Catholic Human Services ~ $10 Million

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI wrote: “For the Church, charity is not a kind of welfare activity which could equally well be left to others, but is a part of her nature, an indispensable expression of her being.” This awareness of undertaking a constitutive work of the Church motivates the staffs of Catholic Human Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Quite simply, every person seeking assistance is treated with dignity because of his or her status as a child of God.

In 2006, Catholic Social Services benefited more than 146,500 persons, the skilled nursing facilities of Catholic Health Care Services provided nearly 523,000 days of care, and Nutritional Development Services served 8.9 million government-funded meals and 2 million community food program meals.

Catholic Social Services ~ $6 million

mentor-cd1Catholic Social Services carries out the work of Jesus by affirming, assisting and advocating for individuals, families and communities. This work takes many forms: residential and community-based treatment programs for “at-risk” children; family preservation services; foster care and adoption services; immigration services and counseling; senior citizen centers; transitional housing and homeless services; subsistence “safety net” services for homeless families and individuals; education programs for court-adjudicated youth; residential and community-based care for persons with developmental disabilities; among others. Heritage of Faith ~ Vision of Hope will allocate $6 million to Catholic Social Services to:

  • Renovate bathrooms at St. John’s Hospice and Mercy Hospice
  • Launch a culinary arts vocational training program at St. Gabriel’s Hall and replace 25 vans
  • Complete repairs at eight group homes operated by St. Francis-St. Joseph Homes for Children, including furniture upgrades, roofing work and the acquisition of new vans
  • Establish some community-based programming options for care by St. Vincent’s Home

Catholic Health Care Services ~ $3.5 million

Catholic Health Care Services provides short and long-term residential care to the frail elderly at six skilled nursing facilities, one independent living facility, and three assisted living facilities in the Archdiocese. Catholic Health Care Services also provides community benefit programs and manages a residential treatment center for priests and religious, along with the Villa St. Joseph, the residence for retired Archdiocesan priests.

The Campaign will allocate $3.5 million to Catholic Health Care Services to:

  • Create an endowment to provide the salary and benefits for a social worker at St. John Neumann Place
  • Erect a chapel for residents of St. Monica Manor
  • Establish a community-based model project designed to support seniors living in their own homes in a Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) in the Kensington area of Philadelphia
  • Create an endowment to provide for staff salaries to support the Kensington area NORC

Nutritional Development Services ~ $500,000

Nutritional Development Services (NDS) provides food to poor children and families. Partnering with various federal and community food programs, NDS acts as an intermediary between those who are hungry and the programs designed to help in the Delaware Valley area. Since its founding in 1973, NDS has served millions of meals annually, organized community efforts such as food drives in churches and schools, and provided nutrition assistance and information to families in need.


The Campaign will designate $500,000 for the creation of an endowment to support the Community Food Program of Nutritional Development Services.