Catholic Charities

The mission of Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis is to serve those in need. They are a leader at solving poverty, creating opportunity, and advocating for justice in the community. The organization is working to advance a vision of a community where there is poverty for no one and opportunity for everyone.

Catholic Charities focuses its direct service and social justice advocacy on five key “customer groups” – people experiencing homelessness, children in need, refugees and immigrants, older adults and people with disabilities and the Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul region. Through its advocacy efforts, Catholic Charities serves as a tireless voice for those who often go unheard.

Annually, nearly 30,000 children, families, and adults receive help, hope dignity, and opportunity through the various programs Catholic Charities provides.

Programs/Services Include:

  • Housing Stability
  • Resource Centers
  • Emergency Shelter
  • Transitional Housing
  • Permanent Supportive Housing
  • Child and Family Services
  • Hope Street for Homeless Youth
  • Joseph’s Home for Children
  • Day Treatment


  • School-Based Counseling
  • Northside Child Development Center
  • Older Adult and Disability Services
  • Refugee Cash Assistance
  • Resettlement
  • Client Support Services
  • Health Services
  • Counseling Services

People Served:

  • Homeless: At places like the Dorothy Day Center, Higher Ground, Family Service Center and the Opportunity Center, Catholic Charities provides meals, shelter and opportunities to find jobs, secure a stable home and medical care for those who need it.
  • Children in Need: At St. Joseph’s Home for Children and Northside Child Development Center, Catholic Charities works with children and their families to provide a good start in life through a nurturing environment, comfort in crisis, and mental health counseling for bright, strong futures.
  • Refugees and Immigrants: Catholic Charities helps refugees and immigrants work toward independence by reuniting families and providing assistance as they adjust to life in a new country.
  • Older Adults and People with Disabilities: Catholic Charities serves elders and people with disabilities, helping them live independently in their homes and connecting homeless elders to safe, stable housing.
  • The Greater Minneapolis - St. Paul Community: By meeting the needs of those most vulnerable and advocating on their behalf, Catholic Charities helps improve the quality of life for the entire community.

Did you know?

  • Catholic Charities has more than 5,000 active volunteers helping to serve those in need.
  • Plans are in the works or have already been implemented to reduce waste and save energy, a direct response to “Laudato Si,” an encyclical letter written by Pope Francis in 2015.

2017 CSAF Goal Amount: $1,100,000


For most ministries, CSAF funds only part of their annual budget. Some ministries have other sources of funds, such as participant fees and direct donor gifts for some of their programs.