Community Services

It takes a community to raise a child. At Catholic Charities we do everything we can to help parents feel supported so that they can worry less and enjoy time with their little ones.

Mr. Gaines Gardening Program plus

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Mr. Gaines Gardening Program PLUS, formerly known as the Mr. Rogers Program, offers summer youth employment to young men and women through planting, cultivating and harvesting vegetable gardens and selling the fresh produce locally. In addition, youth learn to cook using the produce harvested from the gardens and are provided nutrition classes to help develop healthy lifestyles. 
For more information call Greg Gaines, Program Director on (810) 577-3659 or email


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nesk Kids Summer camp

This camp is completely FREE! Providing fun, educational activities, as well as field trips for area children ages 5-10 years. The 7 week camp, held Monday - Friday includes a nutritional breakfast and lunch.  On the last day of camp each child recieves a back pack full of school supplies.

Have a teenager interested in working at the Summer Camp?
We hire all of our teen help through TeenQuest, a free after-school pre-employment and leadership training program sponsored by the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce.

For more information call John Manse, Director of Community Services on (810) 785-6911 or email

Angel Tree

This is an opportunity for individuals, teams, companies and organizations to make Christmas special by adopting a family. Your gift, large or small, makes a difference! Families are available to adopt beginning November 1st of each year.  For more information call John Manse, Director of Community Services  (810) 785-6911 or email



Need a little help at Christmas?

Let the North End Soup Kitchen help provide gifts for your Children! (children 17 and under) Registration begins October 1st of each year. Bring the following with you: Your Michigan I.D., Each Child’s Birth Certificate or DHS Verification Form or Social Security Card.  For more information call John Manse, Director of Community Services  (810) 785-6911 or email

Christmas Day- the North End Soup Kitchen

Our North End Soup Kitchen is open on Christmas so that no one has to go without a Christmas feast!  All children receive a new toy and clothes and all adults receive new towels, socks, scarves, hats, and person hygiene kits. Your gift helps us make Christmas special for so many.



Easter Dinner

Every Easter we celebrate at the North End Soup Kitchen and the Center for Hope Soup Kitchen with an Easter Dinner with all the fixings!  Anyone who joins us for dinner receives an Easter basket (children must be present). We welcome donations of filled Easter Baskets or, if you prefer, you can donate here to help spread the joy of Easter!