Serving the most vulnerable in our communities
To help create a just, equitable and compassionate society rooted in the dignity of all people.
We welcome and serve, with compassion and respect, all those in need by providing life’s necessities, education, and advocacy to move families toward self-sufficiency.
Founded on Hope
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston began in 1903. After witnessing the appalling social conditions of Boston’s immigrant and predominantly Catholic population, Archbishop John J. Williams of Boston envisioned an agency that would provide assistance and hope to families in need.
Our agency has changed through the years, what began as primarily an adoption and foster agency evolved into a multi-million dollar nonprofit to directly assist young, poor, and elderly people of all faiths as well as newly-arrived immigrants. Today, Catholic Charities is one of the largest social service non-profit organizations in Massachusetts–and our over 70 programs help us serve our neighbors, regardless of religion, race, gender, age, disability, or ethnicity.
Continuing to Deliver Support
Today, Catholic Charities maintains the same strong commitment that has guided it for more than 115 years. Every gift makes a direct impact, and we are grateful for those who choose to support our mission.
What We Do
Family & Youth Services
Strong families create strong communities. We provide childcare, afterschool programs, family support, post-adoption services, and more.
Sometimes you need a hand to build or rebuild your life. Find out how to access our food pantries, shelters, living assistance, and counseling services.
Refugee & Immigrant Services
Upon arriving in Boston, we help individuals and families integrate into society with our resettlement, legal, interpreter, and unaccompanied children services.
Adult Education & Workforce Development
Education supports self-sufficiency. Our programs include English for speakers of other languages, job training, and high school equivalency support.
23 Program Locations in the Greater Boston Area
Catholic Charities Boston has five main hubs in Dorchester, Lynn, Brockton, Lowell, and South Boston, with many other locations delivering our programs.
For a full list, visit our Locations page.