Since 1931, Catholic Charities has been continuously evolving to respond to the ever-changing social needs in our Archdiocesan communities. We have a small, but mighty staff of 30 people working in 10 sites across our 30 county territory. We have made a deliberate decision to spread our resources across multiple locations to be geographically present in as many locations as possible.
Transportation continues to be a barrier indicated by our clients as to why they don’t seek social services they need. Having a reliable, affordable vehicle can be costly when living on extremely limited budgets, not to mention the added expense of gas and insurance.
In response, Catholic Charities has partnered with Holy Family in New Hampton to offer counseling and Immigration legal services at the St. John School of Religion. In addition, we continue to explore and expand telehealth services (virtual counseling services utilizing a computer) to offer counseling services in more locations throughout the Archdiocese. We have been offering telehealth services in Cedar Rapids for 8 months with success and growing interest. This allows clients to travel a short distance from their home to access services that before required an hour plus drive. Stay tuned as we seek to add additional locations throughout the Archdiocese.
Tracy Morrison, Executive Director