Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, Catholic Charities DC announced additional opportunities for furloughed government workers to receive limited financial assistance during the government shutdown that has now stretched past one month. Assistance will be available to anyone with a valid government employee or federal contractor ID. Recipients must present documentation of the bills they need covered.

Financial assistance will be provided to help offset the costs of immediate needs including rent, essential home supplies, medical services, and transportation needs. In addition to emergency funds, participants will receive a warm meal, a Cup of Joe snack bag, and a SHARE Food Network package containing a week’s worth of nutritious food. Assistance will be available on a first-come, first-served basis starting Tuesday, January 29 at the following locations: 

•  Tuesday, Jan. 29 at the Susan Denison Mona Center, 5859 Allentown Way, 

Temple Hills, Maryland, starting at 1 p.m. Participants are invited to stay for the weekly St. Maria’s meal service starting at 5 p.m.

•  Wednesday, Jan. 30 at ANCHOR Health, 1001 Lawrence Street, N.E., Washington, D.C., starting at 4 p.m. Meal service provided by Catholic Charities Enterprise Network will be served concurrently with funds distribution.

•  Thursday, Jan. 31 at St. Mary of the Mills, 106 St Mary’s Place, Laurel, Maryland, starting at 4 p.m. Meal service provided by Catholic Charities Enterprise Network will be served concurrently with funds distribution.

In addition to emergency financial assistance, Catholic Charities DC can assist furloughed workers with a variety of other support services including food assistance, low-cost medical and dental services, legal aid, and financial guidance from the Catholic Charities Financial Stability Network. For more information on Catholic Charities’ services, visit www.catholiccharitiesdc.org.

Catholic Charities DC of the Archdiocese of Washington is the largest independent social services agency in the metropolitan D.C. area. As the charitable arm of the Archdiocese of Washington, Catholic Charities invests in communities by providing critical services to hundreds of thousands of people in need throughout the District of Columbia and Montgomery, Prince George’s, Charles, Calvert, and St. Mary’s Counties in Maryland. The organization serves people regardless of background, belief, or circumstance. For more information, visit www.catholiccharitiesdc.org.