Let me start by emphasizing that the Catholic Center of Concern helps families and individuals regardless of religious affiliation — you do NOT have to be Catholic in order to receive their services or to volunteer with them. CCC has a strong focus on women and children and on the elderly in our community. In addition to counseling services, they can also help with utilities, rent and non-narcotic prescriptions.
They operate a help line, which is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 9:00 a.m. until appointments are full. They also operate a clothing room and baby room, which allows anyone in need to come and “shop” for clothing (all ages and sizes) and baby supplies, free of charge. The baby room offers mothers with children additional services, including baby basket items for moms with newborns, diapers, wipes, and other baby items for mothers with young children.
The clothing room is open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. with no appointment necessary. Mother’s needing diapers/wipes or newborn baby baskets are welcome any time during regular business hours; Monday –Thursday 8am-4pm and Friday 8am -12pm.
Catholic Center of Concern (CCC) Mission
CCC’s ministry advocates for those most vulnerable in our community, as we strive to propel them from being underprivileged to self-sufficient individuals.
- Emergency financial assistance
- Financial counseling
- Pregnant women and mothers of young children assistance
- Free pregnancy and young mother counseling in a Christian setting
- Clothing room
- Resource referral
Volunteer Opportunities at CCC
Want to get involved? Volunteers 18 years and up are needed in the following areas:
- Clerical Work
- Case management
- Telephonic Intake Callers
- Clothing and Baby Room: Sorters & Greeters
Volunteer Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every other month. The next one is scheduled for March 18, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. at their office. Or, if interested in getting a tour of the facility and find out more about CCC and its volunteer opportunities, contact their Director, Kathy Deganis, via email at [email protected] or by calling 256-536-0042.
Donated Items Wanted!
Donated items are always welcome! Items most in need include:
- Men’s: coats & sweaters
- Men, Women and Children: thermal underwear/long johns, winter accessories (hats, scarves and gloves) undergarments, socks, jogging clothes/sweats.
- Baby room items: diapers especially sizes 4 and 5, wipes, diaper cream, coupons for formula, and dry milk formula that is unopened and not expired. They do not take baby gear due to lack of storage space and recall concerns.
If you know someone in need of clothing or baby supplies, emergency financial assistance or counseling, give them the phone number to Catholic Center of Concern. If for any reason, CCC can’t help them with everything they need, CCC knows of other resources in the community. If you’re looking for a way to help others in our community, check out the volunteer opportunities at CCC.
Catholic Center of Concern Details
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Heather Phillips and her husband are high school sweethearts originally from Kentucky. Heather worked in the fields of public relations and marketing for over 13 years before becoming a stay at home mom to their two boys. Heather has enjoyed volunteer work her whole life and is active in the animal rescue community here in Madison County.