Catholic Charities


Catholic Charities is there in the hardest moments.

Those most in need deserve our very best response – compassionate, high-quality, research based services to meet immediate needs and lay a foundation for a better future. We are guided by racial and social justice.

Founded in 1869 and rooted in Catholic Social Teaching, Catholic Charities is a critical part of the region’s social and civic infrastructure. We are committed to serving those most in need because it is the right thing to do, the smart thing to do and strengthens our entire community. We seek a community where race is no longer a predictor of outcomes.


Helping those most in need.

The children, families and individuals Catholic Charities helps face many forms of adversity including poverty, homelessness, hunger, physical and mental health crises, and racial and social injustice. The suffering and trauma of these experiences limit their ability to meet their basic needs for health, safety, security and belonging.

FACT: Nearly three quarters (74%) of homeless adults across Minnesota reported having experienced at least one traumatic childhood experience.

What We Do

With 36 service programs at 17 physical locations, and through partnerships across the community, Catholic Charities is the largest multi-service agency the region.

Catholic Charities serves those who may have lost everything and need a lifeline to safety, stability, hope and opportunity. We focus on three key areas:

  • Children and families
  • People experiencing or at risk of homelessness
  • Older adults and people with disabilities

VISION: “Poverty for no one; Opportunity for everyone.”

MISSION: The mission of Catholic Charities is to serve those most in need and to advocate for justice in the community.


Meeting basic human needs.

  • Emergency shelter and support for children removed from their homes and entering the child protection system at St. Joseph’s Home for Children.

  • Emergency shelter for adults at Higher Ground Saint Paul and Higher Ground Minneapolis, families at the Family Service Center and youth at Hope Street for Homeless Youth.

FACT: More than 1 million meals and snacks served annually across dozens of service and housing locations.

Providing the dignity of a home.

  • Permanent, supportive housing at places like Higher Ground Minneapolis, Glenwood Residence, Evergreen Residence, St. Anthony Residence, St. Paul Residence, St. Christopher Place, Higher Ground Residence and Dorothy Day Residence at Dorothy Day Place (Opening 2019) in St. Paul.

  • Intensive, individualized Housing First services to match those experiencing homelessness with the extremely limited supply of affordable housing in the community.

FACT: More than 533,000 nights of housing and emergency shelter were provided to those in need.

Creating future opportunities.

  • Top-rated early childhood education and two generational family support at Northside Child Development Center

  • Housing support, veterans services, job training and other critical services at Minneapolis Opportunity Center and Saint Paul Opportunity Center at Dorothy Day Place (opening 2019).

FACT: 81% of children at Northside Child Development Center are kindergarten ready.

Supporting health and wellbeing.

  • Innovative Medical Respite housing at Exodus Residence and Higher Ground Saint Paul, providing health care and housing support for people experiencing homelessness who are discharged from local hospitals.

  • Individualized support for Elderly and Disabled Adults who are living in extreme poverty, connecting them to services that allow them to live safely and with dignity at home.

  • Specialized services for Homeless Elders, one of the fastest growing populations experiencing homelessness in Minnesota.

FACT: Medical Respite provided 4,383 nights of care (from January 2017 to September 2018) to people in recovery with nowhere else to go.

Advocating for justice; advancing regional vitality.

A vital region requires economic growth, and opportunity, social justice, and racial equity. Through direct services, community partnerships and engagement, and public policy advocacy Catholic Charities contributes to regional vitality.

FACT: Catholic Charities has nearly 6,000 community and grassroots social justice advocates.


A unique, high performing public-private partnership

Approximately 40% of Catholic Charities revenue comes from private funders each year and 30% or more comes from public sources.

Catholic Charities leverages private philanthropic support and essential public investments to meet the most critical needs in our community.

Your gifts matter! Private contributions represent the largest source of financial support and we could not do our work without you.

Revenue and Support

Contributions and Grants: $25,637,043 (See Total Contributions and Grants*)
Government Contracts: $22,881,668
Program Fees: $10,530,248
Investments and Others: $7,722,442

*Total Contributions and Grants: 38.3%

Private Contributions and Grants: $17,260,007
In-Kind Gifts: $3,060,536
Wills and Bequests: $3,378,000
Catholic Services Appeal: $1,061,000
United Way: $877,500

2018 Key Facts

More than 124,000 volunteer hours

5,000 passionate volunteers.

Nearly 5,000 social justice advocates

Community members and grassroots advocates.

In excess of 17,000 donors

Individuals, organizations and foundations.

21,940 clients served

Men, women, children and families.

533,053 nights of shelter and housing

Includes housing and emergency shelter for adults, families, youth and children.

1,095,555 meals served

Includes meals and snacks for those experiencing homelessness and children and families in need.

Stories of Help and Hope

Your gifts at work



Opportunity Center Minneapolis



Higher Ground Minneapolis



Higher Ground St. Paul Medical Respite



Family Service Center



Hope Street Shelter



Higher Ground Saint Paul

The Power of Philanthropy: Pat and Sandy Baldwin

Every Fourth of July, Pat and Sandy Baldwin’s family gathers for a day of badminton, boating, and sandcastles. One of their traditions is a new edition of the family T-shirt. Each family member has a unique number, displayed on the back of the shirt. New members know they are truly part of the family once they get their number, and they are proud to belong.

