Saint Cloud Catholic Charities emergency assistance.

The primary services administered by Catholic Charities can help St .Cloud and Stearns County families deal with a crisis situation. Resources offered range from clothing, food, housing, and maybe even small amounts of financial assistance. They may have their own funds, or partner with other local non-profit organizations, churches and government programs.

Food assistance is offered from community donations as well as relationships with various food partners and non-profits in St .Cloud such as Second Harvest Heartland, Minnesota FoodShare, and Minnesota Hunger Partners. They work with Catholic Charities in order to keep food pantries and a shelf fully stocked and available to help individuals and families in need.  Food is normally offered on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays, with a special senior program available a couple times per month.

Clothing is available. New and gently-worn clothing, such as winter coats, shoes and school items are available for children, adults, and infants. Items are offered from community giving and in-kind donations and clothing is available from our volunteer-maintained display racks. Both new and gently-worn clothing and shoes are available for infants, children, seniors, and adults.

Financial help from Catholic Charities may be offered to qualified St .Cloud area families who are faced with a crisis. If you request help, any requests will be based on the availability of funding as well as the nature of the crisis. Call the agency in order to get more information about the small amounts of emergency financial assistance that may be available.

One of the primary emergency assistance programs is the Good Samaritan Fund. This resource seeks ways to improve and impact the lives of low income families and people who are in need of emergency assistance. The Catholic Charity fund assists qualified people with a variety of needs, including mortgage or rent payments, emergency fuel or heating oil assistance, periodic billing assistance, vehicle repair, basic needs, emergency medical supplies, or even health care.




Housing is offered in Stearns County and central Minnesota. The agency can help meet the demand for affordable, transitional, special housing needs of families and individuals. Catholic Charities will hold a number of housing activities across the region for the benefit of helping persons with housing challenges. The agency provides affordable housing at dozens of communities, as well as transitional housing services in St. Cloud Minnesota.

Medication Management can help make a life better for seniors. The program is offered at the locations listed below. A Board Certified Pharmacist is available by appointment, and can present a general presentation to the client on medication issues. The pharmacist and the senior review medications, they will discuss proper management of medications and also advise on drug side effects.

The medication program is offered at the following locations. Whitney Senior Center, St. Cloud and well as Crystal Court Apartments in Princeton Minnesota. Other locations include Senior Center in Onamia.

Catholic Charities Senior Dining Program can help seniors by offering them lunches and meals. The program is offered in an effort to help elderly and senior citizens live independent and healthy lives. The agency can provide low-cost (or waivered) nutritious noon-hour meals to retired, working and/or semi-retired persons age 60 and over. Clients of this center can select from a variety of dining options and meal programs. Or continue reading on Agency Aging Minnesota programs.

The Meals on Wheels Program delivers affordable, low-cost lunches and maybe even dinners to the homes of people who are at-risk, such as the ill, elderly, homebound, and vulnerable persons. Applicants need to be 60 years or older and live in one of the central Minnesota regions. The agency can coordinate the delivery of low-cost, nutritious meals to homebound senior citizens.





Share the Holiday Spirit offers Christmas assistance. The Catholic Charities St. Cloud Share the Spirit program matches families, individuals and groups who are wanting to provide gifts, toys and food to families in need. The people who receive aid are referred by local human service agencies to the charity. All services are confidential.

In addition to offering children several new toys, parents may also select items like books, hats, mittens, stuffed animals, school supplies and stocking stuffers for their children and teens. Appropriate gifts provided to children can include cash donations, new unwrapped toys, or even gift cards.

Additional holiday aid is offered in partnership with the US Marine Corps League, Valhalla Detachment. The corps helps sponsor and coordinate the St. Cloud Area Toys For Tots program for children from families in need. New toys, clothing and more are purchased or collected for distribution to approximately 2,000 children in the community.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Saint Cloud, Minnesota is located at 911 18th St N, St. Cloud, MN 56302. Call 320-650-1550.




By Jon McNamara

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