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Santa Clara Catholic Charities assistance programs.

Case managers from Catholic Charities can help the less fortunate and low income in Santa Clara County. Some of the programs they administer will provide direct financial assistance for expenses including housing or rent and other resources are offered from referrals. In addition, social workers can help people apply for a number of local, state, and federal government public benefit programs. Or immigrants and those seeking employment skills can get assistance.

Job and development services

Self-sufficiency and Economic Development can help pull people out of poverty. The unemployed, working poor, immigrants and others can sign up for housing, employment and job training, English skills, and financial education classes such as credit counseling.

Individual Development Accounts may also be offered to clients. This is a matched savings program that helps low-income families and individuals build assets. If you save money a matching grant of additional funds may be provided. The money is used for purchases such as paying for college, buying a home, or starting a business. Or clients of Catholic Charities can learn about free apps for saving and investing on their smart-phone

Job Training and Employment Services are for clients who are seeking a new or their very first job. Some of the assistance provided includes career counseling, resume writing, interviewing skills, placement, and the development of job retention skills.

Often offered, as needed, are ESL (English as a Second Language) and well as short-term training for computers, including keyboarding; Microsoft applications; Internet and e-mail usage. Sessions are held at 2625 Zanker Road, Suite 101, San Jose, CA 95134. Call (408) 325-5285





Another similar program is Focus for Work. This provides individual and group employment preparation services and workshops. Topics covered include job development services and post-employment support for adults diagnosed with Behavioral illness. Components provide job coaching and follow-along support for 90 days after placement, vocational assessment, and other classes such as resume writing, interviewing skills, and cold calling.

Catholic Charities Tax EZ Free Services are offered for low income families. Thousands of federal and state of California tax returns have been prepared and filed over the years, all at no cost to those who qualify. Several centers are available across Santa Clara County. There are a number of free income tax filing services.

Educational programs are offered for children and their parents. The goal is to help them gain the tools they need to become self-sufficient adults. Catholic Charities and their partners offer innovative programs and parenting classes to those who need to improve their skillset and place in life. Some resources are aimed at younger children and these can help them prepare them for kindergarten so they are ready to get the most out of their education, learn, and grow as individuals.

Another resource is the CORAL program, which is for after-school activities. It will assist students in high-poverty neighborhoods in northern California achieve academic success through a focus on active parent participation, strong reading skills, and other lively enrichment activities.





The related Asylee Program offer cash assistance, ESL, medical coverage, computer training, and job placement. Some limited help for bills or rent may be provided. Dial 408.325.5227.

Older Adult Services can be provided to low-income seniors and their caregivers. They can help keep families together and out of nursing homes. Home delivered meals and more may be offered too. The related service is the Senior Nutrition Program. Volunteers and staff serve hot, nutritious meals to seniors and their spouses up to five days a week at multiple locations in Santa Clara County.

FIRST 5 Santa Clara County is for people with families. It can help with prenatal care through age 5. Receive free information, resources, access to assistance programs, services, and activities for children and their families. Some of the phone numbers are Dahl Elementary Family Resource Center (call 408.361.4281), Luther Burbank Family Resource Center (dial 408.380.8600) and Santee Family Resource Center (408.420.1932). there are other locations as well.

Kinship Support Program is for people who are taking care of children who are not their own. For example, grandparents who may be caring for a grandchild. Catholic Charities can provide guidance on how to navigate the child welfare and dependency court systems. 408.975.5328

Inmate Support Services can help inmates housed in Santa Clara county California. Assistance is also offered for their families. Access a variety of services including book delivery, glasses, notary services, resources, and referrals. 408.325.5147

Financial help from Catholic Charities in Santa Clara County

Housing, rent, and eviction prevention assistance can help people deal with the high cost of housing in Santa Clara. Many people in the region need to decide between paying their rent, buying food, or paying for medical bills. So churches and Catholic Charities try to help the very low-income, homeless and working poor. Receive help in finding safe, stable, and appropriate housing.




Resources can include referrals to emergency rental assistance and housing vouchers. The Campaign to Cut Poverty in Santa Clara County is a partnership with other groups and non-profits to promote the development of affordable housing and rental units. There are also referrals to rental assistance programs in Santa Clara County.

Another option is the Catholic Charities Housing Search and Stabilization Program. This works to help families and individuals find safe, stable and appropriate housing to live in. Clients can receive individualized assessment of housing needs. Some innovative programs can provide help to people finding a landlord who will offer shared housing. Receive guidance in completing an application. Other more housing retention services include one-on-one budget counseling, landlord/tenant mediation, credit repair, rent help/eviction prevent services, and financial education workshops.

One of the primary government programs is CalFresh. This assists Santa Clara County residents with meeting their nutritional needs from government funded food stamp benefits. It is paid for at the federal level from USDA, and clients will be issued a debit card for their shopping. You can buy whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables and proteins too.

Immigration/Refugee can help individuals navigate the often-overwhelming process of becoming a U.S. Citizen. It can give people the opportunity to establish firm roots. Immigration services are offered in San Jose and Gilroy California. Some of the assistance programs provided by the agency include interview preparation, assessment of eligibility, application assistance, and referrals to English classes and citizenship classes. Resettlement and retraining services are coordinated by Catholic Charities too. This includes computer classes, foster care support services, and job training. Another focus is on free lawyers in California helping immigrants.

WIC Peer Counseling Program is supported by Catholic Charities. Dial 408.200.0981. It offers education and support groups for pregnant and new mothers.

Programs for Financial Education Services can help low-income individuals and families develop healthy budgeting, spending, and savings habits. Call 408.325.5166 for counseling.





Locations of Catholic Charities in Santa Clara County

Come of the Catholic Charity centers include Eastside Neighborhood Center, 2150 Alum Rock Ave.,  San Jose, CA 95116.
John XXIII Multi-Service Center, 195 E. San Fernando St., San Jose, CA 95112
2625 Zanker Road, Suite 101, San Jose, California 95134, (408) 325-5194


By Jon McNamara

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