Inspired by Jesus Christ, we serve people in need, work to improve social conditions, and unite with others in this mission.
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 impacted over 96,000 lives in 2021.
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.
In 2021, over 96,000 people benefited from our services. 56.9% of these people live below the poverty line. ($26,500 for a family of four.) Examples of services include:
- 13,292 children were served directly through foster care, residential placements, counseling, after-school programs, and other services.
- 127,626 meals were served to people who are poor and hungry.
- 671 clients assisted with employment services including job preparation, job search, job training.
- 24,963 individuals received interpretation or translation services
- 5,798 older adults were housed, fed, counseled, or received some other services.
- 987 veterans received legal, counseling, housing, and other supportive services.
Catholic Charities Central Office and agency employees and 900-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.