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Last updated on August 14, 2015


Catholic Community Services (CCS) has provided assistance to poor and vulnerable people in the State of Washington for 88 years. It includes 12 family centers located throughout Western Washington, a Long-Term Care System, a Family Preservation System, a Child Care System, and the Archdiocesan Housing Authority (AHA). CCS/AA annually serves tens of thousands of people through more than 70 programs.

People have trusted Catholic Community Services to help those in need throughout Western Washington. Ninety (90) cents of every dollar expended is for program services.

The center is committed to serving those most in need, and to changing systems that cause discrimination, suffering and oppression due to age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or religious beliefs. Current services include:

Children and Family
Emergency Services
Counseling and Mental Health
Elderly and Disabled
The center’s definition of success is found in its philosophy, which embraces individualized, needs-driven, strength-based services. This philosophy shapes and affirms our partnership with the individuals, families and communities that we serve.

Volunteers are key to the success of our programs. Volunteers from all walks of life make a difference by helping those most in need in our community. Last year volunteers – thousands of individuals just like you -- provided more than 30,000 volunteer hours in services and 230,000 miles in transportation to approximately 1,700 elders and adults with disabilities.

Volunteer opportunities in the community include:

HIV/AIDS Care Services
Volunteer Chore Services & Transportation Services
Washington Reading Corps

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please call us at 425.257.2111 or toll free at 888.240.8572, or send us an e-mail and we'll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Snohomish Family Center
1918 Everett Ave.
Everett, WA 98201-3607
(425) 257-2111
(888) 240-8572

Milestones in Our History

1918 – The Diocese of Seattle begins organized efforts to aid the poor with Bishop Edward O’Dea’s establishment of the Seattle Council of Catholic Women. The organization selected and supervised boarding and group homes for orphaned and abandoned children, and helped place children for adoption.

In 1937 it became the Association for Catholic Childhood, an organization dedicated to supporting and raising funds for Catholic Community Services.

1923 – The Catholic Welfare Bureau is organized in Tacoma under the auspices of the Catholic Women’s Club. Its main focus is to assist homeless and orphaned children and single mothers.

1936 – Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Seattle is officially formed by Bishop Gerald Shaughnessy to coordinate the administration of all the various works of charity in the diocese.

1937 – Catholic Children’s Services of Catholic Charities opens offices in the Railroad Exchange Building in Seattle.

1939 – Catholic Charities in Whatcom County opens offices in Bellingham. Catholic Charities in Tacoma is founded out of the Catholic Welfare Bureau and the Catholic Women’s Club.

1940 – Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Seattle is incorporated according to the laws of the State of Washington.

1942 – Catholic Charities opens offices in Everett.

1957 – Catholic Charities opens offices in Vancouver.

1977 – Archbishop Raymond G. Hunthausen establishes the Office of Catholic Charities as an umbrella group to administer the archdiocese’s social programs.

1979 – The Archdiocesan Housing Authority is incorporated. The housing corporation has become the parent manager for all the shelters and low-income housing facilities throughout the AHA system. It is the primary thrust of the Archdiocese of Seattle’s service to homeless persons.

1988 – Catholic Charities is reincorporated as a separate corporate entity responsible for managing the social service and housing activities of the Church, with a Board of Trustees under the direct leadership of the Archbishop of Seattle. This allowed CCS to technically become an unrelated entity with the ability to move quickly, given the scope of its mission.

1990 – The name of the corporation is changed from Catholic Charities to Catholic Community Services of Western Washington to ensure a consistent image of CCS within the Archdiocese.

1993-1995 – The Futures Process is undertaken in response to accelerating changes in education, health care, housing and social services. The final “Futures Report” redefines the agency’s ministry and mission, further unifying the philosophy of service and standards of practice.
Among the key action steps for the future:
•Establish a System of Family Support Services.
•Develop a CCS Long-Term Care System.
•Create a CCS Special Ministries System.

2002 – The Catholic Charities Foundation is established to further, promote and support the work of Catholic Community Services of Western Washington and the Archdiocesan Housing Authority in the Archdiocese of Seattle.

2005 – Archbishop Alex J. Brunett appoints an Episcopal Vicar for Catholic Charities. In the Church’s Canon Law episcopal vicars are appointed to exercise executive power over specific areas and to represent the bishop of a diocese to the persons and issues in these areas.

Contact people:

 Allison Taylor, 4253746360, (email)
Richard Porter, Volunteer Coordinator, (206) 374-6323, (email)
John McAlpine, RSVP Program Coordinator, (425) 257-2111 x3374, (email)

Office fax number: 425-257-2120


 1918 Everett Ave.
Everett, WA 98201
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  Nearest Metro/Subway Stop: Smith Ave,
  Walk distance (in minutes): 20
  Nearest Bus Stop: Broadway and Everett, 5 minute walk
Last updated on August 14, 2015

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 love to work with different kind of person.i work as a TEAM,Love to help people at any cause.
posted by honeyd on December 1, 2008
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