Catholic Charities welcomes individuals and families of all faiths or no faith tradition, living in the 54 most eastern counties in North Carolina to participate in services.
Catholic Charities of the diocese of Raleigh provides professionally-trained bilingual clinical counseling services to individuals, couples, and families who:
- Are experiencing emotional distress
- Want to grow toward their full potential
- Are experiencing difficulty dealing with stress, depression or anxiety
- Desire increased skills to deal with life’s struggles
- Desire healing from grief, loss or strained relationships
Counseling Services are provided from a perspective which recognizes the emotional, behavioral, cognitive, spiritual and physical aspects of an individuals’ healing or growth. Counseling is provided by licensed mental health therapists in English or Spanish.
Clinical counseling is also provided in the school setting. If you are a school counselor please contact our office to request services, or for further information.
Services can be paid for with private insurance, Medicaid or through a sliding fee scale based on income and family size.
We are able to assist in the completion and submission of various legal documents from application to Naturalization to family unification. Our professional staff also provides informational sessions to parish and community groups on immigration rights, responsibilities, and current immigration issues and resources.
Please be advised, our staff is not able to represent families during legal proceedings. All cases related to deportation or a removal situation are referred to the NC Justice Center.
Please contact Lauren Armbrester, BIA Accredited Representative, by email Maria.Guerrero@raldioc.org or at 336-222-6868 to schedule an appointment.
Catholic Charities case workers will assist pregnant families with the following services:
- Work with pregnant women and families, and new families, as they prepare for birth and begin to establish a healthy environment in which to raise their child.
- Referrals for clinical counseling, free of charge.
- Provide health education and tangible resources to help families raise their children in healthy and loving homes.
- We partner with other community agencies such as Project Gabriel, Birthchoice, and Project Rachel and Catholic parishes to support pregnant families.
Adoption services establish a permanent family for children and youth awaiting adoption, and increase the well-being and functioning of birth parents, adoptive parent families and adopted individuals.
Adoption Services are provided to people of all faith traditions, or no faith tradition, through highly experienced adoption workers. Services are offered according to a designated fee scale for each service.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh provides the following services to families who are involved in the adoption process:
- Consultation and education for potential/ inquiring families interested in adopting either domestically or internationally.
- Pre-placement assessments (home studies) and updates, including office and home sessions conducted with applicant adoptive families
- Post-placement supervision as required by the state or country placing the child
- Post-adoption services to birth and adoptive parents as well as to child or adult adoptees at any times in their lives
- Confidential Intermediary Services for adult adoptees and birth parents to provide information ranging from non-identifying to actual search and reunions.
Services in Support of the Family provide assistance for poor, isolated and vulnerable families in Eastern North Carolina. Families receive a comprehensive assessment of needs, which results in either initial problem-solving for many issues, or a supported referral to connect with other services within the community. Additionally, clinical counseling services are available to resolve challenging family situations. Services are provided in English and Spanish.
The goals of Services in Support of the Family include:
- Assisting families to develop skills and utilize opportunities to improve their lives
- Assisting families to establish and/or maintain stable and supportive family environments.
- Providing opportunities for families within neighborhoods and communities to meet and provide mutual support for each other.
- Helping individuals with strong leadership abilities develop skills to benefit their community.
Volunteers play a very important role in the services that Catholic Charities provide. Volunteers work with poor and vulnerable families of all faith traditions, and quite a few only Speak Spanish.
Throughout our 5 regions we have volunteers working in the following capacities: filing, reception, working in the food pantry (stocking shelves with food, organizing and implementing logistics for food donations and distribution), entering data, and organizing donated clothes.
Volunteers can also be trained to assist with our Family Support Services program. Some responsibilities include: conducting screening interviews to identify clients’ needs, assisting in the ESL or GED classes, assisting with resume writing, and working in the childcare area.
To find out how you can volunteer, please contact the Burlington Office at (336) 222-6868.
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