Catholic Charities and Social Services
As an expression of our faith, we serve the poor and vulnerable through two agencies: Catholic Charities of Southwestern Ohio and Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley. The 131,000 people we serve annually include many who are out of work for the first time, families with young children, older adults, caregivers, refugees/immigrants, at-risk youth, women in crisis pregnancies, and those who benefit from mental health counseling. We deliver food to provide five million meals annually through food banks, pantries, and soup kitchens. The need is very real and growing, and service is provided without regard to religion, race, or age.
In 2013, our two agencies passed rigorous reviews by the Council on Accreditation, and were recognized for providing the Highest Quality Service and for Continuous Quality Improvement across all programs. We have a long tradition of working to protect human life. Our programs range from the beginning of life (pregnancy counseling and adoption) through the end of life (senior programs and respite care).
One Faith, One Hope, One Love provides an opportunity for our local Church to lift many who struggle from sliding further into poverty. Through increasing services provided and enabling a higher level of quality service we will:
- Provide specific programming to parishes and the community to reach 25,000 people with the Gospel message to serve the poor.
- Expand care management and enable 32,000 more families to improve their life situations.
- Develop self-sufficiency for many more people through job readiness, literacy, healthy choices, GED, financial skills, and legal services.
- Invest further in parish/community food pantries, nutrition programs, and the Second Harvest Food Bank to deliver an additional 7.5 million meals to reduce hunger.
- Increase volunteer hours by 128,000.
- Increase effectiveness through technology and facility upgrades to serve 67,000 more individuals.
Check out some of our Catholic charity and social services news stories to learn more about how the campaign funds are being used.