"To love and serve our neighbors as ourselves."

Johnstown is considered the poorest city in Pennsylvania, according to an article published in 24/7 Wall Street. The city earned this designation due to low median incomes ($25,542 vs. $52,548), high poverty rates (26.8%), and low educational attainment of bachelor’s degrees (11.2% vs. 27.5%).

This offers just a glimpse into the significant need for Catholic Charities’ offerings in Cambria County and the surrounding eight-county area that we serve. 

We've compiled astonishing statistics from within our eight-county service area.

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Cambria | Centre
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For the most part, it’s been a mild winter thus far. But there are still several months to bear before spring is here. While Catholic Charities offers emergency financial assistance to area households that need help in paying their heating bills, we also provide education on how to prepare and maintain your home so that it conserves energy and results in lower utility bills each winter.

Catholic Charities has a rich history of helping neighbors in need, and in recognition of our 75th anniversary this fiscal year, we plan to highlight some of the milestone headlines and photos from our archives.

Click here to read more about the opening of our Bellefonte office in 2006.

More than 60% of the households seeking assistance to afford utility payments or heating oil include a child or senior--populations that are especially vulnerable to the cold.

Catholic Charities gives a hand up to our neighbors in need who are struggling to heat their homes. Many are falling through the cracks of existing safety net programs. Last year, requests for assistance from our 8-county area totaled nearly $2.5 million from close to 6,000 households. We can only fulfill a fraction of the need.

Your gift this Christmas will help us keep more families warm all winter. Click here to show your support.


Two mystery novels by the Most Reverend Joseph V. Adamec, Bishop-Emeritus of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, are now available at Catholic Charities, with all proceeds allocated for our ministry of helping the needy. The books are based on his dinner mysteries and experiences from his youth.

Copies of Flight of the Beetle and Heir Non-Apparent are available for $25 if picked up or $28 if mailed. Click here or call 814-944-9388 for more information.


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