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Catholic Charities Continues to Serve Amidst COVID

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The pandemic came and Catholic Charities kept serving. With your help, we will continue to help our neighbors in need. Please remember the people served by Catholic Charities by donating generously.

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We Can Help: Emergency Rent and Utility Assistance

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Catholic Charities continues to safely respond by phone to emailed requests for emergency rent and utility assistance to eligible individuals and families throughout the 21 counties and seven cities of the Diocese of Arlington. Find out about the evictions process during COVID-19.

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Help By Giving

During this difficult time in our nation, Catholic Charities relies more than ever on the generosity of parishioners, parishes and friends who donate financial resources, food, or other material gifts to support our work feeding the hungry and serving other vulnerable people.

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Statements and Press Releases

Statement by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge on Poverty Awareness Month

 January,  2021
January is Poverty Awareness Month, and in the past year, many of us heard of, or perhaps experienced, greater levels of poverty than ever before. Neighbors who have always struggled to pay their bills or rent have fallen further behind. Others, who lived on the margins but were able to get by, are now unable to do so...

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New President and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Diocese Arlington, Stephen Carattini, Announced by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge

 December 8, 2020
Mr. Carattini has served in leadership roles at four other Catholic organizations across the country. He assumes this role as Catholic Charities continues to experience and meet record need across service programs as a result of the ongoing pandemic. Mr. Carattini is preceded by Art Bennett, who announced his retirement earlier this year having served in the role since 2010...

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Catholic Charities Mobile Response Center sees increased need due to the pandemic

January 13, 2021

On a cold December day Catholic Charities Mobile Response Center — affectionately known as the Mercy Van — pulled up to a parking lot at the St. John Bosco Thrift Shop in Woodstock in the Shenandoah Valley. Inside the shop, the truck staff and volunteers prepared to distribute essential household and personal care items to low-income and homeless individuals and families who typically show up to receive the items...

Emergency rent, utility assistance help struggling families stay afloat

La’Trell Smith Owens was working the front desk at a hotel when the coronavirus blew into Virginia last March. As states started putting restrictions in place to slow the spread of the virus, the travel industry was one of the hardest hit...

In the News

Catholic parishioners gave more money to churches that went online during quarantine than to those that did not

Washington Post , December 14, 2020
The coronavirus shutdown is affecting giving to Catholic parishes around the country in dramatically different ways, data shows, with some expected to see their offertory — parishioners’ donations, typically given at weekly services — down 50 percent, while others have had an increase...

Giving Thanks for Local Help: Arlington Nonprofits Deserve Your Help

The Connection , November 28, 2020
Arlington Free Clinic provides free, high-quality health care to low-income, uninsured Arlington County adults through the generosity of donors and volunteers...

Food Drives, Pantries To Support For Holidays In Alexandria

MSN News , November 28, 2020
As you start to think about holiday shopping, we can't forget the families in need of food and other assistance. With this year in particular, the pandemic has resulted in financial struggles related to reduced hours or job losses...

Abren nueva clínica gratuita de Caridades Católicas

Washington Hispanic , November 27, 2020
Caridades Católicas de la diócesis de Arlington celebra en estos tiempos difíciles la apertura de una nueva clínica en el área de Woodbridge en Virginia...

Meaghan Lane of Catholic Charities in Arlington Discusses National Adoption Month

EWTN News Nightly , November 24, 2020
The program director of pregnancy and adoption support for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington, Meaghan Lane joins to talk about National Adoption Month...


We picked Catholic Charities because our Catholic faith is really important to us. It's important to me. It's important to my husband, and so I appreciated the fact that they were rooted in that. We really admired that their program was kind of a full-circle support system for both adoptive families and the adoptee, growing up, should they ever need it, and also most importantly, the birth mothers.