Catholic Social Services

238 Bonney Street
New Bedford, MA 02744
Phone: (508) 997-7337 | Fax: (508) 984-1667

About this Location

Catholic Social Services (CSS) is a service of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts and provides various social and human services to individual's of all faith and cultures. Services include but are not limited to basic and emergency needs, immigration issues, residential services, disabilities, adoption, mental health counseling, elder health services, neighborhood rehabilitation, foreclosure help, and citizenship services.

Specialties and Services


  • Basic Needs Assistance
  • Citizenship Education
  • Resource and Referral Services

Service Settings

  • Advocacy Services
  • Emergency Shelter
  • Faith-Based Support
  • Family Support Services
  • Food Aid
  • Foster Care & Adoption
  • Home / Community-Based Services
  • Housing Assistance
  • Refugee & Immigrant Assistance


  • Community Resources and Supportive Services

Evidence-Based Treatments and Special Programs

Adoption By Choice

Basic and Emergency Needs

  • Emergency Services
  • Financial Assistance
  • Tenant/Landlord Mediation
  • Facilitating access to Public Benefits
  • Utility Assistance
  • Housing and Shelter Search
  • Gift of Giving Christmas Program

Bilingual Health and Wellness

    • Portuguese Adults
    • Advocacy and Education
    • Informational Workshops

    Central American Immigrant Worker Community Development

    Citizenship Services Program (CSP) This program is currently on hold

    • Naturalization and Citizenship preparation and consulting

    Community Action for Better Housing (CABH)

    • Community Development and Rehabilitation
    • Low-income Housing Programs
    • Low-income Home Ownership Programs

    Counseling Services

    • Mental Health Counseling (for uninsured, under-insured and low-income)
    • Crisis Intervention Services, Catholic Schools Diocese of Fall River

    Housing and Housing Retention

    • Housing Counseling
    • First Time Home Buyers Program
    • Home Buying Preparation
    • Mortgage Default and Delinquency Advocacy
    • Budgeting and Money Management Counseling

    Immigration Law Education and Advocacy Project (ILEAP)

    • Advocacy for: Immigrants, refugees and minorities
    • Immigration Legal Services

    Office for Child Protection

    • Investigations into allegations of abuse within the Diocese
    • Criminal Background Checks
    • Abuse Prevention Training

    Office for Persons with Disabilities

    • SPED and IEP Advocacy (Special Education and Individualized Education Program)
    • Referrals and Assistance Navigating State and Federal Systems
    • Case Management
    • Information Services

    Permanent Supportive Housing

    • Homelessness and Disability Transitional and Long-term Housing (families and singles)
    • Homeless Shelter

    Solanus Casey Food Pantry

    • Open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 12 pm
    • Please bring: Picture ID, proof of income, proof of residency, birth certificate or Masshealth card (for each child)


    • N/A


    • Assistance Locating Alternative Transportation Options
    • Public Transportation Accessible

    Referral and Intake Process

    Referral Process

    • Anyone can refer for services
    • For services, call

                    New Bedford Office: 508-997-7337  
                    Fall River Main Office: 508-674-4681
                    Hyannis Office: 508-771-6771

    Hours of Operation:

    • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
    • Tuesdays from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm
    • Fridays CLOSED

                       Tiverton Office: 401-624-9270
                        Hours vary, please call to schedule an appointment

    Intake Process

    • Varies by program, please call for more information

    Eligibility and Insurance


    Eligible Gender:
    Other Elgibility Criteria:

    • Eligibility requirements may differ by program
    • Call for details


    • Does not apply