Karidat offers a range of programs for the benefit of people living of the CNMI. These include:
EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER
Temporary assistance for families/individuals who are experiencing economic hardship. Food and shelter assistance is provided for one month during the year under a national grant (EFSP), when funding is available.
ALCOHOL INFORMATION CLASS (AIC)
Once a month, Karidat offers the AIC to individuals who are ordered to the class by the court, as a result of being arrested for driving under the influence.
VICTIMS OF CRIME ADVOCACY
Advice and support for victims of domestic violence. This includes crisis counseling, case management, referral, moral support as well as assistance with filing the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO).
Karidat operates an anonymous telephone service at 234-5100 that provides direct services to Saipan, Tinian and Rota. 24 hours/7 day a week confidential one-on-one support, crisis intervention, options for next steps in addition to connection to sources for immediate safety.
The only shelter in the CNMI for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking and human trafficking. All shelter services are free and confidential and available regardless of citizenship, ethnicity or immigration status.
SERVICES FOR VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Karidat is part of a CNMI network of Law Enforcement officials and attorneys who provide support for individuals who have been lured into the CNMI and end up in situations of modern-day slavery, whether labor or sex trafficking.
TRANSITIONAL HOUSING: The “GETHOPE” Program
For survivors of domestic violence: this program offers housing assistance to former victims of domestic and sexual violence.
SEXUAL ASSAULT SERVICES PROGRAM
Counseling services of various kinds are provided to survivors of sexual assault.
The Karidat Food Pantry relies on donations and food drives in order to distribute canned goods, rice and sometimes bread to hungry households in the CNMI.
HOUSING: The “EMERGENCY SOLUTIONS” Program
This grant provides homeless individuals and persons at risk for homelessness with temporary housing (for a period up to 10 months).
This is the second installment in an ongoing “Did You Know?” series that collects facts and stats on questions and issues relevant to the CNMI and the work of Karidat Social Services. For more information about what services Karidat can offer, please call us at 234-6981 during regular working hours.