OUR STATEWIDE PROGRAMS
Local Catholic Charities Organizations provide health coverage outreach, education, and enrollment assistance services across California. Health coverage enrollment and utilization can be especially daunting for low-income individuals and families.
Catholic Charities assists thousands of individuals and children to enroll in health coverage or seek basic preventative health services year after year. Timely enrollment into Medi-Cal or Covered California helps low-income Californians access care and avoid costly and traumatic health crises.
Since 2016, Catholic Charities Certified Enrollment Counselors have enrolled over 2,000 individuals into Covered California health plans.
Local Catholic Charities Organizations services are currently available in 12 counties: Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, San Diego, Imperial, Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt, and Del Norte.
IMMIGRATION LEGAL SERVICES
Local Catholic Charities organizations have provided low- and no-cost immigration services to over 110,000 immigrants across California. The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) funds most of our immigration legal services programs. All Catholic Charities legal service providers are recognized by the federal Office of Legal Access Programs (OLAP) and most employ Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Accredited Representatives, which facilitate legal representation before Immigration Courts, the BIA, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Local Catholic Charities Organizations provide Immigration Legal Services in 32 counties throughout California: Butte, El Dorado, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Nevada, Placer, Shasta, Tehama, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tuolumne, Yolo, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma, Los Angeles, Orange, Imperial, and San Diego.
Immigration Services Program
The Immigration Services Program (ISP) provides Naturalization application assistance to immigrants. In addition, ISP offers Other Immigration Remedies that help achieve lawful permanent residency in the United States. ISP also provides DACA renewal application, education, and outreach. Examples of OIR services include: Adjustment of Status, Family-Based Immigration, U-Visa (Victims of Crime), VAWA (Domestic Violence) and more.
DACA Legal Services
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Legal Services (DLS) Program offers assistance with DACA renewals for those who have existing DACA status. The program also provides assistance to eligible participants for USCIS filing fees and Education and Outreach.
The Removal Defense (RD) program provides legal representation in Immigration Court for immigrants who are facing deportation. RD legal services are available at select Local Catholic Charities Organizations.
Unaccompanied and Undocumented Minors Program
The Unaccompanied and Undocumented Minors Program (UUM) provides legal services to eligible unaccompanied undocumented minors. Legal services include assistance in filing and preparing for legal proceedings for immigration status. UUM services are provided at select Local Catholic Charities Organizations.
In 2019, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) launched the California For All public outreach campaign, now known as Listos California. This funding enables Local Catholic Charities Organizations to bring emergency preparedness training and resources to vulnerable and underserved populations.
Catholic Charities will serve over 420,000 individuals by December 2020. Successful implementation of this program means that vulnerable populations who are routinely more impacted by disasters will be better prepared and more likely to survive and recover from large-scale emergencies, like California’s wildfires.
Local Catholic Charities Organizations offer services in eight counties: Butte, Glenn, Shasta, Trinity, San Diego, Imperial, Napa, and Sonoma Counties.
For more information please visit:
- Catholic Charities Diocese of San Diego
- Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa
- Northern Valley Catholic Social Services
DISASTER CASE MANAGEMENT
Catholic Charities of California began its first Disaster Case Management Program contract with the California Department of Social Services Disaster Services Bureau in 2018.Disaster Case Management Programs assists survivors impacted by major natural disasters using a holistic service approach to facilitate long-term recovery. Disaster Case Managers provide individualized support in the areas of survivor advocacy, resource and referral services, and recovery planning. The goal of Disaster Case Management Programs is to ensure that all survivors return to a safe, secure, and sanitary living environment. To date, Disaster Case Management Programs have provided case management services to over 1,800 disaster survivors.
Catholic Charities of California currently operates three FEMA-funded Disaster Case Management Programs, which serve wildfire survivors in nine counties: Sonoma, Lake, Napa, Mendocino, Butte, Yuba, Shasta, Ventura, and Los Angeles.
Catholic Charities of California and Local Catholic Charities Organizations have provided CalFresh outreach, education, and application assistance to low-income individuals and families since 2009. CalFresh Food, known federally as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, is the largest food program in California and provides an essential hunger safety net. CalFresh benefits help augment limited food budgets, allowing individuals and families to afford additional nutritious foods. Annually,Local Catholic Charities Organizations prescreens over 70,000 individuals; submit over 6,000 applications; and provide support for annual recertification for an average of 400 individuals.
Local Catholic Charities Organizations provide CalFresh Food services in 17 counties: Fresno, Kern, Merced, Los Angeles, Yolo, Solano, San Diego, Imperial, Lake, Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Luis Obispo.
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CALFRESH HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM
The CalFresh Healthy Living Program supports healthy, active, and nourished lifestyles by providing low-income Californians with access to nutrition and physical activity education, and by leading healthy community initiatives at the local level. The program has provided over 14,000 participants with nutrition and physical activity education and over 100,000 through educational outreach. Additionally, the program funds projects to affect change through policy, systems, and environmental strategies such as improving the nutritional value of foods in food pantries, establishing community gardens and gleaning partnerships to bring fresh produce to areas with low access, implementing healthy food and beverage standards, and increasing opportunities to be physical active in low-income communities.
The CalFresh Healthy Living Program currently serves 25 counties across the state: Solano, San Bernardino, Riverside, San Diego, Imperial, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Orange, San Francisco, Marin, San Mateo, Monterey, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Los Angeles, Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Fresno, Butte, Glenn, Tehama, Siskiyou, Shasta, and Trinity.
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“We must talk about poverty, because people insulated by their own comfort lose sight of it.”
— Dorothy Day