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San Bernardino and Riverside County Catholic Charities assistance programs.

Catholic Charities provides social services and emergency assistance to individuals in Riverside and San Bernardino County California, also known as the Inland Empire. Many families can get help with basic needs, emergency funds for rent or mortgages and financial aid for paying bills. The programs and social services available from Catholic Charities have benefited many people in the region, and they also help immigrants (documented or not) and assistance is also offered in Spanish.

When faced with challenging times, people will often seek help from local churches, public agencies, or private organizations and ask for assistance. The services in highest demand in the Inland Empire are requests for funds for paying rent, utilities, and even food. Catholic Charities may give everything from a few dollars to pay rent to a free bag of groceries, legal advice, and even burial assistance.

Emergency financial help, free food, housing and other resources in Inland Empire

The Riverside County and San Bernardino regional Catholic Charity organization provides a wide range of necessary social services and emergency financial assistance to qualified individuals. A main resource is known as Family & Community Services.

Resources offered include Holiday Programs which may be meals or a gift. There is also emergency rent and Housing Assistance as well as Utility Bill Assistance. Catholic Charity churches also operate pantries and soup kitchens that give out free Food and Meals; Burial Assistance and Transportation Assistance. Catholic Charities is just one of the national and local groups that assist with housing needs. Find other places that help with rent.

Social workers and case managers are available from the Family & Community Programs & Services. Applicants will be able to meet face to face with low income and needy families to complete a thorough interview and intake assessment. Applications are available in Spanish too. This process will allow people the ability to determine the availability of resources. Explore emergency financial assistance that may be offered from Catholic Charities, the government, and non-profits in the community.




While many Catholic Charity resources are limited, what can often be provided is advocacy and linkages to other resources. As an example, get help with applying to state of California public assistance and federal government resources, such as low income energy bill assistance or housing vouchers. Or get information on private resources which can also be key to obtaining the assistance that families need.

Staff and social workers are trained to know eligibility requirements for the various services. They also are well versed to what is available in the community to help resolve a family’s immediate crisis. The fact is that families that are struggling to pay their bills and meet their basic needs often benefit from a wide range of assistance.

In a typical year, at least a few thousands families across the Inland Empire region of Riverside or San Bernardino benefit from the financial assistance, support, and guidance that is provided by Catholic Charities social workers. Stop by a center at 1450 North D Street San Bernardino CA 92405, phone: (909)388-123 or 7209 Arlington Avenue  Riverside, California 92503, dial (909) 388-1242.

Additional social services from Catholic Charities

Holiday assistance, including Thanksgiving, Christmas, food, meals and gifts for children are offered by Catholic Charities under the name of Special Programs and Events. Inland Empire families can access free Christmas and Thanksgiving meals and gifts for children and teenagers. Families in the Riverside and San Bernardino can also get holiday food baskets, such as around Easter. Last, but not least, back to school programs can provide clothes and uniforms for children, as well as needed supplies.

Refugee and Immigration Services can help people new to the country coping with the complexities of California’s and the country's immigration laws. Get help navigating the government’s regulations. Catholic Charity case managers can advise on required documents that are needed as part of the immigration process.

People new to the country can find it daunting and difficult to obtain affordable, accurate, and up-to-date information on the immigration process. Immigration and Refugee Specialists at Catholic Charities in Riverside and San Bernardino provide citizenship services, community outreach workshops, and status adjustment assistance.







People new to this country are usually confronted with a complicated and different way of life in California, and they can be overwhelmed with the citizenship process. Immigrants and refugees find affordable services, understanding and find they also have access to a well-trained staff at Catholic Charities. Their services and resources meet the requirements of the Board of Immigration Appeals.

Family Tragedy Assistance Fund can help when someone passes away. Many low income and working poor families will be particularly impacted when the death of a parent or child occurs. People of all religions and backgrounds struggle with the pressure of a proper burial. The pain and the stress they face becomes almost unimaginable. Catholic Charities will work with churches, charities, and impacted families to help the low income as well as uninsured.

They can help people deal with the emotional and financial impact of a death. There can be financial help provided to pay for a burial, casket, or funeral. Churches in San Bernardino and Riverside County try to help the poor and less fortunate. Find burial assistance for the uninsured.

Phone number to apply for help from Riverside and San Bernardino County Catholic Charities

As noted, the churches cover both counties. They process applications, and offer guidance in both Spanish and English. The main address is 1450 North D Street San Bernardino California 92405, Phone: (909)388-1239


By Jon McNamara

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