Family and Community Services Centers provide information and referral services to those living in the diocese who may be experiencing a variety of difficulties.
Our application process is a streamlined process that can be quickly completed. We do not have a waiting list and we are generally able to assist clients within 24 hours of the request for service.
To request assistance or refer someone in need, call the center nearest you.
Catholic Charities is now an enrollment site for NJ Family Care, the state's program which offers free or low-cost health coverage for uninsured children 18 and younger, as well as for some low-income parents. To find out if your family qualifies for Family Care and to learn how to apply, or to arrange an information session about NJ Family Care, contact Christine Polit at 856-342-4196 or 856-308-0497.
The food pantry can be accessed by individuals or families. We have limited infant equipment/supplies that are provided on a "first come, first serve basis."
Family & Community Centers also assist needy individuals/families by providing assistance with:
- Utility expenses
- Emergency housing
- Clothing referrals
- Essential prescriptions
- Other essential items
- Thrift Shop (at some of the larger centers)
These services are intended to provide a "safety net" so our staff educates clients regarding other community-based services that will foster long-term independence.
Each county within the Diocese of Camden has a Family Services and Community Center. Some of the larger centers also provide a Thrift shop for clients to purchase adult, child and infant clothing at a nominal fee, and may have some household furniture, equipment and appliances for purchase also at a nominal fee.
Each center provides holiday gifts and food to help disadvantaged families enjoy the spirit and celebration of the Christmas season. Information about all of these services can be obtained by calling the Centers directly or by calling 856-342-4104.
Our centers accept referrals from a variety of sources (parishes, County Welfare boards, other providers of community based services, "word of mouth"). Referrals can be made via phone and there is rarely a waiting list for most services offered.
All centers receive funding through the House of Charity to support the services and programs offered. Several centers receive grant funding to provide enhanced services to specific types of clients.