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.



Virtual Food Drive Raises Money This Lent to Feed the Hungry
26 February 2021

As we mark the beginning of Lent, we reflect on the blessings we have and are encouraged to focus on almsgiving, including serving the poor and contributing to charity. At Catholic Charities, our mission to serve those less fortunate is a year-round commitment. But during the liturgical season, we open our eyes more to those …

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Financial Mentor Helps Clients Make an Investment in Their Futures
24 February 2021

“It’s a real sense of accompaniment.” That’s how David Burkey, CPA, describes his experience volunteering with the Financial Stability Network. A co-worker encouraged the 28-year-old audit manager at KPMG to join the network in 2016, shortly after the program’s launch. He soon became a financial mentor, helping people gain control of their finances by setting …

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New Principal Looks Forward to Reuniting Kennedy School Community
19 February 2021

Catholic Charities is proud to announce that Cheryll James, Ph.D., a dedicated educator, has been promoted to the role of principal of the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute. James brings to the position more than 20 years of diverse experience as a teacher, administrator and official with the Maryland State Department of Education. She decided …

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Upcoming Events

Catholic Charities Gala 2021
Mar 13 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

We’re bringing the party to you! Join Father John Enzler and the Board of Directors in celebrating the work of Catholic Charities at the 2021 gala, being held virtually from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 13.

While the format is different, the goal is the same: to provide the vital funding needed to continue our work in addressing basic human needs — shelter, adequate food, health care, legal representation and mental health services to so many who have nowhere else to turn.

For information on sponsorships and other details, visit the Catholic Charities Gala 2021 page.

We’ve got a spectacular party lineup.

José Andrés, chef and humanitarian, will serve as honorary gala chair. You’ll hear from a few special guests and enjoy entertainment from Maggie Rose, Potomac-born and Nashville-based country vocalist.

To get you into the spirit during your personal gala viewing party, we will offer sponsors delicious take-home food from Ridgewells Catering and wine pairings from Total Wine & More.

There even will be a few surprises, all from the comfort of your home.

We look forward to a fun-filled evening celebrating virtually with you on March 13, 2021.

Giving Back to Community

A D.C. neighborhood faces crippling food insecurity, and the Spanish Catholic Center responds with the help of KitchenWork food enterprise.