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.

St. Joseph Office in Burgaw

For Burgaw Social Services, visit Burgaw location page.


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 in many areas of eastern North Carolina.

Clinical counseling is also provided in the school setting. If you are a school counselor please contact our offices 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. To make an appointment, call the following numbers:

Disaster Preparation & Recovery

We coordinate with the North Carolina Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (North Carolina VOAD), local Long Term Recovery Groups (LTRG), North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to address client unmet needs following disasters.  Services are currently focused on assisting Hurricane Matthew survivors.

Hurricane Matthew

We provide case management services, advocacy, and financial assistance to help clients secure stable housing, furniture, and food. We work closely with Lutheran Services Of The Carolinas to assist Hurricane Matthew Survivors.  We also assist in referrals to other community organizations that are committed to assisting Hurricane Matthew survivors such as HOPE 4 NC, Community CPR, and the Pender and Columbus County Long-Term Recovery Groups.

Food Pantries

Hours of Operation:

Friday: 9 am – 11:30 am.
*Additional August Hours: Tuesday – Thursday: 9 am- 11:30 am.
No appointments needed.

The Catholic Charities Wilmington food pantry serves those who are hungry in the Cape Fear area through distribution of non-perishable emergency food. This service is provided by staff and volunteers in partnership with the community, without regard to race or religion.

Individuals or families in need may come to the food pantry once every 30 days to receive a 3 – 4 day supply of groceries. People without kitchen access receive a small bag of no-cook food items and are served weekly. Those requesting food are asked to show identification and describe their needs.

Pender County Food access:
Hours: Thursday: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Catholic Charities clients from Pender County in need of food assistance are encouraged to utilize the St. Joseph Food Pantry located at 1303 Highway 117 South, Burgaw.  During food pantry hours, individuals also have access to health education, health screenings, emergency assistance, and case management services provided by Catholic Charities.


If you are considering donating food or funds to keep the pantry stocked, some of the most requested items are:

·         Peanut Butter ·         Canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon, etc.)
·         Cereal ·         Silk Milk
·         Granola bars ·         Pop top canned vegetables
·         Rice ·         Pop top canned fruit
·         Pasta ·         Fruit cups
·         Protein drinks and bars ·         Apple Sauce
·         Beans ·         Oatmeal

We are able to assist in the completion and submission of various legal documents including: Applications for Citizenship, Naturalization, and Family Unification. Our professional staff also provide informational sessions to parish and community groups on immigration rights, responsibilities, and current immigration issues and resources.

Please be advised, our staff are 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 Maria Mendoza, BIA Accredited Representative, by email
Maria.Mendoza@Raldioc.Org or at 910-251-8130 Ext.116 to schedule an appointment.


St. Brendan Parish
Sr. Rosanne Caiazzo, BIA Accredited Representative

Other Direct Assistance

Baby Items:

  • Diapers:
    • Pick Up Hours: Tuesday – Friday 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    • Catholic Charities is the distribution site for the Lower Cape Fear Diaper Bank.  Low-income families can access 30-50 diapers once every 30 days.
  • Clothes:
    • Baby clothing sizes newborn to 24 months.
    • Families can shop in the baby room once every 60 days.
  • Other baby items:
    • Availability based on donations.
    • Frequently in stock items include: formula, baby food, blankets, bouncy seats, toys, etc.


Hygiene and Household Cleaning items:

  • Individuals and families can access these items monthly during emergency assistance hours.
  • Frequently in stock items include:
    • Tissues • Shampoo
    • Detergent • Soap
    • Hand Soap • Bug Spray
    • Dishwasher Soap • Toothbrushes
    • Shaving Kits
  • Call before you come to ensure we have what you need.


Emergency Utility Assistance:

  • Assistance is available to low and moderate income families who live in New Hanover, Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, and Pender counties.
  • Funds are used to help families pay their utility bills as a means to prevent homelessness.
  • To access this service, call 910-251-8130 to make an appointment with a case manager.
  • Due to limited resources, all individuals and families are screened and must go through an intake process.
  • Please bring photo ID, copy of your bill, and proof of emergency at your time of appointment.
Support of the Family

Services in Support of the Family provide assistance for poor, isolated and vulnerable families in the Cape Fear Area.  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. Services are provided in English and Spanish.  For more detailed information about this program, please visit the Services in Support of the Family page.

