Social Enterprise Initiatives

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 toself-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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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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