Merced Services

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Merced Services

About Catholic Charities of Merced

Catholic Charities works continuously to provide assistance to those in need. We rely upon the generosity of our Merced community to help those individuals in crisis.

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
  • Universal Lifeline Services


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 Dena Medeiros, Site Director at (209)-383-2494.


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.


Families Served

Clients Served

2.1 Million lbs.
of Food Distributed