Who We Help

We serve everyone who comes to us in need – regardless of social, economic or religious background.
Dynamic Doctor Duo Serves Patients with Care and Compassion
6 February 2019

A neatly dressed toddler ran down the hallway of the Catholic Charities Spanish Catholic Center towards the open-armed Dr. Deirdre Byrne. The joyous embrace embodies Byrne’s dual roles, so does the monogram on her surgical smock: “Sr. Dr. Dede.” Byrne, who prefers the title of Sr. Dede, is both a member of a religious order, the …

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From Mentor to Friend, a Reentry Program Story
18 January 2019

Ramona was living in a halfway house after being incarcerated for more than six years.  She found herself facing many naysayers.  She knew in order to get her life back she needed to stick to her goals. Cami was like many young people living in DC, looking for a way to give back to her …

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Why I Adopt From Angel Tree: Dara’s Story
13 November 2018

Christmas was always a favorite time of year for Dara Whitley, growing up she knew the presents she asked for would find their way under her family’s tree.  She had a fortunate upbringing and knew her parents bent over backwards to ensure she and her siblings had whatever they asked for. For many families in …

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How We Help

We operate 57 programs in 35 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

President’s Circle Sporting Event With Father John
Mar 13 all-day

Father John will host President’s Circle members at a private reception to cheer on the Washington Wizards. This event serves as a special thank you to our generous President’s Circle donors for their contributions this past year.

To learn more about our Annual Leadership Giving Circle
benefits please visit catholiccharitiesdc.org/annual-leadership-giving-circle

Catholic Charities Gala 2019
Apr 5 @ 6:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Please join us for an evening of dinner and dancing to celebrate the work of Catholic Charities, co-chaired by Karen and Chris Donatelli, April and John Delaney and Robert and Anna Trone.

For more information on attending the 2019 Gala, please contact Kimani Superville or call 202-772-4331.

Register Today

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Cup of Joe Packing Party @ Our Lady of Grace
Apr 12 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

We invite residents of Leisure World in Silver Spring Maryland to join us for an afternoon of giving back. We will host a packing party where residents can meet and mingle with one another while packing Cup of Joe bags.

For more information please contact Olivia Gorman at Bernadette.corman@cc-dc.org


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.