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Who We Are


For over 110 years, Catholic Charities has reached out to all people in need regardless of religion, race, creed or gender. In fact, the majority of our clients and employees are not Catholic. We regularly partner with interfaith groups to reach out to anyone who needs help, including the homeless, people with HIV/AIDS. Immigrants, refugees and other groups.

Our Faith and Mission

Though associated with the San Francisco Archdiocese, we operate as an independent organization and do not directly contribute funds to the church.

Our Mission: Founded in 1907 and rooted in our faith traditions of charity and justice, Catholic Charities supports families, aging adults and adults with disabilities, and youth through social services and opportunities for healthy growth and development.

For more than 100 years, the donors, volunteers and staff of Catholic Charities have offered a hand up, not a hand out, responding to society’s most critical issues with compassion and opportunity.  Together, we provide youth, families, homeless and seniors with strength and hope through stabilization, empowerment and enrichment programs.

Our Impact

From an individual to a program to our agency, Catholic Charities sets goals for improvement, knowing that the impact on each client has much larger implications. City, county and state-wide statistics about the populations we serve drive our commitment to each individual that walks through our doors.

Our History

Founded in 1907, Catholic Charities was formed to care for the orphans of the San Francisco earthquake. Since then, the agency has been a leader in providing social services to those who need them most in the Bay Area.

Our Impact This Year

  • People Helped


  • Individuals Safely Housed


  • Number of Programs


  • CYO Transportation Rides


  • Thoresen Foundation
  • Dignity Health
  • Children of Shelters
  • Twitter
  • Salesforce
  • Sangiacomo
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