Each day, the over 600 employees of Catholic Charities Maine come to the aid of the poor and vulnerable throughout the state of Maine. We see the faces of people suffering from mental illness, hurt and frightened children and families, those fallen victim to loneliness and isolation, those battling addictions, anxious refugees, and thousands of others who have been stripped and beaten by circumstance.
A faith-based, non-profit organization, we have been serving the poor and vulnerable populations of Maine since 1966. From food banks in Aroostook to child care in York County, our network of over 600 professionals and 500+ volunteers helped more than 50,000 of our neediest neighbors last year, answering want with generosity and replacing despair with hope. (Read our full history here.)
Inspired by scripture and the Church’s social teaching, Catholic Charities empowers and strengthens individuals and families of all faiths by providing innovative community-based social services throughout Maine.
Respect: Treating others, as we want to be treated. Accepting all persons for their unique gifts, circumstances and needs. Believing in the inherent worth and sacredness of each person.
Integrity: Seeking to effect wholeness in all our relationships — individually and organizationally. Keeping our word, and being faithful to who we say we are.
Compassion: Caring and comforting in a personalized manner through our diverse presence as social service providers.
Hospitality: Welcoming all, especially those most vulnerable and in need, to an environment of dignity, safety, warmth and a sense of being “at home”.
Excellence: Consistently aiming to achieve highest quality outcomes while striving for innovation, collaboration and continuous quality improvement.
Stewardship: Making use of all our human, material, environmental and financial resources in a responsible and accountable manner.
The true RICHES of Catholic Charities Maine are grounded in the social teachings of Jesus Christ as they unfold in the lives of our committed staff and our clients who bestow on us the gift of their presence. It is here that our treasure lies, empowering our mission and values to guide us in all we do.
Catholic Charities Maine is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children, Inc.
As a member agency of United Way organizations throughout Maine, Catholic Charities Maine works to identify community concerns and provide programs and services to address needs in the locations it serves.
Catholic Charities Maine is a member of Catholic Charities USA, providing leadership, advocacy and technical assistance to 1,640 independent local agencies and organizations across the United States.
Rooted in the Catholic tradition, our programs serve as the social service affiliation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, which supports many of our community faith-based services.