A lost job, a car that broke down, an unexpected medical bill... these are the typical scenarios that would transform an otherwise normal family to a family in crisis. But today's world is far from normal. Since the effects of COVID-19 began to impact our community, the financial devastation to working families has been overwhelming as hundreds of people continue to walk through our doors looking for answers. Instead of driving to the job they've dedicated so many years to, they're left wondering how they'll pay their mortgage, feed their children, or continue to manage this "new normal" way of life and for how long.
The need is great. Our services have increased by 74% and even more astounding, 40% of those now seeking assistance are new clients and have never had to ask for our help before.
It is only through your generosity that we're able to provide help and create hope for these families during their greatest times of need in the form of food, clothing, housing and so much more. In addition to receiving help through our brick and mortar sites in Merced, Fresno and Bakersfield, we've also maintained our commitment to fulfilling service gaps in rural communities from Merced to Kern counties. In fact, over 30% of all our food distribution is now through these coordinated outreach efforts.
We are dedicated to doing the most good with the generous donations made to Catholic Charities and are proud to share that 90 cents of every dollar donated goes directly into our programs and services that provide help and create hope for those seeking assistance.
You can also make a donation by phone by calling (559) 237-0851. If you would like to donate towards programs and services for one site specifically (Fresno, Merced or Bakersfield), please select your desired designation and we guarantee that your donation will stay within the community you intend. We also accept checks, appreciate stock or other assets, bequests and other planned gifts, honorary and memorial gifts, corporate donations and employer matching gifts, or vehicle donations. To learn more about making a planned gift, please contact Jeff Negrete at (559) 237-0851.
Any donation large or small makes a BIG difference to a family in crisis. Thank you for allowing us to be a bridge of hope for those in the greatest of need.