Disaster Relief

Catholic Charities USA is the official domestic relief agency of the U.S. Catholic Church.

Why We Do It

Our disaster response team – along with the local knowledge and expertise of our agencies throughout the United States and its territories - is mobilized quickly and effectively in an emergency to aid those experiencing or recovering from disaster. The Catholic Charities ministry supports disaster response efforts with direct aid, home repair, home rebuilding, health care services and other programs that enable long-term disaster recovery.

“O Lord, seize us with your power and light, help us to protect all life, to prepare for a better future, for the coming of your Kingdom of justice, peace, love and beauty. Praise be to you!”

POPE FRANCIS, LAUDATO SI’, NO. 246

Our Impact

2017 Hurricane Season

Three major hurricanes in 2017 put Catholic Charities USA’s (CCUSA) mission to serve those in need to the test. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria inflicted damage across Texas, the Caribbean, Florida and Puerto Rico. In response to the devastation, our entire ministry mobilized and worked tirelessly to provide hope and healing to vulnerable populations. Today, Catholic Charities agencies continue to serve on the front lines meeting the long-term recovery needs of disaster survivors.

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The mission of Catholic Charities is to provide service to people in need, to advocate for justice in social structures, and to call the entire church and other people of good will to do the same.

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