Catholic Charities Bureau, Inc. - Diocese of St. Augustine
904-899-5500

Programs

"When we attend to the needs of those in want, we give them what is theirs, not ours. More than performing works of mercy, we are paying a debt of justice"
(Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church)

BRIDGE TO PROSPERITY
EMERGENCY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
FARM WORKER MINISTRY
FOOD ASSISTANCE SERVICES:
FLORIDA GATEWAY FOOD BANK
FOOD AND INTERCESSION FOR HOMELESS AND HUNGRY (FAITHH)
FOOD PANTRIES
LEGALIZATION & IMMIGRATION SERVICES
PRO-LIFE SERVICES
REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT PROGRAM
THE MINISTRY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
WEEKEND HUNGER BACKPACK PROGRAM
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
BRIDGE TO PROSPERITY

This program is being developed to look at the core issues surrounding poverty, its impact on the community, and comprehensive solutions. This is a self-sufficiency program encompassing three phases: financial education, personal development, and an ongoing mentoring relationship.

This program is provided in our Gainesville Regional Office, for more information log on to:
www.bridgestoprosperitygainesville.org or call (352)372-0294

EMERGENCY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Catholic Charities provides the basic needs help to prevent homelessness through the Emergency Financial Assistance services. Our goal is to prevent homelessness by helping families facing eviction or loss of utilities to remain safe and secure in their homes.

Services provided through Emergency Financial Assistance program vary from region to region. For a full listing of assistance provided in your area please visit one of the following websites:

CCB Jacksonville Regional Office: www.ccbjax.org, tel. 2-1-1 or (904) 632-0600
CCB Gainesville Regional Office: www.catholiccharitiesgainesville.org, tel. (352)372-0294
CCB St. Augustine Regional Office: www.ccbstaug.org, (904)829-6300
CCB Lake City Regional Office: www.catholiccharitieslakecity.org, tel. (386)754-9180 ext. 103

FARM WORKER MINISTRY

The main focus of the Farm Worker Ministry is to assist farm working families in Crescent City and Green Cove Springs areas. Ministry staff is also involved in advocacy efforts to improve living conditions of farm working families.

We provide:

  • Food Distribution
  • Clothing Assistance
  • Infants Needs
  • Sandwich Distribution for Seasonal Migrant Workers
  • Financial Assistance
  • Dental and Vision Care Services
  • Referral to Medical, Day Care and Legal Services
  • Translation and Notarization Services
  • After School Tutorial
  • Summer Tutorial
  • English as a Second Language
  • Sewing Classes
  • Process "LIHEAP” Federal Energy Program
  • Income Tax Preparation
  • Distribution of Food and Toys for the Holidays
  • Distribution of "Back to School Backpacks”

For more information please call (904) 471-3321

FOOD ASSISTANCE SERVICES:

Florida Hunger Statistics: (Feeding America 2013)

  • Total food insecurity rate (availability of food and access to it): 17%
  • Total number of food insecure people: 3.1 million
  • Total child food insecurity rate:28%
  • Total number of children who are food insecure: 1.1 million
  • Florida is fifth among seven states that exhibited statistically significantly higher household food insecurity rates than the U.S. national average

The Food Assistance provides food and basic needs items to individuals and families who are in need and without resources. We try to accommodate dietary needs of our clients when possible. Our services are based on emergency situations and not on chronic or ongoing needs.

FLORIDA GATEWAY FOOD BANK

Our Food Bank provides food to 44 agencies feeding poor and hungry in our local communities, it also conducts outreach to rural counties of the Diocese of Saint Augustine.

For more information please call (386)755-LOVE

FOOD AND INTERCESSION FOR HOMELESS AND HUNGRY (FAITHH)

The FAITHH program is our rural mobile food pantry that serves 6 rural counties with food on a monthly basis. It brings food to clients in High Springs, Williston, Hawthorne, Hampton, Cross City, Bell, Fanning Springs, Otter Creek, and Starke.

For more information please call (352)372-0294 or visit us at www.catholiccharitiesgainesville.org

FOOD PANTRIES

Each of our four Regional Offices provides a food through their food pantries; eligibility criteria, schedules of distribution and hours of operation vary, for information specific to your geographical location please contact:

Gainesville Regional Office: tel.(352) 372-0294
Jacksonville Regional Office: tel. (904) 632-0600
Lake City Regional Office: tel. (386) 754-9180
St. Augustine Regional Office: tel. (904) 829-6300

If you like more information regarding geographical location each regional office serves please visit our HOME page and mouse over the map.

