Disaster Relief

Have mercy on me, God, have mercy on me. In you I seek refuge. In the shadow of your wings I seek refuge till harm pass by. Psalm 57:2

What We Do

Catholic Charities USA is the official domestic relief agency of the U.S. Catholic Church. Catholic Charities supports disaster response and recovery efforts with direct assistance, home repair, home rebuilding, health care services and other programs that enable long-term disaster recovery.

  1. When disasters occur we provide immediate relief, including cash assistance, food, water, personal care supplies, cleaning materials and other needed items.

  2. We assess the needs of disaster survivors and then work with them over the long-term to meet their needs.

  3. We prepare for disasters through extensive training, planning and capacity building.

Why We Do It

Since Catholic Charities has a presence in each of the 50 states and five U.S. territories, it is able to be present quickly and effectively to local communities experiencing a disaster.

Catholic Charities USA, as the national office of 165 member agencies throughout the United States and its territories, with the professional experience of its disaster operations team and the local knowledge and expertise of its agencies, is able to be present quickly and effectively to communities recovering from a disaster.

“O Lord, seize us with your power and light, help us to protect all life, to prepare for a better future, for the coming of your Kingdom of justice, peace, love and beauty. Praise be to you!”

Pope Francis, Laudato si,’ No. 246

Our Impact

CCUSA in Puerto Rico

Catholic Charities USA provides disaster relief in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

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2017 Disaster Relief Efforts

Catholic Charities USA provides disaster relief assistance to those affected by 2017 hurricanes

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