St. Petersburg and Pinellas County Catholic Charities assistance programs.

Assistance programs, support services, and other help is offered by Catholic Charities in St. Petersburg and Pinellas County. They focus on helping families deal with short term challenges and gain longer term stability. Some of the resources available in the greater St. Petersburg area include free food, clothing, medical care, and more. Catholic Charities is one of Florida’s largest non-profit agencies, and they oversee a number of resources for the needy.

Catholic Charity of Pinellas County Friends in Need program can provide basic needs. It offers shelter, housing, clothing, food, and more in Ministry of Mercy areas. The organization will try to offer both help and hope to low income, unemployed, and other families and individuals in need. Friends in Need will also offer job placement education, case management, life skills, free medical care, and more. The main office is at 1213 16th St. N., Saint Petersburg, Florida. Call 727-893-1313.

Catholic Mobile Medical provides social services, health promotion, and free medical care. The program uses volunteer doctors, nurses, as well as other social service and health professionals. Together they offer high quality, free medical care to the poor and uninsured in rural Pinellas County. The Catholic Charity program operates under the direction of the State of Florida Department of Health Volunteer Health Care Provider Program, and it covers low income families and people without health insurance. It only serves people who can’t receive medical or dental services from other sources or providers. Other regions covered include Dover, San Jose Mission, Fl. St. Clement Catholic Church, and Plant City.

Some of the specific conditions covered include routine well woman exams, health promotion and disease prevention, health screenings for high blood pressure and diabetes, and also acute primary medical care and follow-up and referral.

The Mobile program is really a bus that is taken directly to the target population across the service territory. These mobile clinics are scheduled in advance and during convenient weekend or evening hours. The mobile clinics are held at accessible sites in St. Petersburg and the county such as day care centers, churches, and community based social service agencies. Another option is a regular “stationary” community clinic that is also available at the San Jose Mission in Dover Florida. Call 813-707-7376





Assistance and services for immigrants are available. The Catholic Charity Immigration Program provides quality yet affordable immigration services to all newcomers to the area. People of all races, religion, sex, or creed can apply for help and use these services. The program provides assistance with tasks and activities such as completing and filing an affidavit of support, naturalization papers, adjustment of status, replacement of immigration documents, change of status, petitions for family reunification, political asylum, extension of non-immigrant visas and other services. The program is offered to immigrants in the Pinellas county area regardless of their ability to pay. Fees may be set based on income levels.

Another option is the Refugee and Entrants Employability Status Assistance Program. It offers free immigration services, referral and follow up services for asylees, Cuban entrants, and refugees. Services provided can help people access employability and become self sufficient over the mid to long term.

This Catholic Charity program services include intake, Adjustment of Status, Response to Request for Evidence application, correct/renewal/replace Parole, Asylum, Work Permit, Change of Venue, Motion to Reopen/Reconsider, Fee Waiver, Waivers, FOIA, correct/replacement I-551, Naturalization, correct/replacement SSN, correct/replace I-94, and Status Inquire.

Case management services offered by the Refugee and Entrant Employability include assessment, screening, consultation and information, representation, and referral to local non-profits and government programs. In addition, the national Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) recognizes the program. Immigrants and refugees in Pinellas County Florida can qualify for help.




Housing and shelter is available from the St. Petersburg Catholic Charities’ Shelters of Hope program, which also is part of the Ministry of Mercy area. This particular program provides safe living environments for low income or homeless families and individuals who are facing a crisis, have limited income, disability, eviction, or other emergency situation that causes them to be without adequate housing.

Senior citizens and the elderly can also benefit from the Shelters of Hope/ Ministry of Mercy program. Very-low and extremely low income seniors may receive housing assistance, shelter, possible lodging and more.


By Jon McNamara

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