Catholic Charities upholds Catholic social teaching with the belief in the dignity of every human person.
Every person has basic rights and is entitled to have basic needs met including food, shelter, clothing, education and health care. No one should have to put a child to bed hungry or be forced to choose between food, medicine, housing or utilities.
Yet for over 200,000 East Texans, these are realities that are faced every day.
Catholic Charities works with its partner pantries and the East Texas Food Bank to ensure that no one goes hungry by providing grants, technical support, education and volunteers. Every dollar spent at the Food Bank for pantry assistance provides eight nutritious meals to individuals and families in our communities who rely on our member pantries for food.
The Parish Nursing Ministry of Catholic Charities East Texas is an interdenominational program, which extends the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. Currently operating in Texarkana and Atlanta, TX, Charities East Texas is in partnership with CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System and local churches to encourage and support ministries of health and healing. Plans for expansion to CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System and the Tyler area are on the horizon.
With the support of the pastor and congregation, trained registered Parish Nurses use a holistic approach for care by addressing the spiritual, emotional and physical well-being of individuals and congregations in the safe, familiar and comfortable environment of a person's faith community.
Our Parish Nurses appreciate that all persons are sacred and must be treated with respect and dignity as they advocate with compassion and mercy.
The Ministry is accomplished through the provision of professional, onsite medical and health evaluations, health care educational program, navigational assistance, and individual case management.
Primary roles of the Parish Nurse also include:
Integrator of health and faith
Health educator, counselor and advocate
Referral source and advocate
Advance Care planning facilitation
After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, evacuees in East Texas turned to Catholic Charities for help in the form of financial assistance for necessities such as shelter, clothing, food, medicine, transportation, counseling, and relocation and moving expenses. Now we share the lessons learned from these disasters with parishes and volunteers in the Diocese of Tyler, so that a coordinated, cooperative response may be employed when the next disaster strikes.
Services include preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation.
The network within Catholic Charities USA provides one of the largest systems in the nation for aiding disaster relief. Catholic Charities East Texas provided $30,000 each to Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Jacksonville and St. Joseph Church in Marshall though a grant made available from Catholic Charities USA. These parishes used the funds to install industrial generators into facilities that will be used to shelter individuals in the event of future disasters.
Most recently, victims of tornadoes that devastated East Texas received financial assistance from Catholic Charities through the House in a Box program.
Catholic Charities East Texas provides immigration legal services as a way to reunite families and promote self-sufficiency for immigrants through low-fee legal assistance in immigration matters before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service.
Catholic Charities staff are BIA Accredited Representatives and assist U.S. Citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents and immigrants with:
Adjustment of status
Naturalization and citizenship
Legal permanent residency
Special assistance to immigrant survivors of domestic violence and other violent crimes
Differed Action for Childhood Arrivals
Immigration staff conduct outreach and information sessions throughout the thirty-three East Texas counties we serve.