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)

ADOPTIONS AND PREGNANCY COUNSELING
BRIDGES TO PROSPERITY
CAMP I AM SPECIAL
EMERGENCY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
FARM WORKER MINISTRY
FOOD ASSISTANCE:
FLORIDA GATEWAY FOOD BANK
FOOD PANTRIES
IMMIGRATION LEGAL SERVICES
REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT PROGRAM
WEEKEND HUNGER BACKPACK PROGRAM
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
ADOPTIONS AND PREGNANCY COUNSELING

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.ccpregnancyservices.org

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.ccpregnancyservices.org

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

BRIDGES TO PROSPERITY

Bridges to Prosperity is a financial literacy program located in our Gainesville Regional Office.  The goal of the program is to help individuals and families move from poverty to self-sufficiency.  The program is designed to look at the core issues surrounding poverty and its impact on the community. For many, a culture of day-to-day survival prevails. Access to education, jobs with sustainable wages and benefits, supportive relationships, permanent housing and the opportunity to build a stable future are not likely when focus and energy are directed at merely getting by rather than getting ahead.  The program is a three-part program which begins with a financial fitness course where participants set savings goals, learn how to create a budget, develop a spending plan, and managing and improving credit.  Part two, involves sixteen-part course Getting Ahead in a Just Getting by World.  The course helps individuals in poverty build their resources for a more prosperous life for themselves, their families, and their communities.  Part three involves matching graduates with community mentors to work together toward their self-sufficiency goals.

For more information regarding Bridges to Prosperity, please email James Dixon at jdixon@ccgnv.org.

 

 

 

 

CAMP I AM SPECIAL

Camp I Am Special offers both a six-day residential and five-day day camp summer camp experience for children, teenagers and adults who are challenged by physical, emotional and mental disabilities.

Camp’s strength lies in its diversity and creativity by making inclusion important through fostered friendships between Campers and Buddies.

Campers develop their social skills, grow in independence and make lifelong friendships.

Nestled on the banks of the St. Johns River, this unique experience includes:

  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Hay rides
  • Petting zoos
  • Arts and crafts
  • Talent shows
  • And more

An accredited program, Camp I Am Special has certified staff and volunteers who are trained in safety and security, person-first language, seizure protocol, swimming protocol, adaptive environments, lifting and transferring, positioning, food safety, CPR, First Aid, and AED use.

Registered nurses are onsite 24 hours per day to care for special medical needs of Campers, administer medications and respond to any emergencies that may occur.

Each Camper is assigned a volunteer high school buddy for one-on-one care of the Camper while they are at Camp.

For more information on Camp I Am Special please contact (904) 230-7447 or campiamspecial@ccbjax.org.

EMERGENCY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

The Emergency Financial Assistance Program is a proven and recognized way to prevent homelessness. The program serves those in our community who in distress and struggling to pay utility bills, rent/mortgage or in need of food.

Emergency Financial Assistance is available in all four regional offices. Services provided through the program vary from region to region. For additional information regarding 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

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:

Food is one of the most basic human needs. Many people are forced to choose between food and other basic necessities such as rent, utilities or medical care. Through our food pantries, we provide perishable and non-perishable foods, including fresh produce, dairy, meat and traditional staples such as cereal, canned vegetables, rice and beans. Food assistance is provided in all four regional offices. Hours of operation vary from region to region.

In addition to our Food Pantries, we all have a mobile rural outreach program that addresses the lack of transportation and other barriers by the delivery of food to remote parts Alachua, Bradford, Dixie, Flagler, Gilchrist, Levy, Putnam, and St. johns

For additional information regarding assistance provided please contact:
CCB Jacksonville Regional Office: www.ccbjax.org or (904) 632-0600
CCB Gainesville Regional Office: www.catholiccharitiesgainesville.org or (352) 372-0294
CCB St. Augustine Regional Office: www.ccbstaug.org or (904) 829-6300
CCB Lake City Regional Office: www.catholiccharitieslakecity.org or (386) 754-9180

FLORIDA GATEWAY FOOD BANK

Florida Gateway Food Bank collects and distributes food to hunger-relief non-profit organizations who provide the food to the people they serve.  The Florida Gateway Food Bank serves Columbia, Hamilton, Suwannee and Union counties. For information on becoming a partner agency please contact David Boozer at valleyf@belsouth.net.

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.

IMMIGRATION LEGAL SERVICES

Immigration Legal Services assists individuals, families and communities to understand the immigration and naturalization system and assist them with the legalization process. The program, recognized by the Department of Justice (DOJ), provides affordable, fee-based services to individuals by or under the supervision of a DOJ accredited representative to renew their Green Cards or employment authorization cards, file family petitions and help immigrants find a path to citizenship.To learn more about our immigration legal services or how we can help, contact us by email Iraida Martinez at IMMTEMP@ccbjax.org.

REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT PROGRAM

Facilitating successful transitions into the US for individuals and families.

A refugee is a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution or natural disaster. For more than 30 years, Catholic Charities Jacksonville has partnered with the federal government as well as the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to welcome people fleeing violence and/or persecution. Refugee Services assists newly-arrived eligible clients in obtaining employment, learning English, acquiring job skills and overcoming legal or medical difficulties.

Our Refugee program is in the Jacksonville Regional Office. For more information please call (904) 224-0061 visit us at www.ccbjax.org

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, during the school week. Lack of access to a nutritious and adequate food supply has implications not only for the development of physical and mental disease, but also behavior and social skills. Food insecurity has been linked with diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular problems, higher levels of anxiety and aggression. It has also been correlated with slower development of social skills.

Backpacks are designed and filled with nutritious food and sent home on Friday with enough food for the children and their siblings during the weekend.

Our weekend Hunger Backpack Program is in our Gainesville and St. Augustine Regional Offices.

For more information for your location please contact:
CCB Gainesville Regional Office: www.catholiccharitiesgainesville.org, tel. (352)372-0294
CCB St. Augustine Regional Office: www.ccbstaug.org, (904)829-6300

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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