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
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.
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.