Parish Appeal Second Collection
Each year, churches across the Archdiocese of New Orleans take up a second collection benefitting Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans. Your support in this collection provides crucial funds that enable Catholic Charities to be a source of hope and help for over 76,000 individuals and families each year. This year, the second collection benefitting Catholic Charities will be held on February 16-17, 2019.
Read the stories below to see just some of the ways Catholic Charities is bringing hope and help to those most in need in the eight civil parishes of the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
In 2017, Catholic Charities’ Counseling Solutions program opened a new location in Jefferson Parish! Located at 1430 Claire Avenue in Gretna, this addition joins our other locations in New Orleans, Boutte, Slidell, Covington and LaPlace. You can call (985) 785-2113 to schedule an appointment with a member of our compassionate staff of licensed mental health professionals at any location.
In 2016, Catholic Charities opened a new Early Head Start program at Covenant House. While the program is open to all families who qualify, the Covenant House partnership specifically fills a critical need for care and services for the children of homeless parents who have turned to Covenant House for help and support. Together, Catholic Charities and Covenant House are providing a full continuum of care and services to young homeless families.
Catholic Charities’ Padua Community Services provides a broad scope of services in and around the New Orleans area including specialized care for children and adults with disabilities as well as housing and care for the intellectually and developmentally disabled ages birth to 35 who are medically fragile. Each year, the program’s participants and staff are treated to a Christmas miracle with a visit from the Happy Santas, who come bearing gifts and holiday cheer!
St. Bernard Parish
Food for Families/Food for Seniors works to improve the health of low-income senior citizens by providing monthly nutritional food boxes to seniors 60 years of age or older who meet Federal Income Guidelines. The program, which also educates clients about good nutrition and other community resources available to them, has four volunteer distribution sites in St. Bernard Parish in addition to hundreds of others across the entire state of Louisiana.
St. Charles Parish
Catholic Charities’ Workforce Development program in St. Charles Parish is committed to assisting residents in developing strategies and techniques necessary to find employment. The program specializes in branding for career success, the science of resume writing, interviewing with a purpose, professional networking and more. Workforce Development training serves as a springboard to self-sufficiency for individuals and families.
St. John the Baptist Parish
New in 2017, financial education courses offered in St. John the Baptist Parish assist low income individuals in improving their financial literacy and navigating local resources, as well as connect them to emergency support and case management if necessary. The program, which is supported through St. John United Way, works closely with other community agencies to ensure residents meet their goals and achieve self-sufficiency. Case managers work with low-income populations to increase financial literacy, improve stability and obtain living wage employment.
St. Tammany Parish
Located in St. Tammany Parish, the North Shore Pastoral Center serves as the headquarters for Catholic Charities on the North Shore. Services offered there include on-site counseling and case management, job readiness training, employment assistance and more. The site also houses a computer lab and functions as a meeting space for support groups, seminars, youth programming and other groups in need. Many CCANO programs and services offered on the South Shore are also available to individuals and families on the North Shore.
On March 12, 2016, historic floods devastated residents of the North Shore, including Washington Parish. Catholic Charities was on the scene almost immediately offering food, counseling and assistance. Since then, case managers with the Disaster Case Management Program have been helping those affected by the floods return to a state of self-sufficiency by identifying needs, coordinating home repairs and connecting clients with other services such as counseling, government benefits, transportation and more.
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