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Catholic Charities assistance programs St. Louis City and County area.

Catholic Charities partners with other local non-profits and churches in the St. Louis region in order to help low income families, the unemployed and people who are going through a difficult period. An extensive number of assistance programs are offered to those who need help.

Some examples of the resources offered includes medical bill assistance, emergency funds for rental and mortgage payments, utility bill help, and even transportation. The organization also covers the entire region including the counties of Warren, St. Charles, and Lincoln. There is also a focus of Catholic Charities on helping immigrants and newcomers to the region.

Community Services in St. Louis, Warren, Lincoln and St. Charles County region

One of their main local resources is known as Catholic Charities Community Services. This is really made up of several different programs that have been operating for hundreds of years. The various components are below.

Housing Assistance revolves around both pro-active homeless prevention and also helping those who may already be considered homeless. The Catholic Charities of St. Louis Housing Resource Center, or CCHRC, prevents homelessness in the community. It does this by helping lower income people and residents achieve short to ideally long term stability in affordable, safe, and permanent housing. This can also include emergency rental assistance if/when funding allows.

For those people in the region, including in St. Charles County, who are already homeless then CCHRC serves as a gateway to other emergency services and shelter. The bottom line is that this Catholic Charity program is the region’s most comprehensive housing counseling organization. If the agency can't meet your request they will try to redirect you to who can.

Low income and disadvantaged families in St. Louis often need utility bill help, including for water or heating. Catholic Charities assists with those, as needed. Some funds for electric, water, and winter heating bills may be offered based on donations to Catholic Charities. Find other water bill emergency assistance programs.




St. Patrick Center is a resource that offers dignity and self-sufficiency for people facing eviction and/or who are on the verge of homelessness. Social workers will partner with clients in an effort to help then achieve permanent, positive changes in their lives through financial stability, affordable housing, sound mental health, job training and employment opportunities. 800 N. Tucker, St. Louis, Missouri 63101. Call (314) 802-0700

Some limited legal aid and referrals may be offered from Catholic Charities Community Services as well as the Legal Assistance Ministry (CLAM). This service offers representation for impoverished families and seniors in St. Louis who do not have the resources to hire an attorney for themselves or to represent them. This is also offered for immigrants as CLAM offers services for refugee and immigrant populations who face challenges in filing governmental documents or getting settled in the region.

Catholic Charities offers free basic needs as well to the low income, including clothes (year round and during winter months).  There may be sneakers for students, free winter jackets, small appliances, and household goods. These are all the result of donations to the local churches. There are other options too, and find free clothing banks near you.

Catholic Charity programs for immigrants and the elderly in St. Louis region

Immigration and Refugee Services will help newcomers to Missouri or Illinois, as well as people new to the nation. The programs offered by Catholic Charities will resettle refugees from war-torn areas around the world. The agencies offer pre-arrival and post-arrival services including employment, case management, and limited amounts of financial support for critical needs and bills.





A number of senior citizen and elderly programs are also available in Lincoln, Saint Charles and nearby regions.

  • Cardinal Ritter Senior Services provides assistance programs in an effort to improve the quality of life for senior citizens and the elderly by providing and promoting health, social and housing programs. These are also offered in St. Louis County as well as in Jefferson, St. Charles, and Franklin.
  • Assisted Living centers that are approved by the state of Missouri are available. They serve meals, provide supervision, and offer other services. This can include laundry, housekeeping, and transportation for activities such as doctor appointments.
  • Skilled Nursing is available at the Mary, Queen and Mother Center. This is for seniors with dementia and/or Alzheimers.
  • Independent Living includes several apartment units for senior adults. It offers those who qualify some services but they really remain independent. Catholic Charities offers efficiency and one bedroom units as well.

These senior housing programs are administered from 7601 Watson Road, St. Louis, MO 63119. Call (314) 961-8100.

Locations of Catholic Charities programs

Several churches and Catholic Charity centers operate in the metro area. The details on where to go to for assistance and below. Even if a church or parish can’t assist, there are referrals as well as other support.

  • Fr. Tolton Center, 1018 Baden Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63147, (314) 385-3445
  • Midtown Center, 1202 S. Boyle Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63110, main phone number is (314) 534-1180
  • Southside Center, 3401 Arsenal Street, (St. Elizabeth Academy Campus), St. Louis, MO 63118, dial (314) 773-6100
  • St. Charles Area Center, 221 Spencer Road Suite 1, St. Peters, MO 63376, main phone (636) 498-2273
  • St. Jane Center, 8454 Glen Echo Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63121, call (314) 383-6539

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