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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Emergency Assistance, Family Counseling, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Senior Centers, Seniors

Mission: Catholic Charities is a non-profit organization which advances the charitable and social mission of the Diocese of St. Cloud. We build communities, promote family life, and enhance human dignity by providing quality services to meet the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of individuals and families of all faiths and beliefs.

Geographic areas served: 16 counties in Central Minnesota

Programs: Residential and day services made a different tomorrow for 360 individuals through residential treatment centers and day treatment programs. These programs help youth who are dealing with mental illnesses, emotional, and behavioral disorders focusing on returning them to their communities as productive and contributing members.

community services provided support to 15,704 individuals last year, including services for 70 homeless youth through both the supportive housing for youth program and youth house, 322,717 meals served to 6,609 seniors, 8,703 children assisted by 196 foster grandparents and residential or community based assistance for 118 adults with developmental or physical disabilities.

caritas family services provided crisis assistance to 43,096 individuals at emergency services: food, clothing, financial and served 4,979 individuals through adoption services; caritas mental health clinic; financial and housing counseling; hope community support program; pregnancy counseling; la cruz community center & building futures program; interpretation & translation services; and st. Elizabeth's and st. Michael's/st. Margaret's homes.

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

all I can say is that THINGS CHANGE and you never know who are in the back ground or who it is that can help you until you yourself fall down. again - and - that is why it is best to do what you can. Also I put down a general member of the public but really I am a fool - I only know some things and those things are always changing and evolving

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Very bad experience. They call themselves catholics. Don't try here for help in homelessness.



Rating: 5

What are some of the critical services offered by this conscientious and well run organization? The answer is: food, clothing, shelter, financial counseling and, above all, hope. That doesn't even cover it all. Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud serves those in need in this community; those young and old and those of any faith background. As a volunteer, I see the staff dedicated to those whom they serve. I find it to be both inspiring and humbling. I choose to support them both with volunteer hours and financially as we can. It is time and money well spent.

Previous Stories


Rating: 5

My exposure to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud has become first hand since I took their tours and started volunteering. In my opinion, this organization truly lives its mission to serve those in need. The services provided are so many that I will mention just the tours I have taken: Emergency Services (food, clothing and financial counseling), The St. Cloud Children's Home and Life Transitions Services. The professional staff, the programs and the respect with which clients and students were treated impressed me greatly. I now volunteer as needed at one of the St. Cloud locations and continue to be impressed with the commitment of those for whom I work.

Client Served

Rating: 5

40 years ago, we got one of the best gifts we could ever recieve from Catholic Charities, our son. 13 years later, we also got a niece there also.


Rating: 5

As far as I can tell, wherever there are people in need in my community, Catholic Charities is there to help. Whether it is homes for disabled adults or the Children's Home, programs for families in crisis, counseling or hunger relief, I don't know what would become of St. Cloud if Catholic Charities was not here. It is a wonderful organization filled with loving, dedicated people.


Rating: 5

I have either attended or worked on the Catholic Charities Mardi Gras fundraising event for many years. The Catholic Charities staff are exceptional people who are very committed to their mission. They are good stewards and are wonderful to work with!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I served on the Board of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud from 2005 through 2010. What amazed me over those years was the tremendous depth the organization has. They reach so many in need with emergency services (food, clothing, and financial help), mental health counseling, transitional housing for those struggling to become self sufficient, a residential treatment center serving children ages 8 to 18, homes for the mentally ill and physically impaired, and more. They are a well managed charity, serve people of all faiths, and adjust quickly to changing needs.

Andrea L.


Rating: 3

Over the years its been my privilege to see how Catholic Charities impacts lives in our area. I remember hearing a young woman share her story about how staff at the Children's Home helped her learn how to trust others and grow into a caring young woman. When I visted the food shelf, I learned how donations of food, clothing and household items help families in need. The volunteers take such care when talking with familes. Each person is treated with love and respect. Staff at Catholic Charities don't just talk the talk, they literally walk the walk in sharing the mission of Catholic Charities. They and all who serve families in the community truly are servants of all.