Catholic Charities of St. Louis prides itself on its ongoing partnership with our community. In 2017, our services impacted 110,514 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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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
Chief Financial Officer, Archdiocese of St. Louis
Joseph Holland II
Halpin J. Burke
C. Delaney Damberg
Mark G. Dorsey, Sr.
Mary Elizabeth Grimes
Alice M. Prince
Rev. Scott L. Scheiderer
Phillandas T. Thompson
Wm. Randolph Weber
Office of the President
Advocacy & Community Engagement Office
Director of Advocacy and Community Engagement
Tamara Kenny, JD, MSW
Chief Development Officer
Marketing and Communications Manager
Donor Relations Coordinator
Senior Development Associate
Chief Financial Officer
Human Resources Office
Senior Director of Human Resources
Mission Integration Office
Director of Mission Integration
Deacon Brian Selsor
Monsignor Jack Schuler
Quality Assurance Office
Chief Quality Officer
Gayle Shank, MBA
Assistant Director of Quality Improvement
Padraic McGrath, MPPA
Service Integration Office
Director of Service Integration
Tyrone Ford, MSW, LCSW