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About Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities is a 501c3, non-profit, social service organization that serves people of all faiths in Central and Southwest Iowa. Each year, Catholic Charities offers food, clothing, shelter, counseling and hope to more than 20,000 people.


Catholic Charities was born in Diocese of Des Moines in 1924 as “the official head of all Catholic welfare agencies in the Diocese and the link of cooperation with all other welfare agencies” as stated by Most Rev. Thomas W. Drumm.


Since then, the agency has evolved with the times offering programs, services and support in a professional, dignified and respectful atmosphere.


Catholic Charities, a United Way agency, is devoted to offering a helping hand as well as challenging those assumptions and systems that make it difficult for individuals to improve their lives. We offer help and hope to people of all faiths.



Guided by the teachings of the Catholic Church, we serve all people in need with compassion, competence, advocate for justice, and encourage all people of good will to join in these efforts.