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Catholic Charities
Last updated on November 20, 2014


Catholic Charities' mission to "provide service to those in need, to advocate for justice and to call upon others to do the same" has been the core of our work. Building upon this, we empower our clients to reach their full potential through effective, compassionate services. We have seen measurable improvement in the lives of our clients including an increase in self sufficiency, a better outlook on life and much more.

Catholic Charities has a long legacy of serving the most vulnerable in our society. We believe individuals and families of all faiths have worth and dignity and we are called to advocate for those who are in need, especially those who are living in poverty or who are marginalized in our society.

Our services are structured around these beliefs and our team of caring social workers, case managers, therapists and support staff help clients develop the skills necessary to be successful in whatever venture they choose.

In 2012, we provided over 110,000 hours of services to people looking for help and hope. Many of these services are available at no charge or substantially reduced rates because of our mission to serve those most struggling to make ends meet. This is evidenced by looking at service statistics from 2010 to 2012 which demonstrate that 87% of our clients had annual incomes of under $12,000. The vast majority of services are provided at no charge.

Current services provided in Waukesha County include: Behavioral Health, Outreach & Case Management, Pregnancy Support, Adoption, Refugee Resettlement and In-Home Support.

We have a tradition of reaching out to our community going on nearly a century. Our organization is dynamic. . . growing, adjusting and changing as the needs people struggle with have evolved over the decades. Established originally as the Catholic Social Welfare Bureau in 1920, our agency focused on adoption and child welfare services. Family counseling and homemaker services for older and disabled adults were added in the 1950s and ‘60s and our name changed to Catholic Social Services. Over the next forty years, our agency experienced a growth in development and collaboration for social service ministries with parishes in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and other local social service agencies. Areas of need were identified and resulted in new programs such as outreach to minority populations, refugee resettlement services, adult day services and more. In 1997, we once again changed our name to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee to reflect it's long-standing affiliation with Catholic Charities USA, one of the nation's largest, private networks of people helping people. Today, we continue to respond to the changing needs within parishes and communities of the ten-county Archdiocese of Milwaukee. The programs and services offered by Catholic Charities are available to anyone in need regardless of race, religion, country of origin or financial circumstances.

Contact person: Tony Guse, Volunteer Coordinator, (phone), (email)

Office fax number: 262-547-8002 in Waukesha; 414-769-3428 in Milwaukee


 717 N. East Ave.
Waukesha, WI 53186
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Last updated on November 20, 2014

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