LEGALIZATION & IMMIGRATION SERVICES

Catholic Charities Bureau is recognized and an accredited provider by the Board of Immigration Appeals as an organization qualified to provide affordable immigration related services to eligible individuals.
Services we provide:

  • Assistance with application preparation for US Citizenship
  • Assistance in reuniting separated families
  • Renewal or replacement of legal permanent residency card
  • Application for Legal Permanent residency status
  • Obtaining Employment Authorization Card
  • Cuban adjustment
  • Consular processing

For more information please contact us at (904) 354-5904 or visit us at: www.ccbjax.org 

PRO-LIFE SERVICES

Adoption Program

The Adoption Program provides services to all parties involved with the adoption process. Our services are designed to help preserve and protect the life of the child, provide care and nurturing for women and children, and assists in the building up of families through adoption.
The services of this program are:

  • Information and Referrals
  • Education and Support
  • Home studies to prospective adoptive families (both international and domestic)
  • Placement of infants
  • Post placement monitoring and adjustment support
  • Foster care services to infants awaiting placement

For more information call: 1-866-901-9647 or visit us at: www.adoptionsdosafl.com

Post- Adoption Services

Our Post Adoption Services program seeks to offer a continuum of care that respects the interest of adoptees, birth parents, and adoptive parents. Services are available to those who were involved in adoptions through Catholic Charities Bureau, Inc., Diocese of St. Augustine; Volunteers of America in Jacksonville and St. Mary’s Home in Jacksonville, FL. Our services are available to all persons within the adoption triad.
Depending on eligibility we provide:

  • Non-Identifying Information
  • Search and Reunion Services

For further assistance please call (352)224-6426 or visit us at www.adoptionsdosafl.com

Caring Choices Pregnancy Counseling

The Pregnancy Counseling Program provides services and advocacy for women experiencing unplanned pregnancies and their families. Our goal is to assist, encourage and accompany women in making positive and life-affirming plans for themselves and their unborn child.

We provide:

  • Information and Referrals
  • Non-coercive counseling
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Selection of adoptive families
  • Education and Support
  • Community resources

For more information call: 1-866-901-9647 or visit  our Caring Choices website www.ccpregnancyservices.org

REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT PROGRAM

It may be hard to believe, but millions of people spend decades in refugee camps, unable to return home. Resettlement in another country is often the only way refugees have a chance to rebuild their lives. When refugees arrive in the United States, they have very few possessions to their name.
We help newly arrived refugee families:

  • Address basic and immediate needs
  • Build support systems
  • Help achieve self sufficiency

For more information please call (904) 224-0061 visit us at www.ccbjax.org

THE MINISTRY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

The Ministry for Persons with Disabilities shares in the mission of the Church to reflect the compassion and love of God in Christ by providing persons with disabilities opportunities to know, to love, and to serve God, based on the value and dignity of human life.

All persons with developmental and physical disabilities (Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, autism, developmental delay, traumatic brain disorder, quadriplegia, psychological disorders, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, and sensory disorders) are eligible to receive our services. The Ministry’s largest program is the DOSA Camps: Camp I Am Special, Camp Promise, and Camp Care.

The Ministry offers the following services:

  • Guidance to parishes and the diocese as needed, as questions arise regarding sacraments, parish services, and understanding of particular disabilities.
  • Eight weeks of camp for persons with a wide range of disabilities and age.
  • An opportunity for fun and growth for 340+ persons with disabilities each year, often being itemized on school Individual Educational Plans (IEPs) as community support.
  • A challenging youth service opportunity for approximately 250 teens and young adults annually.
  • An opportunity for parish and community involvement (for example approximately 460 people come to serve meals or volunteer during the summer).
  • Weekend respite camps offered twice a year.
  • Social opportunities during the year, including a softball tournament, holiday party, and ‘Open Saturday’ volunteer opportunity for those with or without disabilities (about 10 volunteers).
  • Equipment exchange program (limited).
  • Information sharing through E-Blasts with relevant information for our clients (financial support, social support, community activism).


For more information please call (904) 230-7447, or visit us at www.dosacamps.com

WEEKEND HUNGER BACKPACK PROGRAM

The Weekend Hunger Backpack Program was designed to supplement meals for children, who depend on their school for breakfast and lunch. The program works closely with the school system in identifying children in need of additional assistance over the weekend. Backpacks are filled and taken home on Friday with enough food for the children and their siblings during the weekend.

For more information for your location please visit the following websites: 
CCB Gainesville Regional Office: www.catholiccharitiesgainesville.org, tel. (352)372-0294
CCB St. Augustine Regional Office: www.ccbstaug.org, (904)829-6300
CCB Lake City Regional Office: www.catholiccharitieslakecity.org, tel. (386)754-9180 ext. 103

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

The Program serves low income persons who are unemployed or underemployed and cannot find or maintain employment that provides financial stability.These are individuals who typically do not have contacts to open doors for them and often lack the experience, education, vocational or job readiness skills they need.The program offers a level of personal one-on-one support that is not available through community resources.WorkSource, the primary employment service in our community, serves more than 100,000 annually and cannot provide one-on-one-support or actual job placement.Other local programs such as:Clara White, MHRC/RCI, Vocational Rehabilitation, Pine Castle, the Webb Center, Experience Works, THORMINC, and the ARC serve only specific populations such as the homeless, disabled, elderly, ex-offenders, refugees, or persons with substance abuse or mental health issues.

The target audience for the program is low-income, unemployed or underemployed persons 18 years and older who are at risk of eviction from their homes, live in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau or St. Johns County, and can legally work in the U.S.

For more information call (904)265-2182 or visit www.ccbjax.org

If you would like more information regarding our programs and services, please call us at 904-899-5500 or use our contact form on the side.
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