As a Catholic agency, we have always welcomed everyone who came to our doors, whether they come from across the street or the other side of the world.
We were first founded in 1910 as the Conference of Catholic Charities by three lawyers from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Many of our first clients at the time were struggling European immigrants who had come to our region hungry and homeless. We helped them with food, clothing, shelter, and the skills they needed to start their new lives.
Now, more than 100 years later, Catholic Charities continues to provide relief to all who approach us for help.
As skilled as we have become at helping our clients find solutions, last year we realized that we were not fully addressing the problems facing clients who have been scarred by trauma - in particular, veterans, the homeless, and refugees. We began to formulate a new and targeted approach specifically for clients suffering the after-effects of trauma.
Initially, we planned to launch our trauma-informed programming in July 2017, but when we learned of a recent startling rise in depression and suicide among those who fled their homes as refugees or immigrants, we realized that something needed to be done sooner.
With your help, we are on the brink of rolling out our new programming, Trauma-Informed Care, while also adapting our Safety Net and Stability Services to accommodate the diverse needs of first generation Americans.
Want to help out with our new programming? Here's what you can do: