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For some children, free breakfast and lunch at school might be the only guaranteed meals they will eat throughout the day. Low-income families often times find themselves without food toward the end of the month. This often results in a scarcity of food in the house for days, perhaps even a week or two. Parents without enough food in the cupboards to feed their children often end up relying heavily upon community food distribution programs. Your generosity will help us continue providing nutritious food for these.
Bulk Food



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Have you ever thought about how you might live without a car? For many of our families, not having a vehicle or access to transportation limits their ability to seek work, maintain a job, attend school, and take care of typical family business. The lack of readily available transportation is a major barrier for any family striving to manage the responsibilities of life. Your generous donation will help a family with transportation costs, giving them the mobility necessary to move forward with their lives.
Bus Pass



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In our region, reliable transportation is a necessity. For most of us, car repairs are an annoying inconvenience. But for low-income families, any car repair is an unexpected and unaffordable expense that directly impacts their other financial obligations like rent, food, utilities, or paying other bills. You can help a family make vital car repairs, so they can get around and not disrupt their ability to get to work, school, medical appointments, or the store.
Car Repairs



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The worst case scenario for any family is the death of a child. Add on top of that the anxiety of not being able to afford a funeral. Tragedies, like the unexpected death of a child due to illness, accidents, or even stray bullets, are crises that require the help of others. Just imagine the dilemma for a family that is living week to week without any resources for a burial. Help ease the burden of these families as Catholic Charities staff help them through their extreme grief and provide assistance with the most basic burial services for their loved one.
Child Burial Assistance



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All parents agree, one of life’s great joys is to watch children laugh with delight on Christmas morning as they open their presents. Your gift will provide low-income parents with the opportunity to share in this joy. Age appropriate gifts for children and teenagers are distributed at multiple Catholic Charities’ locations throughout our two-county area every holiday season.
Christmas Toys



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For many here in the Inland Counties, United States Citizenship is a life-long dream. Your generosity will help legally documented individuals pass their citizenship interview and exam with the United States Citizenship & Immigration Service. Obtaining US Citizenship can be a difficult and intimidating process, so Catholic Charities provides a safe and comfortable environment where individuals can come to class with others in their same situation and learn what is necessary to become fully engaged in civic life as American Citizens!
Citizenship Preparation



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Many poor children wear dirty clothes. What is often not considered is that washing clothes is extremely difficult when parents do not own a washing machine, cannot afford laundry detergent, do not have any left-over change for the machines at the Laundromat, or have no means to lug dirty laundry to a place to wash the clothes. For low-income families, just getting the laundry done, a ritual in all families, can be such an insurmountable task that it is often cheaper to throw away the dirty clothes and pick-up “new” clothes for cheap or free at a thrift store or yard sale.
Clean Clothes



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For youth who are recovering from traumatic life events outside of school such as violence in the home, abuse or neglect, or the incarceration or death of a loved one can be extremely difficult. These are events that change the lives of children forever. Youth often deal with trauma without proper attention. Catholic Charities works with traumatized youth, their families, and their schools to provide seriously needed counseling to youth who would otherwise fall through the cracks.
Counseling for Traumatized Youth



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Diapers are gold at Catholic Charities. They are an expensive necessity for young mothers who are most often working jobs that pay minimum wage and are doing everything possible to stretch their monthly income. For many of the young mothers who come to us, the cost of diapers is a very real problem when food, utilities, and rent must be paid each month. Laundromats, too, are a real expense. Fresh diapers for babies when needed should not ever be a luxury.
Diapers



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Not knowing how to work through family emotional distress is a major cause of family separations and the behavioral problems of children and teenagers. Professionally trained and educated therapists meet regularly with individuals and families to build safe, stable and healthy families. You can help a family receive counseling, parenting education or anger management services and begin the process of healing and renewed family harmony.
Family Counseling



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The last week of the month is rough for families with very limited income. One way to assist them is to reduce their food expenses by providing hot, home-cooked, family meals during those last few days of the month. Neighborhood families can come and eat meals prepared by volunteers instead of eating whatever sparse food they may or may not be able to find in their cupboards at home. For many of these families, sitting down to eat a full meal together is an uncommon luxury.  Adults and children can come together and enjoy a fully-prepared, hearty meal at our “Hope in the City” Youth and Family Center on the west-side in the City of San Bernardino.
Family Evening Meal Program



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Low-income families often times find themselves without food toward the end of the month. Your generosity will help us keep our food pantries full.
Food Pantries



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Families trying to make ends meet need all the help they can get. Food costs are one of the poor’s greatest expenses. By helping families with food expenses, we are helping them to maintain their housing and pay their utilities. Your gift will provide specific groceries for a poor family in need. Some families are given food vouchers to local grocery stores, so they may purchase exactly what they need to get through difficult times —particularly special dietary items prescribed by a doctor that are not available at local food pantries.
Grocery Gift Cards



