Catholic Charities is a multi-program, private, non profit social service agency serving the City of Corpus Christi and surrounding counties - Aransas, Bee, Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Live Oak, McMullen, Nueces, Refugio, and San Patricio. The agency reaches out to a population of about 535,000 persons and provides services to approximately 100,000 persons of diverse racial and ethnic characteristics, experiences, occupations, and income.
Established on September 2, 1965 as an official Diocese of Corpus Christi Faith Base and non-profit social services agency; since its inception, Catholic Charities of Corpus Christi continues to represent the charitable work of the Diocese of Corpus Christi. Our various programs focus on assisting and preventing homelessness, and hunger, we advocate for justice in social structures, fair and affordable housing, and the disabled. The agency's polices are flexible and attempt to develop programs to meet the needs of the community as they become apparent.
His Excellency, Most Reverend Thomas J. Drury, D.D., LL.D; organized the agency's first Board of Directors naming His Excellency as President. Monsignor William C. Kinlough initiated efforts to develop programs to serve the poor without duplicating services offered in the community. Under the direction of Father Robert Freeman, Catholic volunteers responded to the area-wide tragedy of Hurricane Celia by mobilizing resources and coming to the aid of thousands of families left destitute. In 1971, Father Robert Freeman was named Director of Catholic Charities; under his leadership, in 1987 Catholic Charities moved offices from 1650 South Brownlee to the Monastery building at 1322 Comanche Street.
For the past 49 years, Catholic Charities of Corpus Christi, Inc. has been providing invaluable services to Coastal Bend families. We continue to broaden our services while placing emphasis on programs that reflect the needs of the communities we serve. Program services include Emergency Aid, Rural Outreach, Representative Payee Program, Immigration & Refugee Services, Family Counseling, Housing Counseling, Ministry & Life Enrichment for the Disabled, Healthy Living Center, and the Mother Teresa Shelter, Inc.
The effectiveness of Catholic Charities' programs is a result of dedicated staff, board members, volunteers, and donors.
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