"To love and serve our neighbors as ourselves."

Catholic Charities strives to fill a critical need in our community. The widening gaps in existing social service programs are leaving many of our area’s seniors and families facing hunger and homelessness, choosing between paying for medicine, utility bills, childcare, or food.

Catholic Charities strives to fill these gaps, offering emergency financial assistance to people of all faiths. Furthermore, we help clients stabilize their finances so they are less likely to need help in the future.

We are able to do God’s work thanks to generous donors that support our mission. If you are among our donors, thank you for your support.

Despite our efforts, Catholic Charities can currently only fulfill 25% of requests for assistance. We’re counting on your help to serve a greater portion of those in need.

Can we count on your gift before the end of our giving year on June 30? Click HERE to learn more about ways you can give.

Often, there are misconceptions about our funding and our services because our name is Catholic Charities. We serve all people, and we receive support from all people--regardless of faith. Financial crisis can affect anyone, and it has repercussions throughout all communities.

Our goal in our 75th year is to bring more people into our efforts to spread help and hope, and to let those who need us know they are not alone.

Help spread the word of our shared mission to your friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers--whether they're Catholic or not--to increase our level of support within the community and to help even more local individuals and families in need in the next 75 years.

Shining a Spotlight on Catholic Charities Counseling Services

The statistics are scary. With 43.8 million adults in the U.S. living with mental illness each year, and 100 Americans committing suicide each day, the need for mental health awareness, support, and resources is stronger than ever. 

In honor of National Counseling Month this April, we recognize the dedicated Catholic Charities counselors who offer counseling services to individuals, families, and married couples experiencing emotional and spiritual life situations. Our clients receive services on a sliding scale based on household annual gross income. And, true to the Gospel, no one is turned away due to inability to pay.

Eviction isn't just a condition of poverty; it's a cause of it.

A powerful article in The Washington Post explores this concept for families-like many living right here in our service area-who are just a few steps away from entering an endless cycle of homelessness and poverty.

The article begins, "First, the kitchen sink stopped up. And when that happened, Doreen's family began washing dishes in the bathtub. Then food scraps clogged the tub, too, which meant that everyone had to bathe with water boiled in the kitchen that they flushed down the toilet. Then the toilet quit working, too."

Join us Wednesday, June 1 at The Altoona Grand Hotel as we mark a milestone-75 years of serving neighbors in need. We'll also recognize those in our community who are devoted to helping and serving others. These individuals, selected from nominations received across the eight counties of the Diocese, will be presented with the Monsignor William M. Griffin Humanitarian Award and the Matthew 25 Youth Humanitarian Award.

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