Catholic Charities USA supports the development of social enterprises – to provide employment pathways. We encourage our Catholic Charities agencies to provide programs promoting innovation and entrepreneurship leading to self-sufficiency.
Why We Do It
A decent job honors the dignity of the person
and supports the well-being of the community.
Developing social enterprise business models and building community alliances encourages innovation and job growth.
Employees of social enterprises make significant gains toward economic self-sufficiency and 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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What We Do
The dignity of work must be protected and the basic rights of workers respected.
Family Strengthening program
The Family Strengthening program at Catholic Charities of Omaha offers financial lessons and coaching to people living in economically depressed and disproportionately diverse areas.
Refugee Assistance in Microenterprise Project
The Refugee Assistance in Microenterprise Project of Catholic Charities Diocese of St. Petersburg, Inc. (AIM) provides low-interest loans to refugees who want to start a business.
Healthy Sisters’ Soup & Bean Works
Healthy Sisters’ Soup & Bean Works, a Catholic Charities of Rochester social enterprise, helps women from backgrounds of drug abuse, unemployment and poverty to become independent, confident and self-sufficient individuals.
After Supper Visions program
The After Supper Visions program of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago is a social enterprise that allows the homeless and near-homeless of Chicago to express themselves creatively through photography.