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Our Impact

We believe in making a difference. Since 1933, Catholic Charities has provided comprehensive care and services for people in need so that their lives are improved and their dignity is honored. In partnership with volunteers, local businesses, partner agencies and local government, we reach thousands of people every year with compassionate care. The power of our impact is felt throughout the community each day as we work tirelessly to break the cycle of poverty.

View our 2023 impact report

2022 impact report
2021 impact report
2020 impact report


Our Calling

We address the immediate needs of our clients while supporting social changes that address the root causes of poverty and injustice. Through charitable works and justice advocacy – the primary demands of our faith identity – we empower those we serve to enjoy full participation in the community.

Each year, we work with individuals and families across more than 27 counties in the Pacific Northwest to provide the support they need to thrive in a dynamic and volatile world. From refugee resettlement to homeless and housing services, removal defense to trauma-informed counseling, the myriad of services provided by Catholic Charities, in partnership with donors, volunteers, and corporate and community leaders, provides relief to thougsands of men, women, and children every year.


Salem refugee effort traces its ancestry to Catholic Charities 

Posted By | Barbara Curtin Miles
Salem for Refugees is a nonprofit organization located in Salem, Oregon that helps provide support and resources for refugees in the area.

Profile: Antoinette Awuakye

Posted By | Vanessa Gallant, Communications Support Volunteer
Antoinette is a Catholic Charities Board member and senior regulatory affairs specialist at Cambia Health Solutions. She was a young girl when she immigrated to the United States from Ghana, West Africa.

A new home off the streets

Posted By | Catholic Charities Communications
Innovative affordable housing with services set for key Portland neighborhood Catholic Charities of Oregon broke ground Sept. 12 on another building with low-cost apartments for people working their way out of homelessness. Francis & Clare Place in the Buckman neighborhood of Southeast Portland will offer 61 units plus services to help residents achieve stability and…

Catholic social teaching: life and dignity of the human person

Posted By | Catholic Charities Communications
In honor of Catholic Charities’ 90th anniversary of providing help and hope to those who need it most, we are doing a 7 part series on the principles of Catholic social teaching.