Catholic Charities Sunday is an annual second collection at all parishes in the Archdiocese. This essential collection funds 22 programs that are the backbone of human services in San Joaquin, Stanislaus and the Mother Lode, serving more than 19,000 children, families and individuals each year.
We create solutions on a community level while making change on a personal level. Every interaction with Catholic Charities changes a person’s life for the better.
While this years Catholic Charities Sunday will be much different due to the national crisis, know that your support is needed more now than ever. Our staff and volunteers remain on the front line providing service to not only the most vulnerable, but also those affected by COVID-19. For this reason we will not only be collecting the second collection on September 19 and 20, but also collecting funds throughout the entire month of September.
Your funds support clients such as:
An elderly veteran a real estate agent had met who was living in his car with his niece. The agent shared how she felt an overwhelming need to help this man and his niece so she turned to Facebook and asked her friends to help her raise money to put them in a motel room. She stated she was able to get them a 1 week stay at a local motel but the funds had run out and they were back on the street. A VETFAM case manager was able to complete an intake packet and the veteran and his niece qualified for services through the VETFAM program and are now staying at a motel in Modesto. we forwarded his information to a partner organization and they were able to get them enrolled in their services and the family is now awaiting a housing unit.
Or a senior who had no food and was desperately requesting assistance with food. Catholic Charities program coordinator picked up a box of food at Salvation Army, and while assisting him with unloading the box noticed he had only a bottle of mustard in the refrigerator and 1 frozen dinner in the freezer.
Since this initial assessment, the client, was enrolled in the Homemaker Program for assistance with housekeeping chores, as well as the Senior Assisted Transportation program for trips to medical appointments and grocery shopping. He also benefits from the services of the Representative Payee for bill payments.
His life has significantly improved with the services Catholic Charities provides. He is able to continue to live an independent and full life without hunger.