Facts about Catholic Charities of Baltimore
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These marvelous individuals are of all faiths, ages and ethnicities, and together, we improve the lives of over 160,000 individuals and families. We prepare and serve over 500,000 meals a year to people who depend on us for a daily hot meal. Every day, at our 80 programs at 200 locations throughout Maryland, Catholic Charities of Baltimore is there to help.
Why do we do this—and much more? It’s because we really are inspired by the Gospel mandates to love, serve and teach, work for justice and to improve the lives of Marylanders in need. That is our Mission and we live it.
Our Values impel us to welcome everyone who comes to us seeking a better day and a better life. Every woman, man and child comes to us with an immediate need, and without regard to their circumstances, we open our doors and our hearts.
Catholic Charities of Baltimore serves children and families, people living in poverty, individuals with intellectual disabilities, immigrants and seniors. Our services address immediate needs as well as support and preparation for independence and full lives. With compassion and a standard of excellence second to none, we continue a legacy of charity that began with the establishment of the Catholic Church right here in Baltimore in 1792.
Click here to read our 2016-2017 Annual Report, full of encouraging stories of our positive impact on the lives of Marylanders in need as they journey to a better future!
How do we measure our success? How do we quantify the results of our efforts?
We look at many factors, but here are a few highlights of how your support of Catholic Charities reduces poverty and improves the journeys of Marylanders in 2016…one person at a time.
- Obtained 377 permanent housing placements for individuals needing a stable place to live.
- Secured job placements for 512 people who were out of work. Eighty percent of these individuals were employed earning $10 or more per hour, 37% were employed earning $12 or more per hour, and 68% were employed with benefits.
- Assisted 44 people in obtaining their U.S. citizenship.
- Taught English, computer literacy, and citizenship classes to 622 immigrants to assist with their transition to the U.S. 65% increased their level of proficiency.
- Provided affordable apartments and additional services to 1,741 low-income older adults.
- Empowered 207 older adults to remain in their apartments and live independently while receiving housekeeping, laundry, personal services and daily meals through the Congregate Housing Program.
- Offered 1,620 referrals for service to 512 callers through the Answers for the Aging program.
- Served 481,176 meals to men, women, and children in need.
- Helped 65 children successfully move from residential care to a less restrictive, family home environment with community-based behavioral health supports.
- Operated a special education school that served 164 children. 93% of these students made progress in their reading, math, and/or social-emotional goals based on pre- and post-test results.
- Reunited 932 unaccompanied minor children with their families, provided family reunification services to 995 sponsors, and represented 2,056 clients in other immigration legal matters.
- Assisted 128 families with international adoptions, 250 families with kinship caregiver support, and 47 children in treatment foster care.
- Served 90 older adults and disabled individuals with recreational and therapeutic activities.
- Provided bilingual health care services to 1,847 immigrants, including 1,496 adults and 351 children. For 1,038 of these individuals, this was their only source of care other than the Emergency Room. For the patients who received treatment for chronic conditions, 52% (134 people) had their conditions controlled.
- Assisted over 9,000 individuals with behavioral health services with 83% of young adults and 68% of adults showing an improvement in their mental health.
- Conducted 283 conflict mediations (violence interruptions) by Safe Streets in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood. Without these mediations these interactions likely would have resulted in gun violence.