Catholic Charities continues to serve area

GENESEE COUNTY — In this time of great uncertainty Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties is determined to meet this challenge head-on while still serving the most vulnerable among us.

Services continue to be offered while putting public health and safety as a top priority. They are following CDC guidelines by allowing all staff that can work from home, to do so, and operating with a skeleton staff in their offices.

At this time members of the community wishing to get involved can do so with financial donations of any size, because every dollar does count. They are looking for volunteers to help with incoming donations and in their meal programs.

Catholic Charities continues to accept all personal and clothing donations, but are specifically asking for hand sanitizer, soap, shampoo, detergent, and bread.

Please see below for an update on the services that will be provided over the coming weeks as we continue to make every effort to support our community during this time of need:

Customer Service Representatives will continue to take calls Monday- Thursday between 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Soup Kitchens will remain open:

North End Soup Kitchen (NESK), 735 E. Stewart Ave., Flint Monday – Saturday, Lunch 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Dinner 4-5 p.m.; Sun. 1-2 p.m.

Center for Hope Soup Kitchen, 812 Root St., Flint Monday-Saturday 12-1 p.m.; Sunday 1:30-2:30 p.m.

South Flint Soup Kitchen, Lincoln Park United Methodist Church 3410 Fenton Rd., Flint Sandwiches served daily: Monday – Friday 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Center for Hope Warming Center

March 27 all Warming Centers will be closing for the season.

Community Closet & Clean Water Filling Station

As of Monday, March 30:

The Community Closet will be available by appointment only. Contact Mary Stevenson on 810- 265-7025 ext. 712.

The Personal Needs Room will be open Monday-Friday between 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. to provide essential personal hygiene items.

The Clean Water Filling Stations will remain open for clients to get up to 5 gallons of water per day. (Jugs and containers will NOT be provided):

Stations are located at:

North End Soup Kitchen (NESK), 735 E. Stewart Ave., Flint Monday – Saturday, 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.; 4-5 p.m.; Sunday 1-2 p.m.

Center for Hope Soup Kitchen, 812 Root St., Flint 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Counselling

Until further notice, the Sheridan Center will only be open to employees and all counselling appointments will be telehealth appointments taking place via telephone or video conference. To book appointments call their front desk at 810-232-9950.

Children’s Center

Our Adoption and Foster Care programs are still in full swing and they are continuing to accept children into care. Since the COVID-19 began, Catholic Charities has seen an influx of children who they are seeking to place with loving families. They are conducting virtual visitations between biological parents and their children and arranging in person visits when conditions are appropriate. Anyone interested in becoming a foster parent or helping out during this time of need please contact Debra Pettway on 810-232- 3418.

Mid-Michigan Resource Warehouse

To continue to distribute items to fellow non-profits, the warehouse will remain open. Catholic Charities will limit the number of members who can shop in the warehouse at any given time. — G.G.