Due to COVID-19, adjustments have been made to our services with no in-person activities taking place at the office. The Food Pantry continues to operate on a curbside pickup model. Please see below for more details about each of our programs.

Catholic Charities welcomes individuals and families of all faiths or no faith tradition, living in the following counties to participate in services: Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, and Pender.

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St. Joseph Office in Burgaw

For Burgaw Social Services, visit Burgaw location page.

Disaster Preparation & Recovery

COVID-19 Update

  • No in person meetings. Phone calls will still be returned.
  • Existing clients will be served using phone and email communications.
  • Electronic referrals from partner agencies are still being accepted and reviewed.

Financial assistance is available to assist eligible families recovering from Hurricane Florence. To receive assistance, please contact the Cape Fear Regional Office at their mainline, 910-251-8130.

Food Pantries

COVID-19 Update

Schedule by appointment only. Curbside pick-up only.

  • Wednesday: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • To make an appoint, please call (910) 251 – 8130.

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.

Donations

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
Immigration

COVID-19 Update

  • No in person appointments.
  • Services will be conducted by phone and email only.

Our bilingual DOJ Accredited Representative can assist in the completion and submission of various legal immigration documents including: Applications for Citizenship, Naturalization, and Family Based 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, and how to fill out the On-Line-Intake

Please contact Maria Mendoza, Full DOJ Accredited Representative, by email Maria.Mendoza@ccharitiesdor.org or at 910-251-8130 ext. 116 to schedule an appointment.

Other Direct Assistance

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.

For Pender County Residents Only

To complete an Emergency Utility Assistance application electronically, download and complete this form.

To apply, please email the following documents to Jo-El.SidburySmith@ccharitiesdor.org:

  • Completed application
  • Please submit proof of income (Benefit award letter, pay stubs, letter from employer(s)
  • Most recent bill reflecting their utility usage (disconnection notices are not accepted)

Temporarily Suspended due to COVID-19

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.

 

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.

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