Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) was founded in 1910 as the National Conference of Catholic Charities (its name was changed in 1986) and is the largest private network of social service organizations in the United States. As the national office for 164 member agencies, CCUSA offers support to the Catholic Charities ministry throughout the country, provides disaster relief, and promotes poverty-reduction through research and legislative reform. CCUSA’s diocesan member agencies and affiliated ministries operate 2598 service sites in 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories.
The mission of Catholic Charities is to provide service to 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.
CCUSA member agencies provide a wide array of programs, including services in the following areas: pregnancy support and adoption; affordable housing; immigration and refugee support; integrated health and nutrition; leadership development; disaster resilience and recovery; social enterprise initiatives; and advocacy and social policy initiatives.
CCUSA is headquartered in Alexandria, VA., across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. The staff of CCUSA are committed to supporting the more than 65 000 employees and 300 000 volunteers of the member agencies across the U.S. CCUSA assists the agencies through workshops and trainings concerning the management of social service programs and organizations; strengthening Catholic identity and parish engagement; building up leadership and organizational capacity; and fortifying disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.
Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), the official domestic relief agency of the Catholic Church, is monitoring the progress of Hurricane Harvey, along with the local Catholic Charities agencies in Texas and Louisiana, and taking action toward assisting in the recovery efforts. Even before the storm hit land, CCUSA launched a text-to-give campaign, and the response on ...
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Caritas Internationalis and CIDSE have organised a high-level dialogue at the United Nations to make sure the faith voice rings out strong and clear in the run-up to the Paris COP21 climate summit in November.
Caritas is calling for the world to put the poor first and ensure the safe future of the planet by uniting behind the United Nations’ new Sustainable Development Goals which promise to end extreme poverty, tackle inequality and take action on climate change by 2030.