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Catholic Charities assists over 185,000 people each year. We seek to help with a hand up instead of a hand out but realize at times people's needs are too great. So we try our best to serve families and individuals to the best of our ability and within our financial means. We are frequently asked many questions about our programs. We hope some of these question will also help you on your own quest to stand on your own to support yourself and others who need you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are your rates for interpreter and translation services?

Oral interpretation rates are hourly and based on interpreter availability and language. Written translations are priced per document depending on word count, language, complexity, format, and deadline. Translated documents have included Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), brochures, employee handbooks,and birth certificates. We will need to view the document to prepare a price quote. Please call 617-464-8100 or e-mail for more specific rate information.

How can I become an interpreter?

Please send your resume to or call 617-464-8100. We will then schedule an interview with you based on our need and your background.

How do I find child care? Can I use your services as a private paying parent?

Absolutely. Our child care centers are a mix of private and financially assisted families. We pride ourselves in being a multicultural, multilingual and a socioeconomically diverse community. Learn more about our child care here.

How do I get financial assistance for child care?

The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) provides financial assistance to eligible families seeking care at early education and care or out of school time programs. Families must generally meet income and activity requirements to be eligible for EEC financial assistance. Due to limited funding,eligible families may be placed on the EEC waiting list for financial assistance until funding becomes available. Please visit the EEC website here:

Can you help me with food assistance?

Catholic Charities operates five food pantries in Dorchester, the South End of Boston, Brockton, Lowell and Somerville. Please see our basic needs page for location details Food pantries have set schedules so please call in advance to get the hours of operation.

How do I find assistance with my rent and mortgage? Or help with a down payment for an apartment?

Helping people is our mission but we are only able to assist with your housing needs at certain times and in certain conditions. Everyone's situation is unique so we encourage you to call us to explore your options or provide you with a referral to another organization that may be able to help. Please call the center nearest to you by visiting our locations page here.

I am homeless. How do I find shelter?

Catholic Charities shelters are filled by referral by the Department of Housing and Community Development. You can view the Emergency Assistance Housing Field Offices here. Catholic Charities operates an emergency shelter in Somerville. St. Patrick's Shelter for Homeless Women houses 30 women in emergency beds on a night-by-night basis. For more information, call (617) 628-3015.

I need help with relocating to Boston. Can you help me?

Unfortunately, Catholic Charities is unable to help with transportation needs.

Do you have classes to help me get my GED?

Please visit our education page to learn about our programs.

Could you tell me about your nursing assistance program. How much does it cost and how do I sign up?

We offer the nurse assistant/home health aid program in Brockton and South Boston. Please visit their web page for additional details.

I am new to this country and would like to learn English, how do I enroll in an ESOL program?

Please call the ESOL program near you to learn about your options and how to enroll.

I have furniture and household goods to donate. Where can I bring them and can you pick them up? How about clothing?

We do not have an outlet to distribute or store home goods or furniture. We encourage you to reach out to some of our other area nonprofits that do just this. We do sometimes receive gently used and new clothing which we often provide to individuals for their job interviews or young children who may need a change of clothes during their day or a warm coat. We also try to provide our young campers a new back to school outfit at the end of their camp session.