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Catholic Charities' Star Community Home moms and children who were formerly homeless to move into permanent supportive housing at a new Mercy Housing facility in San Francisco.

In the 10 years since the last census, San Francisco’s homeless population has grown significantly. The city has partnered with over 30 groups, such as Catholic Charities, to help prepare for the 2020 census.

Urgent Action Request: Please contact California State Senate leadership to encourage support of AB 1548: The California Nonprofit Security Grant Program. This important program will provide much-needed funds for improvements to the physical security of nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of violent attacks or hate crimes due to ideology, beliefs, or mission.

We stand in solidarity with immigrants during these alarming and challenging times and will continue to pray for their safety, advocate for their rights, and treat them with compassion, respect, and dignity. Please share these resources with all who may need them.

Over 100 community supporters played on teams with over 50 unaccompanied minors for our fourth annual Futbol con Corazón soccer tournament benefiting programs supporting unaccompanied and undocumented immigrant children in our community.

The state has allocated funding collected from the “cap and trade” emissions reduction program to Catholic Charities in order to develop much needed affordable housing for middle- and low-income families on Treasure Island.

CEO Jilma Meneses spoke with KPIX CBS SF Bay Area about the planned ICE raids in San Francisco and the importance of knowing your rights and being prepared.

CEO Jilma Meneses spoke with ABC7 News about the planned ICE raids this weekend in San Francisco and the importance of knowing your rights and being prepared.

You have rights regardless of your immigration status. You may be at risk of being deported if you are undocumented, if you are a non-citizen with a criminal history, if you are on parole, or have a prior deportation order. To protect yourself, your family and your community you must know your rights. Act now. Do not wait. Be prepared. Guides developed by Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc

It has been 50 years since the Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 in Greenwich Village. We oppose violence and oppression against all people.

Catholic Charities’ Star Community Home, a women's shelter for moms and their children, was featured on ABC7 News' Building a Better Bay Area. The segment highlighted Star's recent transformation by design startup, Modsy.

The City of San Francisco has released the preliminary numbers from January's Point in Time homelessness count. Unfortunately, the number of people who are homeless in San Francisco has risen 17% since 2017. The rate of family homelessness has not changed.

Lloyd H. Dean, CEO of CommonSpirit Health, was the night’s honoree at Catholic Charities’ 22nd Annual Loaves and Fishes Awards on May 2.

Catholic Charities hosted the 22nd Annual Loaves & Fishes Gala with more than 450 guests honoring the remarkable contributions of Lloyd H. Dean, CEO, CommonSpirit Health. A record-breaking $1 million was raised for the most vulnerable in our community.

In an effort to provide public awareness of the homelessness prevention efforts in San Francisco, ABC7 News highlighted a former Catholic Charities client and our work at access points that help thousands avoid homelessness. Click the link to view the video.

A special Easter Message from Catholic Charities CEO Jilma Meneses

In 2018, 2,225 volunteers served as coaches for 13,1383 youth and adult athletes through our program. That's a whopping 237,294 player hours! Three cheers to the people who make Catholic Charities CYO Athletics a beloved place of learning, teamwork, and leadership for our community. Thank you Catholic San Francisco for highlighting these champions!

Congratulations to Barney Barron, Jim Keenan and Joanne McDonnell who were inducted into the Catholic Charities CYO Athletics Hall of Fame on March 23. Our Hall of Fame honors individuals who have distinguished themselves by championing the core values of leadership, team play, and good sportsmanship central to the mission of Catholic Charities CYO Athletics.

Catholic San Francisco accompanied a Catholic Charities Bayview Access Point team to the former shipyard area on March 13 to highlight our work ending family homelessness.

Our CEO Jilma Meneses joined Rev. Dr. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Dr. Amos Brown and other community leaders at Third Baptist Church today to speak out against hate and violence and stand with love with our Muslim community.

San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper's coverage of our Bayview Access Point's one year anniversary celebration in coordination with Black History Month. Thank you for capturing the spirit of our uplifting celebration and highlighting the hard work our staff do daily to change lives and prevent individual and family homelessness.

Story on our Bayview Access Point One Year Anniversary and Black History Month Celebration held on February 26th. The Bayview Access Point provides multiple services targeting the needs of San Francisco’s homeless families. "And with the right political investments, compassion from residents, and the support of an organization like Catholic Charities, society can prevent family homelessness and ensure individuals receive the assistance and care they need."

Pope Francis met with leaders from the American Jewish Committee and denounced anti-semitism, "excessive and depraved hate," and intolerance. Catholic Charities stands with our Jewish friends against intolerance, hate, and injustice as we advocate for social equity and serve those who are marginalized in our communities. Together with our partners at the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), we uphold the values of peace, inclusivity, tolerance, understanding, freedom, and justice.

