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.



Witnessing an Awakening: COMPASS Staff Reflect on the Program
23 March 2021

COMPASS, a neighborhood-based program in Wards 7 and 8 of the District of Columbia, provides intensive case-management services to individuals and families who set life goals for themselves. Here is a look at the program and its importance to the community from four perspectives. In their own words, a staff member, an intern and two …

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COMPASS Helps Man Navigate the Path to Finding a Home
16 March 2021

More than anything, Deon Brown wanted a place to call home. The lifelong D.C. resident lost transitional housing after a kidney transplant and the inability to work put him behind on the rent. He fell on hard times. But having a home was central to his commitment to his daughter. So, when Sister Mary Louise …

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In Memory of Mary Anne Clancy, Former Board Chair
10 March 2021

The Catholic Charities community is saddened by the loss of a dear friend, Mary Anne Clancy. She is being remembered as a stalwart supporter of Catholic Charities, having served as chair of the Board of Directors and the 1993 gala, and as a member of the advisory board of the SHARE Food Network. Most recently, …

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Giving Back to Community

Donors and volunteers across generations talk about why they support Catholic Charities DC’s “Our Community. Our Commitment. Our Legacy.” campaign. They are saying “Yes” to this historic effort to support and sustain the powerful work of Catholic Charities in the Washington, D.C., and Maryland community. For details about the $100 million fundraising campaign and how you can participate, visit Our Campaign page