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Catholic Charities In San Joaquin and Stanislaus assistance programs.

Catholic Charities Diocese of Stockton provides emergency assistance and social services to a number of counties in California, including San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and others. Tens of thousands of families and individuals receive help every year. Services range from food, assistance for immigrants, senior programs, and even the possibility of limited amounts of financial assistance. The non-profit Catholic Charities organization is one of the nation’s leading charities to call when you need help. Many of their resources focus on families with children, seniors, the disabled, and immigrants.

Medical care or insurance is organized by the Children’s Health Initiative. Catholic Charities works with area churches in Stockton and other communities, local hospitals, community centers, and school districts to ensure children get the medical care they need and deserve. Social workers and volunteers do whatever they can to locate, register and maintain eligible children on health insurance and care plans such as Medi-Cal, Healthy Kids, or Healthy Families programs.

The Emergency Food Program provides a short term solution to hunger, and it can provide meals, food, and groceries to people across Calaveras, Stanislaus, and other communities. The Stockton California office organizes churches, charities, and local Catholic Charity centers in the region. Together they offer emergency food boxes to tens of thousands of people per year. Special holiday meals and aid, such as gifts and toys, may be distributed around Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Prenatal Care Program is offered to pregnant women, girls, teenagers and/or single parents. The program will provide support, guidance, and care to women who need help. Low income females may not have the access to the resources that they need in order to seek appropriate prenatal care for their unborn babies or for themselves. So this is where the charity organization can help.

Get advice on free or affordable medical care, cash assistance from the government, and other public aid. Some help for pregnant moms may be available using Catholic Charity resources too.  This Prenatal Care program has been funded by First Five of San Joaquin as well as Catholic Health Care West.





Seniors and/or their caregivers have assistance available to them. Catholic Charities offers assistance and support to caregivers of the elderly, senior citizens, or frail who may be suffering from mental or physical disabilities such as senile dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, or who are bedridden. The agency can provide a Respite Care Worker to stay with the dependent senior on a short term basis so that the caregiver can take a temporary break. These services are even provided in the senior or elderly person’s home. The respite worker may even be able to direct the caregiver to longer term solutions, such as federal government health care or financial assistance programs.

Home modification may also be available for the elderly who have a caregiver. This program will ensure the client’s home is safe, and to try to ensure the caregiver has the best opportunity to take care of their dependent. Receive help in setting up the care recipient’s living environment as well as free tips and advice. Catholic Charities works with volunteers and contractors across the region to make minor modifications to the home. This can include supplying and installing for free various adaptive equipment which would help the caregiver do his/her job, and will ensure the home is safe to live in.

Light housekeeping may be facilitated by Homemaker Services. This assistance program provides services to senior citizens in Tuolumn and Stanislaus California who are in need of housekeeping duties, such as transportation, cooking, or laundry.

Personal Care services offered to seniors includes bathing, dressing, shaving, and toileting. To be clear, this service does not include medical or prescription assistance. It also does not include nursing care.

Catholic Charity immigration services are offered by Stockton California Catholic Charities. They include Naturalization and Family Reunification, among others. Social workers and case managers provide various forms of assistance to immigrants, including information on financial assistance. Services are provided through low-cost professional and confidential immigration counseling. Other aid can offer legal immigration services which lead to family reunification. Or find financial help for immigrants as well.

Naturalization is provided from low cost, yet high quality, legal counseling, consultations and tutoring services. All of this, and more, is offered in order to assist legal permanent residents and help them achieve US citizenship each year.




Dial (209) 444-5900 to call the San Joaquin County offices of Catholic Charities, which are located at 1106 North El Dorado Street. Other centers are at 400 12th St # 4  Modesto, CA 95354, (209) 529-3784 and 14855 Mono Way #101  Sonora, California 95370 (209) 532-7632.


By Jon McNamara

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