Humanitarian Respite Center
The Humanitarian Crisis Relief was an effort which began last summer due to the
influx of immigrants crossing the border who didn’t have an adequate place to rest.
Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley (CCRGV) with the help of the Sacred
Heart Church, the City of McAllen, as well as volunteers and donations, opened its
doors to the Respite center, located at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in McAllen,
Texas. The center provides a place for the countless men, women, children, and infant
refugees to rest, have a warm meal, a shower, and change into clean clothing as
well as receive medicine and other supplies, before continuing onto their journey.
As of August 2015, we have assisted over 23,000 individuals.
Emergency Assistance Program
CCRGV Emergency Assistance Program provides short-term utility assistance, hotel/motel
vouchers to assist with temporary shelter for the homeless, emergency assistance
program , medical needs vouchers, medical consultation and or prescription assistance
for those in need.
Disaster Response Program
CCRGV Disaster Relief/ Response helps people through damage recovery from a disaster
via home assessment and case management.He program assists with housing services
by providing materials to reconstruct damaged homes from a federally declared disaster.
CCRGV Counseling Program provides short term counseling services to individuals,
couples, and families in need of counseling. It also provides services to women
looking for alternatives to abortion with counseling, classes and resources.
The Pregnancy Counseling Program benefits unborn children up to the first year of
the child's life and the child's parents. Individuals or couples can receive pregnancy,
childbirth, parenting classes, receive counseling and mentoring assistance with
career and education decisions, and material assistance for maternity and baby clothing,
food, and other baby items though our Baby Boutique.
Summer Food Program
The Summer Food Program benefits children who otherwise would not have a healthy
meal or snack during the summertime and distributes meals through sites which hold
activities for children. In 2014, we served over 97,000 meals to kids in the Rio
Grande Valley area. The Children and Adult Care Food Program provide children and
adults with healthy snacks to improve and maintain their nutritional status while
they are enrolled in a participating facility/center after school. The program focuses
on providing nutritious meals and/or snacks in an organized manner for the children
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