About Catholic Charities

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Our Mission

Catholic Charities provides and advocates for the physical, emotional, and social needs of the poor and vulnerable in the four counties of the Diocese of Gary.


History

Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Gary traces its roots to the Diocese of Fort Wayne, (from which the Diocese of Gary was formed). Fort Wayne’s Catholic Charities began in 1937. All services in the Diocese of Gary were transferred to the new diocese when it was established in 1957. The original purpose was to serve the poor and needy through an agency that would meet the professional standards of Social Work. Through the early years the emphasis was on child welfare services. Since 1957 Catholic Charities expanded its programming and services to meet the changing needs of the people who live in the four counties of the diocese.

Foundational Principles

Population Served

We focus our attention on people (individuals and families) who live in poverty and are marginalized in other ways. Our goal is to stabilize the current situation and to work with our clients to create a plan for a brighter future.

Approach

  • Build upon people's strengths and address interpersonal relationships and environmental barriers that inhibit growth.
  • Provide services that increase a client's sense of competency in coping with life challenges and environmental demands.
  • Provide services drawing upon a client's social support network and advocate for social changes that limit opportunities for growth.

Values

  • We believe in the dignity of every person
  • We make a choice, exercise an option, to serve poor and vulnerable people
  • We believe that all persons have rights and responsibilities
  • We promote the call to participation in family and community

Advocacy

We are a member of Catholic Charities USA which was founded, in part, to advocate for those whose voices, too often, are not heard. We carry out this vital effort locally, with partners across the state of Indiana, and nationally, joining our voices with other Catholic Charities agencies so that people living in poverty may benefit from programs and services that ease their suffering and help them transform their lives.

Advocacy may take a number of other forms including community organizing, supporting or opposing proposed legislation, and urging changes in governmental policies that may affect poor people either positively or negatively. We cooperate with the US Catholic Bishops in fulfilling our political responsibilities in conjunction with the Social Justice agenda of the Catholic Church.

Advisory Board of Trustees

Catholic Charities operates under the authority of the Bishop of the Diocese of Gary. We are served by an Advisory Board of Trustees made up of a diverse group of men and women who share their skills, their passion, and their resources with the agency and invite others to do the same.

Board Leadership

President: Patrick Downes
Vice President: Theresa Switt
Secretary: Beth Casbon
Treasurer: Joe Laciak
 
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