It’s those values of counting and belonging that symbolize the Baldwin’s involvement with St. Joseph’s Home for Children and makes them the recipient of the 2018 Life of Distinction award, presented at the Saint Nicholas Dinner.

Through Pat and Sandy’s generosity, children staying at St. Joseph’s get reinforcement that they matter and belong in our community. They donated a passenger van which allows staff to bring those staying at St. Joe’s to typical events kids enjoy, such as swimming, baseball games and community activities.

Pat and Sandy are also at the forefront of new initiatives in Catholic Charities’ Children and Family Services. Their generosity funded the integration of a trauma-informed framework into our day-to-day work with children. Early results are proving that using a trauma informed approach can help kids be more resilient and reduce stressors toxic to their development. The Baldwins want children to know “Every child has special gifts with which they can create full, happy lives.”

Power of community: Advocates and Volunteers


Catholic Charities serves those most in need and advocates for justice in the community. This two-pronged approach – direct service and advocacy – is grounded in the belief that a strong, vital and equitable community will support those most in need and enhance opportunity for all. It is our goal to engage the community, inspire public action and convene diverse stakeholders to advance the common good.

Leveraging expertise in public policy, government affairs, grassroots and grasstops organizing, Catholic Charities relies on the knowledge and partnership of our nearly 600 direct service staff, provider and community partners, clients and our in-house data analysis and research team (DART) to advance viable, evidence-based policy solutions.


Why volunteer with Catholic Charities? A volunteer experience is a way to share unique talents, work as a team, create a special opportunity for family time and build community. Each week Catholic Charities has individuals, groups, families, corporate teams and faith based organizations that volunteer their time to make and serve meals, help with tasks such as painting or landscaping and organize food and other items donated for use across our agency. Volunteers bring our mission to life. We cannot do our work without them.

Throughout the year, Catholic Charities is fortunate to have youth groups, school groups, Girl and Boy Scout Troops, and confirmation classes who conduct a food, personal hygiene kit, or clothing drive and deliver the items to our warehouse in Saint Paul.

What our clients say


Catholic Charities’ Board of Directors are dedicated to serving those most in need. For fiscal year ending June 30, 2018

Tom Arata
Board Chair
Vice President - Global Technology Platforms, Ecolab

Jane McDonald Black
Vice Chair/Chair Elect
Community Volunteer

Timothy E. Marx
President & CEO
Catholic Charities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

Keith W. Anderson
Managing Director
American Well

Heather Anfang
Vice President Ebusiness
Land O' Lakes

Dr. Duane Carter
Senior Vice President
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Kris Cotrone
Vice President, Human Resources
General Mills

Steve Cramer
President and CEO
Minneapolis Downtown Council and Downtown Improvement District

Kathleen Erickson DiGiorno
Senior Legal Director, Litigation & Admin.

Joseph P. Donnelly
Global Laboratory Operations Leader
Medical Solutions Division, 3M

Frank J. Dutke
Retired Corporate Executive, Community Volunteer

Christine Esckilsen
Chief Human Capital Officer
Piper Jaffray & Co.

Julie Heyroth Gasper
Retired Financial Executive

Most Reverend Bernard A. Hebda
Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

Pahoua Hoffman
Executive Director
Citizens League

Bettina Hoye

Rev. Charles V. Lachowitzer
Vicar General/ Moderator of the Curia
Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis

Tom Mahowald
Retired Healthcare Executive

James McClean
Government Relations Director

Barb Melsen
Community Volunteer

Christine L. Meuers
Retired Executive Vice President
Wells Fargo & Company

Tom Murray
Chief Operating Officer
United Healthcare Global

Michael Nash
Retired Associate General Counsel

Steve Noble
McKinsey & Company

Amanda Norman
Vice President
Thor Companies

T. Mychael Rambo
Founder and CEO
Lion’s Share Productions

Jodi Richard
Vice Chariman and Chief Risk Officer
U.S. Bank

David A. Seidel
Canadian Premier Life (a Securian company)

Steven Stenbeck
Ernst & Young

Julie Sullivan
University of St. Thomas

Bob Tift
Partners in Mission

J. Thomas Vitt
Jones Day

Steven Wells
Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Michael Wilczynski
Assistant VP, Tax and EMEA General Tax Counsel
Cargill Incorporated

Mike Zumwinkle
Senior Program Officer
Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation

Get involved

Three ways you can help make a difference:

 Donate to change lives. Support a mission that matters.
Become a volunteer. Share your time and talent.
Advocate for justice. Join our network to take action.

Poverty for no one. Opportunity for everyone. It starts with you.

The work of Catholic Charities is made possible by the support of generous donors, volunteers and advocates who want to make a powerful, direct impact in their community.

Join us today by lending your voice, sharing your time or making a gift. By supporting Catholic Charities, you help create ripples of change.