What we Do

Catholic Charities of Orange County is part of the network of Catholic Charities USA, one of the largest nonprofit charitable organizations in the country. As our mission states, we exist to serve God’s people in need without regard to their religious affiliation.

life-sustaining services

help for the displaced or marginalized

spiritual and emotional health

Our Programs

Download our program brochures to learn more about our services. The brochures are available in both English and Spanish.

Our Programs – English Brochure

Nuestros Programas – Foletto en Español

Life-sustaining Services

Cantlay Food Distribution Center

(English) The Cantlay Food Distribution Center provides food and other necessities to individuals and families. It is open three days a week, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with special food distribution schedule at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.

(Spanish) El Centro de Distribución de Comida Cantlay proporciona alimentos y otras necesidades a personas individuales y familias. Está abierto tres días a la semana, Martes, Miércoles y Jueves con calendario especial de distribución de alimentos, los días de Acción de Gracias, Navidad y Pascua.

(Vietnamese) Trung tâm phân phối thực phẩm Cantlay cung cấp thực phẩm và nhu yếu phẩm khác cho cá nhân và gia đình. Nó được mở ba ngày một tuần, thứ ba, thứ tư và thứ năm với đặc sản phân phối lịch trình tại Lễ Tạ ơn, Giáng sinh và phục sinh.

Doris Cantlay Food Distribution Center is located at
2020 W. Chestnut Ave. Santa Ana, CA 92703

Michael Tijerino

Program Director

Tel: (714) 347-9694

Email: [email protected]

Hours of Operation & Food Distribution Guidelines due to COVID-19 Outbreak.

At Catholic Charities of Orange County, we take very seriously the health of our staff members, volunteers, and clients.  Please click on the flyer below for the guidelines currently in place.  We are grateful for your cooperation.


CALFRESH Healthy Living

CalFresh Healthy Living (formerly known as SNAP-Ed) supports healthy, active and nourished lifestyles by teaching Californians about good nutrition and how to stretch their food dollars, while also building partnerships in communities to make the healthy choice, the easy choice! The California CalFresh Healthy Living Program improves the nutritional health of low-income Californians by providing access to nutrition education, physical activity education, and leadership toward healthy community initiatives. CalFresh Healthy Living effectively reaches under-served and vulnerable populations who typically experience the greatest health disparities.  Come join us at our FREE nutrition workshops we offer!

November Recipe of the Month: BBQ Turkey Pepper Shells


It’s November! Fall is the season for sharing and giving thanks. Have some fun and use leftovers to create your own fall recipe. The recipe of the month is right below, make use of that leftover turkey. Enjoy it and share it with friends and family. 

To view the recipe, please click over the picture above or click here: BBQ Turkey Pepper Shells 

Be Food Safe

Sanidad en la alimentación

The CalFresh Healthy Living Team



Our mission in numbers

Report to the Community for the Fiscal Year 2020.

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Report to the Community for the Fiscal Year 2019.

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Report to the Community for the Fiscal Year 2018.

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Jenneffer Benitez, B.S.

CalFresh Healthy Living Program Coordinator

Tel: 714-347-9678

Email: [email protected]

Help for the Displaced and Marginalized


Catholic Charities of Orange County Immigration Service Center’s purpose is to foster family reunification, economic empowerment, political participation, and social integration by providing low cost (or no cost depending on funding), high quality immigration services that enable eligible immigrants and refugees to obtain legal immigrant or citizenship status in our community.


We are a Department of Justice (DOJ) recognized agency with DOJ accredited Staff that assist members of this community with a number of services pertaining to immigration and citizenship.

  • Affiliated with Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)
  • Services partially funded by:
    • USCIS
    • State of California
    • Orange County Community Foundation
    • The Mexican Consulate


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IMMIGRATION Services Provided by Catholic charities:

  • Consultation
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • DACA Renewals (Free assistance)
  • Family Based Petitions
  • Fiancée/Fiancé Visa
  • Parole In Place (for family of US Military)
  • Work Authorization Application
  • Affidavit of Support
  • FBI rap Sheet
  • Certificate of Citizenship for Children
  • Invitation for Relative Visa
  • Advance Parole
  • Adjustment of Status
  • Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
  • Removals of Conditional Residence
  • Replacement of lost Green Card
  • I-601 / I-601 A Waiver
  • Removal Defense (O.C. Residents and Individuals detained at the James A. Musick & Theo Lacy Facilities)

Initial CONSULTATIONS FREE of Charge.  To schedule an appointment Call: 714-347-9610 Email: [email protected]

Contact us: Tel: 714-347-9610 Email: [email protected]

Services available in: English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog and French.

