May 25, 2020

Catholic Charities responds safely, flexibly to serve those in need during COVID-19 pandemic

 

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington continues to serve the poor and vulnerable, including those affected by COVID-19, while being attentive to our top priority: to keep our clients, volunteers and staff safe while addressing the needs of families and individuals within our diocese.  To ensure safety throughout this pandemic, we will continue to follow Center for Disease Control protocol and guidelines, including procedures for cleaning facilities, washing hands, safe distancing, and wearing of masks.

 

 

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.  

Catholic Charities asks parishes, parishioners, and members of the community to consider making food, material and financial donations, to enable us to continue to serve. We have had a great response to our call for volunteers and currently have a wait list for volunteers. Please consider supporting our clients by assembling a service pack. Email volunteer@ccda.net

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

PROGRAM CHANGES:

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.  
  • With the critical assistance of parishes and volunteer groups, St. Lucy’s Friday no contact drive thru parish food drives will continue in May and June, taking place in parish parking lots.  See here.

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.

Newcomer Services

  • Education and Workforce Development – sponsored a Spanish-speaking Zoom webinar about how Covid-19 is impacting the Hispanic community, including medical, mental health, legal, and spiritual issues. Watch the webinar and view materials in Spanish, here. In addition, EWD began its online classes April 27.  See the class schedule here
  • Hogar Immigrant services, Legal, It is conducting remote legal consultations for new clients by phone and videoconference. If you or a loved one has questions about immigration status or legal immigration assistance needs: (703) 534-9805 or hogar@ccda.net
  • 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

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 open and practicing telemedicine.  Volunteer medial professionals are needed.
  • Family Services Mental Health Counseling – Counselors are providing counseling via secure telephone or video conferencing, and are able to residents from throughout our diocese.
  • St. Martin de Porres Senior Center – currently closed. Regular phone calls and deliveries of items continue to take place for vulnerable seniors.
  • Retreat for Seriously Ill – the June retreat is canceled. The next retreat is scheduled for October 2-4, 2020.

     

    Housing

    Pregnancy and Adoption Program – is continuing 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.