Hernando County Catholic Charity Programs
Catholic Charities of Hernando County helps support the working poor in the county. The programs offered by them or partners will alleviate the condition of impoverished families in Hernando County and the city of Brooksville. As resources allow, the non-profit agency distributes food from a pantry and also offers financial aid. Other assistance from the faith-based charity may be counseling services that can lead to self-sufficiency.
Local Food Pantry
The local food pantry from the non-profit is used to supplement the dietary needs of indigent clients. It relies on community donations, and this is what is used to supply most of the food as well as groceries for the pantry. The organization, using volunteers, also picks up food from regional supermarkets or surplus goods from restaurants. They are then redistributed to the needy.
Not only are those methods used, but the pantry receives goods from the greater state of Florida Food Bank and the charity also purchases fresh produce from a local wholesaler. Furthermore, the Pantry operates a number of seasonal initiatives for children. These include free Easter baskets, backpacks for school, holiday gifts and other items.
What do I need to register?
In order to register for the Hernando County Catholic Charity pantry, new clients must provide proof of need, income and more. They need to have a current utility bill addressed to the head of household as proof that they reside in one of the communities served by the pantry. Proof of income and other documentation is also needed.
Financial Assistance and Homelessness Prevention Program
Emergency support is the name of the agency’s financial assistance and homelessness prevention program. Each year, this helps keep families facing a short term crisis situation off the streets. Monetary aid is available to income-eligible residents of Hernando County for overdue rent payments and utility bills.
The support can also be used for other bills too. Clients of the local churches can also use financial assistance to pay for medications, transportation to a job, and more. The aid from the program is also combined with free budget counseling and information referrals.
Individuals and families facing financial emergencies related to rent payments and/or utility bills can turn to Hernando County Catholic Charities for help. The agency does its best to assist tenants who are at risk of being evicted or losing electricity service. Case managers work individually with the client as well, and this is done in an effort to address the immediate crisis and also help people move toward greater financial stability.
What if Catholic Charities has insufficient funds to help me?
If there are not funds at Catholic Charities, then the staff will refer people to either state of Florida or federal benefits. They can include entitlement services, such as SNAP food stamps. These tend to be for people in or on the verge of poverty, but they can sometimes be an effective solution.
Hernando County Career Closet
Low-income job seekers can acquire professional attire at the Hernando County Career Closet. The purpose is to help people with limited monetary resources to obtain the clothing they need to secure better jobs. Volunteers from the non-profit assist clients in choosing outfits from a wide selection of gently worn attire and accessories.
The range of items at the clothing closet or thrift store is extensive. There may be skirts, dresses, blouses, dress shirts, slacks, suits, ties, khakis, polo shirts, and shoes. These are examples of just some of the items that are available. Local social service agencies and career assistance organizations refer clients to this program. All items in the Career Closet are donated from the community. Donations are accepted as well.
The thrift store may have other items as well. It can include furniture or special seasonal items around the holidays, such as toys at Christmas. The goods will be gently used but affordable for the general community.
All of the social services are available from the main Catholic Charities center. It is located at 1423 Kass Circle, Spring Hill, Florida 34606, dial (352) 686-9897.
The Council of Catholic Women acts through its members to support, empower, and educate all Catholic women in spirituality, leadership, and service. NCCW programs respond with Gospel values to the needs of the Church and society in the modern world.
St. Frances Cabrini Council of Catholic Women meet from September to May in Xavier Hall the first Wednesday of each month at 9 am (After morning mass).
Any questions, please call Susanne Sawyer, VP, SFC CCW at 352-684-9516.
Council of Catholic Women Crafters
The CCW Crafters meet each Thursday in rooms 5,6 from 9 am - 12 pm.
If you are interested in helping out with the making of crafts, knitting, crocheting and rosaries for the parish and communities, this organization is looking for volunteers.
If you are interested in joining this organization, please contact Mary McCombs at 352-796-0550
The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic fraternal organization founded in Connecticut in 1882; we have 1.9 million members around the world, living out the Order’s core values of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism by per-forming corporal works of mercy in the service of God and our neighbor. St. Frances Cabrini Council 13209 of the Knights was founded over 20 years ago. Membership in the Knights is open to men, 18 years of age and older who are practicing Catholics.
For information on becoming a member,
contact Bob DeRose at Tel: 732-977-1649
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul strives to help people in need , provide assistance for their needs and enable them to care for themselves. From helping a stranded person get home, to feeding the hungry, to stabilizing a family in crisis, the Society works to alleviate the suffering of those in need. In times of crisis, the Society’s stewards work tirelessly to help families and individuals regain stability while upholding their dignity.
~1291 Kass Circle, Spring Hill, FL 34606 ~ 352.688.3331 ~
Store Hours Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store needs afternoon Volunteer help with Linen, Furniture, and Clothing Departments.
The Food Pantry needs Baggers, Interviewers, and early morning truck drivers.
Please come to the store or call Woody at 352-596-4730 for more details.
Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul.
As a reflection of the whole family of God, Members, who are known as Vincentians, are drawn from every ethnic and cultural background, age group, and economic level. Vincentians are united in an international society of charity by their spirit of poverty, humility and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings and adherence to a basic Rule.
Organized locally, Vincentians witness God’s love by embracing all works of charity and justice. The Society collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served because, in them, Vincentians see the face of Christ.
As Vincentians We Believe In:
Purpose of this Ministry: Assist with the maintenance, aesthetics and improvement of the parish’s buildings, grounds and gardens. Members can assist in an ongoing basis and/or with special projects.
This is a very ‘casual’ ministry. We are always encouraging and happy when people can put their time and talent to work making St. Frances Cabrini a beautiful place; however, we fully realize that not every project fits the time and talents of any particular member. As projects come up, we will be emailing you asking for your help. If you are available and if you would like to help with the project described in a particular email, please respond to the email letting us know you we will be there to assist.
Contact the parish office for more information.
Together, through the Catholic Ministry Appeal, we respond to the needs of our local communities and support Catholics throughout their lives. With your gift, you are nurturing spiritual life, embracing God’s call to serve and accompanying missionary disciples in the Diocese of St. Petersburg.
In the spirit of faith and mission, please consider making a commitment to the 2023 Catholic Ministry Appeal for St. Frances and the Diocese of St. Petersburg.