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Mobile Response Center

The Mobile Response Center delivers basic supplies such as hygiene products, diapers, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies and more directly to struggling communities each month.

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Thanks to a partnership with Catholic Charities USA and the Ford Motor Company, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington can now provide curbside assistance to homeless and poverty-stricken communities. The Mobile Response Center is a Ford F550 with a 14’ box that will deliver supplies directly to the needy.

The Mobile Response Center (MRC) visits economically-depleted communities in our Diocese every month. The MRC provides basic supplies such as hygiene products, diapers, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies and more directly to residents. Our clients include young families and children as well as the elderly and disabled. 

In addition to the basic needs of a household, our ministry provides special or seasonal items. These vary during the season and based on inventory. Please call 703-479-2975 ext. 1704 to discuss a special collection.

The MRC relies on the generosity and support of parishes, corporations and individuals. Please consider supporting the MRC by coordinating a donation drive.  

The MRC does not distribute food.  All food donations can be made to the  St. Lucy Food Project.  

Give Hope


  • Volunteer to drive and/or staff our Mobile Response Center. Sign up for one day the third week of the month (or more!). Training and orientation provided.
  • Organize a donation drive at your church! Email to coordinate. 
  • Pray for our brothers and sisters struggling with homelessness and joblessness.

Top Requested Items


Full or standard-sized items please:

Hygiene Items

  1. Shampoo
  2. Bath soap
  3. Deodorant
  4. Toothpaste (adult and kid brands)
  5. Toothbrush (adult and kids sizes)
  6. Dental floss
  7. Individually Packaged Razors
  8. Adult bladder control products (L and XL)

Household items

  1. Laundry detergent (30-50 oz. bottles)
  2. Liquid dish soap
  3. Toilet paper
  4. Paper towels
  5. 13-gallon trash bags
  6. Cleaning wipes

Baby items

  1. Diapers (mostly size 4, 5 and 6)
  2. Baby wipes


    Drop off your donations to:

    Catholic Charities Manassas Warehouse, 8426 Kao Cir, Manassas, VA 20110