Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan offering services in uncertain times

By: Nick Mordowanec | Metro | Published February 21, 2021

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METRO DETROIT — Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan is providing services and resources to society’s most vulnerable, during a tumultuous period due to the ongoing pandemic.

A Jan. 27 virtual town hall conducted by United Way for Southeastern Michigan led to a discussion about what CCSEM is doing to help metro Detroit residents to combat timely issues related to the concerns of individuals and families due to COVID-19.

CCSEM services Wayne, Macomb, Oakland, Lapeer, Monroe and St. Clair counties.

Adam Perry, director of the Center for the Works of Mercy with CCSEM, presented different ways for people in the region to gain reliable information and helpful resources.

The resource office space is located at 8642 Woodward Avenue, in Detroit, and opened last July. Of those visiting the office, Perry said it is “a lot of people on unemployment, a lot more people without insurance right now.”

Things like substance abuse and mental health are becoming more based on needs and necessity, Perry said, while a clothing program and a food pantry is available in relation to specialized case management.

The pantry initially opened to Detroit residents only. However, services like the pantry are limited due to product and those who seek aid.

“It’s one of those things, they are limiting one person at a time,” Perry said.

In October, the Malta Dental and Medical Clinic announced that it would begin serving dental patients at the Woodward location, moving from its former location at St. Leo’s Church–where it had been since 2004.

Perry said most clients serviced are from Detroit and navigate toward insurance. People who have used such dental and medical services include unemployed individuals, as well as immigrants. The services are handicap accessible.

The Malta Dental and Medical Clinic does not charge fees and stated it serves patients who are below the poverty level and unable to obtain insurance. Services the clinic provide include dentures, such as for homeless veterans who have been unable to afford or obtain dental care.

Others who are able to utilize services are those suffering from poor nutrition, poor digestion, pain and infection—”as well as poor general appearance and lowered self-esteem, which causes them to withdraw from society and be unable to obtain employment.”

Perry said employment, or the lack thereof, persists and encourages individuals to speak with case workers on site to attempt to seek aid. CCSEM is working with licensed therapists, as well, via a local partnership.

While no transportation is currently offered, Perry said the building’s strategic location will hopefully lend itself to individuals who have to walk.

“Our biggest thing right now is outreach during COVID,” he said.

For more information call (313) 335-3261, call 2-1-1 or visit ccsem.org.