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 services impact the lives of about 100,000 people annually.
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 cycles 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 2020, 98,000 people benefited from our services. 52.8% of these people live below the poverty line. ($25,100 for a family of four.) Examples of services include:
- 16,287 children were served directly through foster care, residential placements, counseling, after-school programs, and other services.
- 127,651 meals were served to people who are poor and hungry.
- 770 clients assisted with employment services including job preparation, job search, job training.
- 21,938 individuals received interpretation or translation services
- 4,931 older adults were housed, fed, counseled, or received some other services.
- 1,162 veterans received legal, counseling, housing, and other supportive services
Catholic Charities Central Office and agency employees and 4,000-plus 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.