The center serves as a clearinghouse to match volunteers, donors, church communities and others to ongoing opportunities for service, charity, advocacy and prayer for those most in need. To do this, the center helps people: 1) Find ways to serve those in need through corporal and spiritual works of mercy; 2) come to a deeper understanding of the church’s social teachings and their application; and 3) engage in action and advocacy to bring about positive social change on issues such as life, the environment, immigration, homelessness and the criminal justice system.
The center remains an exciting work in progress as plans are made for further collaboration with parishes as well as Catholic and other faith-based organizations throughout Oregon. The focus of the center is intended to be broad and to address a variety of needs. These include immigrants and refugees; those experiencing homelessness, disability and mental illness; those in poverty, returning from prison, elderly, and struggling to make ends meet; and those struggling with all life issues.