Our Mission
The staff and volunteers of Catholic Charities Indianapolis are called by the Gospel to uphold the dignity of all people. Guided by Catholic social teaching, we consider it a privilege to deliver compassionate and caring service to help and empower those in need.
As we respond to the ever changing situation regarding COVID-19, Catholic Charities is still serving. Here are the precautions being taken by our programs and services:

  • Staff and volunteers who are ill or have a health condition are encouraged to stay home.
  • Staff in programs that are able to work from home are being asked to do so either part of the workday or the entire day. Some programs like refugee resettlement are working remotely from home but are also prioritizing their clients’ needs and whether a home visit is necessary. If a home visit is necessary, then they are asked to use precautions of social distancing, washing hands, etc.
  • Staff that are affected by the closing of schools are asked to work at home on client notes. They will also have vacation time during the schools’ regular spring break.
  • The counseling programs are investing in possibility of tele-mental health so that therapists are still able to keep appointments.
  • The Shelters are open for business. They are using bleach and disinfectants every six hours on common areas, doorknobs, surfaces, etc. They are securing an isolation room in the event that someone in the shelter is experiencing symptoms. If this is the case, the local county health department will be notified.
  • Those food programs that are client choice pantries are being moved to a fast track pantry with pre-prepared boxes people can pick up. This will limit the amount of time the clients are in the building. Clients are also being provided more food product than usual so they will not have to return to the pantries as quickly.
  • All Catholic Charities events are either cancelled or postponed through April 30th

The health and safety of our staff, volunteers and clients is our highest priority. We appreciate your support and understanding during this time of uncertainty. We will continue to serve those most in need in our community the best we can during this crisis.
Success Story
Mohamed* fled his homeland of Somalia in fear for his life. He left his children with his parents and escaped across multiple countries. This journey is difficult for anyone, but the journey was even more treacherous for Mohamed because he only has one leg. Mohamed made it to Uganda, where he registered as a refugee. After several years, he was given the opportunity to come to the United States. He was so happy that all he could do was clap his hands. Upon arriving in Indianapolis, Mohamed was immediately helped by Catholic Charities’ Refugee and Immigrant Service Program. The staff helped him with housing, education, transportation, securing a job and the process of reuniting with his family. During his first year in the United States, he learned English and began working on his GED. Catholic Charities connected him with a medical provider and Mohamed was able to receive a prosthetic leg. Catholic Charities’ Legal Services helped Mohamed petition for his children to come to the United States. Mohamed says, he is a “New Man” because of Catholic Charities’ Refugee and Immigrant Services.

*names changed for privacy
2018-19 Annual Report
Click here to see the full Annual Report.
A Caring Place Celebrates 30 Years
A Caring Place Adult Day Services (ACP) is celebrating 30 years of providing a safe daytime environment for adults ages 50 and older with physical and cognitive challenges. A Caring Place started in 1988 with the Butler Tarkington neighborhood association and was run by The Caring Community. Catholic Charities Indianapolis (CCI) joined forces with them in 1989 and CCI took over complete operation of the program in 1990. Located in Fairview Presbyterian Church, ACP provides participants one-on-one and group interactions that work to improve levels of functioning. Programming at A Caring Place includes health screenings, group discussion and activities, pet therapy, daily exercise, art, music and local trips.

Click here to learn more about A Caring Place and the other senior services provided by Catholic Charities.
Save the Dates
Simple Soup and Bread Luncheon to benefit the Crisis Office

A Caring Place Caregiver Wellness & Self-care Evening
  • Stay tuned for additional details as they come available

Legacy Gala
  • Stay tuned for additional details as they come available

World Refugee Day Celebration
Date: June 2020
Details:  More information will be available as the event approaches. Stay tuned to   e-mails and Facebook for more information. 

Caregiver Support Groups:

Northside: The Catholic Center (1400 N. Meridian St, Indianapolis, 46202)
Fourth Thursday of the month, 5:30 -7p.m.

Southside: St. Mark Cenacle House (6118 Smock St, Indianapolis, 46227, across the parking lot from St. Mark’s School)
Third Monday of the month, 5:30- 7p.m.

Details: Support groups are for family and friends caring for adults aged 60 and older. Registration for groups is required. Please contact Monica Woodsworth at (317) 261-3378 to reserve your spot.
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