To ease the pain of poverty, there are a thousand things we could do. These critical programs and events represent the things we must do.
Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada serves thousands of individuals each month. We focus our efforts in four key areas: Food services, case management services, family services, and residential services. We also operate two thrift stores to underwrite our programs and provide entry-level employment opportunities.
Programs at a Glance
The St. Vincent’s Dining Room is Reno’s oldest "soup kitchen" welcoming all who are hungry in our community. The dining room serves a free hot cafeteria-style lunch, 7 days a week, to an average of 1,000 people each day.
Our Resource Hub provides one-on-one case management for people in need. Free services include: rental and utility assistance, clothing, bus passes (with a verified appointment), diapers, personal care items, work permits, and referrals to other services free of charge.
The St. Vincent’s Food Pantry is the largest food pantry in Nevada, serving more than 15,000 people each month. We offer non-perishable, canned and packaged food products as well as fresh produce, dairy and meat to individuals and families in need at no cost.
Our immigration assistance program helps clients find and fund a legal pathway to citizenship. We assist people with obtaining legal permanent residency, temporary protective status, employment authorization, U non-immigrant status, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
Crossroads Sober Living
A partnership with Washoe County Human Services Agency that provides housing and supportive living arrangements for men battling addiction and transitioning out of homelessness. Drug and alcohol counseling is offered to all residents.
Thriving Families Support Center
Services offered through our Thriving Families Support Center focus on mitigating the root causes of poverty, which include a lack of affordable housing, scarcity of food, neighborhood inequalities, unemployment/low wage jobs, and other challenges our clients navigate on a daily basis.
Events at a Glance
Plates to Ease Poverty
Plates to Ease Poverty is Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada’s annual fundraiser which raises money to support ongoing services
Operation Stocking Stuffer
Operation Stocking Stuffer is held every December in the St. Vincent’s Dining Room. It includes a carnival, visit from Santa, and stockings filled with age-appropriate toys for hundreds of children in need.
Operation Easter Basket
An annual event held in our St. Vincent's Dining Room on Palm Sunday. We distribute Easter baskets to local children who are living in poverty and provide a special pancake breakfast and party for our guests. The Easter bunny always makes an appearance!
Project Homeless and Family Connect
Project Homeless and Family Connect brings dozens of local service providers together to connect individuals and families experiencing homelessness with medical care, social services, housing aid, and much more.
We rely on support from the community via donations and local food drives to provide meals to thousands of people in need across northern Nevada.
Heartfelt Haircuts is a partnership with local stylists that provides free haircuts once per month in the St. Vincent’s Dining Room.
Leprechauns and Libations
Leprechauns and Libations is our annual St. Patrick’s Day themed dinner and fundraiser to support the poverty assistance programs of Catholic Charities.
Raise The Roof to Ease Poverty
Raise The Roof to Ease Poverty is our innovative virtual event (in place of the annual Plates to Ease Poverty dinner) fundraiser for 2020 which raises money to support ongoing services.