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Catholic Health Care and Social Services


Catholic Health Care

  • 629 Catholic hospitals account for 12.6% of community hospitals in the United States.1
  • 88,377,290 patients are assisted annually.2
  • One in six patients in the U.S. is cared for in a Catholic hospital.3
  • There were nearly 19 million emergency room visits and more than 100 million outpatient visits in Catholic hospitals during a one-year period.4
  • More than 5.5 million patients are admitted to Catholic hospitals annually.5
  • Catholic hospitals employ 530,673 full-time employees and 235,221 part-time workers.6
  • There are 56 Catholic health care systems.7
  • Catholic health care systems and facilities are present in all 50 states, providing acute care, skilled nursing and other services including hospice, home health, assisted living and senior housing.8

In addition to hospitals, the Catholic health care network also includes:

  • 422 health care centers assisting 5,663,747 patients annually9
  • 1,534 specialized homes assisting 639,162 individuals10
  • 113 Catholic residential homes for children, or orphanages, assisting annually 20,894 young people11
  • 989 day care and extended day care centers assisting 110,492 children12
  • 3,294 special centers for social services assisting 32,316,136 people13

Catholic health and social service organizations have a long tradition of service in the United States, dating back to New Orleans in 1727, when 12 French Ursuline sisters arrived in the
city and became nurses, teachers, and servants of the poor and orphans. Today, the Catholic nonprofit health care system serves diverse populations in every state14 in the United States.

More information is available at Catholic Health Association at

Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities USA was founded in 1910 as the National Conference of Catholic Charities. It provides its members a national voice, networking opportunities, training and technical assistance,program development and financial support. The organization also has been commissioned by the U.S. Catholic bishops to represent the Catholic community in times of domestic disaster.

According to the Catholic Charities USA Annual Survey-At-A-Glance for 2010:15

Provided services that build strong communities to 4,224,224 people.

  • Social support services: 2,251,442
  • Education and enrichment: 787,178
  • Socialization and neighborhood services: 426,733
  • Health-related services: 298,586
  • Services to at-risk populations: 460,285 29

Provided food services to 7,146,490 people.

  • Food banks and food pantries: 4,252,294
  • Soup kitchens: 1,420,492
  • Congregate dining: 875,391
  • Home-delivered meals: 110,268
  • Other food services: 488,045

Provided services that strengthen families to 1,063,830 people.

  • Counseling and mental health services: 405,848
  • Immigration services: 323,312
  • Addiction services: 81,866
  • Refugee services: 120,433
  • Pregnancy services: 93,542
  • Adoption services: 38,829

Provided housing-related services to 497,732 people.

  • Counseling and assistance: 269,361
  • Temporary shelter: 141,391
  • Supervised living: 51,426
  • Permanent housing: 66,547
  • Transitional housing: 30,507

Provided other basic needs services to 1,942,199 people.

  • Emergency financial assistance (not rent, mortgage, etc.): 240,858
  • Clothing assistance: 689,692
  • Utilities assistance: 275,154
  • Assistance with purchase of prescriptions: 59,683
  • Additional other basic needs assistance: 676,732

Provided disaster services to 93,436 people. 30

Did you know?

  • 3,301 local Catholic Charities offices provided services to 10,270,292 unduplicated clients across the nation in 2010.
  • The total income of the Catholic Charities network from all sources, public and private, was $4.69 billion in 2010. Total expenses: $4.22 billion. Nearly 90% of these funds were spent on programs and services.
  • 493,199 people worked with Catholic Charities in 2010. 81% volunteers, 17% paid staff, and 2% board members.
  • The Catholic Charities network was ranked the nation’s sixth largest non-profit in 2010, according to Forbes Magazine.16

More information is available at

Humanitarian Aid

Catholic Relief Services

Founded in 1943 by the U.S. bishops, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is the official overseas relief and development agency of the U.S. Catholic community. CRS provides direct aid to the poor and involves people in their own development, helping them to realize their potential.

  • CRS reached 100 million people in nearly 100 countries and territories in 2011, bringing relief in the wake of disasters and offering hope and the opportunity to achieve self-sufficiency to the poorest of the poor.17
  • CRS had $822 million total operating expenses in 2011.18
  • About 95% of the budget went to program services and nearly 5% to support services.19
  • 25% of CRS’ Operation Rice Bowl donations support hunger and poverty alleviation efforts in dioceses within the United States.20
  • 75% of CRS’ Operation Rice Bowl donations help fund development programs designed to increase food security around the world. These projects focus on initiatives that bring clean water, small enterprise development, agricultural expertise, educationalopportunities and HIV/AIDS and mother/child health programs to the poor in more than 40 countries.21
  • CRS helped provide 192,000 people with antiretroviral therapy in FY 2010, including more than 38,000 in Nigeria.22

More information is available at

Migration and Refugee Services

  • In 201123 Migration and Refugee Services (MRS):
  • Resettled 14,285 individuals or 25% of all refugees resettled into U.S. during this period.
  • Helped create 81 new community partnerships, which offer assistance to 9,676 refugees.
  • Completed its first year Parishes Organized to Welcome Refugees (POWR) program, and recruited 3,500 new volunteers to assist refugees in adjusting to life in the U.S. Thousands of refugee clients
    learned English, received pro bono legal counsel and medical services, found work and achieved social integration.

