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The Wells Fargo Foundation supported Catholic Social Services (CSS) of the Diocese of Scranton with a $2,000 grant to offset expenses related to its financial literacy case management services in Lackawanna County.One of the organization’s offices is at 34 River St. in Carbondale.

Catholic Social Services, as part of its Relief Assistance Program, helps nearly 2,000 clients per year re-examine their financial resources and create individualized financial recovery plans. CSS case managers work with financially struggling clients who often find themselves threatened with homelessness or are living in substandard housing.

CSS case managers help clients create and stick to workable household budgets, open and manage bank accounts, manage rent or mortgage payments, identify and eliminate unnecessary expenses and make proper use of surpluses by using savings accounts.

For more information about the program, call 570-207-2283 or email

From left: Joe Montagna, Wells Fargo branch manager; Kristen Bolin, Wells Fargo banker; Sandra Snyder, Diocese of Scranton grant writer; Mary Theresa Malandro, diocesan secretary for Catholic human services and CEO of Catholic Social Services; Oiram Santos, district manager, Wells Fargo.