About Catholic Charities of Fresno
Catholic Charities is a Community Benefit Organization serving the needs of those in crisis. We are the first responders in helping our neighbors with food, clothing, and other basic necessities.
What we do
Social Services provided by Catholic Charities consist of multiple components that assist individuals primarily in crisis situations and in times of difficult transitions. When funding permits, we can assist individuals with the following: rent/mortgage, utilities, hygiene, diapers and formula.
Here is a list of government and public programs that we are currently assisting our clients to complete. These programs are designed to lower their monthly expenditures:
- Cal Fresh (Food Stamp Program)
- Reduced California DMV ID Voucher
- PG&E Care Program
The Catholic Charities Thrift Store serves a dual purpose. Individuals and families that are in crisis and in need of clothing can receive vouchers redeemable for items in the store. It’s also open to the public Monday-Friday from 9-3:30 and closed for lunch 12:15-1:00. All proceeds from the Thrift Store go directly to the Social Service Programs of Catholic Charities. Donations of gently used clothing, household goods, and furniture are greatly appreciated.
Families who are experiencing difficult economic times can come to Catholic Charities to ease the burden of feeding their families. We at Catholic Charities embrace our clients by lending a helping hand when times are tough. Our mission is to advocate for, serve, and empower those in need. We strive to give nutritional food that will sustain families until they can get back on their feet.
Donations from the community are greatly appreciated and needed. Items needed on a daily basis are canned goods, rice, beans, pasta, tomato sauce, tuna, peanut butter, cereal, and soup. If you or your organization are interested in holding a food drive or sponsoring our pantry for a day, please contact Jody Hudson, Operations and Marketing Director at (559) 237-0851 Ext. 1118 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Senior Companion Program consists of low income seniors who volunteer to assist other frail seniors. The intent of the program is to help seniors live independently in their own homes as long as possible. Senior Companion Volunteers must be at least 55 years of age and meet income requirements. All applicants meeting the established criteria are invited to attend training before they are referred to partner agencies in the community who facilitate this part of the program. The program does not place companions directly into the homes of clients; the referral process is done in collaboration with partner agencies called “Volunteer Stations.” The program will assess a person’s needs and direct them to the agency best suited to place a trained companion with a client. All prospective companions must have a background check, be fingerprinted, and they must have clearance to volunteer from their primary physician. Training takes place approximately twice a year; and applications are available at the office. Applications are held until there are 5 to 15 qualifying perspective companions for group training.
Companions assist clients in a wide range of areas including: light meal preparation, shopping, light household tasks, respite care, and most importantly, friendship. Companions also aid in helping clients to maintain happy, healthy, and independent lives. For a weekly assignment of 15 to 20 hours of volunteer service, a companion receives a modest non-taxable stipend, transportation allowance, and the proven benefits of volunteering: better health and increased happiness. Bus number 28 stops in front of the parking lot of Catholic Charities Diocese of Fresno, where the Senior Companion Program Office is located. Call (559) 498-6377 or Fax (559) 485-1591 for further information.
The Representative Payee Program is a service of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Fresno. The program has been serving people in Fresno, city and county, as well as the surrounding area since March 1993.
The program is a very basic service structured to assist any person needing help with the management of their monthly resources. Those resources could be Social Security, or Veteran Administration.
A budget is created for each case.
Benefits are received and then paid out for monthly living expenses
The program maintains an accounting system of how funds are used for each individual.
Yearly reports are filed with Social Security Administration and Veterans Administration.
A fee of $41 per month is collected for each case. This operating fee helps to defray costs.
Cases are referred to our program by Social Security Administration, Veterans Administration, Hospital Social Services Departments, and various agencies in the community. Referrals are done by phone or by directing individuals to our office. Catholic Charities, Representative Payee Program, is located on southbound Fulton St. two blocks south of the 180 Freeway, in the downtown area and is easily accessible by public transportation.
Catholic Charities in Fresno provides a Career and Education Center. The Center focuses on teaching clients the skills that they need for success in the job market. This seven week course teaches the clients how to answer phones, file, operate computers, navigate the internet, engage in customer service, create a résumé, learn the 10-key operation and how to conduct themselves in an interview with confidence. The Center has 13 brand new computers and provides a excellent learning environment to our clients who wish to broaden their education and knowledge. These tools will not only put our clients back on their feet, but give them a running start on the path to success and self-sufficiency. We will soon be expanding this opportunity to both our Merced and Bakersfield locations within the coming year.