Largest refugee populations resettled by MRS in 2011:24

  • Burmese: 4,343
  • Bhutanese: 3,630
  • Iraqi: 1,940
  • Somali: 1,530

Assisting Migrant Children

  • Assisted unaccompanied Haitian children displaced by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and provided training in child protection in the Dominican Republic. 25
  • Trained more than 60 U.S. Customs and Border Protection field officers and agents on identifying child victims of trafficking, and children at risk for trafficking, at the U.S. border. 26

Human Trafficking

  • In October 2011, the Migration and Refugee Services Anti-Trafficking Program concluded its administration of the Department of Healthand Human Service’s Per Capita Program, which provided intensive
    case management to foreign national victims of human trafficking identified in the U.S. and its territories through local service providers.
  • During the 5 ½ year program, Migration and Refugee Services assisted 2,232 survivors of human trafficking and over 500 of their family members. Individuals and families enrolled in the program were trafficked on farms, in hotels, casinos, private homes, spas and other industries for the purposes of forced labor and/or sex trafficking.27
  • Survivors were from 98 countries of origin, with the largest number of survivors from India, Mexico, Thailand, the Philippines and Guatemala.28

Migration Policy and Public Affairs

  • Continued to advocate in favor of comprehensive immigration reform efforts and reaffirmed long standing concerns of the Church in regard to this issue.29
  • Advocated for an extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians who arrived in the United States following the 2010 earthquake.30

More information is available at and

Pastoral Care of Migrants, Refugees and Travelers

The archdioceses/dioceses have developed structures that encourage and support the local Church’s response to the pastoral needs of migrants and newcomers, thereby manifesting the universality of the Catholic Church in rich and positive ways. Many parishes have committed themselves to welcome the stranger by encouraging evangelization, catechesis and liturgies in the native languages of the newcomers, and organizing diverse inter-cultural activities. Pastoral Care of Migrants, Refugees and Travelers reaches out to communities of recent immigrants through local parish ministries. These cultural/ethnic communities31 include:

  • 19 African communities: Burundian, Cameroonian, Congolese, Cape Verdean, Equatorial, Eritrean and Ethiopian, Ghanaian, Guinean, Ivoirian, Kenyan, Liberian, Nigerian, Rwandan, Sierra Leonese, Sudanese, Tanzanian, Ugandan, Zairean, Zambian
  • 9 Caribbean communities: Belizean, Dominican, Grenadian, Guyanan, Haitian, Jamaican, Santa Lucian, Trinidadian, and Tobagonian
  • 12 European communities: Croatian, Czech, French, Irish, Italian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Hungarian, Slovak, Slovenian, Ukrainian
  • Mayan
  • Brazilian

The Church has developed its outreach to those whose work and lifestyle necessitate frequent travel that prevents regular participation in a local parish community. Diocesan priests, men and women religious, and lay leaders are involved in national, diocesan and parish efforts to provide pastoral outreach to such diverse groups as airport workers and travelers, seaport workers and cruise ship employees and travelers, race car circuit workers, migrant farm workers, circus and carnival workers, and gypsies.32

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)

In 1988, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) established CLINIC as a legally distinct 501(c)(3) organization to support a rapidly growing network of community-based immigration programs. CLINIC’s network originally comprised 17 programs. CLINIC and its member agencies represent low-income immigrants without reference to their race, religion, gender, ethnic group, or other distinguishing characteristics.33

  • The network includes 201 diocesan and other affiliated immigration programs with 290 field offices in 47 states.34
  • The network employs roughly 1,200 Board of Immigration Appeals accredited representatives and attorneys who, in turn, serve 600,000 low-income immigrants each year.35
  • CLINIC represents more than 250 dioceses and religious communities that bring foreign-born priests, sisters, seminarians and religious laypersons to the United States each year.36
  • In 2010, when CLINIC launched its National Pro Bono Project for Children, more than 800 children were referred to CLINIC for matching with pro bono attorneys.37
  • CLINIC’s programs have helped more than 100,000 people apply for citizenship; helped approximately 12,000 refugees and asylees apply for green cards; and have provided immigrants with over 15,000 hours of English language instruction.38

More information is available at


1 Catholic Health Association of the United States, Catholic Health Care
Statistics 2012.
2 The Official Catholic Directory 2013, General Summary.
3 Catholic Health Association of the United States, Catholic Health Care
Statistics 2012.
4 Ibid.
5 Ibid.
6 Ibid.
7 Ibid.
8 Ibid.
9 The Official Catholic Directory 2013, General Summary.
10 Ibid.
11 Ibid.
12 Ibid.
13 Ibid.
14 Catholic Health Association of The United States, Who we are.
15 Catholic Charities, Catholic Charities at a Glance 2010,
16 Forbes Magazine, The 200 largest U.S. Charities 2010, (accessed on 07/20/12)
17 Catholic Relief Services, Annual Report 2011, p. 7.
18 Catholic Relief Services, 2011 Annual Report, p. 47.
19 Ibid.
20 Catholic Relief Services, About CRS, (accessed on 8/22/12),
21 Ibid.
22 Ibid.
23 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Migration and
Refugee Services, 2011 Annual Report, p. 3.
24 Migration and Refugee Services, 2011 Annual Report, p. 3.
25 Migration and Refugee Services, 2011 Annual Report, p. 7.
26 Ibid.
27 Migration and Refugee Services, 2011 Annual Report, p. 11.
28 Migration and Refugee Services, 2011 Annual Report, p. 7.
29 Migration and Refugee Services, 2011 Annual Report, p. 17.
30 Ibid.
31 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Office for the Pastoral
Care of Migrants, Refugees and Travelers, (accessed on 8/22/12)
32 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Ethnic Ministries,
(accessed on 8/22/12),
33 Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., About US,
(accessed on 8/22/12),
34 Ibid.
35 Ibid.
36 Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc., Facts about Clinic,
(accessed on 8/22/12)
37 Ibid.
38 Ibid.

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