Ways We Serve

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.catholiccharitiesgainesville.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.catholiccharitiesgainesville.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 throughout their pregnancy whether they choose to parent or make an adoption plan.

We provide:

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

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

Emergency Assistance

Catholic Charities provides the basic needs to help prevent homelessness through the Emergency Assistance department. Our goal is to prevent homelessness by helping families facing eviction or loss of utilities to remain safe and secure in their homes. Many families live from paycheck-to-paycheck and are threatened when an unexpected illness, loss of employment or other family crisis impacts their financial well-being. Emergency Assistance helps by making payments for rent, mortgage or utilities and providing food.

The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program also provides emergency financial assistance to eligible clients in the form of rent and utility payments as well as food.

Under the Emergency Assistance department, the Agency administers the JEA Neighbor to Neighbor Program which provides limited financial assistance for the elderly, disabled and poor residents in the JEA service area who are at risk of having their utilities shut off.

Basic eligibility requirements for emergency financial assistance include:

  • Experienced a financial setback within the past three months that resulted in an inability to pay basic housing needs.

In addition, one or more of the following criteria listed below must have occurred:

  • One or more months behind in rent/mortgage or utility payments, OR
  • Received a three-day or eviction notice, OR
  • Received a utilities cutoff notice, OR
  • Had utilities cut off.

Emergency financial assistance is limited to residents of Duval, Clay, Baker and Nassau Counties. Other restrictions may apply.

For information about emergency financial assistance, please call United Way by dialing 2-1-1 or (904)632-0600.

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Workforce Development Program

Since August 2012, the Catholic Charities Workforce Development Program has helped hundreds of low-income unemployed or underemployed adults find work. Clients work with professional and compassionate staff who provide one-on-one assistance, job readiness training, creation of individual work plans, job referrals, and supportive services for a period of four months through the job search process. Partnerships with local agencies, educational institutions, and employers allow staff to provide a full array of employment services. Please call 904-900-7943 Ext. 1204 for more information.

Employers with job openings are encouraged to email open position information to workforcedev@ccbjax.org.

If you would like to serve as a volunteer for the Workforce Program, please call 904-354-4846 ext. 269 to volunteer.

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Food Program

We all know what it feels like to be hungry but most of us do not worry about where our next meal is coming from. Food is one of the most basic human needs. Catholic Charities reaches out to help meet the need in our community through our Food Pantry.

We could not keep our Food Program going if it were not for the generous donations and support we receive from numerous businesses, organizations and volunteers.

Food is distributed to the public on Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Catholic Charities Food Pantry assigns tickets beginning at 11:00 a.m. on the days of distribution. To be eligible to receive food you can come once every ninety days. One ticket per household; and you must be present when your number is called. During Holidays, please check with agency for Holiday Food distribution schedule.

Immigration Services

Catholic Charities has been providing immigration services to the immigrant community since 1984.

Catholic Charities is recognized and accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) as an organization that is qualified to provide affordable immigration-related services.

The Immigration services are provided by or under the supervision of BIA Certified Representatives. The representative will assist the client with application preparation for US Citizenship and Immigration Services and, if necessary, with referral services. Immigration services include assistance in reuniting separated families, renewal or replacement of legal permanent resident card and employment authorization card, Cuban adjustment, consular processing, and citizenship.

Camp I Am Special/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.

Under this ministry, 8 different weeks of camp are hosted throughout the summer in addition to two weekend mini-camps during the year. The summer camps provide a six-day, recreational and residential summer camp experience for children, teenagers, and young adults who are challenged by developmental disabilities. The campers who participate are able to experience the growth opportunities and joy of a camp where they participate in typical summer camp activities.

For the families of our campers, these six days of camp may be the only days of respite they receive the entire year. Additionally, students who take on the roles of buddies offering one on one 24 hour a day care and group leaders give a week of their summer in complete selfless service. The life lessons and perspectives they gain, while being the hands of Christ for others is unparalleled to anything else they have ever experienced.

For more information on the Ministry for Persons with Disabilities visit the website at www.CampIAmSpecial.com.

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JEA Neighbor-To-Neighbor Program

Catholic Charities Jacksonville Regional Office partners with JEA through its Neighbor to Neighbor program. The Neighbor to Neighbor program provides limited financial assistance for elderly, disabled and poor residents in the JEA service area who are at risk of having their utilities shut off.

Catholic Charities is the administrator of the funds at no cost to the community — we receive no fees for this service. You can donate to the program by simply checking the Neighbor to Neighbor box on your JEA bill and indicating a dollar amount to be added to your monthly bill or you can make a one-time donation. JEA will collect the money and forward every donated dollar to the Neighbor to Neighbor program. One hundred percent of your contribution will be used for client utilities.

Refugee Resettlement Program

Catholic Charities helps resettle individuals and reunite families who legally enter the United States as part of an expression of U.S. foreign and humanitarian policy. Our clients received extensive medical background and relationship checks before travel to the US was approved. In the coming years we are anticipating many new arrivals from countries such as Bhutan, Burma, Afghanistan, Cuba and Iraq. Many of our refugees are vulnerable, with limited English skills and employment histories. Others have experienced emotional trauma, even torture, loss of family members, or long years in refugee camps. Many have fled their home country because of persecution due to their race, religion, nationality, and/or membership in a social group or political opinion.

Parishes Organized to Welcome Refugees (POWR) is a program sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). It is designed to enlist support from parishes and individuals to help refugees assimilate to the Jacksonville community. Consider inviting the POWR Coordinator to your church or organization to learn how you can volunteer and change the life of a refugee forever. To learn more, contact our POWR Coordinator, Sarah Male at (904)354-4846 ext. 268 or smale@ccbjax.org.

This project is sponsored by the State of Florida, Department of Children & Families, Refugee Services Program, with grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement.

We follow DCF CFOP 215-6.

If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you are entitled to interpreter services at no cost to you.

To file a complaint you may write or call:
The Department of Children & Families
Office of Civil Rights
1317 Winewood Boulevard
Building 1, Room 110
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0700
(850) 478-1901
TTY (850) 922-9220

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