We Believe in a Hand Up, Not a Hand Out
Every day for over 100 years, people like you have believed in the work of Catholic Charities. On behalf of the thousands of mothers, fathers, sons and daughters looking to Catholic Charities for a more hopeful future, we thank you.
We thank you for believing that all human beings have dignity and the right to be seen and heard. We thank you for believing that every child, no matter the circumstances of their birth, are members of our human family and deserving of love and nurturing. We thank you for believing that aging adults and people suffering from HIV/AIDS should be cared for so they can live and thrive. We thank you for believing that we should love our neighbor as ourselves and welcome the stranger with open hearts.
This past year, Catholic Charities helped thousands of adults and children avoid homelessness and retain housing. We provided emergency shelter and nutritious meals for individuals fighting homelessness and chronic illness.
Because of Catholic Charities, low-income elementary students received intensive literacy intervention to help bring their reading comprehension up to grade-level. We helped working parents keep their jobs by providing a safe place for their children during the day.
Your generosity made it possible for victims of violent crime and domestic violence to receive life-saving help from Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigrant Services. And your belief in Catholic Charities provided seniors and disabled adults with the gift of independence and their caregivers with respite, education and support.
We are pleased to share the results of how our hard-work has positively impacted the lives of those we serve; and how your contributions have directly benefited our neighbors.
Thank you for believing in and supporting Catholic Charities.
Sincerely and with gratitude,
Believing in Community
As Chairman of the Board of Directors at Catholic Charities, I am blessed to hear from clients, volunteers and staff whose lives have been changed by Catholic Charities. I truly believe that the work of Catholic Charities brings people from all walks of life together and strengthens our community.
One does not have to look far to see the harsh realities of poverty in the Bay Area. We see hardworking families struggling a little bit more each and every month to make ends meet. However, because of the involvement of so many in our community, you can also see the impact that Catholic Charities is making on the lives of people whom society has neglected.
It is an honor to share our stories and impact with you.
Sincerely yours in our Lord,
Most Reverend Salvatore J. Cordileone
Archbishop of San Francisco
On behalf of the Catholic Charities Board of Directors, thank you for trusting us with the stewardship of your gifts. Every donation of time or treasure-no matter how big or how small—makes a real difference in the lives of those we serve. The Board and staff take seriously the responsibility you have entrusted to us and tirelessly work to ensure that your support is used effectively and wisely.
We have much to celebrate this year at Catholic Charities. Our Loaves & Fishes Gala honoring Sister Norma Pimentel and benefiting our services to refugees and immigrants was a huge success. It was an extraordinary evening that served to remind us the importance of welcoming the stranger and protecting human dignity for all.
I would like to extend a special thank you to the over 4,000 volunteers who served in our programs this past year. Without volunteer support, Catholic Charities would be unable to make as great an impact in our community. These committed people of all ages, faiths and backgrounds continue to demonstrate what it means to believe in the work of Catholic Charities and give the gift of dignity.
To our staff whose tireless efforts make all the difference for our clients, thank you for your hard work and dedication. Your work is a true vocation and is the cornerstone of Catholic Charities.
To our donors, volunteers, and board members, thank you for your work strengthening families and reducing poverty!