Catholic Charities views those we serve as possessing tremendous strengths and capacity who have hopes and dreams for a better life for themselves and their children. Though the vast majority of the families we serve are primarily low-income families, many families who may be perceived as middle-class also seek services from Catholic Charities when confronted by an unforeseen crisis.

The families served by Catholic Charities often face massive institutional, economic, environmental, and social barriers and obstacles.  Many of these families are struggling to address multiple problems simultaneously. They are often overwhelmed by their desperate circumstances, so they come to Catholic Charities for help as a last resort.

Our families are often judged as irresponsible when in fact the most basic opportunities required for self-sufficiency are simply not available to them; therefore preventing them from moving their lives forward without community support.