Catholic Charities launches great new program.

PANAMA CITY — Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida has launched a new program to assist struggling veterans with a grant through the Department of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs.

The program, called VA Support Services for Veteran Families (SSVF), is a partnership between the VA, Families Count of Pensacola and Catholic Charities serving veterans in Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson,  Okaloosa, Walton and Washington counties.

The goal of the program is to improve housing stability, to prevent at-risk families from becoming homeless and to provide supportive services to very low-income veterans and their families residing in or transitioning to permanent housing.

Through community outreach and intensive case management, Catholic Charities will educate and assist participants to obtain military and civilian benefits such as housing counseling, health care services, daily living services, transportation services, personal financial planning services and child care services, to name a few.

“This really is for ‘at-risk’ veterans,” said Catholic Charities regional director Diane Williams in Panama City.

Catholic Charities is the social ministry of the Catholic church in the 18-county region of Northwest Florida, whose mission is to serve vulnerable families.

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This is a great program created by an organization that knows how to help those truly in need. Read the details of the goals of this program as outlined in this article. Do you notice the resounding theme? This organization has it right. They help those truly in need by helping them make the few adjustments needed for people to get back on track instead of creating a feeding farm for vagrants, transients, panhandlers and bums such as what the rescue mission has created. This is the difference between a responsible organization that our community should support (Catholic charities) and an organization that is a scam and really should be shut down (Rescue mission of Panama City). Contact the fine folks at Catholic Charities at

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