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Assistance from Catholic Charities in Salt Lake City.

Regardless of your religion, Catholic Charities in Salt Lake Utah may be able to offer you assistance during a difficult period. Thousands of people from every religion and background receive help every year. The charity literally saves lives every month, by offering food, medications, housing, shelter, and more.

Catholic Charities can address people’s basic needs, and also, maybe just as importantly, offers families hope. Clients can gain self-sufficiency through programs and social services provided by case managers. They can access a number of programs or get help through referrals to other agencies.

The demand for its services is very high. Just over the last two years, CCS has had an almost 50% increase in the requests for assistance. On average almost 250 people per day pass through the Catholic Charity Weigand center, accessing a variety of services and financial assistance programs. Some of the top services they provide include shelter and housing from the elements, heating bill assistance in the winter and air conditioning in the summer. Thanks to the generosity of many individuals and businesses in the community, the charity has been able to step up and fulfill those needs.

They are also the only charity in the greater Salt Lake City area to offer a warm meal during the noon hour, and around 3,000 people per week stop by for a meal. Anyone is welcome to come, and services are confidential and no questions are asked. A large number of families with children come for meals. What seems to have occurred is with the downturn in the economy, young families have been the ones who have been affected the most. Meals and support from Catholic Charities have helped many a family by freeing up their money for other bills, and the support CCS provides is extensive.

Emergency Assistance Program is the name of the Salt Lake City Catholic Charities homeless prevention/rental assistance program. The non-profit will also help families with emergency food assistance and boxes. Every month hundreds of people call for emergency assistance. While not everyone can receive help (as funding is limited) dozens of families every month may receive aid. Right now they are currently serving 200 to 300 households with emergency food and grocery assistance. The agency sees a wide variety of individuals and families, but many are recently unemployed, have had a reduction in income or are struggling to find work.





Rent and utility requests have also increased, and Catholic Charities does its best to meet as many requests as possible. They assist those whose gas and electric have been shut off as well, but a focus is on those who have received a notice their utilities will be shut off as it is better to be pro-active. Read more on other services provided by Catholic Charities at the national level.

While of course funding is very limited, and it depends on donations and demand, the emergency assistance program may pay around $30,000 per month for energy bills or rent. They use to assist people mainly with heating bills, however now people also have air conditioning expenses that need to be paid, so funds can help with paying summer time cooling bills too. They are educating clients to save money on utilities by insulating and they are also trying to teach them to be frugal in their use of electricity and natural gas.

Treatment Services and substance abuse is offered from St. Mary’s Home for Men. This is a residential substance abuse treatment facility designed to help men overcome addictions to drugs, alcohol, and other addictions.

The agency also runs a Refugee Resettlement Program. This Salt Lake City Catholic Charity program can help relocate hundreds of refugees fleeing persecution each year. Individuals will also guide people toward self-reliance, including job finding and employment programs. Under the umbrella of refugee resettlement is the Sharehouse, Refugee Foster Care, and Immigration services.

Call the main phone number of the Salt Lake Catholic Charities at (801) 977.9119.




By Jon McNamara

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