Catholic Family Support Services
Catholic Family Support Services is based in Hamilton, and opend a branch in Tauranga Moana in 2016 with one staff member working from the St Thomas More and St Thomas Aquinas parish offices four days a week. This Tauranga service was set up largely by seed funding provided by the Church and the two Tauranga Moana parishes and also receives funding from philanthropic trusts, with support from the local parishes.
CFSS provides many services including;
- Family support / social work
- Seasons for Growth, a support and educational programme for people dealing with grief and loss
- LINK Volunteer Mentor Programme
- Financial mentoring
- Provision of basic resources such as food and clothing
- Education programmes around money management and cooking classes etc
In 2019 funding was received from the B Sutherland Fund.