Our Mission, Vision and Values

Our Mission

Motivated by the gospel message of Jesus Christ and guided by Catholic social teaching, Catholic Charities strengthens the lives of all in need by giving help that empowers and hope that lasts. We affirm and support the dignity of all human life, strengthen families and serve the poor and most vulnerable as the social services agency of The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington.

Our Vision

We strive for excellence and aspire to be the social service agency of choice in the Washington Metropolitan Area for clients, staff, volunteers, parishes and community partners.

Our Core Values


  • Believe in the message of Jesus Christ that brings love, hope and redemption.
  • Welcome employees, volunteers, and clients regardless of their background, beliefs or circumstances.
  • Affirm the sacredness and dignity of all human life.
  • Respect and value racial and cultural diversity.
  • Expect uncompromising excellence and integrity in all we do.

Our Work

Catholic Charities assists individuals and families in need, especially those who are most vulnerable. We believe in helping people develop the skills and strength to move from crisis or isolation to stability and growth. We focus on prevention when possible, intervention when needed and advocacy when resources or opportunities are either inadequate or unfair. We are guided in this work by the richness of Catholic Social Teaching.

We are strengthened through partnerships with other providers, government agencies, nonprofits, foundations, businesses, individuals, schools and churches, especially our Catholic parishes. We collaborate with these resources and other community assets to offer programs that are effective and fiscally sound.

While Catholic Charities is the philanthropic arm of The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, less than 1 percent of our overall funding comes from the archdiocese, which allows the agency to operate autonomously in our mission to serve the most vulnerable in our community. All funding the agency receives is used to support the designated Catholic Charities program or service.

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