The Catholic Charities Disaster Services Program works to help individuals, families, and the community prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Catholic Charities focuses on the response, recovery, and preparedness phases of the disaster cycle.

While there is no controlling who is impacted by a disaster, economically vulnerable populations are disproportionately affected. When local resources are overwhelmed by a natural disaster, Catholic Charities is ready to respond to the needs of survivors.

**Important Announcement: Hurricane Florence Relief Program Update**

Since Hurricane Florence devastated our area in September 2018, Catholic Charities has been working tirelessly to help families rebuild their lives through the distribution of financial assistance, support through disaster case management, and completing home repairs. This was made possible due to the generosity and support of countless donors and foundations.

Over five years after the flooding has receded, we will begin to close-out our Hurricane Florence Recovery program as we utilize the last of the funds available. While we wish we could continue accepting referrals, we have reached our capacity to accommodate additional cases. As of March 1, 2024, we will no longer be accepting referrals for the Hurricane Florence Relief Program.

For those who have already submitted referrals or are currently receiving assistance, rest assured that our team remains dedicated to supporting you until your needs are met to the best of our ability.

Catholic Charities will continue to be active in preparing the community for the next storm and stands ready to respond again when needed.

Disaster Case Management:

Disaster Case Management is available to assist eligible families recovering from Hurricane Florence. To receive assistance, please schedule an appointment by contacting the Cape Fear Regional Office at their mainline, 910-251-8130.

NC Catholics Volunteer:

NC Catholics Volunteer provides the opportunity for volunteers to help repair homes damaged by Hurricane Florence.  

  • Individuals looking for assistance in repairing their home should contact Vickie, Disaster Specialist, at or by phone at 910-251-8130 Ext. 2706.
  • Volunteers from across the Cape Fear Region are welcome to participate in single day trips and volunteers from across the country are welcome to participate in week-long trips. Catholic Charities has housing facilities for work teams staying overnight. All participants in overnight trips must be 18+. For single day opportunities, please visit the NC Catholics Volunteer page. To coordinate a week-long trip please contact Vickie, Disaster Specialist, at or by phone at 910-251-8130 Ext. 2706.

Hunger in our communities is an issue that far too many families are experiencing. A lack of nutritious meals can have long lasting effects on the physical, mental, and social well-being of all members of a family.

Catholic Charities Food Pantry Services are dedicated to providing healthy meals, increasing access to food, and developing innovative solutions to address food insecurity in a collaborative way.

With dignity and respect at the forefront of all interactions, families are offered a hand up during their most challenging times. In addition to feeding our neighbors, Catholic Charities Food Pantry Services serve as a medium for volunteerism, community engagement, and collaboration.

Available Services

Client Choice Food Pantry (Wilmington)

Tuesday and  Friday only: 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Located at the Wilmington office

Individuals or families in need may come to the food pantry once every 30 days to receive a 3 – 4 day supply of groceries.

  • The Cape Fear office has transitioned to a Client Choice Pantry, allowing clients to select their own food instead of receiving a pre-packed or standard bag of groceries. Our client choice food pantry resembles a small grocery stores, with products arrayed on shelves and in coolers/freezers, from which clients can fill boxes or bags.
  • The Client Choice model allows our clients to shop with a Personal Shopping Assistant to help them create meals that are nutritious and healthy, while being respectful of the needs of each individual family. As a healthy pantry partner with the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina we are proud to provide recipes, healthy eating flyers, and more! This service is available once every 30 calendar days.

Traditional Food Pantry (Burgaw)

  • St. Joseph Food Pantry
  • Hours: Thursdays, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Mobile Food Pantry

The Cape Fear office operates mobile food pantry events to bring groceries into the community to increase access for individuals who face barriers in traveling to the food pantry location. A calendar of distributions and locations can be found below.

For over 25 years, the Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services have assisted families in completing various immigration related processes.

Individuals and families who qualify meet with Catholic Charities immigration staff who are accredited by the Department of Justice. Through one-on-one meetings, staff provide education on the immigration process and assist in the completion and submission of applications with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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The services below are provided at a minimum cost. Services and appointments will be conducted by phone, email or virtually only with limited in person appointments.
  • Community Educational Presentations and Workshops
  • Citizenship
  • Family Petitions
  • Adjustment of Status
  • Temporarily Protected Status (TPS)
  • Consular Processing
  • U-Visas (For Victims of serious crimes)
  • VAWA (For victims of domestic violence)
  • Work Permits
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Renewals
    • USCIS strongly encourages you to submit your DACA Renewal request between 150 days and 120 days before the expiration date located on your current Form I-797 (Work Authorization Card).

