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Mother Lode

Assisting elderly woman

Our programs and services help people in every stage of life-children, youth, families, and elders.

The Mother Lode office has been providing assistance to older adults in the foothill communities of Tuolumne, Calaveras, Alpine and Mono Counties. Our agency also provides services in Mariposa and Amador Counties.


Services for Seniors and Caregivers

Counseling Services

Environmental Education

Nutrition Assistance Services



Services for Seniors and Caregivers

The Older Adult Outreach and Engagement Program

Older Adult Outreach and Engagement Services

The older Adult Outreach and Engagement Services Program provide in-home counseling, socialization, and transportation services to elderly and dependent adults, in addition to their family members and caregivers in Calaveras and Tuolumne Counties.


Elder Abuse Prevention Program

The Elder Abuse Prevention Program was created to educate the public about the physical, emotional and financial abuse of seniors. Outreach efforts include presentations and training sessions for Certified Nursing Assistants, facility staff, clergy, service organizations, financial institutions and other mandated reporters. Topics include mandated reporting procedures, identity theft, caregiver burnout and other topics in order to reduce victimization of seniors and dependent adults.

C.A.F.E. - Connections and Awareness for Elders

The program volunteers provide a connection to isolated and lonely older adults as well as support, encouragement and activities.

Legal Advocacy Program

Free legal advocacy for adults 60 years and older is provided by the Legal Advocacy Program. Services include assistance with wills, landlord or renter issues, problems with contractors, fraud, and other legal issues.


Ombudsman Program

The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program advocates for the rights and quality care of residents of skilled nursing facilities, residential care facilities for the elderly

Ten Tips to Help You Reduce the Risk of Financial Elder Abuse


In partnership with Sonora Area Foundation the GRACE Fund provides assistance to individuals who are experiencing hardships such as, utility shut-offs, food insecurity, job loss, and housing.

The Friendship Line

The Friendship Line is a program of The Institute on Aging that provides support to at-risk seniors, family members and their advocates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (1800/951-0061). In collaboration with Tuolumne and Calaveras County Behavioral Health, Catholic Charities supports the Friendship Line services

Rural Wellness Alliance Project

This project helps those over 50 years old improve their self-advocacy skills, show them ways to navigate health care resources, and improve compliance to the medical treatment established. This project is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Counseling Services

Family Counseling                                                                                                                                                                 The Family Counseling Services Program provides linguistically and culturally responsive mental health treatment intervention and education to under-served and diverse populations in our communities. Catholic Charities is committed to offering family wellness services that are professional, accessible, low-cost, short-term out-patient counseling to under-served populations.

With the help of a National Institute on Health research grant, the Sonora office is partnering with the University of California San Francisco to study the treatment of depression in those 55 years and older using Problem Solving Therapy (PST).

See the article in California Health Report for more information about these efforts in the Mother Lode:

►Spurred by Lack of Mental Health Therapists in Rural Central California, Researchers Make House Calls to Seniors


Environmental Education

Environmental Justice Program

Educates and motivates Catholics in the Stockton Diocese to a deeper reverence and respect for God’s creation, and engages local parishes in activities to resolve environmental problems.

Nutrition Assistance Services


Provides education and assists with the application process and case management to maintain benefits. Cal-Fresh formally known as the USDA’s Food Stamp Program) is the nation’s best defense against hunger and food insecurity.

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