Local parishes and their volunteers are the lifeblood of parish social
ministry on Long Island. Each of the Diocese of Rockville Centre's
134 parishes provides services in some form to its community.
Across Long Island, the combined parish ministries comprise
thousands of volunteers and serve as many as 75,000 people in
need each year. Catholic Charities provides support and resources
to local parish social ministry efforts on Long Island through a
number of programs.
Central Intake and Referral Line (CIR)
By calling the central intake & referral line (CIR) at (516) 733-
7045, someone in need can speak with a Catholic Charities staff
person who will assess his or her needs, provide information
about available assistance, and refer the caller to those services.
CIR staff can provide information about public benefits, as well as
services through Catholic Charities programs, Catholic parishes,
and other human services organizations.
PSM development provides training and technical support for
staff and volunteers in local parish social ministry offices to help
parishes throughout the diocese continue to develop and expand
their outreach and social justice efforts. PSM also facilitates
communication between parishes by providing networking
events and opportunities for parish staff and volunteers.
Public Policy Education Network
Public Policy Education Network (PPEN) informs and educates
parish-based advocacy groups about a broad range of local and
national policy issues related to economic justice for poor and
vulnerable people. These groups engage in efforts organized by
PPEN to bring Gospel values and Catholic social teaching to bear
in the public arena.
Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD)
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD)
funds community organizations that empower people of low
income to become self-sufficient and create social change in their
communities. This effort to end poverty and economic injustice is
accomplished through an annual parish collection, distribution of
grants, and education.
Emergency/Disaster Preparedness and Response Program
In the event of a local, regional, or national emergency or disaster,
the emergency/disaster preparedness and response program
mobilizes the agency's services and resources and works in
partnership with parishes to respond at the local level. The
agency's efforts are also coordinated with those of other service
providers in the government, nonprofit, and health care sectors.
Support services and financial assistance for long-term relief are
available in some cases.
Location and Hours
Catholic Charities Central Intake and Referral Line (CIR)
Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
All Other PSM Programs
Catholic Charities Parish Social Ministry
Thomas F. Casey Administration Center
90 Cherry Lane
Hicksville, NY 11801-6299
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Eligibility and Fees
A range of services is offered through PSM. Eligibility varies. No fees are charged for PSM services.