Catholic Charities of St. Louis prides itself on its ongoing partnership with our community. In 2018, our services impacted 103,517 lives. We seek to break the cycle of poverty, abuse and neglect, to empower people to make positive, permanent changes in their lives and support people to lead self-sufficient, dignified lives.
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In response to the teachings of Jesus Christ, our mission is to serve people in need, especially those who are poor and vulnerable; work to improve social conditions for all people in the community; and to call members of the Church and community to do the same.
Catholic Charities of St. Louis has been helping people in need since 1912. Organized as a federation of eight agencies and serving 11 counties in the St. Louis region, Catholic Charities impacted the lives of more than 103,500 people last year alone.
Catholic Charities of St. Louis serves a range of people: children who are dependent, abused and neglected; adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness; women who are abused; families and individuals seeking counseling; people struggling as the result of substance use disorders; older adults with special needs; and many more. Our goal is clear. We seek to break the cycle of poverty, abuse and neglect, to empower people to make permanent changes in their lives and support people to lead self-sufficient, dignified lives.
In the past year, 103,517 people benefited from our services. 76.3% of these people live below the poverty line. ($24,600 for a family of four.) Examples of services include:
- 132,607 meals served to people who are homeless.
- 5,221 older adults sheltered, fed and/or otherwise supported
- 16,153 children served directly through foster care, counseling, after-school and other programs.
- 1,532 people received legal assistance.
- 436 adults received career guidance.
Catholic Charities organizations and 4,473 volunteers are dedicated to serving men, women and children who do not have enough to eat; who lack adequate education, housing, or employment; who suffer the trauma of abuse or neglect.