The rain couldn't dampen our spirits on Tuesday for an uplifting celebration of the First Anniversary of Catholic Charities Bayview Access Point! The challenging and rewarding work our staff does daily to prevent homelessness in our communities is pivotal to the health and wellbeing of our neighborhoods. We are grateful to the San Francisco Department of Homelessness & Supportive Housing for their invaluable partnership.

Ellen Hammerle, our VP of Client Services, joins Sean Brooks of the SF Marin Food Bank on KALW : Your Call to explore the fragility of people for whom missing one paycheck means crisis in terms of housing and food – and how and where they can find help and resources in the community. While the impetus for the show was the emergency many furloughed federal employees experienced without their pay, the show shines a light on how common this experience is for people in our community, shares resources, and helps de-stigmatize the need for support.

Legal agencies and community groups, including Catholic Charities Immigration Services San Mateo, expand services for those without status

Catholic Charities Youth Club gives students tools to succeed in and out of the classroom

Did you know Catholic Charities was one of the first organizations to care for those homeless and sick and dying from HIV/AIDS more than 30 years ago? We're still at it - though now we are helping people like Brian find hope, stability, and independence.

Kudos to Rina, who like a number of our former clients, is now using her experience to support, guide, and help others avoid homelessness at Catholic Charities. She is making our community stronger, more compassionate, healthy, and liveable. Thank you, Rina. And thank you Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund for highlighting the power of family, determination, and giving.

Además de ofrecer ayuda legal en materia de inmigración, las personas también podrán recibir apoyo para encontrar vivienda.

Inside our Catholic Charities Fall 2018 newsletter: Homelessness to helping the homeless - one man's journey, Catholic Charities increases our San Francisco Mission neighborhood presence, a quarter century of volunteerism, and more!

Join us this holiday season for joyful, fun, and heartwarming volunteer opportunities that have an impact. Our formerly homeless HIV/AIDS residents have great parties and a zest for life that is infectious! Come help us celebrate!

Catholic Charities opens new Mission Access Point, and those caught in the crosshairs of the federal immigration crackdown react to the President's latest directive.

En respuesta a la calidad de ciudad santuario, la alcaldesa inauguró un nuevo programa para prevenir la indigencia y proporcionar viviendas.

Bring holiday joy to the thousands of people Catholic Charities serves. There are many meaningful ways to contribute throughout the holidays.

In this newly created position, Lopez will oversee the operation of functions essential to organizational health including strategic planning, human resources, legal services, compliance and risk management, emergency preparedness, marketing and communications, facilities, and transportation.

Una experta de la organización Caridades Católicas explica las características de este beneficio y los trámites a realizar.

Save the Date for the Loaves & Fishes Dinner and Gala on May 2, 2019!

The California Department of Justice has issued a warning about immigration scams and how to avoid becoming a victim. English Version Spanish Version Chinese Version Vietnamese Version Immigration law and procedures are complicated. If you hire someone who is not up to the job or who is dishonest, you or your…

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, August 3, 2018 – Catholic Charities of San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin, one of the Bay Area’s largest human services agencies, is pleased to announce the promotion of Dr. Ellen Hammerle, JD, Ph.D., and LMFT to Senior Division Director. In this expanded role, Dr. Hammerle, a 20-year veteran of Catholic Charities, will oversee the agency’s portfolio…

As our community has grown with the technology boom, so has the pressure on families and individuals struggling to survive and thrive here. Catholic Charities’ comprehensive, wrap-around services for and advocacy on behalf of those in need are more crucial today than ever before. With our exceptional staff, strong partnerships, data-driven programs, and committed Board of Directors, we are enthusiastically…

A child wrenched from her mother’s breast as she nurses. A frightened five-year old being torn from his father’s arms. Hundreds of desperate parents pleading with US border officials to remain with all they have left – their young children. In the name of “homeland security” and fed by ugly political grandstanding and racism, these cruel and coercive separations are…

Our third annual Futbol con Corazón soccer tournament was a rousing success, bringing together several hundred community members and volunteers in support of our unaccompanied minors – children who left their families and fled their countries to escape persecution, abandonment, exploitation, serious deprivation, and/or violence. Under the stewardship of Diana Otero, Program Director for Refugee & Immigration Services San Mateo,…

Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigrant Services yearly serves more than 100 unaccompanied minor refugees seeking guidance, compassion, and legal assistance during our weekly workshops. Read more about Catholic Charities services in our Summer issue of Changing Lives

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