Catholic Social Services

1600 Bay Street
Fall River MA 02724
PO Box M MA 02724-0388

Phone: (508) 674-4681


Catholic Social Services, or CSS, helps those in need by providing comprehensive social and human services including:

  • basic and emergency needs (see below)
  • 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.

Food Pantry:

The Solanus Casey Food Pantry is located in New Bedford, Massachusetts in the CSS New Bedford office, and serves residents on the Southcoast, Massachusetts, including Bristol county.  It is the state’s largest food pantry south of Boston, serving over 800 clients per month.

The food pantry is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10AM-12PM to the community. We ask that you bring a picture ID, proof of income, proof of residency (i.e. utilities bill) and if you have children either a birth certificate or MASSHEALTH card for each child. The entrance to the food pantry is to the left of the main entrance, down the balconied path.


Residential Issues: Housing and Homelessness:

CSS has a series of different residential, homeless services ranging in level from homeless shelters, transitional/temporary housing, and permanent housing. All our housing programs are full serviced programs, including case management, supervision, and consultation from all our other services when needed. Most of our housing programs are referral only, and not self referral, and there are a number of qualifications you would need to meet to enter the programs.
The unisex shelter in Taunton, MA is called Samaritan House. Designed for single men and women, Samaritan is a 20 bed shelters which offers a wide range of services beyond just shelter.

Donovan House is transitional housing for women and children located in New Bedford MA. It is a three story dorm style shared living, designed to transition women and their children into more permanent forms of housing.

The permanent residential housing caters to families, singles, persons with disabilities, women and families fleeing domestic violence, and women transitioning from incarceration. These facilities range from shared single room occupancy living to single family homes. CSS operates more than 100 residences in New Bedford, Fall River, and Taunton/Attleboro. There are strict guidelines to enter these programs, and they are all agency referral based, and not self referral, please see the qualification page at for guidelines.

For general questions or information about all Residential Programs, please contact:
Coordinator of Supportive Housing
New Bedford Office
(508) 997 – 7337

Coordinator of Residential Services
Fall River Office
(508) 674 – 4681