Who We Help

We serve everyone who comes to us in need – regardless of social, economic or religious background.
In Memory of James Daniel (JD) Murphy, Jr.
17 April 2018

Catholic Charities is saddened by the loss of one of our dear friends, JD Murphy.  While his entrepreneurial spirit and hard work brought him great professional success, JD was especially determined to live his life by sharing his time, talent, and treasure with those less fortunate. One of his greatest pleasures came from his many …

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Volunteering Can Bring Unexpected Joy
14 February 2018

Volunteers are the backbone of the SHARE Food Network.  The core mission of the program is to provide fresh, nutritious food at the lowest possible cost.  Volunteers are critical to keeping the cost of the food low.  The heroic staff at SHARE does extraordinary work.  They are a small but mighty team of only 7 …

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A woman with nowhere else to turn
14 January 2018

Scared, with no one to turn to, Carla* was in a country where she didn’t speak the language and had endured serious abuse as a victim of sex trafficking.  After being trafficked in several states, the prostitution ring was finally raided by police, who immediately placed Carla in a detention center due to her immigration …

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How We Help

We operate 57 programs in 36 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 Services

Legal Services

We provide legal aid through the Catholic Charities Legal Network and our Immigration Legal Services. The 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.


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.

Upcoming Events

The Opioid Epidemic: Our Community, Our Concern @ St. Rose of Lima
Apr 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for a forum to address this opioid epidemic. The panel will address prevention, addiction, recovery and support. The goal is to give participants information, connect them to resources in the community and also to give hope that recovery is possible.

10th Annual Southern Maryland Hunger Conference & Resources Day @ St. Mary's County Fairgrounds
Apr 25 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Please join us for the 10th Annual Southern Maryland Hunger Conference and Resource Day. If you are a food or service provider, a non-profit, government agency or are looking to volunteer, then we encourage you to attend a day of information and fellowship!

Light Breakfast & Lunch Provided

Seating is very limited. To register for this FREE event or for more information please call 301-274-0695 or visit our website at www.southernmarylandfoodbank.com
Please register before April 18th.

2018 Catholic Charities Legal Network Tennis Tournament @ Congressional Country Club
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2018 Circle of Hope Reception
May 9 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

2018 Circle of Hope Reception
May 9, 2018
Hosted by Karen and Tom Natelli
With a special musical performance by Maggie Rose

The Circle of Hope recognizes donors who have contributed $10,000 or more to Catholic Charities in our fiscal year (July 1 to June 30). This unique, annual event is a benefit to our Giving Society members where we thank and honor our most generous supporters.       

For more information about the Circle of Hope, please contact Lisa Cantu-Parks.


Life After Incarceration

Jacinto’s Story

Incarcerated for more than seven years for a nonviolent drug offense, our Welcome Home Reentry Program is helping Jacinto build a better life outside of prison.

“Let us treat others with the same passion and compassion with which we want to be treated. Let us seek for others the same possibilities which we seek for ourselves. Let us help others to grow, as we would like to be helped ourselves.”

Pope Francis, U.S. Congress Speech