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Welcome to the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Youngstown’s website!

Pope Benedict XVI’s recent Apostolic Exhortation, Sacramentum Caritatis, states an explicit link between the living and preaching of the Gospel, and the Eucharist. He writes:

“The mystery of the Eucharist inspires and impels us to work courageously within our world to bring about that renewal of relationships which has its inexhaustible source in God’s gift. The prayer which we repeat at every Mass: “Give us this day our daily bread,” obliges us to do everything possible, in cooperation with international, state and private institutions, to end or at least reduce the scandal of hunger and malnutrition afflicting so many millions of people in our world, especially in developing countries.” (par. 91)

On this website you will find information on our many programs and services, manifestations of both Gospel and Eucharist as we work to give people their “daily bread” of charity and justice. As one of the largest social service providers in the State of Ohio, Catholic Charities provides services to children, families, older adults, newcomers, and special populations throughout six counties in northeastern.  Sometimes we are asked:  what exactly do you do at Catholic Charities?  We organize and coordinate the Bishop’s (Diocese’s) mandate to help the Catholic Church — through its parishes and individuals, along with other partners — live out the Corporal Works of Mercy.  The Corporal Works of Mercy are the seven practices of charity toward our neighbor:

  1. Feed the hungry
  2. Give drink to the thirsty
  3. Clothe the naked
  4. Shelter the homeless
  5. Visit the sick
  6. Visit those in prison
  7. Bury the dead

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Youngstown serves the six northeastern counties of Ohio:  Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning, Portage, Stark and Trumbull. Within this region, Catholic Charities has three social service agencies and a housing organization, all of which sponsor numerous locations.

Faithful to many of the priorities established decades ago, Catholic Charities remains devoted to helping meet basic human needs, strengthening families, building communities and empowering low-income people. Although advances in technology and science have transformed society, individuals and families still find themselves in desperate situations that require the basic necessities for living. Catholic Charities continues to provide the traditional services, such as emergency assistance with food, clothing and shelter, while developing new programs and services to meet emerging needs. Comprehensive senior support programming, a domestic violence shelter, outreach and ministry to immigrant and migrant populations and pregnancy and family support services are some of the more recent programs Catholic Charities has developed.

As communities expand and change, the needs of its residents also transform. Since every community is unique, our locations offer a different combination of services and programs to meet local needs.

All of Catholic Charities’ services and programs are provided to qualifying persons regardless of faith, age, sex, race or ability to pay. You do not have to be Catholic to receive assistance at Catholic Charities.

A Tradition of Compassionate Service

The six counties that comprise the Diocese of Youngstown were separated from the Cleveland Diocese by order of the Holy See in 1943. Catholic Charities was established by Bishop James McFadden soon after the formation of the Diocese to coordinate the Catholic social service efforts already present in five of the six counties. Catholic Charities of Ashtabula County was then added to provide coverage throughout the Diocese.

Catholic social service efforts – under the auspices of a local Diocese – in both the Eastern and Western regions of the Youngstown Diocese predate the official establishment of Catholic Charities by over 25 years.

In 1999, after thoroughly analyzing and evaluating the structure, programs and activities of the Catholic Charities system, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin decided it was in the best interest of the Diocese to restructure the system. This decision led to the establishment of the Diocese of Youngstown Catholic Charities Corporation (DOYCCC). The DOYCCC directs the provision of social and housing services throughout the Diocese; coordinates service delivery; supervises and assists the Catholic Charities affiliate agency executive directors and management teams; and coordinates and provides technical assistance for Catholic Charities’ fund raising, grant writing and grant reporting efforts.

We currently operate 3 social service agencies and related housing corporations:

  • Catholic Charities of Ashtabula County
  • Catholic Charities Serving Portage and Stark Counties
  • Catholic Charities Regional Agency – Serving Columbiana, Mahoning & Trumbull Counties
  • Catholic Charities Housing Opportunities
  • Caritas Communities

These agencies are all affiliated with the DOYCCC (Diocese of Youngstown Catholic Charities Corporation) as its Member Organization.

  • Ashtabula
  • Office of Social Services
  • Regional Agency
  • Portage & Stark