Our Mission

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.

Organization Overview

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh, Inc., previously Catholic Social Ministries, began in 1898 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 provides Disaster Services, Emergency Assistance, Immigration Assistance, Services in Support of the Family, and Parish and Community Engagement Assistance.

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.