16 Facts About Catholic Charities


Catholic Charities is a network of charities with headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Catholic Charities USA is a member of Caritas Internationalis, an international federation of Catholic social service organizations.

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Catholic Charities USA is the national office of 167 local Catholic Charities agencies nationwide.

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Catholic Charities uses a variety of approaches to deal with poverty, providing basic needs to individuals and advocacy to address systemic poverty.

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In 2017, Catholic Charities named Daisy "Estelle" Anderson Volunteer of the Year.

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In 1990, the US Conference of Catholic Charities Bishops commissioned CCUSA to respond to disasters in the United States.

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Catholic Charities USA is governed by a Board of Trustees, many of whom are lead local Catholic Charities agencies across the country.

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Catholic Charities is listed as an Accredited Charity by the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance.

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Catholic Charities Review was the successor publication to the Vincentians' Quarterly.

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Catholic Charities served forty years as executive director and frequently spoke for the organization on matters of public policy.

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Catholic Charities supported the Social Security Act of 1935 and federal housing legislation.

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Several diocesan branches of Catholic Charities participated in a lawsuit against provisions related to birth control insurance coverage, but not the national organization.

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Catholic Charities USA has endorsed the DREAM Act and the Obama administration's deferral of action against some younger immigrants.

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In Saint Paul, Minnesota, Catholic Charities manages the Dorothy Day homeless shelter as well as the Higher Ground Saint Paul Shelter which provides shelter drop-in meals and career services.

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Catholic Charities wrote that "Despite the headlines, there has been no threat or ultimatum to end services" and explained that Catholic Charities had contracts with the District to provide "homeless services, mental health services, foster care and more".

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Catholic Charities asked the court's permission to refer civil union couples to other child welfare agencies while continuing to issue licenses to married couples and singles living alone, while adhering to principles that prohibit placing children with unmarried cohabiting couples.

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