March 26, 2020

Catholic Charities continues to respond safely and flexibly to those in need during COVID-19 pandemic

 

 

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington is continuing to serve the poor throughout the 21 counties and seven cities of the diocese while being attentive to our top priority: to keep our clients, volunteers and staff safe while addressing the needs of families and individuals during this COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

 

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has a public helpline for questions about corona virus: 1-877-ASK-VDH3 (1-877-275-8343). Community resource specialists are available to answer questions from the public and in English or Spanish. 

We’ve modified most of our programs to respond to those who seek help, using guidance from public health officials. We continue to serve the most vulnerable people in our diocese.

Catholic Charities is issuing an urgent plea to parishes, parishioners, and members of the community for material and financial donations, as well as volunteers who are safely able to serve in social distancing settings, with limited public contact.

To find more specific information about each program, see the below links.

PROGRAM CHANGES:

Emergency Assistance for those facing utility cutoffs or eviction

  • Emergency Assistance is open. Individuals or families seeking rent and utilities assistance should email one of the addresses found in the link, providing phone number. . Those requesting assistance will receive a phone call back.   
  • Christ House Thrift Store – operations suspended temporarily.


Food

  • Christ House Evening Meal: We are serving meals-to-go only at our evening meal.
  • St. Lucy Food Project pantries, including Christ House in Alexandria, Loaves and Fishes in Front Royal, and the Leesburg Regional Office. Food bags are being distributed to clients. Social distancing is being employed for clients waiting in line.


Health

  • Mother of Mercy Free Medical Clinic in Manassas – Pregnant patients are still being seen by scheduled appointment. All other patients are being served by secure phone or video conferencing.
  • Mother of Mercy Free Medical Clinic in Woodbridge is scheduled to open April 20.
  • Family Services Mental Health Counseling – Counselors are providing counseling via secure telephone or video conferencing.
  • Retreat for Seriously Ill – the June retreat has been canceled. The next retreat is scheduled for October 2-4, 2020.
  • St. Martin de Porres Senior Center – closed effective March 18, in consultation with the City of Alexandria. Seniors have been provided shelf-stable meals. Regular calls have been scheduled with the most vulnerable.

Newcomer Services

  • Education and Workforce Development – In person classes have been postponed; classes are being scheduled online. Tentative start for online April 14. Recruiting volunteers to teach virtually. Email Volunteer.Newcomer@ccda.net for more information on virtual opportunities.
  • Hogar Immigrant services, Legal, is assisting current clients with active cases through phone. New consultations will be made on a case-by-case basis and prioritized for individuals who have deadlines or timeframes for urgent needs. Please call 703-534-9805 for more information or if you have questions.
  • Refugees – essential services are safely being provided for refugee families. Clients should call their case manager or employment specialist for assistance over the phone at this time. 571-292-2259, 703-258-2715 or 571-364-8007. Leave a message and someone will return your call.
  • Family Reunification Program – is open by phone and videoconferencing

 

Housing

Pregnancy and Adoption Program – Will continue to provide services online, through secure video conferencing, and over the phone. Staff are available to answer any questions.

   

Car Ministry – is still accepting vehicle donations. Call first.