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 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.