Social Enterprise Initiatives

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.

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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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