For over 70 years, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Stockton has provided social services to people in San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Calaveras, Tuolumne, Alpine, and Mono counties, and throughout the years, it has served as a sign of hope in local communities for people of all ages, religions, and races.
Today, Catholic Charities administers direct social services and advocacy through the following programs:
Caregivers Respite: We assist caregivers of vulnerable seniors who suffer physical and or mental disabilities such as Alzheimer’s disease, senile dementia, or those who are bedridden and should not be left unattended.
Homemaker Services (housekeeping): This program provides services to seniors who are in need of assistance with housekeeping (i.e. light housekeeping, cooking, and laundry).
Personal Care: This program provides non-medical assistance to seniors who need help with personal care (i.e. bathing, dressing, shaving, toileting). They do not provide nursing care (i.e. wound care, glucose testing, administer medication). Clients must be able to lift or transfer themselves independently or with only minimal assistance.
Health and Well Being Program: This program enables seniors to develop skills to take part in maintaining their health and managing chronic health conditions. It is an evidence-based Chronic Disease Self-Management Program developed and licensed by Stanford University. The workshops will help participants develop skills to manage their health, as well as keep them active in their life.
Senior Options: This program provides services at a low cost to seniors 55 years and older living in San Joaquin County to assist with light house keeping, respite care, and minor home repair.
Multipurpose Senior Services Program (MSSP): A program designed to maintain the most frail and vulnerable seniors safely in their home. Nurses and social workers provide care management that includes services such as: arranging for an emergency call device installation, transportation to medical appointments, assistive devices, and minor home repair.
HOMECOMING PROJECT: The Homecoming Project is a hospital-to-home service that bridges the gap between a hospital discharge and a strong recovery. We provide care management and services after a patient returns home to help stabilize and achieve optimal recovery. A Transitional Care Specialist will visit the patient in the hospital and then visit the patient at home after discharge. The Transitional Care Specialist focuses on understanding the patient’s health goals and concerns. The Transitional Care Specialist helps the patient secure arrangements to his/her medical appointments and physicians, and links the patient to resources related to health and well being.COUNSELING SERVICES
Family Counseling: The Family Counseling Services Program provides linguistically and culturally responsive mental health treatment intervention and education to under-served and diverse populations in our communities. Catholic Charities is committed to offering family wellness services that are professional, accessible, low-cost, short-term out-patient counseling to under-served populations.
Parenting Education: This program provides parenting education and develops parenting skills for high risk families through local Parishes. An 8-10 week Nurturing Parenting Program is offered, and case management is provided for participants as needed that leads to access of additional resources for these families. In addition, presentations that promote wellness, healthy physical and emotional development are available upon request.
Youth Engagement Program: In partnership with community organizations and youth groups this program aims to identify at risk youth to provide needed services that improve emotional and physical well being through concrete services such as mentoring and tutoring. Services include leadership development that is holistic and promotes community involvement.
Environmental Justice Project: Educates and motivates Catholics in the Stockton Diocese to a deeper reverence and respect for God’s creation, and engages local parishes in activities to resolve environmental problems.
Sustainable Communities Strategy: The Environmental Justice Project took the lead in forming a coalition of public health, faith-based, neighborhood, and environmental justice groups, as well as builders, business leaders, and planners in San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties. The goal is to make sure that traditionally under-represented communities are part of a once-in-a-generation opportunity to decide how the San Joaquin Valley will grow.
HEALTH CARE ACCESS PROGRAM: The Health Care Access program assists eligible uninsured individuals to apply for Medi-Cal, Medi-Cal Expansion and Kaiser Child Health Plan. Certified Enrollment Counselors (CECs) also case manage clients to assure utilization retention, renewals, and selecting a doctor or a dentist. The CEC’s help guide individuals to navigate the health care coverage system in both Stanislaus and San Joaquin Co. All CECs are bilingual in Spanish / English. CECs also provide outreach/presentations in the community and assist clients at our satellite site at Lodi Community Center. We are also assisting families to navigate health care access with the introduction of new Affordable Care Act.
IMMIGRATION LEGAL SERVICES
Naturalization/Citizenship: The agency is recognized by the Board of Immigration Appeals to provide low-cost consultations, legal counseling, and tutoring services to assist legal permanent residents achieve US citizenship. Services are provided by Case Managers accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals.
Family Reunification: Provides assistance to immigrants through low-cost professional and confidential immigration counseling, such as family petitions, hardship waivers, etc...
Citizenship Education Program: This program provides weekly English/Citizenship classes to assist Legal Permanent Residents pass the naturalization exam. Free childcare is provided.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA): This program assists eligible individuals to complete applications for DACA that leads to work authorization and deferred action. In addition, the program provides workshops and presentations to the community regarding the DACA initiative.
NUTRITION ASSISTANCE SERVICES
Cal-Fresh: Provides education and assists with the application process and case management to maintain benefits. Cal-Fresh formally known as the USDA’s Food Stamp Program) is the nation’s best defense against hunger and food insecurity.
SNAP Education: This program provides food and nutrition education to Cal-Fresh eligible individuals to promote healthy food preparation through demonstration and education.
The Food Bank Program: This program provides a temporary solution to hunger. With the bountiful food supplies available in the agriculturally rich San Joaquin Valley, we believe that no one should go hungry. Catholic Charities’ Stockton office supplies a box of nutritious food to 250 families each month.
VETERAN ASSISTANCE SERVICES
Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF): The SSVF Program provides comprehensive supportive services to veterans and their families to prevent homelessness and promotes housing stability for families. All services are provided in collaboration and in partnership with the D.A.V. Charities of San Joaquin County and Dignity’s Alcove, Inc.