Charlotte has a strong Catholic community. You can find services like meal delivery, skilled nursing, and rehabilitative care. The Diocese of Charlotte and many other Catholic charities provide support for area seniors. You can also find assistance for holiday, social, and financial services.
There are several parishes offering a variety of clubs and activities for area Catholic seniors. St. Matthew offers STARS (Seniors That Are Retired), which is committed to assembled people who are retired both newer and older members of St. Matthew. They meet on the first Wednesday of every month for lunch and a program and offer several volunteer activities throughout the year including a bake sale and raffle. St. Gabriel Catholic Church offers OWLS (Older, Wiser, Livelier Seniors), which is a ministry plan for parishioners and friends over the age of 55. Seniors meet for social activities for entertainment and spiritual guidance. Catholic Charities also offers an Elder Ministry to provide leadership and guidance to older adults enhancing their well-being. They offer a health fair, community outreach programs, and social programs such as the Spring Fling with music, food, games, education, wellness activities, and more.
There are Catholic health systems and housing available for all types of need including hospitals, assisted living, and affordable senior communities.
Sisters of Mercy founded Carolina Medical Center-Mercy in 1906, making it the first Catholic hospital built in North Carolina. It was sold in 1995 to Carolinas Healthcare System.
The Little Flower is located in Charlotte and was founded by an area Catholic Church. Named in honor of Saint Therese of Lisieux (known as The Little Flower), this Catholic facility offers a chapel, and the Diocese of Charlotte supports its philosophy. Residents enjoy one-floor living with private or semi-private suites in a beautiful, cottage-like setting. There is also a full-service beauty salon, scheduled transportation for appointments, outdoor areas for viewing nature, and a full-service dining room.
The Catholic Diocese of Charlotte Housing Corporation (CDCHC) is a Roman Catholic outreach since 2004 and is funded by contributions to Diocesan Support Appeal. The CDCHC created Curlin Commons in 2007 for inexpensive senior apartment living. Named after Bishop William Curlin (the third Bishop of the Charlotte Diocese), Curlin Commons offers full size one or two-bedroom apartments. The community features a big community room with a kitchen, a salon, a computer room, laundry facilities, and storage rooms. Residents can worship in the Catholic-decorated and inspired Chapel with room for 40.
Good Shepherd Garden is another available CDCHC senior independent living facility in Salisbury, about an hour north of Charlotte. Residents must be 62 and have an income below $22,000 per year. The apartments are 540 square feet with laundry hook-ups. The community building offers a multipurpose room, computer room, laundry rooms, and additional storage. Residents pay only 30 percent of their monthly income for both rent and utility bills. Pets are also accepted.
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