Who We Help

We serve everyone who comes to us in need – regardless of social, economic or religious background.
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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Helping Children in Transition
29 June 2018

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington assists individuals and families in need regardless of race, status, or economic background. Whether people are seeking help for legal issues, immigration services, crisis counseling, food and nutrition programs, refugee programs, or low-cost health and dental care we are here to help. Our programs support many different populations …

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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

Angel Tree
Nov 14 – Dec 14 all-day

This Christmas season, make Christmas morning special for kids in need! We have more than 800 kids on our Angel Tree list who are asking for presents under the tree. Adopt a child or a family and make this Christmas one to remember. Learn more 

Visit the Angel Tree

World Day Of The Poor
Nov 18 all-day
Thanksgiving Dinner @ Pepco Edison Place Gallery
Nov 21 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Catholic Charities will host its annual Community Thanksgiving for homeless clients and those in need in the Washington-area. For the fourth year, this festive, full-service dinner will take place in the beautiful Pepco Edison Place Gallery, a space generously donated by Pepco.

More than 200 attendees will enjoy an elegant holiday feast consisting of turkey and all the traditional trimmings prepared by Catholic Charities Enterprises and served by volunteers from Pepco. Guests will also receive winter coats and toiletry kits furnished by Pepco, as well as gift cards to purchase other daily necessities.

This annual celebration will mark the conclusion of Catholic Charities DC’s week-long recognition of the first World Day of the Poor, and the start of the holiday giving season. In the true spirit of Thanksgiving, this dinner fosters a sense of community and reminds attendees, volunteers, and staff of the traditions that unite us as Washingtonians.

The Coats of Many Colors Drive (Donation Day) @ St. John Vianney Church
Jan 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Each winter, Catholic Charities collects and distributes over 1,000 winter coats to people in need of a little extra warmth. This is made possible by generous donations from local parishes, schools, community groups, and individuals. Hundreds of these coats are given away at the Coat Closet. Join Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of the Washington in their sixth annual Coats of Many Colors Coat Drive to do just that.

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.