Catholic Charities USA

Catholic Charities USA is a membership organization based in Alexandria, Virginia. By providing leadership, technical assistance, training, and other resources, the national office enables local agencies to better devote their own resources to serving their communities. Catholic Charities USA promotes innovative strategies that address human needs and social injustices.

The national office also advocates for social policies that aim to reduce poverty, improve the lives of children and families, and strengthen communities. The Disaster Response Office organizes the Catholic community's response to disasters in the United States.

Catholic Charities USA's mission is: to provide service for people in need, to advocate for justice in social structures, and to call the entire Church and other people of good will to do the same.

Local Catholic Charities staff members and volunteers help people become self-sufficient. Services are offered to people regardless of faith, race, or age.

For more information, or to contact Catholic Charities USA, see their website at:

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Catholic Charities USA Offers Prayers to New Pope
19 Apr 05 | Statement by Catholic Charities USA President Rev. Larry Snyder on the Election of Pope Benedict XVI.

Statement by Catholic Charities USA President Rev. Larry Snyder on the Death of Pope John Paul II
02 Apr 05 | Catholic Charities USA is profoundly saddened by the passing of Pope John Paul II. With his deep commitment to charity and justice, he was a source of inspiration, of affirmation, of love, and of hope for all of us in the Catholic Charities network.

Catholic Charities Agencies Being Asked to Help More People with Less Funding This Holiday Season
13 Nov 03 | This holiday season is a time of need for many Americans and for the Catholic Charities agencies across the country that are experiencing increases in requests for help when government funding and other revenue sources are declining or remain flat.

Catholic Charities USA Provides Funds to Catholic Charities Agencies of Ft. Wayne and Youngstown for Disaster Recovery
11 Aug 03 | Catholic Charities USA's Disaster Response Office has sent emergency disaster relief funding of $10,000 each to Catholic Charities of Youngtown, OH, and Catholic Charities of Ft. Wayne-South Bend, IN, to assist with recovery efforts.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington Successfully Accredited
21 Jul 03 | Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington is proud to announce that it has just received formal notification of accreditation by the Council on Accreditation (COA). COA accreditation attests that an organization meets the highest standards.

Catholic Charities of Buffalo, NY Offers Farmer’s Markets, Nutrition Classes as Part of Vitagrant
14 Jul 03 | The Max Nuts project, a two-pronged approach to promoting good nutrition among historically underserved groups, is under way at Catholic Charities of Buffalo, NY. Max Nuts, short for maximum nutrition, is funded by a Vitagrant.

Catholic Charities of Buffalo Cuts Ribbon on Creative Edge Arts Studio
26 Jun 03 | Monsignor Carr Institute (MCI) of Catholic Charities Wednesday held an open house and ribbon cutting for the Creative Edge Arts Studio program, MCI's new, unique program to serve individuals recovering from mental illness and/or addictions.

Catholic Health Care, Catholic Charities Teaming Up To Deliver Innovative Services, Study Finds
19 Jun 03 | Combining the strengths of their ministries, Catholic Charities and Catholic health care are teaming up to deliver innovative services that improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities, according to a study released today.

Catholic Charities USA President to Speak at University of San Diego and Stanford Graduation Ceremonies
19 May 03 | Catholic Charities USA President Rev. J. Bryan Hehir will deliver the commencement address at the graduation ceremonies of the University of San Diego on May 25. In recognition of his distinguished career Fr. Hehir will receive an honorary doctorate.

Lourdesmont's Sixteenth Annual S.O.B.E.R. Party
31 Dec 02 | Begun in 1889 in Scranton by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, Lourdesmont Youth and Family Services has been located in Clarks Summit since 1927 and currently offers residential and day programs for troubled adolescents.

Catholic Charities Network Named as One of the Nation’s Best Charities By National Publications
06 Dec 02 | The Catholic Charities network—1,640 local agencies and institutions nationwide—has been named as one of the nation's top charities by several leading publications in their annual rankings of nonprofits.

Catholic Charities USA Urges President Bush to Assist More Refugees
01 Oct 02 | Concerned that only 23,497 refugees have been admitted to the United States this year, Catholic Charities USA is calling on President Bush to reaffirm his commitment to protecting refugees by increasing the number of refugees allowed to enter the US.

New Web Site Highlights Catholic Charities Network
09 Sep 02 | A new Web site — — provides visitors with easy access to information on the work of the Catholic Charities network, including a state-by-state listing of local Catholic Charities agencies nationwide.

Catholic Health and Catholic Charities Leaders Renew Commitment to Cross-Ministry Collaboration
05 Aug 02 | Catholic health and Catholic Charities leaders will celebrate 275 years of ministry in the United States and pledge commitment to even greater collaboration in the future during their joint meeting August 3-5 at the Sheraton Chicago.

Catholic Charities USA Honors Two with Vision Award
03 Aug 02 | Msgr. Charles J. Fahey and Sr. Serena Branson, DC, were honored today at Catholic Charities USA's annual conference in Chicago with Catholic Charities USA's Vision Award for their leadership and life-long commitment to serving those in need.

Chicago Catholic Charities Programs to be in National Spotlight
31 Jul 02 | As part of their annual conference from August 1-3 in Chicago, Catholic Charities officials from across the country will be touring several innovative facilities operated by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Catholic Charities to Examine Network’s September 11 Disaster Response
30 Jul 02 | At the upcoming annual conference in Chicago, Catholic Charities agencies from the New York metropolitan area will discuss lessons learned from September 11 recovery efforts and detail long-term response activities that are helping families rebuild.

Catholic Charities USA Urges Full Senate to Adopt Faith-based Legislation
18 Jul 02 | With little time left on the congressional calendar, Catholic Charities USA is urging the Senate to vote soon on and pass the "Charity Aid, Recovery, and Empowerment Act of 2002" (CARE Act).

Catholic Charities USA Calls on the Senate Finance Committee to Strengthen the WORK Act
26 Jun 02 | As the Senate Finance Committee marks up the Work, Opportunity, and Responsibility for Kids Act of 2002 today, Catholic Charities USA expressed its support for a number of provisions in the legislation.

Catholic Charities USA Names Eileen Friedman As its New Development Associate
21 Jun 02 | Catholic Charities USA has named Eileen Friedman as its new development associate responsible for securing financial support from corporations, foundations, and religious congregations.

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