Catholic Charities mission to "provide service to those in need, to advocate for justice and to call upon others to do the same" has been the core of our work since 1920. Building upon this, we measurably improve the lives of those we serve and empower them to reach their full potential. When we accomplish this, lives are transformed and the benefits to the community can be exponential starting by improving the quality of life one person at a time.
We have been reaching out to our community for nearly a century now. Our organization is dynamic — growing, adjusting and changing as the needs people struggle with have evolved for the decades. Today we continue to respond to the changing needs within the communities of the ten counties of Southeastern Wisconsin. Our programs and services are available to anyone in need, regardless of race, religion, country of origin or financial circumstances.
History of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Inc.
Inspired by Christ's call to serve, our mission is to provide service to those in need, to advocate for justice and to call upon others to do the same.
Our vision is to improve the lives of those we serve, to empower the most vulnerable, and to help reduce poverty through quality, compassionate, and effective human services.
- Life and Dignity of the Human Person - Every person has worth and dignity because every person is created in the image and likeness of God.
- Call to Family, Community and Participation - We realize our dignity and rights in relationship with others.
- Rights and Responsibilities - People have a fundamental right to life, food, shelter, health care, education and employment; they also have the responsibilities to respect the rights of others and work for the common good.
- Preferential Option for the Poor and Vulnerable - The moral test of a society is how it treats its most vulnerable members, including in the arena of public policy.
- The Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers - People have the right to decent and productive work and fair wages.
- Solidarity and Collaboration - We are one human family and are called to work globally for justice, both individually and in the context of parish and community.
- Care for God's Creation - The goods of the earth are gifts from God for which we have a responsibility as stewards and trustees.
As a member organization of the National Conference of Catholic Charities, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee abides by a code of ethics that recognizes and respects confidentiality as a living principle within the agency. Therefore, established policies and procedures emphasize the protection of the privacy of relationships established with clients, donors and other key stakeholders. To support Catholic Charities’ donors’ privacy rights, personal information related to donors will not be sold nor commercially exchanged.
Adopted by Catholic Charities Board of Trustees, February 2008