Catholic Social Services Citizenship Services Program

posted Oct 25, 2011, 7:22 AM by Elysse Magnotto-Cleary   [ updated Oct 26, 2011, 7:04 AM ]

Catholic Social Services of Fall River, Inc. (CSS) announces that it has been awarded a two-year grant by US Citizenship and Immigration Services for its new Citizenship Support Program (CSP), effective October 1, 2011.

CSS currently offers Citizenship Preparation classes in New Bedford and services to support applicants for naturalization throughout the Fall River Diocese (Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod, and the Islands).  Under this grant, the new program will integrate and expand current services. 

CSP will include two Citizenship Preparation classes per year in each of three locations: Fall River, New Bedford, and Hyannis. These classes are expected to begin in mid-November. The program will also offer monthly workshops throughout the region to provide information about the naturalization process and to provide assistance in completing the application forms.  In addition, individual assistance by qualified caseworkers will be available throughout the grant period.


Workshops are currently scheduled for:

Thursday, November 3             Thursday, November 17         Thursday, December 15

Holy Name Parish Center       St. James School                     Catholic Social Services

850 Pearce Street                 180 Orchard Street                  261 South Street

Fall River, MA 02720              New Bedford, MA  02740         Hyannis, MA 02601


All sessions are 6:30PM-9:00PM


For more information, please contact:

Lemuel Skidmore        CSP Project Manager  508-771-6771  lskidmore@cssdioc.org

Tim Warden-Hertz      CSS Legal Director     508-674-4681  twh@cssdioc.org


Catholic Social Services is committed to improving the quality of life for those in need by providing comprehensive social and human services including basic and emergency needs,  homelessness, immigration issues, housing and residential services, disabilities, adoption, mental health counseling, elder health services, neighborhood rehabilitation, foreclosure help, and much more. CSS works with persons of all faiths and cultures in the Spirit of God’s universal love to advance human dignity and promote social justice, truth, and solidarity in our community.

 The services described in this poster are supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under Grant Award Number 2011-CS-010-000006.

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