Caritas is the Latin word meaning charity, love, compassion, generosity, benevolence, and Christian love of humankind.
Beginning Nov. 5, the new Caritas program at St. Matthias’ Episcopal Church will open its doors in the St. Matthias outreach center.
Caritas distributes funds to those in urgent and immediate need of assistance. The program is funded by St. Matthias’ Episcopal Church and the St. Matthias Thrift Shop.
Caritas can offer assistance for overdue utility bills, but not a final shutoff notice (you must bring the bill with you), gasoline purchase (must show valid driver’s license), prescription medication (must show prescription), duplicate driver’s license, work boots/clothing required by employer (must show letter from employer on company letterhead), and clothing.
Clients must provide solid identification, such as social security number and valid driver’s license, Wisconsin State ID cards. There may be other forms of ID that may be accepted, such as a Tribal ID.
If the Caritas program cannot assist, they will give referrals to organizations that may be able to help. These other programs include the Lakeland Pantry, the United Way, the Salvation Army, Good Will, St. Matthias Thrift Shop, Tribal Agencies, Minocqua Police Department, WPS assistance program, and Veterans Service for Vilas and Oneida counties.
Caritas does not help with rent or mortgage payments. In these cases, they will refer to other agencies that may be of assistance
Financial assistance may be provided up to three times in a 12-month period. Other than time restrictions, there are no Caritas limits on most referrals. However, the assisting agency may have its own limitations, requirements, and restrictions.
Caritas’ hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30-11 a.m. Clients will be seen in the outreach center of St. Matthias Episcopal Church, located in the little house next to the Arbor Vitae Street entrance of the church.