Family Support

Loan and Financial Education Program

Lower Fairfield County

Are you struggling to pay your bills each month? Feeling overwhelmed by your finances and have no idea where to start? Catholic Charities Loan and Financial Education program has been serving the community for over 20 years. We are dedicated to providing free financial education and budgeting services to those who are socioeconomically disadvantaged. Our caring and experienced counselors will work with you one-on-one to develop a personalized budget, offer tips on how to save money, and provide resources for achieving your financial goals. Investing in your financial well-being has never been more important. Don’t let fear or financial stress hold you back any longer.

Loans are available to qualified applicants for cars, Immigration fees, childcare costs, home repairs, job training, school tuition, and other unplanned expenses. Loans are issued to a third party and cannot be used for past due bills or outstanding debt. (Low interest loans take an average of two to three months for approval.)


• One-on-one budgeting advice
• Helpful financial education and resource materials
• Support during the application process and throughout the life of the loan
• Ability to borrow up to $10,000 at a low 5.5% interest rate regardless of a bad credit score of no credit history. The interest rate on the loan never changes.

• Flexible loan repayment schedule
• Referral to other resources within Catholic Charities and in the community
• Peace of mind provided by Catholic Charities, one of the largest and oldest social service providers in Connecticut

Who to Contact

Diane Barston, Manager
[email protected]


120 East Avenue 2nd Floor
Norwalk, CT 06851
(Located across the street from Norwalk City Hall)

Program Hours

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM



Meeting Diane and her team felt like family and it was almost like God brought them to me. I’m very grateful! I went in broken, but left strong and with a plan. I would not be where I am today without their help. It is never too late to call or email Diane Barston and her team for advice. They are truly wonderful.

Loan and Financial Education Program client since 2021

Loan and Financial Education in the news:

First County Bank Extends Generous Support to Catholic Charities’ Vital Programs

Catholic Charities of Fairfield County expresses profound gratitude to First County Bank for their invaluable support of two crucial initiatives: Senior Nutrition and Family Loan – Stamford/Norwalk. The recent grant provided by First County Bank will significantly contribute to the continuous provision of essential services to our community members in need.

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Learn about the Loan and Financial Education Program in this video from New Covenant Center!

Program funds generously provided by:

This program was made possible [in part] by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation.

This program was made possible [in part] by United Way of Coastal and Western Connecticut.

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