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Facts about Catholic Charities of Baltimore

We are a family of more than

talented and dedicated employees
selfless volunteers
generous donors

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.

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.

  • Secured 447 permanent housing placements for individuals who needed a stable place to live; 79% of these placements were unsubsidized.
  • Secured job placements for 341 people who were out of work.
  • Served 589,051 meals to men, women and children who were hungry.
  • Assisted 17 people in obtaining their U.S. citizenship.
  • Assisted 11,039 individuals with emergency, intake and case management services and provided 135,775 bed nights for people without a place to sleep.
  • Taught English, computer literacy and citizenship classes to 587 immigrants to assist with their transition to the U.S., serving an average of 45 students per day; 33% significantly increased their level of proficiency.
  • Trained 34 individuals who earned Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification in Refrigerant Recovery and Recycling and provided job placement assistance to 23 individuals. The average starting wage was $12.00-13.00/hr.
  • Provided affordable apartments with additional services to 1,887 low-income older adults.
  • Provided housekeeping, laundry, personal services and daily meals to 224 residents through the Congregate Housing Program to help the residents remain in their apartments longer.
  • Assisted 896 individuals in accessing 1,632 services through the Answers for the Aging program.
  • Assisted 97 children in the transition from a residential setting to a less restrictive environment and assisted 60 children in the transition from a residential setting to living with a family member.
  • Operated two special education schools where 55% (105 of 192) achieved a reduction in problematic behaviors, and 65% (124 of 192) students demonstrated one year or more increase in reading test scores.
  • Assisted 75 families with international adoptions, 244 families with pregnancy, parenting and post-adoption services, 133 families with kinship caregiver support and 69 children in treatment foster care.
  • Reunited 844 unaccompanied minor children with their families, provided family reunification services to 852 sponsors and served 1,390 clients in other immigration legal matters.
  • Provided more than 26,000 mental health assessments, crisis interventions and treatment sessions for children and families.
  • Provided adult medical day services for 33 people who require special daytime care.
  • Provided 2,887 welcoming, bilingual health care visits to 1,469 immigrants who have no other access to care; 59% of patients receiving care for chronic conditions had their condition controlled.
  • Conducted 196 conflict mediations (interruptions) by Safe Streets that likely would have resulted in gunshot violence.


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