Family and Community Services Centers By County
Mission of the Family and Community Services Centers
The Family and Community Services Centers make Catholic Charities’ services and programs available on a local level to residents of each of the six southern New Jersey counties served by the Diocese of Camden. Each center strives to meet the unique needs of the county it serves while acting as a bridge within its community to the broader programs offered by the agency.
The centers serve local needs through services such as food pantries, homeless outreach, thrift stores, legal counsel, and temporary monetary assistance. The staff at each center are also able to connect clients to the more specialized services offered by Catholic Charities, such as state-funded housing programs; case management; employment services; services for veterans, immigrants and refugees; and educational resources promoting nutrition, financial literacy, and job preparedness.
Each center builds its own bridges into the community, forming unique relationships with Catholic parishes, other faith communities and local groups and non-profits – food pantries, thrift stores, social services agencies – that help them better serve the needs of their clients. They provide community service opportunities to their neighbors, who serve as volunteers and support the center through donations drives.
The Family and Community Services Centers embody the Catholic principle of subsidiarity, or the idea that local, on-the-ground institutions are in the best possible position to understand the needs of those they serve.