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Catholic Charities of St. Louis prides itself on its ongoing partnership with our community. Each year we impact 110,514 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.

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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 has been helping people in need since 1912. Organized as a federation of eight agencies, Catholic Charities assists 110,514 people annually. Catholic Charities serves 11 counties in the St. Louis region.

Catholic Charities of St. Louis 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, 110,514 people benefited from our services. 76.3% of these people live below the poverty line. ($24,600 for a family of four.)

  • 178,000 meals were served to people who are homeless.
  • 6,480 older adults were housed, fed, counseled, or received some other services.
  • 14,810 children served directly through foster care, residential placements, day care, after school and summer programs.
  • 2,285 people received legal assistance.
  • 2,119 adults received assistance with job searches or training.

Catholic Charities organizations and 6,465 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

Officers

Chair
Cheryl Archibald

Vice Chair
Jay Holland

Treasurer
Judy Navarre

Secretary
Scott Dolan

Members

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

Staff

Office of the President

President
Theresa E. Ruzicka, CPA

Executive Assistant
Mary Brockgreitens

Advocacy & Community Engagement Office

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

Development Office

Chief Development Officer
Brian Thouvenot

Marketing and Communications Manager
Lisa Shea

Donor Relations Coordinator
Aleisha Mulnix

Senior Development Associate
Amanda Dunnavant

Development Assistant
Olivia Cobb

Finance Office

Chief Financial Officer
Mark Vogt

Human Resources Office

Senior Director of Human Resources
Les Lexow

Mission Integration Office

Director of Mission Integration
Deacon Brian Selsor

Chaplain
Monsignor Jack Schuler

Quality Assurance Office

Chief Quality Officer
Gayle Shank, MBA

Assistant Director of Quality Improvement
Padraic McGrath, MPPA

Training Coordinator
Shelley Reuter

Service Integration Office

Director of Service Integration
Tyrone Ford, MSW, LCSW