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Catholic Charities USA

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Disaster Aid, Emergency Assistance, Human Services, Religion, Roman Catholic

Mission: The mission of Catholic Charities USA is to exercise leadership in assisting its membership, particularly the diocesan Catholic Charities agencies and supporting group members, in their mission of service, advocacy and convening.

Programs: America relies on Catholic Charities (CC) to provide critical human services to people in need. As the nation's fourth largest social service provider, (CC) serves more than 7.8 million people of all faiths each year. Catholic Charities is even listed in the federal government's National Disaster Response Plan as one of 5 organizations relied on for providing food, shelter, emergency first aid, and to distribute emergency relief items during domestic disasters.

 

Poverty in America is a moral and social crisis. It threatens the health and economic well-being of our families and our nation as a whole. In response to this crisis, Catholic Charities USA has launched the Campaign to Reduce Poverty in America.

 

From responding to the September 11 attacks, hurricane Katrina and the many hundreds of smaller disasters that happen every year, Catholic Charities USA and its member agencies have learned that being prepared for disasters is critical to a successful response when they occur. Catholic Charities USA is actively preparing its more than 1,700 member agencies across the nation for the disasters of tomorrow, be they large or small. The goal is to ensure that each Catholic Charities agency has a disaster response plan, and a regional response team they can turn to for assistance before and during a disaster. Disaster preparedness is critical. A major disaster could happen at any time, and those of all degrees are occurring with greater frequency.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 1

I have given my last dollar to your organization. A priest as president drawing a salary of over $150,000.00 and a CFO getting a salary of over a $160,000.00 a year. It's outrageous. I will pass the word on to my fellow catholics.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Our local Catholi Charities in Pittsburgh recently opened a free health clinic to meet the needs of those without health insurance and any other means to obtain health care. I am also on the board of CCUSA and am very impressed with their efforts at convening and advocating for the most vulnerable in society. Sister Linda Yankoski

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Board Member

Rating: 5

CCUSA and the local agencies have provided invaluable service to those in need and leadership in justice issues. I am so impressed by it's dedication to it's Mission of serving those in need through relief, charity and justice efforts.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with Catholic Charities USA in my role as a Director of an agency and have volunteered on many of its comittees. It is a vibrant advocacy drven organization that has the best interest of those who are poor and marginalized. It' s advocacy has been influential in the preserving many programs that serve the ppor

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Board Member

Rating: 5

We work with CCUSA and their Agencies to directly serve and bring justice to the poor. I am a member. of CCUSA Board of Directors. CCUSA are great partners and an inspiring organization. Joe

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a Catholic Charities volunteer for almost 20 years. As a volunteer, I have worked inside their food and shelter programs countless times. As a board member for Catholic Charities, USA, I see first hand the good work performed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at all of the Catholic Charities food and shelter programs throughout the United States.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with CCUSA for years, especially in the hurricane relief efforts. They were the quietest group helping and to my mind the most effective. They used their credibility and networks to bring millions of dollars and thousands of volunteers to the relief of so mny. They did not set up elaborate structures just got in and helped. They have stayed with the effort and continue to bring real help to so many. In addition they worked with government and others to bring resources and use them well. They are great advocates for the dignity of the poor.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) has been a national leader in poverty reduction and continues to lead the charge with well orchestrated summits across the US. CCUSA has pulled together local and regional experts in the areas of hunger, housing, healthcare, economic security and education to focus Catholic Charities agencies, other non-profits, and corporations on collaborative projects to reduce poverty by 50% by the year 2020. In the area of hunger, CCUSA is spotlighting its own agencies and other organizations that increase citizens' access to healthy, nutritious food. For housing, CCUSA is focused on the goals of increasing the number of affordable housing units and reducing the number of familes in emergency shelters.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Wow, where does one start when talking about an organization that has helped to save your life. There are just no word that could ever express the gratitude that I have for Catholic Charities. My experience with Catholic Charities started when I entered their domestic violence shelter with my three children. The staff and volunteers that I came into contact with over that 4 month period of time were nothing short of extraordinary people that truly cared about me and my children. It has been over 5 years since I left the shelter and every time I come in contact with one of them they remember my story and remember my name. They do their work with passion and an open heart and honestly caring about each and every individual they come into contact with. Never once did I feel like I was being judged for the bad decisions I had made. They were their to help guide me in the right direction and give any support that I needed. Still to this day I know that they are there in support of my life. This organization and each and every person involved with it are truly angels sent to do god's work and they do it with unconditional love and dedication.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been in the Catholic Charities USA network for over twenty years and was the first loaned executive to CCUSA. I have seen first hand the persistent commitment to advocating nationally for those most in need even when it isn't popular. Catholic Charities' vision is absolutely critical to addressing the underlying causes of poverty, rather than just the symptoms. I've learned that cutting poverty is a marathon, not a sprint. It helps to have a large respected network like Catholic Charities USA in it for the long haul.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We used the CCUSA Campaign to Reduce Poverty as a frame for our strategic planning. As a result, we refocused our emergency services from a goal of stabilization to helping people out of poverty. We developed three new program initiatives to help people develop the skills for living wage jobs. These new programs all rely on volunteers. We have tested all elements and we are currently launching the new initiatives. Thanks to CCUSA for your leadership and courage to address the problem of poverty, and for helping us to think differently about our program goals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Catholic Charities for 18 months. I am heartened by their commmitment to reduce the number of families living in poverty and by their compassion for the homeless and those who are hungry. From the President of CCUSA, to the agency Execs and their staff members working throughout the United States, the message is consistent - to treat all clients with dignity and to get to the root of poverty.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Catholic Charities is the only national service organization whose sole mission is to serve the poor and most vulnerable members of our society. Over the 100 year history, CCUSA has assisted hundred of thousands of individuals and families to cope with life issues, tackle life problems and move forward to a brighter future. CCUSA provide caring and hope. I trust CCUSA to use their resources to affect change and work to changes structures that violate human dignity. CCUSA is working to reduce poverty by 50% by 2020. Join the Campaign to Reduce Poverty.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Catholic Charities USA has been a national leader since 1910 advocating for just social policies and practicing best models of serving persons, families and communities. Catholic Charities started in 1910 to be the "attorney for the poor" in terms of social policy. Since then, up to this afternoon, Catholic Charities USA works to promote social policies that help feed people, shelter families, provide assistance to immigrants, and many other public benefits that exemplify this great nation. Besides social policy, Catholic Charities USA promotes and develops best practices in the field of social work. Many creative programs are developed and shared throughout its national network of member agencies located in every part of the US. Those programs that actually help persons, families and communities to break out of poverty. I have learned much from these excellent programs and have tried to implement them in our own locale. One other fact about Catholic Charities USA that is important: besides its role in advocacy and commitment to quality social services that empower, Catholic Charities USA works to convene others of like mind, to work together to serve people, help reduce poverty, and continue to advocate for social justice. Catholic Charities USA takes hunger and shelter seriously -- as two of the core corporal works of mercy found in the Christian Tradition -- and commits itself to providing services to those in need of food/shelter, promotes programs and policies in DC and in every state's capitol to best care for those in need of food/shelter, and brings diverse people together to work for the same goals.