As the charitable outreach arm of the Diocese of Raleigh, the mission of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh is to respond to the Gospel mandates of Our Lord Jesus by performing corporal works of mercy.
‘Corporal works of mercy’ include: feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, giving ‘harbor’ to the vulnerable. Catholic Charities provides direct services to individuals and families, and advocates and collaborates with a range of community partners to ensure vulnerable and isolated families in our communities are cared for, fed, clothed, have adequate shelter and safe harbor, and have hope.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh, Inc., previously Catholic Social Ministries, began in 1899 as the Catholic Orphanage of North Carolina and has maintained non-profit status since 1983. We serve people of all faiths or no faith tradition. Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh provides services in the 54 most eastern counties in North Carolina, through eight regional offices.
Our mission, values, services, and commitment remain constant in serving all people in need. The agency offers four core programs: Emergency Assistance, Economic Self-Sufficiency, Family Health and Safety, Clinical Counseling and Parish and Community Engagement. Other services provided include adoption, disaster preparedness and recovery, immigration assistance and pregnancy services. Catholic Charities also advocates for social and economic justice, as well as addressing immediate needs with emergency resources or direct services.
We strive to be the agency of ‘first resort’ as well as the agency of ‘last resort’ for the poor and marginalized in the community. We work to inform the public so they know that they can come to us as soon as they need help, as well as once they have been turned away from all other agencies.