How We Help

We operate 55 programs in 34 locations all in Washington, DC and the surrounding five Maryland counties.
Some of the ways we help include:

Employment & Adult Education

Education and Employment Training

Understanding that education is central to securing better employment and a greater ability to grow, Catholic Charities offers several specialized education programs that teach new languages and new careers.

Legal and Financial Services

Legal and Financial Services

The Catholic Charities Legal Network provides pro bono services for clients with civil legal issues. Immigration Legal Services focuses on direct legal immigration services to foreign-born individuals and their families. And the Financial Stability Network focuses on financial coaching and education.


Food Assistance

We offer several programs that can help get food on your table tonight. We also run the SHARE Food Network, which makes groceries healthier, affordable and accessible.

Medical, Dental & Mental Health Care

Health Care

We offer many programs that address health care needs among families who need access to better health services. These include medical clinics, dental clinics, behavioral health services and counseling services.

Shelter & Housing

Housing and Shelter Programs

We understand how crucial having secure housing options is to the success of a family or individual. All of our programs are staffed by professional staff who have dedicated themselves to helping others get back on their feet.

Help for Children & Adults with Disabilities

Developmental Disabilities Services

We provide opportunities for a fulfilling future to individuals with developmental disabilities. Our programs are here to support them and their families and caretakers.

Help for Immigrants & Refugees

Services for Immigrants and Refugees

Washington, DC is home to a thriving and vibrant community of immigrants from around the world. We offer medical and dental services, immigration legal services, and connect our clients to jobs and language services at our refugee center.

Prison Outreach

Prison Outreach

We provide mentoring to men and women returning to their communities after incarceration.

Who We Help

We serve everyone who comes to us in need – regardless of social, economic or religious background.



Child Development Center’s Barbara Lankster an Honoree at DC Action Awards
22 October 2021

DC Action’s Fall Reception and Awards celebrates the contributions of D.C.’s young adults and District leaders who are making the community a place where children can be powerful and heard. Catholic Charities DC is proud to announce that Barbara Lankster, program manager and educator at the Kennedy Institute Child Development Center, has been selected to …

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Make a Difference this Fall and Winter by Becoming a Volunteer
10 September 2021

With the completion of Summer, the volunteer office is gearing up for a busy Fall and Winter with new opportunities for volunteers. Do you want to make a difference in your community? Say Yes! to the Fall call for volunteers and apply today. The volunteer program is recruiting 100 volunteers to commit to one of …

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Deacon Candidates Spend the Summer in Service ‘Seeing God in Others’
26 August 2021

Two men preparing to become permanent deacons in the Archdiocese of Washington are volunteering in summer service projects with Catholic Charities, one teaching English as a second language and the other serving dinner and hosting trivia contests for those residing at Adam’s Place Shelter. The two are among dozens of deacon candidates who have contributed …

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Upcoming Events

2021 Mission of Mercy Sponsored By Catholic Charities
Nov 20 all-day

The free one-day dental clinic for adults is part of the 2021 Mission of Mercy. Patients must register in advance. They will be contacted by Catholic Charities and scheduled for a timed two-hour appointment. No walk-ups will be taken. To register for an appointment, visit: catholiccharitiesdc.org/2021-mid-maryland-mission-of-mercy

Locations and dates for clinics:

  • Nov. 20 at the Spanish Catholic Center
    1618 Monroe St. NW
    Washington, DC 20010
  • Jan. 15, 2022, at the Catholic Charities Center
    12247 Georgia Ave.
    Silver Spring, MD 20902
  • Feb. 19, 2022, at the Susan Denison Mona Center
    5859 Allentown Way
    Temple Hills, MD 20748
Catholic Charities Gala 2022 @ Marriot Marquis
Apr 9 @ 6:30 pm

An in-person and virtual hybrid event.

Join Father John Enzler and the Board of Directors in celebrating the work of Catholic Charities at the 2022 gala on Saturday, April 9.

The gala is co-chaired by members of the McMurtrie family – Maria Andreas Guadalupe, Amanda and Austin Herndon, Lizzy and Billy McMurtrie, and Meghan and Eddie Quinn.

Catholic Charities Gala 2023 @ Marriot Marquis
Apr 1 @ 6:30 pm

Information coming soon.

Giving Back to Community

Thank you to our many supporters

CEO Msgr. John Enzler expresses Catholic Charities’ gratitude to the hundreds of people and organizations who contributed to the special fundraising campaign. With the generosity of our community, we have exceeded our $100 million goal, which allows us to strengthen our current work and plan for the future.