COVID-19

covid

 

How You Can Help:

 

We are experiencing an unprecedented crisis with this Coronavirus pandemic. Because of widespread layoffs and related health issues, we are anticipating a great surge in requests for food, clothing, housing, transportation and other basics. To meet this urgent need here in our diocese, we are asking for your help in three ways:

First, pray for Our Lady’s protection and intercession in this great time of need.

Second, using recommended safety protocols, assist your neighbors, especially the elderly and most vulnerable.

Third, if possible, please make a financial contribution to our efforts to support those in great need in our diocese. Your donations are needed more than ever to aid those in our local area.

  • $10.00 gifts help us keep our food pantries stock 
  • $25.00 gifts help an out-of-work family pay for diapers and wipes
  • $50.00 gifts help cover family meals for a week
  • $75.00 gifts help pay for utility bills
  • $100.00 gifts pay part of a family’s rent

For more information download our How You Can Help flyer. To donate, please visit ccfwsb.org/donate. Donations can also be mailed to:

 

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend

PO Box 10630

Fort Wayne, IN 46853

 

Catholic Charities Changes to Operations:

 

Changes to our general operations:

For the protection of everyone, with the exception of food pantries, we are temporarily suspending walk-in guests at all of our sites: South Bend, Auburn and Fort Wayne during the COVID-19 pandemic. All services are by appointments only.

 

Changes to the VITA Tax program:

Beginning 3/25/20 thru 4/6/20, the all sites of the VITA Tax program will be suspended. All clients will receive calls to reschedule as soon as possible.

After 4/6/20: For the protection of the people we serve, our volunteers, our staff and the general public, and due to the closure of locations where we have been providing services, Catholic Charities has had to close VITA Tax Service sites in Kendallville, Angola and Ligonier amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Until further notice, Catholic Charities has reduced VITA Tax Service locations to one at our office in Auburn, IN at 107 5th Street 46706. Our volunteers are making every effort to reschedule individuals who had appointments at the sites that are now closed. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. Please telephone Catholic Charities’ Auburn office at (260) 925-0917 for additional information.

 

Changes to our food pantries:

Our food pantries in Auburn and South Bend also have new protocols in place until further notice. In Auburn, our volunteers will deliver goods to clients' cars. South Bend clients will be asked to wait outside as our team gets their order together and brings it to them. 

 

Free Resources for You:

 

How to talk to each other about COVID-19

Are you or a family member feeling anxiety due to this pandemic? You aren't alone! Our clinical team put together tips on how to talk about this unprecedented time with your children.

Click here to download the flyer.

Click here to download the full brochure.

 

Resources for Parents via Aspen Institute

Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus (Child Mind Institute)

Low-Income Communities Are Most at Risk from Coronavirus Outbreak (Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity)

Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19 (Centers for Disease Control)

7 science-based strategies to cope with coronavirus anxiety (from Anxiety and Depression Association of America Psychologist Jelena Kecmanovic)

Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Institutions of Higher Education (Centers for Disease Control)

Plan for both the short- and long-term effects of COVID-19 (EAB)

COVID-19 School Closures: Practical Actions to Prepare for Continued Student Learning (Instruction Partners)

Beyond the Food Pantry: Supporting #RealCollege Students During COVID-19 Crisis (Hope Center)

Preparing for COVID-19 (American College Health Association)

Explore distance learning resources for schools affected by COVID-19 (Google)

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak (updates and information from the World Health Organization)

COVID-19: What You Need To Know (National Alliance for Hispanic Health)