Consultation Payment & Online Intake

Catholic Charities offers the ability for potential immigration clients to complete their intake online. Steps to complete the online intake:
  1. Use the link below to pay the $50 consultation fee.
  2. Following payment, you will be directed to the online intake which you will complete and submit.
  3. Once your information is entered, one of our Immigration Accredited Representatives will contact you to evaluate your case and make an appointment with you.
Before you continue, please review the following questions:
  1. Are you seeking Political Asylum?
  2. Do you have a court date pending, and need representation?
  3. Do you reside outside the state of North Carolina?
  4. Do you have a criminal record, felony, significant misdemeanors or three or more non-significant misdemeanors?
If you answer "Yes" to one or more of these questions, DO NOT proceed, Catholic Charities will not be able to assist you in your case.

Click Here to Start Your Intake

Online Payment

Individuals who are established clients have the ability to pay their Catholic Charities related fees online. Use the link below to access the payment page.

Click Here to Complete Your Immigration Payment

Catholic Charities recognizes the imbalances in access, opportunities, and resources that exist within our immigrant community. Immigration Legal Services are structured to attract all immigrants regardless of place of origin, culture, religion, or economic status. The goal is to provide help and create hope for immigrants as they establish their lives in the United States

Our bilingual DOJ Accredited Representative can assist in the completion and submission of various legal immigration documents including, Applications for Citizenship, Naturalization, Family Based processes, DACA renewals and other immigration processes. Our professional staff also provide informational sessions to parish and community groups on immigration rights, responsibilities, and current immigration issues and resources.

Visit the Immigration page for more information about what services we provide, if you are a new client,  please  fill out the On-Line-Intake to better serve you.

Nuestro representante bilingüe, acreditado por el DOJ puede ayudarlo a completar y presentar varios documentos legales de inmigración, incluyendo solicitudes de ciudadanía, naturalización, procesos familiares, renovaciones de DACA y otros procesos de inmigración. Nuestro personal profesional también brinda sesiones informativas a la congregación parroquial y grupos comunitarios.

Visite la página de Inmigración para obtener más información sobre los servicios que brindamos. Si es un cliente nuevo, complete el formulario en línea y así brindarle mejor atención.

Emergency Utility Assistance:

Assistance is available to low and moderate income families. Funds are used to help families pay their utility bills as a means to prevent homelessness.

  • To access this service, call 910-251-8130 Ext. 2702 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.

For Pender County Residents:

Contact Sonia Royes, located at our satellite office at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1303 U.S. 117 Burgaw, NC 28425. Please call 910-259-5153 to schedule an appointment.


Catholic Charities is a partner distribution site for the Diaper Bank of NC- Lower Cape Fear Branch

  • Pick Up Hours: Tuesdays and Fridays 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Families can access 30-50 diapers once every 30 calendar days

We also carry infant and toddler diapering needs.

Other Items Available:


  • 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.

Adult Incontinence Supplies:

  • Adult Diapers
  • Bed Pads
  • Incontinence Pads

Hygiene and Household Cleaning items:

  • Individuals and families can access these items once every 30 calendar days during emergency assistance hours.
  • Frequently in stock items include:
    • Shampoo • Conditioner
    • Detergent • Body Wash
    • Hand Soap • Toothbrushes
    • Dishwasher Soap • Toilet Paper
    • Paper Towels  • Lotion
  • Call before you come to ensure we have what you need.


  • Have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, diabetes, or another chronic issue?
  • Struggle with having enough food, or living in safe and affordable housing?
  • Or have problems driving or finding a ride, or feeling safe?

You may qualify for “HOP”

The Healthy Opportunities Program (HOP) – a free program using your Medicaid health plan for families who live in Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, Onslow, or Pender Counties.

Catholic Charities can help you learn more!

or call

(910) 251 – 8120

Clinical Counseling

Catholic Charities of the diocese of Raleigh provides professionally-trained 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
• Behavioral dysregulation for children ages 3+

Counseling Services are provided from a perspective which recognizes the emotional, behavioral, cognitive, spiritual and physical aspects of an individuals’ healing or growth.

Services are $35 for uninsured or low income individuals/families. Services are available online or in person.

To schedule an appointment, contact Ruth DeVito at 984-238-2351 or by email at

Servicios de Asesoramiento Clínico

Caridades Católicas de la Diócesis de Raleigh brinda servicios de asesoramiento clínico bilingüe con capacitación profesional a personas, parejas y familias que:

• Están experimentando angustia emocional.
• Quieren crecer hasta alcanzar su máximo potencial.
• Tienen dificultades para lidiar con el estrés, la depresión o la ansiedad.
• Desean aumentar sus habilidades para afrontar las luchas de la vida.
• Deseo de curación del dolor, la pérdida o las relaciones tensas.

• Desregulación del comportamiento en niños de 3 años+

Los servicios de asesoramiento se brindan desde una perspectiva que reconoce los aspectos emocionales, conductuales, cognitivos, espirituales y físicos de la curación o el crecimiento de un individuo.

Los servicios cuestan $35 para personas/familias sin seguro o de bajos ingresos. Servicios están disponible en línea o en persona.

Para programar una cita comuníquese con Ruth DeVito al 984-238-2351 o por correo electrónico al