Because you are with us during times of crisis, Catholic Charities never missed a beat in providing services when the COVID-19 pandemic first hit our community.
Your support enabled us to make quick adjustments to ensure that our staff continues to serve people in need while maintaining a safe distance. Even though we can’t provide a hug or a handshake, we can still reach out via phone calls, texting and e-mail to connect with low income families whose ongoing struggles are compounded by financial loss caused by the pandemic.
Catholic Charities uses technology to open the door to food and financial help through our Family Assistance Program. People who are in danger of hunger or homelessness can enter a request for rental assistance through our website and find a schedule for the latest drive-through food distribution at one of our network of food pantries.
Thanks to the resources you make available to us, Catholic Charities can use web-based video-conferencing tools like Zoom to keep families informed. Our St. Frances Cabrini Center for Immigrant Legal Assistance held virtual “Know Your Rights” legal presentations, known as “charlas,” in addition to maintaining an in-person presence at their offices on the North Loop.
The Blessed Beginnings Life Center holds parent education classes via Zoom, to ensure that young parents can maintain contact with others during a time when group gatherings can’t be held.
With your support, Catholic Charities’ Counseling and Behavioral Health Clinic uses video counseling to maintain visual contact with their clients while they’re miles apart. The online Zoom-like setting allows the counselor to interact more effectively with the client by reading body language and facial expressions during the session.
You can help Catholic Charities continue to serve vulnerable families.
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