Catholic Charities develops business ventures – also known as social enterprises – that provide employment pathways for people with barriers to employment. We also support clients who start their own small businesses, which leads to self-sufficiency
and opportunity for low-income communities.
Why We Do It
A decent job is a powerful means to lift people out of poverty. Research shows that employees of social enterprises make significant gains toward economic self-sufficiency and life stability in the areas of housing and income, while decreasing their reliance on government benefits.
“Through work each person must earn his/her daily bread and contribute to the continual advance of science and technology and, above all, to elevating unceasingly the cultural and moral level of the society within which he/she lives in community with those who belong to the same family.”
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