If you've ever encountered someone who needed help beyond what you were able to offer at the moment, the Faith in Action Catholic Social Services Directory might come in handy.
Divided into a dozen service areas —alphabetically from Addiction Services to Senior and Hospice Care — the directory is presented by the Diocese of Oakland and Catholic Charities of the East Bay.
Other services include clothing and household; domestic violence; education; employment and workforce development; family; food and hunger; homeless and housing; immigration and settlement; medical and mental health; and prison outreach and restorative justice.
"Every Catholic in the Diocese of Oakland has access to these social services," said Stephen Mullin, parish outreach manager for Catholic Charities of the East Bay. Its purpose is "to equip a Catholic to respond to needs they meet on the street."
The directory is available online at www.faithinactionoakdiocese.org, which provides the ability to update the social services directory. It is searchable by topic, as well as by proximity.
The social services directory was unveiled March 26 at a meeting of priests of the diocese. They were given brochures that can be copied for distribution in parishes to alert their parishioners of the availability of the directory.
Each of the agencies has been vetted to ensure that its mission is in keeping with Catholic teaching, and its contact information has been checked for accuracy, Mullin said.
The 2015 Diocese of Oakland Annual Directory also features a one-stop social service guide, with phone numbers for employment, food and emergency relief, health clinics, immigration, marriage support, shelter and resource assistance.
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