Thursday, July 26, 2012

Hispanic Outreach Initiative at Coastal Catholic Charities

Coastal Catholic Charities is excited to announce the inception of its Hispanic Outreach Initiative, specifically designed to address the needs of Spanish-speakers in Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties. South Carolina has the fastest-growing Latino population in the United States—its Hispanic population more than doubled in size between 2000 and 2010— and the services offered through Coastal Catholic Charities are vital to the empowerment of this burgeoning client base[1]. These expanded services include: subsidized dental cleanings, a subsidized dental replacement program, subsidized advanced dental care (e.g. fillings and extractions), subsidized vision exams/glasses, prescription assistance, a free monthly wellness clinic, and a supplemental food pantry for those ages 60 and older.

The two licensed social workers who comprise the Coastal Catholic Charities office are dedicated to creating an inclusive program that is directly aligned with Catholic social teaching on immigrant populations, which exhorts that “regardless of their legal status, migrants, like all persons, possess inherent human dignity that should be respected[2].”  Thus, in adherence with Catholic social justice, our staff endeavors to foster an environment of peace and unconditional acceptance to all who are in need of assistance.

Coastal Catholic Charities would like to express its profound gratitude to our many donors, without whom our programs would not be possible. Your unflagging support allows us to fulfill our mission of “serving God’s family throughout South Carolina.”  

To make a donation today, click here.

[1] National Council of La Raza (2012); U.S. Census Bureau (2010).
[2] United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (2011).

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