Alleviating Poverty
Alleviating Poverty

We meet the immediate physical needs of individuals and families with food, clothing, and shelter with these services:
 

Food Pantries

As our communities continue to face rising unemployment, food is flying off the shelves at both South Bend Food Pantry and RSVP Community Center of Caring Food Pantry in Auburn. Because of this great need, we typically serve over 5,000 people annually. If you are interested in supporting our Food Pantries, we prefer money donations so we can be sure to purchase items that provide healthy meals to the families we serve.

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Resource & Referral

Services are provided to people who need help meeting basic needs: food, clothing, shelter, and utilities. As part of the agency’s program, a brief assessment is completed. Referrals are made to other agencies when appropriate. Services are offered by appointment only.

 

Coat Drive

For many families in northern Indiana, buying coats for their growing children is a hardship. That is why our RSVP program partners with local clubs, churches, businesses and individuals on our annual coat drive. Through the generosity of donors, Catholic Charities is able to provide hundreds of coats, hats, mittens, gloves and scarves to our neighbors in DeKalb, Noble, LaGrange and Steuben counties. For more information about how to donate gently-used and new warm clothing items, please contact our Auburn office at (260) 925-0917. Our coat giveaway runs from October through January annually.

Backpack Program

 

VITA Tax

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is a free tax preparation service provided through our RSVP program. Each year, at the end of January through the beginning of April, trained volunteers assist individuals and couples with an annual income of $53,000 or less to complete and file their tax returns. VITA, which is funded in part by United Way of Allen County, is available by appointment in DeKalb, Noble, LaGrange and Steuben counties.

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