Every year, tens of thousands of people of every religion and ethnicity come to Catholic Charities for assistance. Our programs provide high-quality care while respecting confidentiality and individual dignity.

This work is an active expression of our faith and is guided by Catholic Social Teaching. It is our hope that by sharing some of those basic principles that friends and colleagues will gain a greater understanding of what drives us and will be inspired and strengthened in their own work as well. Learn more about it here.

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Chemical Dependence Services

Chemical dependence is a disease contributing to the illness and death of millions of Americans, straining the health care system.

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Commodity Supplemental Food Program

In addition to providing clients with a monthly food package, CSFP offers clients guidance in preparing nutritious meals (including cooking demonstrations), nutrition and health information provided by nutritionists, and referrals to health care and social service agencies for other needed services.

CSFP provides more than 8,200 food packages each month to eligible Long Islanders from the warehouse site in Freeport and through a number of mobile units.

Since it began in September 1988, CSFP has distributed more than two million packages of food to eligible women, children, and seniors throughout Long Island. CSFP is a collaborative effort between Catholic Charities, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

CSFP Services

Certifiers at the CSFP permanent and mobile sites interview potential participants to determine whether they meet financial guidelines.  After the initial certification, re-certification is required every six months. Participants can choose from a range of foods such as canned fruits and vegetables, powdered and UHT milk, cheese, canned meats and fish, juice, rice, pasta, hot and cold cereals, peanut butter, dried beans, and juice.

A number of mobile CSFP trucks make monthly stops throughout Long Island, making it easier for participants to pick up food. More than 40 stops are currently scheduled.

A nutritionist provides monthly cooking demonstrations in Nassau and Suffolk and offers suggestions for meal plans using CSFP food. To schedule a demonstration or to receive a telephone consultation, please call (516) 623 - 4568, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

 

Eligibility and Fees

Eligibility is based on age and income/ Seniors age 60 and older are eligible to apply. Please call for additional information. CSFP charges no fees.

Developmental Disabilities Residences

Individualized Residential Alternatives for people with developmental disabilities that respect and affirm the dignity of residents.

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Disaster Response

Recent disasters have emphasized new needs, impacting thousands of Long Islanders of every age, background and income level. We meet the complex needs of these individuals and families through our Disaster Response Services. Our relief services team provides comprehensive assessments of client needs, clinical therapy, counseling and individualized recovery plans. Working closely with local government agencies and other human services providers we also advocate to resolve unmet client needs, assist with appeals, and provide referrals. Long-term, we help communities and local parishes prepare for future disasters via networking and training workshops for their volunteers and staff.

Food and Nutrition

Food and Nutrition


Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

CSFP provides more than 8,200 free food packages each month to low-income seniors throughout Long Island. In addition, CSFP offers clients guidance in preparing nutritious meals, cooking demonstrations, information provided by nutritionists, and referrals to health care and social service agencies for other needed services.

Meals-On-Wheels
Every weekday, the Catholic Charities Meals-On-Wheels program delivers hot, nutritious meals to the homebound in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Nutrition Outreach Education Project (NOEP)
The food stamp program helps families meet their monthly food costs with convenient electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards that can be used like cash at most grocery stores.

Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC)
Our Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program provides food assistance, nutrition education, and health screenings with referrals to women and children who are at nutritional risk.

HIV/AIDS Services

HIV/Aids

Long Island has one of the highest incidence rates of AIDS in the US. Catholic Charities offers services to meet some of the special needs.

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Housing Department

Long Island's high cost of living is especially hard on young people, senior citizens, and people with disabilities. 

Housing Department

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Immigration and Refugee Resettlement

Welcomes immigrants into our community, providing the guidance and assistance necessary to stabilize their situations, achieve self-sufficiency as quickly as possible.

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Mental Health Outpatient Services

Provides treatment and support services for people with a range of needs, from job- and family-related stress to serious, lasting disturbances.  We help them stabilize their lives and improve their emotional well-being.

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Mental Health Residential Services

Provides safe and appropriate residential opportunities to children, adolescents, and adults who struggle with mental illness. 

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Nutrition Outreach Education Project (NOEP)

Nutrition Outreach Education

Works to ensure a healthy diet for low-income families in Suffolk County by informing them of food programs and helping them apply.

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Regina Maternity Services

Maternity ServicesThrough its maternity support services, Catholic Charities sees to the physical, social, and emotional health of young women facing motherhood without adequate resources.

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Senior Services

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We provide a range of services to help Long Island seniors enjoy a high quality of life.

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Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC)

baby-bottleOur program is open to low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women and their children up to age five who are at nutrition risk.  It provides food assistance, nutrition education, and health screenings with referrals to health care providers and human service agencies.

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