Vietnamese Speakers please call: 714-347-9622 / 714-347-9604

Locations and Office hours:

Main Office: Catholic Charities of Orange County

1800 East 17th Street Santa Ana, CA 92705

Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  (Office Closed for lunch 12pm to 1pm)

South County Office: Catholic Charities of Orange County

26010 Domingo Avenue Capistrano Beach, CA  92624 Click here for more information.

Citizenship and Naturalization Services Catholic Charities of Orange County Citizenship and Naturalization Service Center’s purpose is to assist eligible legal permanent residents become Citizens of the United States of America. Serving individuals since 1976, Catholic Charities of Orange County has assisted over 35,000 persons become citizens of the U.S. Citizenship services include:

  • Pre-Screenings at our Santa Ana location
  • Assessments on citizenship and fee waiver eligibility
  • Low or no-cost one-on-one consultations with a Case Manager
  • Community workshops throughout Orange County
  • FREE Citizenship CLASSES

For more information on how to apply:

Catholic Charities of Orange County

1800 East 17th Street Santa Ana, CA 92705

Tel: 714-347-9610

Email: [email protected]

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Vacant Position

Program Director



Columbian Disability Services/ Camp ReCreation

Columbian Disability Service is an accumulation of various summer camps serving our friends with disabilities. Camp ReCreation, Weekend Getaway and ACE are residential camps for people with disabilities to experience spiritual, emotional, mental and physical growth. For more than 38 years, our camps have provided hundreds of campers and thousands of volunteers the opportunity to create friendships and memories to last a lifetime through specially designed programs for those with special needs. Our mission is to provide a safe, fun and spiritual environment where campers can shine, respite for their loving caregivers and the encouragement of acceptance and volunteerism among Southern California’s youth. Camp and its’ affiliate programs are provided through Catholic Charities of Orange County at little to no cost to participants through the generous funding from the Knights of Columbus, Catholic Charities of Orange County and community donors. For additional information please visit our website at . Come join the fun, we promise it will change your life!

Madie Dibb-Fugate

Program Director

Tel: 714-347-9627

Email: [email protected]

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Please visit our website for registration information!


Serving low-income seniors, Casa Santa Maria provides clean, safe and affordable housing for older adults. Residents must meet Federal eligibility guidelines set by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 7551 Orangethorpe Avenue Buena Park, CA 90621.

Sandra Kim

Senior Service Coordinator

Tel: 714-523-1734

Email: [email protected]

Spiritual and Emotional Health


The Catholic Charities Counseling Center offers therapy for issues such as anxiety, depression, mood disorders, trauma, relationship challenges, grief and loss, court required individual therapy, problems at work, parenting challenges, anger management issues, and life transitions. Our treatment team includes a licensed clinical social worker, registered interns (Board of Behavioral Sciences), and interns completing their graduate education in psychology or social work. Catholic Charities’ staff has experience serving a wide range of needs. Counseling Services Provided:

  • Individual, Family and Couple Counseling
  • Child Abuse Prevention Services
  • Parent Education Programs
  • On-Site School Counseling Services
  • Therapist Supervision & Training
  • Volunteer Training

Individual Therapy Our counselors serve clients with a wide range of clinical needs including: anxiety, depression, mood disorders, post traumatic and court mandated individual therapy. We also serve clients with more common life adjustment challenges including: job transitions, retirement, divorce, relationship difficulties, and mid-life crises. Appointments are available from twice weekly to once a month.

Therapy for Children & Adolescents We work with children and adolescents to increase their self-esteem and confidence in order to decrease or better cope with psychological stressors. We work to improve their chances to have successful relationships at school, with peers, and with family members.

Couples/Marriage Therapy We emphasize a non-blaming therapy approach that facilitates each member of the couple to be the person they want to be in a relationship; to decrease conflict and increase positive communication; to get their needs met; and to adjust to the normal opportunities and challenges posed by long term relationships.

Hours of Operation:

Tuesday & Thursday – 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Fridays – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Counseling Center is located at:

1820 East 16th Street Santa Ana, CA 92701

To make an appointment please contact us at: (714) 347-9625

Sharon St. Pierre, LCSW

Clinical Supervisor

Email: [email protected]



Catholic Charities is blessed to continue the legacy and mission of care and service established over 50 years ago on the Christ Cathedral campus through the New Hope Crisis Counseling Hotline. The 24-7 hotline provides general counseling and suicide intervention and is staffed by a team of professional counselors and trained volunteers.

New Hope Ministry Hotline

(714) NEW-HOPE or (714) 639-4673

Dr. Louise Dunn, M.Div.

Program Director

Tel: 714-639-4673

Email: [email protected]


Catholic Charities of Orange County provides a variety of services to our local parishes. Outreach services include: Presentations on Catholic Social Teaching Volunteer Training Parish Staff Training

Office located at:

1820 East 16th Street Santa Ana, CA 92701

Alba Ramiro

Volunteer Coordinator

Tel: 714-347-9668

Email: [email protected]