Catholic Charities of Ashtabula County

Catholic Charities of Ashtabula County

Contact Information

Lynn Zalewski, Executive Director
4200 Park Ave.  3rd Floor
Ashtabula, OH 44004
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Phone: (440) 992-2121
Email: info@doyccac.org

BASIC NEEDS ASSISTANCE

Extends help and hope in times of crisis and need to families and children in cooperation with other social service agencies, churches, food pantries, and soup kitchens.

  • Those seeking help with utilities, food, prescriptions, toiletries, cleaning supplies, diapers, formula, etc. are welcome to visit the agency on Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. Applicants should bring a photo ID, proof of income, and information regarding the request – i.e. utility bill/disconnection notice.  Utility assistance is typically limited to one time in twelve months.
  • For those seeking help with rental assistance, eviction status is required and you must first attend a financial literacy workshop, which is held on Thursdays at 2:00 pm.  Advance registration is required.  Please call the agency to check availability and to register.
  • Those who are homeless may visit the agency during business hours Monday through Friday.  Every effort will be made to have homeless individuals meet with a caseworker, but please be aware that the caseworker may not be immediately available due to previously scheduled appointments.
  • Gently used clothing for all ages, household items, and linens are available on Tuesdays from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.  Our new distribution site is located at 4200 Park Avenue, Second Floor, Ashtabula.  Donations for the distribution site are currently being accepted, and may be dropped off during regular business hours.
  • Thanksgiving and Christmas programming provides seasonal food and toy assistance.

FINANCIAL LITERACY

Develops and enhances money management skills.

  • Individual one-on-one and group sessions are available to provide education on budgeting, credit, credit reporting, scams, predatory lending, and the importance of establishing a savings plan. Group sessions may be tailored to meet the group’s needs.

HOUSING COUNSELING

HUD certified program which assists with a broad range of housing concerns.

  • Foreclosure/default counseling is available for those who have fallen behind on their mortgage payment. A counselor will serve as an intermediary between the client and the lender; exploring all options which may help prevent the foreclosure.
  • Pre-purchase counseling educates prospective homeowners about affordability and the home buying process.
  • Down payment assistance is dependent upon grant availability, and limited funds may be available.
  • Homeless outreach helps individuals and families get re-housed as quickly as possible, and connected to other community resources.
  • SSI Specialist – assists with SSI and SSDI applications for those who are in jeopardy of homelessness, and diagnosed with a mental disability.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

  • Opening Doors is a ten-week parenting class targeting expectant parents and parents with children through age five. It is held on Tuesday evenings from 5-7:30 pm, and registration is required.  Parents will learn:
    • How to help their children develop healthy habits
    • How to prepare them to be successful in school
    • What resources and services are available to support their family
    • How to interact with other parents in the community
  • Cooking Matters at the Store, a guided grocery store tour, teaches skills for buying healthy foods on a budget. Sessions are scheduled at local grocery stores, or pop-up sessions can be conducted at your location.  Please contact the agency for more information.  Participants will learn how to:
    • buy fruits and vegetables on a budget
    • compare unit prices to find bargains
    • read and compare food labels
    • identify whole grains
  • Bridges Out of Poverty workshops provide attendees with an overview and basic education of the Triple Lens approach to addressing and understanding individuals/institutions and communities who are experiencing poverty. Course content is based on the book Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities, and is designed for employers, community organizations, law enforcement, counselors, health care/social service providers and members of the community.  Workshops are scheduled throughout the county in the upcoming months, but groups interested in scheduling a separate session should contact the agency.
  • Getting Ahead program is a 16 session workshop that is based on the work of Phil Devol in his book Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World.  Its purpose is to support, nurture and assist those who wish to rise out of poverty, especially generational poverty.  Some limited transportation assistance may be available. The workshop is limited to Ashtabula County residents only, and an application is required.

PROTECTIVE SERVICES

Prevent exploitation, abuse and neglect of vulnerable individuals

  • Representative Payeeship provides casework and money management for individuals with disabilities who cannot manage their finances. The caseworker ensures that basic shelter, food and clothing needs are met, and that appropriate benefits are accessed, thus providing stability to those who are vulnerable to exploitation.
  • Guardianship is a legal relationship established by the Probate Court between two parties, one being the guardian and the other being the ward. If, after a thorough investigation and hearing, the Court finds a person incapable of caring for him/herself, it will appoint a legal guardian.This program trains and utilizes community volunteers to serve as “Guardians of Person” to county residents who are 60 or older, indigent, and lack available, appropriate family.

SCHOOL-BASED PROGRAMMING

Evidence-based programs for grades 6-10 are available to schools throughout the county. Students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to help them make decisions and practice behaviors that enhance health and wellness. The materials are sensitive to the development stages of the students, and promote abstinence from all risky behaviors.

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