Adopt a Family Program. The charity wants to brighten the Christmas and Holiday Season for children, the elderly and families in the Rockland community who are in need. Hundreds of residents, most of which are children, are matched with private donors who give the gifts of toys, clothing, and other household items. The program is very successful at brightening the holidays of people who need help. It relies on volunteers and generous donations from the community.

Meals and food are offered from the Easter and Thanksgiving Basket Program. Many families have additional expenses during the holidays and winter months and may be in need. Catholic Charities will try to provide baskets of food for the holidays in an effort to spread the joy. Donations are needed and canned foods, turkeys, fresh produce, and other food items are greatly appreciated. The churches could also use gift cards for local to grocery and drug stores.

The Backpack Program may be able assist those children who are in need of book bags, notebooks, school supplies and backpacks when returning to school. Every year this program may provide hundreds of donated backpacks for children and teenagers returning back to school.




Additional social services provided are as follows. Receive Counseling, Free Emergency Meals, Grants for Eviction Prevention, Financial Assistance, Career Counseling, Job Readiness & Placement and of course Information and Referral.

Stop by or call Rockland County Catholic Charities at 78 Hudson Avenue, Haverstraw, NY 10927, (845) 942-5791.


By Jon McNamara

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