Catholic Charities of the East Bay

Rating: 5 stars   14 reviews

Issues: Job Training, Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: 433 Jefferson Street Oakland CA 94607 USA

Mission: Rooted in compassion and human dignity for all, Catholic Charities of the East Bay works with youth, children and families to promote self-sufficiency, strengthen families and pursue safety and justice.
Results: During 2013, we served and touched more than 20 thousand lives through information and referral but also direct services. Our clients are able to avert homelessness, find jobs and/or training opportunities, become naturalized citizens, and develop skills to combat violence and become involved in reforming how schools deal with conflict and violence through restorative justice practices
Target demographics: Children and youth under the age of 24, child rearing families, and refugees/immigrants
Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 20,000 clients are served
Geographic areas served: Alameda and Contra Costa County in the East Bay
Programs: We provide services in four distinct areas: Safety Net and Asset Development; Legal Immigration Services; Mental Health and Violence Prevention; and Education and Workforce Development

2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I can't remember how I first heard of Catholic Charities of the Easy Bay in Oakland. I am so used to hearing about resources and then trying to get help and being turned away. Honestly, I thought that is what would happen. I met someone at a Jamba Juice and she mentioned this organization and told me that I should give them a call, that they had helped her out. Again, I thought it would be a waste of my time. I didn't have time to waste. We were facing losing our place to live and we have small children at home. I thought I would give it a try. I prayed about this and had others praying as well. We were getting desperate, as there was a For Rent sign being put up in front of our place. Catholic Charities did help my family. The person helping us was very loving and caring and went out of her way. We were helped twice and they even gave us bicycles for our kids. Our little one had been asking for a bike for awhile. What a blessing this organization and the person that helped us has been. Thank you for treating us with dignity and respect and helping us when we didn't know how we would make it. God is so good!!! and so is this organization!!!! I would urge anyone looking to help a charity, to help Catholic Charities of the East Bay. Thank you guys again so very much and may God truly Bless you, as you have us.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a co-leader of a ministry focused on helping those in-transition find work. Our ministry had served over 1100 since we began in 2001. We often have members in dire financial straits who need support and assistance. I have referred members to both St. Vincent de Paul (at our parish) for immediate help and to Catholic Charities of the East Bay for longer term help. CCEB has been very responsive to these people and has provided guidance and support. I have been donor for many years and have become one of this non-profits greatest cheerleaders.

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Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Catholic Charities of the East Bay is such an important provider in both Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. From my experience researching and learning about their services, they are extremely responsive to local community needs. They bring their expertise through a broad array of programs and services to positively impact the lives of those they serve. They are also committed to continuously developing their knowledge, skills, and expertise to improve their services. I am always impressed when I have conversations with their program staff and directors.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

At first I thought, oh no another non profit that I have to volunteer for, but when I attended my first Ambassador meeting as a representitive of the Knights of Columbus' Oakland Chapter at Catholic Charities of the East Bay for my parish, Sacred Heart I listened, learned and respected what this organization does for my community and others nearby. I made an oath, as long as I continue to live in Oakland that I will try to be involved with local organizations that can assist me to help my community be a better place to live in...and Catholic Charities does just that!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I volunteered with CCEB this past summer and it was a great experience.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Catholic Charities of the East Bay not only serves well those who are living on the margins with support and resources, they have also taken the initiative to focus their services to those who live in chronically traumatized communities. In doing so, CCEB is on the cutting edge with other national organizations to raise awareness and to develop services that respond to the needs of those living in chronically traumatized communities both for direct services and systemic change.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I volunteered with CCEB this last summer, 2012. It was a wonderful experience. The staff was very encouraging and excited to work with the volunteers as they guided us in helping others. They really gave us the motivation to go out and do this challenging work. They radiated joy, it's as simple as that.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

CCEB treat each of their clients with dignity and compassion regardless of circumstances. Thank God for Catholic Charities.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am familiar with the work of Catholic Charities and the impact it has in helping the poor and most needy. I read the agency's newsletter and has impressed me. Especially reading about the personal stories of clients lives that have changed, because of employment, housing, and legal services. As a young person I appreciate how the agency deals with violence in cities like Richmond and Oakland, communities that are plagued by ongoing violence.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteer with a Job Networking Ministry that helps job seekers by providing hope, encouragement, support and practical resources needed in a job search. A few job seekers who come to us are so desperate, often having been unemployed for some time, that they actually need clinical intervention before they can undertake the rigors of the job search. When this need arises, we seek the assistance of Catholic Charities of the East Bay to provide counseling. Such a service is a lifeline not only to the job seeker but also to the facilitators whose mission it is to assist everyone who comes for help. We are most grateful to Catholic Charities of the East Bay for willingly accepting our referrals. In doing so, they are changing the lives of those most in need.

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2012

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