Welcome to the resource page for Catholic Charities response to the coronavirus crisis. COVID-19 (Corona Virus Disease #19) is a disaster every bit as much as a hurricane! If you would like to help financially, you can do so immediately below:
For the time being (at least through April 30), Catholic Charities has closed its offices – see below for details on individual appointments.
In exciting news, we have partnered with the City of Tampa to create a temporary encampment that will house 100 homeless adults. Just as we do at Pinellas Hope, we will work with them to begin the process of returning to self-sufficiency. Go here for details.
Catholic Charities offices hours – All our offices are now closed in compliance with Federal, State and Local requirements to maintain social distance and to remain indoors (e.g., most county’s ‘Stay-at-Home’ orders) to ensure both our employees and clients are safe. Call (727)893-1313 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about this page or any other questions. The following programs are still seeing clients by individual appointment, but only after pre-screening phone calls are made:
- Foundations of Life Pregnancy Center (Tampa, St. Petersburg, Dade City and Spring Hill) and Knights Women’s Center – visit foundationsoflife.org for phone numbers and email addresses. Programs are pre-screening individuals prior to accepting appointments.
- Catholic Charities Adoption Services – visit ccadoptfl.org for phone numbers and email addresses.
- Immigration Services (2021 E. Busch Blvd.) – offices are open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. For appointments, call (727) 439-2930. Nuestra oficina de imigracion esta abierto Martes, Jueves y Sabados a 9:00 am a 5:00pm. Para su appointment llama al (727) 439-2930.
- Pinellas Hope – has suspended intake (accepting new clients-residents) until further notice. Meal providers are requested to ‘drop and dash’ their meals if they do not desire to serve them.
- Financial Assistance Programs (Pathways / Rapid Rehousing / Housing Counseling / Micro-enterprise Loans) – will provide assistance only via phone calls. Visit their program pages on this website for contact information.
- Catholic Charities Free Medical Clinics – are operating reduced hours. Website. Please call in advance for over-the-phone screening:
- San Jose Mission (Dover) – (813) 707-7376
- St. Andre (Dade City) – (352) 521-1218 is closed temporarily.
Longer-term (6 months out) – Catholic Charities will provide disaster assistance as we typically do after Hurricanes when short-term assistance has ended and the world has moved on, but folks still need help.
- Centers for Disease Control – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- Worldwide Data – https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
- Florida Dept. of Health – https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/
- Florida Interactive Map – https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/96dd742462124fa0b38ddedb9b25e429
- Stay-at-Home Orders by County – https://floridapolitics.com/archives/325112-a-round-up-of-which-florida-communities-have-stay-at-home-orders-in-place
- Pinellas County – pinellascounty.org/emergency/covid19/default.htm
- Pinellas County Student Meal Pickup Locations – https://www.pcsb.org/foodlocations
- Hillsborough County – hillsboroughcounty.org/residents/public-safety/emergency-management/stay-safe
- Pasco County – http://pasco.floridahealth.gov/
- Pasco County Schools – https://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/coronavirus
- Hernando County – http://hernando.floridahealth.gov/
- Hernando County (COVID19 Resources) – https://www.hernandocounty.us/departments/departments-a-e/emergency-management/emergency-information
- Hernando County Schools – https://www.hernandoschools.org/
- Citrus County – http://citrus.floridahealth.gov/
- Free Student Meals – https://summerbreakspot.freshfromflorida.com/
- Diocese of St. Petersburg – https://www.dosp.org/coronavirus/
Resources (downloadable flyers)
Both the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County instituted a ‘Safer-at-Home’ order that is in effect through April 30th. People are to stay home with few exceptions, including necessary trips to pharmacies, grocery stores, Doctor’s offices or to work. Schools will remain closed until May 1st. However, Hillsborough county went even further and established a curfew: Monday – Friday from 10 pm until 5 am and 24-hours on Saturday and Sunday. Additionally, the county closed all parks and preserves effective March 28th.
The rationale: Said Mayor Castor, “Whatever it is that you’re doing that allows you to have that 6-foot separation, it’s going to be allowable.” “If you want to go to the pharmacy at midnight, you can. If you want to go out and walk, you can. All we’re trying to do is get that social distancing [and ensure] you have that 6-foot separation. That has been the only step that has shown to flatten the curve.”
Like Hillsborough County, Pinellas County issued a “Safer at Home” order, which took effect on Thursday, March 26th and will last at least seven days. Similarly, the directive permits residents to exercise outside as long as they keep six feet from others and avoid groups larger than 10 people. They can also go to work if their work is deemed ‘essential’ and they can go to grocery stores, pharmacies, Doctor’s appointments and other considered essential activities. Schools will be closed through April 30th with virtual classes in effect. The PCS Student Feeding program described below is now good through that April 29th, but that may change.
Monday, April 13 – Wednesday, April 29
In response to CDC Guidelines issued today which recommend that citizens further limit running essential errands to help slow the spread of COVID-19, our Food and Nutrition Department will be reducing the number of food distribution days, while keeping the number of meals served constant. This will limit the number of interactions for both families and staff. Specifically, for the upcoming weeks food will be distributed as follows at the 22 school sites listed below.
- Monday, April 13 – 2 days-worth of meals
- Wednesday, April 15 – 4 days-worth of meals
- Monday, April 20 – 2 days-worth of meals
- Wednesday, April 22 – 6 days-worth of meals
- Wednesday, April 29 – 6 days-worth of meals
If needed, a full week’s-worth of meals will be distributed each Wednesday throughout the closure. The district will continue to evaluate school distribution locations, as well as community distribution locations, to ensure our families have access to the meals they need while they and our staff members reduce the risk of exposure to the greatest extent possible.
Schools below will distribute the FREE meals from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. to students 18 years or younger. The child/teen must be present to receive the meal(s).
Bay Point Elementary Clearwater Intermediate Dunedin Middle
Fairmount Park Elementary
High Point Elementary
John Hopkins Middle
|Kings Highway Elementary
McMullen Booth Elementary
MK Rawlings Elementary
New Heights Elementary
North Shore Elementary
Oak Grove Middle
Sawgrass Lake Elementary Southern Oak Elementary
Tarpon Springs Elementary
For a listing of all Grab & Go and BreakSpot meal distribution locations throughout Pinellas County, please visit the Pinellas County government website.
Pasco County, nor any of its towns, have instituted ‘Stay-at-Home’ directives. They have instead, issued recommendations on appropriate social distance and are reminding residents to follow the guidelines about how to be safe like washing your hands. All beaches, parks and libraries are closed. The county recommended exploring the public library’s website to access ebooks, stream videos and find other content while people isolate. Bus fares countywide have been waived to assist “customers who might be experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19 related closures.” Schools are also closed through April 30th with virtual learning beginning March 31st. So, the ‘Free School Lunch’ dates below are incorrect while the locations are still being used
No sheltering (i.e., stay-at-home) order or curfew has been set, but public parks and libraries are closed. Government offices are closed or employees are working remotely when possible. Essential services (police, fire, sanitation) are still being provided. Public libraries were closed March 18th until further notice. Like Pasco County, bus fares are waived from March 23rd for a 30-day period. Animal shelters are open by appointment only. For a list of event cancellations, visit its tourism website. Schools are closed through April 30th with FREE LUNCHES being offered as shown below.
No sheltering order or curfew has been set, but public parks and libraries are closed. County officials have shared social distance best practices and like the other counties, the schools will provide FREE LUNCHES to eligible students through April 30th (they’ve NOT updated their online information to reflect the new date) and more locations than shown below. Check out the updated meal pick-up location list here.