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Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice, Inc. offers a variety of programs in Sarasota and Manatee counties that provide families and individuals with vital assistance designed to help them find their potential for success and to become more self-sufficient.
PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
Early Learning Education
St. Martha’s Early Learning Center of Catholic Charities offers the Creative Curriculum for Preschool Program where children are encouraged to explore science, math, reading, writing, art, technology, and music through indoor and outdoor learning centers. The development of fine and gross motor skills and the enhancement of social and emotional skills also are part of the learning experience. Students engage in monthly field trips, nutrition activities, and summer camp. The center received a 4.5 Star Rating from the Early Learning Coalition Look for the Stars Program.
Catholic Charities offers Senior Services to residents living in Villa San Marcos in Venice and Holy Cross Manor I and II in Palmetto. Seniors receive ongoing case management and support to help them remain active and healthy.
Catholic Charities provides two affordable housing complexes in Sarasota called St. Dominic Manor and St. Monica Residence for low-income families and individuals. A residence for a needy veteran and his or her family also is available through Catholic Charities at the Veterans House.
Housing Counseling and Foreclosure Prevention
Catholic Charities is a United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) certified agency. Catholic Charities offers Housing Counseling and Foreclosure Prevention services that can assist clients in developing a financial budget, getting out of debt, understanding and improving a credit report, buying or refinancing a home, or working with a lender in a default loan situation. Catholic Charities also provides the Home Buyer Education Class which is free of charge and available monthly in English and Spanish.
Catholic Charities provides Financial Assistance to people who are in an economic crisis which can be solved with short-term help. One-time assistance can be given for past-due mortgage, rent, utilities, and security deposits, or the cost of car repair, medical bills, relocation fees, or prescriptions.
Catholic Charities is accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) to provide affordable and quality Immigration Services. BIA certified counselors help clients with application preparation, support documentation, and referral services. Immigration Services include assistance in reuniting separated families, permanent residency adjustment, work authorization, consular processing, and United States citizenship.
Refugees resettling into the community can receive assistance through Refugee Services at Catholic Charities with coordination of sponsors and starting a new life. Refugees also are connected with prospective employers and matched to appropriate job opportunities to help them achieve self-sufficiency.
Shelter and Services for Homeless Families
Our Mother’s House of Catholic Charities offers a two-year residential program for mothers and children who are at risk of becoming homeless. The program provides on-site child care and ensures that the mothers and children receive the services they need to lead independent lives through education, vocational training, and personal growth.
The Catholic Charities Family Haven is an emergency shelter for families with children who are homeless. Families also receive case management services and transitional housing to assist them with the goal of becoming permanently housed.
Bethesda House of Catholic Charities provides compassionate support services for persons living with HIV/AIDS disease. Services include a nutrition center, clothing bank, laundry, and shower facilities along with support groups, counseling, case management, transportation assistance, job referral, and training, linking to medical services, and financial assistance.
Casa San Jose of Catholic Charities is an all-male residential facility that offers housing to individuals who are at risk of becoming homeless. Residents work to obtain optimal living standards and have access to the services available at Bethesda House.
Licensed therapists at the Catholic Charities Counseling Center offer individual, couple, and family counseling. The program focuses on the mental health needs of the client such as relief from depression, anger, conflict, loss and transition, trauma, abuse, substance abuse, anxiety, aging, or self-esteem issues. Catholic Charities accepts insurance and operates on a sliding-fee scale.
CATHOLIC CHARITIES DIOCESE OF VENICE, INC. SERVES ALL IN NEED REGARDLESS OF RACE, NATIONALITY, OR CREED.