About Us

Catholic Charities, USA is the largest, private human services network in the United States, serving people of all religious, ethnic, social and economic backgrounds. Catholic Charities of Louisville, Inc. is the largest, private human services agency operated by the Archdiocese. The Archdiocese of Louisville comprises twenty-four counties in Central Kentucky and serves a population of approximately 1.1. million.

Mission Statement

Catholic Charities of Louisville, Inc., a member of Catholic Charities USA and part of the Catholic Church in Central Kentucky, provides service for people in need, advocates for justice in social structures, and calls the entire Church and other people of good will to do the same.

Vision

Together with theUniversalChurch, Catholic Charities of Louisville will lead our communities in addressing social justice issues through our ministry.

Values

In pursuit of its mission, Catholic Charities adheres to the following values based on the beliefs of Catholic social tradition: Click a value to learn more about it

Life is sacred and the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral society. We believe that every human life is precious from conception to natural death, that people are more important than things, and the measure of an institution is whether it threatens or enhances the life and dignity of the human person.

The human person is not only sacred, but social. Marriage and family are the central social institution. How our society is organized (economically, politcally, and by law) directly affects individuals’ capacity to participate. People have a duty to participate in society, seeking the common good for all.

Human dignity can only be met through the protection of every person’s right to life and the things required for human decency. Corresponding to these rights, every person has duties and responsibilities – to one another, our families, and society.

A basic moral test of a society is the well-being of its most vulnerable members. Our faith instructs us to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first.

The economy must serve the people. Work is more than earning a living; it is participation in God’s creation. To protect the dignity of work, the rights of workers – fair wages, organizing and joining unions, private property, and economic initiative – must be respected.

Solidarity is the pursuit of justice and peace. We are one human family regardless of national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological difference. We are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers wherever they may be.

Subsidiarity empowers the human person by recognizing dignity through autonomy. All forms of society (from the family to the state to the international order) should serve the human individual. Decisions should be made by the smallest, lowest, or least-centralized competent authority.

We show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of God’s creation. Caring for the environment has fundamental moral and ethical dimensions that cannot be ignored.

 

2015 Annual Report (PDF download)

Latest IRS Form 990 (PDF download)

Catholic Charities of Louisville is supported in part by Louisville Metro Government Family Services Funds.seal