Catholic Community Services of Western Washington Programs
CCS's 12 Western Washington Family Centers provide crisis intervention for families and individuals in need. Programs serving children and youth have been a cornerstone of our agency for more than 90 years and today we serve children, youth, adults and elders of all ages. We offer case management, information and referral, emergency services, mental health and chemical dependency services, Volunteer Chore Services, a Foster Grandparent program and more. Our Family Preservation System also provides an array of mental health services and social supports to families with serious family conflict and complex needs.
Preventing Homelessness and Providing Food and Shelter for Those Most Vulnerable
We provide a warm, safe refuge from the streets through Day Centers, Food Programs, Overnight Shelters and Transitional Housing Programs. CCS offers a wide range of case management, eviction and foreclosure prevention, and rent and utility assistance to keep people in their homes. We also provide housing for male veterans with onsite case management.
Helping Seniors and People with Disabilities Stay in their Homes
The CCS Long Term Care System provides in-home personal care, outreach and case management, senior centers, caregiver training, senior meal sites and “Meals on Wheels” for homebound seniors and people with disabilities. Our programs help seniors remain in their homes.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Elena was a teen when she found herself homeless and alone. An outreach worker for CCS’ Groundwork Project found Elena in a shelter and helped her work collaboratively with staff and community partners to build a wraparound team. Her team helped Elena rebuild her confidence, creating a plan that met her complex, holistic needs, such as gaining access to supportive services, finding safe housing and returning to school. Elena moved into her own apartment with supportive roommates and returned to school. She shared, “I can do anything I want if I make my mind up. I now know it is okay to talk about myself and ask for what I need. That is how my Groundwork team helped me find ME.”
The economic crisis has caused a dramatic increase in the number of low-income, working poor people losing their homes and/or jobs, creating barriers for individuals and families in finding food and shelter. At the same time, we face substantial budget cuts to programs that serve the most vulnerable. With more resources, CCS can increase the availability of intensive case management, stabilization services, eviction and foreclosure prevention, and rent and utility assistance to keep people in their homes, and build a safe and stable foundation for self-sufficiency, breaking the cycle of extreme poverty, addiction and homelessness.