Our expertise and resources are aimed at families enduring an unexpected, short term crisis that has disrupted their stability. Without our attention and services, inevitably their situation will worsen resulting in numerous additional negative consequences. It is our goal to intervene at the right time with the proper help, so families can recover from the crisis, regain stability, and move forward with their lives.
The theoretical basis of the work of Catholic Charities in rooted in Crisis Intervention Theory: 1) address the crisis, 2) re-store equilibrium and stabilize the family, 3) recognize other obstacles, 4) provide support & education, and 5) encourage self-empowerment.
We also recognize the need for other family support services that strengthen families and provide temporary relief, avoid a potential crisis, or prevent the same crisis from re-occurring in the future.
Our programs are unable to address chronic problems that require intensive and specialized care. Long term problems that we are unable to address include mental illness, chronic homelessness, substance abuse treatment, and other significant chronic issues. People who come to us with these on-going situations receive kindness and compassion, temporary support if possible (“light touch care”), and are informed of their options for the services they need in the community.