Here’s how to find churches that help immigrants near you

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If you are facing an immediate need for financial assistance to pay bills, rent, and more, there are many churches and religious organizations that offer help to immigrants. These faith-based organizations often provide social services to support families and individuals in need.

This article will answer the following questions about churches that help immigrants near you:

  1. How can I find and apply for financial help?
  2. Do churches and religious organizations offer financial and other types of assistance?
  3. Where can I locate churches or religious organizations near me?
  4. Are there different options for seeking help?
  5. What kind of help do they provide?
  6. Do these organizations and churches offer free food assistance?

How can I find and apply for financial help?

Aside from calling 2-1-1 or clicking on the following links, you can also go to Here, you can find all types of assistance in or around your zip code. Here is a step-by-step guide on using which will include the churches and religious nonprofits near you.

Do churches and religious organizations offer financial assistance?

Yes, many do! Here are a few national examples of churches that help immigrants:

  • Catholic Charities USA is a church that assists immigrants with immigration procedures.
  • Love Inc. Locator is a Christian organization that works with local churches, prioritizing needs such as housing, food, utilities, clothing, or home repairs.
  • Lutheran Services Member Map is a church that provides services for refugees, immigrants, and others, offering housing, employment, utilities, and emergency services.
  • Salvation Army is part of the Universal Christian Church that provides assistance without discrimination for rent, mortgages, utilities, shelters, food, job training, and disaster relief, among others.
  • The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a worldwide Catholic organization that works with the undocumented community and homeless individuals, regardless of their religion. Among other services, it provides food, clothing, appliances, job opportunities, and transitional housing programs.
  • United Methodist Church offers immigration legal services and provides housing, language support, job placement, and other essential services.

Where can I locate churches or religious organizations near me?

The easiest way to find nearby organizations or churches that help immigrants is to call United Way at 2-1-1. You can speak directly with someone who can provide you with nearby places. Use any of the links above to find additional information about a specific organization and search for their local branch.

What kind of help do they provide?

The type of assistance offered varies widely depending on the church or organization, but the possibilities are almost endless. Generally, churches and religious organizations can help with anything from financial assistance to paying rent or bills or even help with food, shelter, clothing, education, counseling, and job training. Some have food banks where you can obtain food items without paying, and they often provide a hands-on, personal approach to helping people in their community. 

For example, the Lutheran Services Member Map has various charities and organizations nationwide that help with fostering and adoption services, retirement and senior care, and resources for refugees.

Mitzi Colin Lopez is a Digital Ads Content Creator and Experimenter at Noticias Para Inmigrantes. Her origin as a Mexican immigrant characterizes and drives her to empower the Latinx, Hispanic and immigrant communities. She is a recent graduate of West Chester University, where she obtained her bachelor’s in Political Science and Spanish. Her passions include social justice, advocacy, hiking, traveling, and weightlifting.