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How We Help

We operate 52 programs in 34 locations in Washington, D.C., and five surrounding 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

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.

 

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Expressing Their Faith by Giving to Catholic Charities
21 January 2022

By Catherine Lee While serving food at a Catholic Charities breakfast for the homeless, Marcia Shooshan met a man named Jeffrey. He appeared to have vitiligo, a condition that leads to white patches on the skin from the loss of the body’s natural pigment. Marcia and others at the event, held outside Catholic Charities and …

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Behavioral Health Services Respond as Demand for Mental Health Help Increases
6 January 2022

By Catherine Lee Members of a Catholic Charities spirituality and recovery group recently published a newsletter called “The Anchor Spirit to Thrive in Troubled Times.” Unable to meet in person last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, they brainstormed over Zoom and produced timely, thoughtful articles including one by a woman who hopes that one …

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Newcomer Network Provides Hope and Critical Services for Immigrants
3 January 2022

By Catherine Lee Five years ago, as an immigrant traveling to the United States, “Liliana” was excited about starting a new life. Engaged to be married, she was looking forward to her wedding and having a baby. But after she was married, life took an unexpected and frightening turn. Liliana’s husband started hitting her. She …

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Upcoming Events

Feb
19
Sat
2021 Mission of Mercy Sponsored By Catholic Charities
Feb 19 all-day

The free one-day dental clinic for adults is part of the 2021 Mission of Mercy. Patients must register in advance. They will be contacted by Catholic Charities and scheduled for a timed two-hour appointment. No walk-ups will be taken. To register for an appointment, visit: catholiccharitiesdc.org/2021-mid-maryland-mission-of-mercy

Location and date for clinic:

  • Feb. 19, 2022, at the Susan Denison Mona Center
    5859 Allentown Way
    Temple Hills, MD 20748
Mar
19
Sat
March 19 Mission of Mercy @ Catholic Charities Spanish Catholic Center
Mar 19 all-day

The free one-day dental clinic for adults is part of the 2021 Mission of Mercy. Patients must register in advance. They will be contacted by Catholic Charities and scheduled for a timed two-hour appointment. No walk-ups will be taken. To register for an appointment, visit: catholiccharitiesdc.org/2021-mid-maryland-mission-of-mercy.

Mar
26
Sat
Parish and School Lenten Food Drive
Mar 26 – Mar 27 all-day

The Lenten Food Drive is a collection by schools and parishes in the Archdiocese of Washington. Begun during the visit to Washington, D.C., by Pope Benedict, the drive provides hundreds of thousands of pounds of food to local food banks and parish pantries each year.

Donations will benefit hungry families in our community, stocking shelves at your local food bank, Catholic Charities’ Southern Maryland Food Bank and the Capital Area Food Bank.

Simply fill a bag with food and bring it to your parish or school by the deadline. Schools: March 21-25, 2022. Parishes: March 26 and 27, 2022.

For more information, visit the Lenten Food Drive web page.

Apr
9
Sat
April 9 Mission of Mercy @ Catholic Charities Center
Apr 9 all-day

The free one-day dental clinic for adults is part of the 2021 Mission of Mercy. Patients must register in advance. They will be contacted by Catholic Charities and scheduled for a timed two-hour appointment. No walk-ups will be taken. To register for an appointment, visit the Mission of Mercy web page.

Giving Back to Community

Thank you to our many supporters

CEO Msgr. John Enzler expresses Catholic Charities’ gratitude to the hundreds of people and organizations who contributed to the special fundraising campaign. With the generosity of our community, we have exceeded our $100 million goal, which allows us to strengthen our current work and plan for the future.