In times of disaster, the American Catholic community is here to help. Catholic Charities USA’s Disaster Operations coordinates the Catholic Church’s response to disasters in the United States and grants relief funds to local Catholic Charities agencies to support their relief efforts.
In 1990, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops commissioned CCUSA to respond to disasters in the United States. Ever since then, we have responded to disasters across the country, including the attacks on September 11, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Gulf Coast oil spill, and the impact of Superstorm Sandy.
Relief and recovery services are provided at the local level by Catholic Charities agencies across the country. These agencies provide critical services including emergency food, shelter, direct financial assistance, counseling, and support. These services are provided regardless of race, creed, or socio-economic status.
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A member of CCUSA’s artists-in-residence, Sojourn Theatre, describes his personal experience with a natural disaster: