Who We Help

We serve everyone who comes to us in need – regardless of social, economic or religious background.
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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A Young Man Finding His Voice
15 December 2017

When Christopher first came to Catholic Charities he relied on a Dynavox speech device and sign language to communicate with others. After he was paired with his current employment specialist from the Kennedy Institute, Christopher was overheard talking to himself in very clear, understandable, full sentences. Knowing that communicating verbally could open more doors for …

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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

Volunteer with the Spanish Catholic Center Food Pantry @ Spanish Catholic Center
Mar 23 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Help stock the shelves of the Spanish Catholic Center’s Food Pantry! The Spanish Catholic Center’s Family Support Programs help clients gain access to food, clothing, shelter, medicine and publicly funded health insurance. Volunteers are needed to help unload a large food donation and organize the food pantry.

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Student Voices and Mass- March For Our Lives @ St Patrick's Church
Mar 24 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Calling all local high school students.  Join us for a day of faith and action in support of March For Our Lives.

9:00-10:00am – Student Voices: Local students will share their concerns surrounding gun violence along with their hope and faith.

10:00am-11:00am- Mass

11:15am –  We will make our way as a group to the start of the March at 3rd and Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Easter Baskets for Youth Transitional Program @ Youth Transitional Program (YTP)
Mar 24 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

On Saturday, March 24th, the Enzler Society will be celebrating Easter with Catholic Charities DC’s Youth Transitional Program (YTP). We’ll be providing them an Easter basket for them and their children, and we are planning on hosting a brunch with them as well.

For more information or to RSVP http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4da4a82ca3fe3-easter


Volunteer with Shelter 101 at the New York Avenue Men’s Shelter @ New York Avenue Men's Shelter
Apr 7 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

New York Avenue Men’s Shelter provides emergency shelter every single night of the year. The shelter offers a hot meal, shower, place to stay off the streets, and access to a case manager. Beds are available on a first come, first served basis to some of our most vulnerable neighbors.

Join us to learn more about the reality of homelessness in DC – see a new environment, learn about a typical day at the shelter, ask questions – and help us clean and maintain the inside of the shelter.

All supplies will be provided; volunteers should wear comfortable clothing that they don’t mind getting dirty. Please note that all volunteers under 18 years of age should be accompanied by an adult.

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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