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Southeast Arizona Catholic Charities assistance programs.

Catholic Charities can provide low income assistance to residents in Cochise, Greenlee, Santa Cruz, and Graham Counties. Case managers will work with qualified applicants in an effort to help them find and apply for help. Resources are offered for seniors, families looking for housing or health care, and various other services are available too.

Seniors can sign up for meals or the nutrition program. Tens of thousands of meals are distributed to individuals in the region who qualify, including in Cochise County Arizona.

This can include home delivered and congregate meals. The assistance is offered to older people and the elderly who work or live in a group or home setting. As donations allow, meals can be made available five days a week. Not only that but they are healthy too. The items served will meet one-third of the recommended dietary allowances for older adults. The food, meals, nutrition services, and educational seminars are all provided in an effort to improve the dietary intakes of participants. If a senior citizen doesn't qualify then they may be referred to or linked to other non-profit or community resources. Some government assistance may also be provided if/when possible.

People who are age 60 or older, regardless of income, and their spouses can use the Catholic Charity meals programs. Disabled can also sign up these services, regardless of their age. A focus is on those who are in greatest social and economic need in Santa Cruz or Cochise County Arizona. These will be the main targets of the meals and/or socialization activities.

Meals will also be served in the counties and towns of Benson, Douglas, and Sierra Vista. While they are provided for free, all participants of the home delivered or congregate programs are given an opportunity to donate towards the cost of the meal. Even a few bucks can go a long way to ensuring the program can continue to operate.

Shelters are available, including for victims of Domestic Violence. Counseling, services, and assistance is offered for resident of Cochise and Santa Cruz Counties. The centers are open 365 days a year. People who stay there can also enroll into other programs as well, including case management and more.




Transportation is available for people in the community. These programs are available locally and also across the entire state. Catholic Charities is well known for providing this service to the less fortunate. Resources, including the Cochise Commuter, can take people to medical appointment or critical shopping trips.

Medical assistance is available at centers such as St. Elizabeth's Health Center. The location is a faith-based community clinic that cares for the uninsured, very low income and also the so called under insured persons in the southeast Arizona region. Patients of all ages, incomes, races, and religions can receive help. They can access a number of medical and/or dental services. The St. Elizabeth's clinic operates with patient fees and donations. The fees/bills that are charged will be based on a sliding scale according to what patients can afford. A large number of volunteer health care providers from Graham and Cochise county volunteer to serve St. Elizabeth's patients. Many dentists, doctors, nurses, behavioral health professionals, and nurse practitioners offer their time and services to the clinic.

Pio Decimo Center Housing and Family Services address basic needs such as clothing, food, housing, and safety. Housing staff from Catholic Charities provide services to facilitate these programs. It can include housing for low-income seniors, housing transitional housing for homeless families, free counseling for anyone considering a home purchase or needing help. Services are offered for anyone in trouble with mortgage default or who may be facing a foreclosure. Renters who need help with a landlord may be able to receive mediation. Also, seniors can receive a number of supportive services that includes a weekly wellness check for those who need it and families living in transitional housing can sign up for case management. Emergency clothing and free food boxes are also available for the greater Arizona community.

Catholic Community Services in Southeastern Arizona has locations in several counties, including Santa Cruz and Cochise. However the main center is at 155 Bartow Dr., Ste. A, Sierra Vista, Arizona 85635. Call 520.458-4203.




By Jon McNamara

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