At Catholic Charities we help people, regardless of their faith, who are struggling with poverty and other complex issues. As the national office of the Catholic Charities ministry, Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) leads advocacy efforts, disaster relief programs, and strategic support of our 167 member agencies throughout the country. CCUSA provides access to resources, funding, training and education, convening opportunities, and strategic guidance to help our Catholic Charities member agencies better serve their communities.
Catholic Charities member agencies provide help and create hope to more than 10 million people a year regardless of religious, social, or economic backgrounds. We work with our agencies to incorporate the “system-changing” principle to our efforts, which is focused on embodying a holistic approach to help individuals and families break out of poverty.
Our collective efforts focus on a set of strategic priorities that make a difference in the lives of people in need. These strategic priorities are: Affordable Housing, Immigration and Refugee Services, Social Enterprise Initiatives, Disaster Relief, Food and Nutrition, Integrated Health, Catholic Identity and Leadership Development, and Foundational Services.
Catholic Charities provides foundational services to people along the entire spectrum of life; from children to adults, and within families and through communities. These services include veterans assistance, senior care, criminal justice ministries, among others, that address the unique needs of communities.
We believe that our Catholic faith calls us to serve the most vulnerable and to advocate for justice in social structures. CCUSA and the entire Catholic Charities ministry has a responsibility to advocate for just policy positions and to share our experience of serving those in need. The CCUSA Advocacy and Social Policy team advocates for policies that uphold human dignity and promote integral human development. Informed by Catholic social teaching, and the experience of local Catholic Charities agencies, we urge policy makers to see the faces of those in need in their communities and to create policies which assist and support them.