Services offered under this program include:

  • Monthly Job Lists
  • Translation Services
  • Case management and goal setting
  • Childhood developmental screenings for children ages birth to 5
  • Parenting Sessions:
    • Triple P is the flexible, practical way to develop skills, strategies and confidence to handle any parenting situation.
    • We have trained providers in Triple P, level 3 targeting families with children ages birth to 12 years old.
    • Level 3 Individual Triple P is a very private and quick way to get Triple P support that targets the exact parenting problem or issue you are having.
    • Sessions usually takes between 30-60 minutes.


Interested in Volunteering: Tour with us before you volunteer to learn more about Catholic Charities.  Our organization would not be possible without the support of our volunteers and we are so grateful for the impact they make in our community!

Catholic Charities is seeking volunteers for the following Programs:

Food Pantry
9:00 am to 11:30 am on Fridays

  • Interviewers
  • Bagging Food

Emergency Assistance Program
9:00 am to 11:30 am Tuesday-Thursday

  • Interviewers

Complete client and family intakes.  Must have good interpersonal skills and have basic computer skills.  Requires dedication, reliability, and a sincere interest in helping individuals and their families in the Cape Fear region.

  • Donation pick-ups

Pick up locations include the Diaper Bank of the Lower Cape Fear and Costco.  Must have reliable transportation.

  • Job List

Assist with compiling job list for the Cape Fear area to distribute to clients.

Other volunteer needs:

  • Christmas Toy Program (opportunities from October-December)
  • Construction/moving/heavy lifting
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Event Committee/Planning
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography/Video

To find out how you can volunteer, please contact the Wilmington Office at 910-251-8130.

  • Cape Fear Office to Temporarily Expand Food Pantry HoursAugust 7th, 2017During the month of August, the Catholic Charities Office in Wilmington will expand food pantry hours.  Normally, the food pantry is only open on Fridays.  During the month of August, the pantry will be open Tuesday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  This temporary service expansion is needed while the Sister Isaac Center […] Read more...
  • Wilmington Office Expands Partnership with St. Mary’s Tileston Outreach for AugustAugust 11th, 2016As an expansion of their partnership, Catholic Charities will operate a food pantry during the month of August while the St. Mary’s Tileston Outreach temporarily closes. Families will be able to receive food from the Catholic Charities location at the Harrelson Center on 4th Street in Wilmington from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Tuesday through […] Read more...
  • New Hope and a New Home After DisasterNovember 24th, 2015On Thursday, May 21st, a F1 tornado touched down in Columbus County.  At the time, 12-year-old Elmer Hernandez was alone in the home which was destroyed.  He hid in one of the only rooms that was left intact and was unharmed.  Reflecting back on that day, Elmer stated, “When I realized what was happening, I […] Read more...
  • New Partnership with the Diaper Bank of North Carolina AnnouncedNovember 19th, 2015Catholic Charities is excited to announce that they are partnering with the Diaper Bank of North Carolina to help ensure families are able to provide a healthy home environment for the children.  Through this partnership, the Catholic Charities Cape Fear Regional Office in Wilmington will serve as a distribution site for diapers.  Emilie Hart, the […] Read more...
  • Temporary Protected Status for Eligible Nationals of Honduras ExtendedNovember 3rd, 2014The U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security has announced that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Honduras has been extended.  Eligible families must apply for this extension by December 15, 2014 to be considered.  The current extension will last for an 18 month period, from January 6, 2015 through July 5, 2016. Families may […] Read more...
  • Teeing Off with the Harrelson CenterOct. 9thPlease join us for the:   1st Annual Collaborative Golf Tournament of The Harrelson Center   The Harrelson Center is a nonprofit campus that supports and partners with other nonprofit organizations in the Wilmington community to provide centralized humanitarian services.    All proceeds will benefit the Wilmington Catholic Charities office and other partner organizations involved […] Read more...
  • Immigration Eligibility Screening – Aug 17Aug 17    Staff will work with participants to complete a questionnaire to determine if someone appears to be eligible for an existing immigration benefit, such as a family petition, DACA, or becoming a U.S. Citizen. Read more...
  • Hurricane Matthew Furniture DriveMay 19th & 20thThe Catholic Charities Wilmington Office will be collecting furniture and household items over a two day span. All donations will be delivered to Columbus County families who have been rehoused after being forced from their homes due to Hurricane Matthew flooding. Read more...
  • Power of Positive Parenting WorkshopOct 18thJoin us on October 10th for our Triple P seminar focused on Raising Resilient Children. Read more...
  • Power of Positive Parenting WorkshopOct 10thJoin us on October 10th for our Triple P seminar focused on Raising Confident, Competent Children . Read more...