Catholic Charities Providing Assistance to Those Affected by the Government Shutdown

January 15, 2019 (SAN ANTONIO) – Catholic Charities is supporting individuals and families affected by the government shutdown with food assistance, rent and utility assistance, and other wraparound services.

Those requesting assistance, specifically related to the government shutdown, are asked to visit the Guadalupe Community Center, 1801 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., Monday-Friday 8am-5pm, with the following documents: current Texas ID or driver’s license for those over the age of 18,  Social Security Card for all household members, Government Employee ID, proof of income for last 30 days (check stub, SNAP benefits, child support, SSDI, SSI, etc.), Notice to Vacate and Current Lease for rental assistance and Disconnection Notice or past due bill for utility assistance. Anyone requesting aid is encouraged to call or visit GCC regardless of documentation.

Guadalupe Community Center staff is experiencing increased need throughout, and even outside, the San Antonio community. One couple travelled over 70 miles from Three Rivers to the Guadalupe Community Center in search of help, specifically food assistance. The husband is a federal employee with the Bureau of Prisons and is required to work without pay. The couple received food assistance, but have great concerns over pending expenses including a mortgage.

Catholic Charities’ President/CEO, J. Antonio Fernandez, says, “Catholic Charities manages crisis every day and every day crisis looks different. We are here to strengthen the vulnerable, including our federal employees who find themselves in crisis because of the government shutdown. We want to do what we can to support families, keep them in their homes, keep the lights on, and keep their children fed. These families are just like ours so we are ready to answer the call to serve just as we have in the past.”

The community is asked to support those in need with HEB and Walmart gift cards, restaurant gift cards, and non-perishable food to address food insecurity in our community. Donations can be dropped off at Catholic Charities, 202 W. French Place, or Guadalupe Community Center, 1801 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., Monday-Friday 8am-5pm until the crisis is resolved. Monetary donations are accepted online at https://ccaosa.ejoinme.org/GS2019.

Catholic Charities is responding to the increased need for basic necessities in and around the San Antonio community as a result of the government shutdown.

SERVICES PROVIDED TO THOSE AFFECTED BY THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN:

  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Rent assistance
  • Utility assistance
  • Wraparound services

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN:

  • Texas ID or driver’s license for those over the age of 18
  • Social Security Card for all household members
  • Government Employee ID
  • Proof of income for last 30 days (check stub, SNAP benefits, child support, SSDI, SSI)
  • Notice to vacate and current lease for rental assistance
  • Disconnection notice or past due bill for utility assistance

DONATIONS REQUESTED:

  • HEB or Walmart gift cards
  • Restaurant gift cards
  • Non-perishable food
  • Cash donations requested at https://ccaosa.ejoinme.org/GS2019

Donations can be delivered Monday-Friday 8am-5pm to:

Catholic Charities                                          Guadalupe Community Center

202 W. French Place                                       1801 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

(210) 222-1294                                               (210) 226-6178

About Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of San Antonio, Inc.

Since 1941, Catholic Charities is the largest Catholic social service agency in San Antonio. Our mission is to provide for the needs of our community through selfless service under the sign of love.  In 2018, Catholic Charities served over 254,000 people through a network of 45 programs that include basic needs, family and children services, legal services, refugee resettlement, and prenatal and parenting education and counseling with the goals of strengthening the vulnerable, preserving family values and promoting self-sufficiency.

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