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They say home is where the heart is but for many of our families home may be the family car, an over-extended stay with friends or family, or a motel room in the worst part of town. Multiple families often live together in very small, overcrowded dwellings leaving children to sleep on couches and floors until mom and dad can find an affordable place of their own to call home. Your generosity will help get a family into a permanent and stable home.
Homeless Prevention Fund



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For some students, staying out of harm’s way after school is as important as completing their homework assignments. Catholic Charities “Hope in the City” Youth and Family Resource Center is a safe and secure place in a neighborhood with few alternatives. Students are provided with tutoring, supplies, access to computers, snacks, recreational activities, and lots of support and encouragement from compassionate and knowledgeable staff and volunteers.
Homework Center Supplies



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Malnutrition is one of the single greatest causes of illness for children of the poor. This is particularly true if the mother is sick or unable to nurse her newborn. Baby formula is very expensive. You can help us purchase needed formula for an infant and will put a smile on both baby’s and Mommy’s faces.
Infant Formula



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Neighbor to Neighbor takes place every weekend and is entirely staffed by a pool of concerned volunteers. Casa Blanca area residents are welcome to drop by and receive a range of breakfast foods - all provided because of the generosity of the community. Our goal is to provide some brief, but powerful respite and relief in a safe and comfortable place for those in the neighborhood that struggle with the harsh realities of poverty each day. Visit us this weekend at: 3020 Madison Ave. Riverside, CA 6:30 - 9:00 P.M. Every Saturday
Neighbor to Neighbor – Riverside



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Neighbor to Neighbor is a very simple, highly unique, outdoor, hospitality outreach program for the homeless, working poor families, day laborers, and low-income elderly in the community of San Bernardino. Neighbor to Neighbor takes place every weekend and is entirely staffed by a pool of concerned volunteers. "D" Street residents and the local community are welcome to drop by and receive a range of breakfast foods – all provided because of the generosity of the community. Our goal is to provide some brief, but powerful respite and relief in a safe and comfortable place for those in the neighborhood that struggle with the harsh realities of poverty each day. Neighbor to Neighbor is an act of kindness for poor residents to celebrate their dignity and worth with lots of care and regard offered by dedicated volunteers every Sunday morning at the Administration Office in San Bernardino. Visit us this weekend at: 1450 N D Street San Bernardino, CA 6:30 – 9:00 P.M. Every Sunday
Neighbor to Neighbor – San Bernardino



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High co-pays for prescriptions or no health insurance at all make expensive and medically necessary prescriptions out of reach for many of those we help. When someone in the family gets seriously ill or suffers from pre-existing medical conditions, no health care coverage or minimal health care coverage creates a serious problem often because of the lack of affordability of many necessary prescriptions. Just because a doctor prescribes a necessary prescription does not mean the patient will be able to afford it.
Prescription Assistance



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Imagine being frail and elderly and told by your doctor that your health is dependent on regular, special meals, yet you have little money for healthy food or access to the stores that sell it. You have no family or friends in the area, and no one to ask for help. Where would you turn? Catholic Charities’ Senior Meal Delivery Program fulfills this need for home-bound elderly and helps them stay healthy and living independently in their homes. Our home delivery program also allows us to check up on elderly shut-ins on a regular basis to make sure they are maintaining themselves well.
Senior Meals



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Think of the shoes that you discard. The words that come to mind may be: damaged, worn out, too tight or too big, or out of style. Unfortunately, these words often describe the shoes worn by children of so many of our families. Purchasing shoes for low-income children is a real expense that is often delayed in order to pay the bills, so our children frequently wear shoes that are too small and completely worn-out. Children who wear these shoes experience discomfort and unnecessary embarrassment every day and are reminded of this every morning when they put on their shoes before school.
Shoes for Kids



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Mentor, support and encourage the next generation of Social Workers with the heart and compassion of Catholic Charities. Support the Nonprofit Social Work Fellowship Program.
Student Fellowship Program



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Particularly during the hot summer months in the desert areas and the weeks in the winter of extreme cold, poor families have serious worries about the cost of utilities. Despite all efforts to reduce their energy use during the month, often their utility bills are simply unaffordable. So when the bills arrive, families pay what they can and live in fear of a utility shut-off. Then to avoid a shut-off, they are often short on their rent or have less money for food for the family. Helping families in a crunch pay their utilities will prevent a financial spiral from which they are unable to recover on their own.
Utility Assistance



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When the weather turns cold during wet winter months, it is no easy task for children to stay warm at night. Heating a home during these months is expensive, so blankets are essential for poor families to stave off the cold weather and help to keep utility costs down. You can help us purchase extra blankets for distribution to needy families as well as the homeless in our local neighborhoods.
Warm Blankets



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