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Catholic Charity programs in Sonoma.

Resources are offered to the struggling and low income in Sonoma County California. Catholic Charities helps thousands of residents every single year from direct assistance or referrals. Case managers and assistance is offered for senior citizens, the poor in rural areas, people who are currently homeless, Alzheimer’s patients and the unemployed, among others. Some examples of the services administered are below as well as information on who to call for advice and support.

Homeless shelters and case management can assist needy families and individuals. Social workers and staff from Catholic Charities and churches will help people move beyond being evicted and staying in shelters. Work with a professional on employment counseling, goal setting and accountability, education, case management, housing, emergency rental assistance and more. The B.R.I.D.G.E.S program is a housing resource for children who need support. It focuses on life skills, computer literacy, reading, educational themes and homework assistance.

Other services provide for the homeless and recently evicted include Nightingale at Brookwood Health Center, Coach 2 Career, Homeless Services Center. A Family Support Center can provide referrals and information on government housing assistance, including low income units, section 8 and grants for deposits and other costs.

An Alzheimer's Respite Resource Center is known as CARES. Trained advocates support older and disabled people in Sonoma County. They will help clients with transportation to doctor appointments and errands, in-home visits and provide them with other help in accessing social, medical, life-supporting, and emergency financial aid.

Housing, foreclosure, and eviction prevention counseling is offered from H.O.M.E., or Housing Options and Mortgage Education. Learn about various counseling services. This can include Permanent Supportive Housing, Transitional units, and other units for singles and women with children.




The free Catholic Charities Housing Counseling Services is HUD approved and is fully comprehensive. Credit and housing counselors offer budget advice; homebuyer post-purchase education; counseling; fair housing information; pre-purchase counseling and education; credit and debt counseling; rental mediation services; predatory lending and homeless/displacement counseling. To get more information on this Catholic Charity program dial 575-0215.

Eviction prevention and homeless services are widely available. The location is the primary drop-in and initial review center for those struggling with paying their rent or who are currently homeless in Sonoma County. The charity runs the largest adult shelter in the North Bay California region. The shelter provides lockers, telephone, mail service, and connections to area services. Clients can also receive one-on-one case management. Services will help them improve their health, employment, and housing situations. This center provides intake and evaluation for entry into the Catholic Charities' Sam Jones Hall shelter as well as Nightingale at Brookwood Health Center.

Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship resources are always administered. Case managers interview and assess each applicant and newcomer. They will try to determine their eligibility for naturalization into the country. Case managers from the Sonoma Catholic Charity will assist those who qualify with completing citizenship applications through individual appointments and group events. The agency will help people prepare for citizenship tests and the interviews by offering individual tutoring as well as English literacy group classes. 528-8712

A Rural Food Program is offered for seniors and the working poor. Many people have a fixed income and struggle to pay their bills and make ends meet. Others who usually stop by for free meals or groceries include farmworkers, homeless children, and the disabled. Volunteers and staff from the agency also drive to rural sites in Sonoma and nearby Lake counties where staff will help the needy with connections to other social services and non-profits. (707) 528-8712




By Jon McNamara

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