Family Service Centers
Family Service Centers are the first point of contact for individuals, families, and parishes when they seek assistance from Catholic Social Services. Eleven Family Service Centers are located throughout the five-county metropolitan area. Each provides intake and assessment for individuals and families to assist them in accessing benefits and services. Emergency assistance includes clothing cupboards and food pantries, rent or utility bill assistance, housing referrals, and case management. Adults benefit from employment training, ESL classes, GED preparation, and job placement assistance.
After-school programs provide a nutritious snack, help with homework, recreational activities, and service learning opportunities. Programs for teens encourage an abstinence approach to pregnancy prevention, and promote self-esteem and leadership development. Pregnancy and parenting support are offered through a baby cupboard, cooking and other life skills training, parenting classes and peer support groups. A Pregnancy Hotline assists those confronting crisis pregnancies, and post-abortion counseling and support are also available. Services to seniors include weekday programs offering nutritious lunches and social and recreational activities, and support and assistance to isolated, homebound elderly. Immigrants benefit from translation services, legal counsel, and referral to other services in the community.
Some centers are licensed as community behavioral health care providers, and offer counseling for post-traumatic stress, post-partum depression, and a host of other behavioral issues. Classes in conflict resolution, anger management, and bereavement support are available. Most of these services are entirely funded by the annual Catholic Charities Appeal and would not be possible without the long-standing tradition of charitable giving in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.