Providing Community Outreach
People Living in Poverty and Catholic Charities' Humanitarian Response
Too many Marylanders - 575,000 - currently live in poverty in both urban and rural areas. That is roughly 10% of our state's total population. Additionally, about 7.6% of seniors aged 65 and up, 12% of women aged 75 and up, and 13.3% of children live at, or below, the federal poverty level.
Catholic Charities responds to this critical need with programs throughout Maryland to assist people and families who are struggling to make ends meet while striving to work their way out of poverty. These programs assist over 600,000 low-income people and families in achieving self-sufficiency through a range of transitional housing services, meal programs, education, employment, and counseling services, and through referrals to other support services.
Programs like Our Daily Bread, serving more than a quarter million meals to the hungry, Esperanza Center, providing immigrants with health care and social services, and the Neighborhoods at St. Elizabeth's for Seniors, receive funds from the Annual Appeal.
St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore
A longstanding Appeal partner, St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore is a leading provider of community service to Baltimore City residents struggling with hunger, homelessness, or proverty. Appeal monies help St. Vincent de Paul feed, clothe, and shelter some of Baltimore's most vulnerable citizens.