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Mission & History

About Us


Catholic Charities of the five-county Diocese of Palm Beach respects life in all of its stages.  In living our faith, we create hope for people in need, without regard to religion.  Through our programs and ministries, we empower individuals, deliver social services and collaborate with others in building just and compassionate communities.


Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach was established in 1984 as the social service arm of the Palm Beach Diocese. The agency serves on average each year more than 15,000 unduplicated clients throughout the Palm Beach Diocese which includes the counties of Palm Beach, St. Lucie, Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee. Catholic Charities currently provides services through 12 programs and ministries

The services of Catholic Charities are available to all residents of the service area who qualify for the particular program.  The priority is to serve the poorest and most vulnerable. As the specific needs of the community change and the population rises, the services offered by Catholic Charities also change in response to those needs.  Catholic Charities does not discriminate based on a client’s religion, nor on any other classification protected under applicable federal, state or local discrimination law.

Catholic Charities is accredited through The Council on Accreditation (COA) and certified by Nonprofits First. COA partners with human service organizations worldwide to improve service delivery outcomes by developing, applying, and promoting accreditation standards.