About the event.
Catholic Charities' 14th annual Festival d'Vine, Jacksonville's most popular wine and food experience, will take place in Treaty Oak park on Friday, November 3rd, 2017. The event features an extensive selection of more than 100 wines, superb food from area restaurants, local craft beers, and music under the stars.
Our goal is to make the Festival not only Jacksonville's finest wine tasting event, but one that brings people together for a meaningful purpose. With your support, we are able to continue to keep families safe and secure in their homes, provide food, the most basic of needs, and help them find jobs.
Learn more about our programs and the people we serve below!
Catholic Charities helps resettle individuals and reunite families who legally enter the United States as part of an expression of U.S. foreign and humanitarian policy. Our clients received extensive medical background and relationship checks before travel to the US was approved. In the coming years we are anticipating many new arrivals from countries such as Bhutan, Burma, Afghanistan, Cuba and Iraq. Many of our refugees are vulnerable, with limited English skills and employment histories. Others have experienced emotional trauma, even torture, loss of family members, or long years in refugee camps. Many have fled their home country because of persecution due to their race, religion, nationality, and/or membership in a social group or political opinion.
Catholic Charities provides the basic needs to help prevent homelessness through the Emergency Assistance department. Our goal is to prevent homelessness by helping families facing eviction or loss of utilities to remain safe and secure in their homes. Many families live from paycheck-to-paycheck and are threatened when an unexpected illness, loss of employment or other family crisis impacts their financial well-being. Emergency Assistance helps by making payments for rent, mortgage or utilities and providing food.
Since August 2012, the Catholic Charities Workforce Development Program has helped hundreds of low-income unemployed or underemployed adults find work. Clients work with professional and compassionate staff who provide one-on-one assistance, job readiness training, creation of individual work plans, job referrals, and supportive services for a period of four months through the job search process. Partnerships with local agencies, educational institutions, and employers allow staff to provide a full array of employment services. Please call 904-900-7943 Ext. 1204 for more information.
CAMP I AM SPECIAL
In operation since 1983, Camp I Am Special has been offering an overnigt summer camp experience to children and adults with physical, emotional, developmental and behavioral-related disabilities. Currently, we offer seven week-long summer camp sessions. For the fmailies of our Campers, the program provides much needed respite and the comfort that their child is being cared for in a loving environment. This unique experinence at Camp St. John, part of Marywood Retreat Center on the sparkling St. Johns River, includes swimming, horseback riding, fishing, art and crafts, talent shows and more. Our Campers come to the program to gain independence, to grow personally and to experience the pure joy of summer camp. In October 2016, Camp I Am Special became American Camp Association (ACA) Accredited.
IMMIGRATION & LEGALIZATION
Catholic Charities has been providing immigration services to the immigrant community since 1984. The Immigration services are provided by or under the supervision of Board of Immigration Appeals Certified Representatives. The representative will assist the client with application preparation for US Citizenship and Immigration Services and, if necessary, with referral services. Immigration services include assistance in reuniting separated families, renewal or replacement of legal permanent resident card and employment authorization card, Cuban adjustment, consular processing, and citizenship.