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Catholic Charities assistance programs San Antonio and Bexar County.

Families that need help in a crisis can try contacting the San Antonio Catholic Charities for assistance. A number of crisis prevention programs are operated by the charity, and thousands of low income families receive help every year. Some financial assistance may be offered in addition to the agency providing guidance toward long term self-sufficiency.

Emergency financial assistance may be provided by the Crisis Intervention Program. Resources are limited, and applicants to this Catholic Charities program need to meet various qualifications. However some San Antonio families may receive financial assistance or cash, in particular for food, rent and clothing. Importantly, social workers will also provide clients help in obtaining sufficiency and stability. The program, and Catholic Charities of Bexar County, operates from 1801 W. César E. Chávez Blvd. Phone (210) 226-6178

Free fans can be provided by Project Cool. This resource was created by a community partnership of agencies such as the Salvation Army and Catholic Charities. The program can provide fans for low income seniors 60 years or older or those with a medical need. The units can help relieve people of the harmful effects of the San Antonio Texas heat during summer months. Dial (210) 226-6178.

Military Family Relief Project is offered for veterans and active duty personnel in Bexar County. Catholic Charities may be able to coordinate counseling services, financial assistance, housing, clothing and food assistance. Recipients will need to be active duty, reserve, National Guard or veterans. Their immediate family members can also benefit from this program, and they can receive access to social services and/or financial aid. Get extensive information on all of the federal government programs for veterans and military service members.

Free income tax returns and filing can be provided by Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. Volunteers can offer assistance and support for low-wage workers to claim federal earned income tax credit. The non-profit can help people prepare and file their state and federal government income tax returns as well, and all services are offered for free to qualified individuals. Phone (210) 222-2975.

The Community Voice Mail Program can provide information. It is a free, personalized, 24-hour voice service to people who live in crisis and who are in a moment of transition. The Catholic Charity services may be able to directly link people to employment opportunities, jobs, housing, social services and more general personal support.

Catholic Charities Guadalupe Community Center offers an extensive variety of social services and assistance programs for persons of all ages. Some examples of what is offered includes youth leadership classes, food, groceries and clothing assistance, after-school and summer youth programs, and organized/recreational sports activities. They are also a great place for referrals and information on financial and public aid programs and resources. The Center can direct the poor or less fortunate to cash assistance programs in Texas too, including TANF type benefits.





Money Management Program, including budgeting sessions and workshops may be offered. A part of this will help San Antonio families reduce their debts on credit cards and other forms of borrowing. This also includes bill payer and representative payee services for low income individuals in Bexar County. The programs are currently for those San Antonio residents who are 55 years and older who lack the ability to manage their own financial affairs and improve their own financial situation. So it covers low income families, and Catholic Charities can help them consolidate credit card debts.

Immigration Services provided by Catholic Charities includes reduced-fee legal services and professional consultations that are designed to assist low-income immigrants achieve the full benefits available to them under state and federal government immigration laws. Services for immigrants include training/outreach, family-based petitions, naturalization workshops, and limited court representation, Ask-A-Lawyer Program, and crime victim services. This program is run from 2903 W. Salinas St., SAT 78207, or call (210) 433-3256

Additional legal aid is provided by Texas Law Help. The non-profit can serve as your one stop, online resource for free and low-cost civil legal assistance for those who cannot afford legal help. Topics covered include family law and domestic violence; civil rights; foreclosure; consumer issues; disability issues; disaster relief; elder law; employment; health; housing; immigration; military and veterans' affairs; public benefits; migrant workers; and wills and estates.

By Jon McNamara














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