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Catholic Charities prides itself on its ongoing partnership with our community. Each year we impact 148,410 people. 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.


Who We Are

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 (CCSTL) has been helping people in need since 1912. Organized as a federation of eight agencies, Catholic Charities assists 148,410 people annually. Catholic Charities serves 11 counties in the St. Louis region.

Catholic Charities serves a wide range of people: children who are dependent, abused and neglected; adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness; women who are abused; parents and children requiring family counseling; people struggling as the result of drug abuse or alcoholism; 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.

What We Do

In the past year, 148,410 people benefited from our services. 68% of these people live below the poverty line. ($24,250 for a family of four.)

  • 99,000 meals were served to people who are homeless.
  • 13,364 calls were made to the Homeless Hotline seeking emergency shelter.
  • 25,292 older adults were housed, fed, counseled, or received some other services.
  • 17,256 children served directly through foster care, residential placements, day care, after school and summer programs.
  • 37,785 instances of basic needs assistance services i.e. clothing, prescriptions, and other vital services.
  • 1,952 people received legal assistance.
  • 1,951 adults received assistance with job searches or training.
  • 133 refugees were re-settled.

Catholic Charities organizations and 6,061 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. We have expanded services to help people in Jefferson, St. Charles, Lincoln, Warren, Ste. Genevieve, Washington, and Perry Counties in Missouri.

Board of Directors

Ex Officio Board Members

Theresa E. Ruzicka, CPA
President, Catholic Charities of St. Louis

Robert Bouché
Chief Financial Officer, Archdiocese of St. Louis


Cheryl Archibald

Vice Chair
Jay Holland

Judy Navarre

Scott Dolan


Malcolm Briggs
Mark Dunn
John Ebeling
Con Franey
Craig Franklin
Thomas Gregory
Mary Elizabeth Grimes
W.M. Donovan Hiemenz
Patricia Hughes
Scott Layton
Susan Mangels
Gigi McKinzie
Matthew Nordmann
Edward Puzzella
Martha Leticia Seitz
Mark Siedband
Kathy Surratt-States
Timothy Thompson
Wm. Randolph Weber


Chief Quality Officer
Gayle Shank, MBA

Senior Director of Human Resources
Les Lexow

Chief Development Officer
Brian Thouvenot

Director of Mission Integration
Monsignor Jack Schuler

Director of Service Integration
Tyronne Ford, MSW, LCSW

Director of Advocacy and Community Engagement
Tamara Kenny, JD, MSW

Senior Development Assistant
Amanda Dunnavant 

Executive Assistant, Development and Advocacy
Kristine Kovach

Development Assistant
Aleshia Mulnix

Assistant Director of Quality Improvement
Padraic McGrath, MPPA 

IT Consultant
Janet Rentrop

Executive Assistant
Jennifer Schaefer, MSHM 

Training Coordinator
Debbie Wyman