Catholic Charities, Diocese of Youngstown extends the love and compassion of Jesus Christ to those who are poor, vulnerable, and without hope. Through tangible assistance and other essential services, Catholic Charities affirms human dignity, meets basic human needs, strengthens families, builds communities, and empowers others to transform their lives.
Believing in the presence of God in our midst, we proclaim the sanctity of human life and the dignity of the person by sharing in the mission of Jesus given to the Church. To this end, Catholic Charities works with individuals, families and communities to help them meet their needs, address their issues, eliminate oppression, and build a just and compassionate society.
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Youngstown shares the mission held by Catholic Charities USA: to provide service to people in need, to advocate for justice in social structures and to call the entire Church and other people of good will to do the same.
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Youngstown has designated hospitality as its core value. Hospitality flows from charity, the principal gift of the Holy Spirit, and charity, in its purest form, is an expression of love.
“Let charity be genuine. . . Love one another with brotherly affection. . . Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints, practice hospitality.” -Romans 12:9-13
“Remember to welcome strangers in your homes. There were some who did that and welcomed angels without knowing it.” -Hebrews 13:2
The six counties which comprise the Diocese of Youngstown were separated from the Cleveland Diocese by order of the Holy See in 1943. Catholic Charities was established by Bishop James McFadden soon after the formation of the diocese to coordinate the social service efforts already present in five of the six counties. The Catholic Service League of Ashtabula County was added to complete the diocesan presence in each of the counties.
Catholic social service efforts in both the eastern and western regions of the diocese predate the official establishment of Catholic Charities by more than 25 years. Early priorities for Catholic Charities included child welfare, emergency services, and family services.
In 1999, the Diocese of Youngstown Catholic Charities Corporation (DOYCCC) was formed to strengthen the Catholic identity, structure and mission of the social service and housing organizations operating under the auspices of the Catholic Church. Today, the DOYCCC includes three affiliate social service agencies and one housing corporation: Catholic Charities of Ashtabula County; Catholic Charities Serving Portage and Stark Counties; Catholic Charities Regional Agency, serving Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull Counties; and Catholic Charities Housing Opportunities.
Diocese of Youngstown Catholic Charities Corporation Board of Directors
- Most Reverend George V. Murry, SJ, Bishop of Youngstown, Chairman
- Very Reverend Monsignor Robert J. Siffrin, Vicar General, Vice Chairman
- Mr. Stephen J. Carattini, President
- Ms. Rachel A. Hrbolich, Secretary/Treasurer
- Mrs. Linda DiRuzza
- Mrs. Jeanne Kochevar
- Mr. Leo J. Puhalla
- Mrs. Terry Supancic
Diocese of Youngstown Catholic Charities Corporation Executive Leadership
Mr. Stephen J. Carattini
Director for Social Concerns,
Diocese of Youngstown
Ms. Rachel A. Hrbolich
Director of Catholic Charities,
Diocese of Youngstown
Mr. George R. Garchar
Catholic Charities Serving Portage and Stark Counties
Mrs. Nancy Voitus
Catholic Charities Regional Agency,
serving Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull Counties
Mrs. Lynn Zalewski
Catholic Charities of Ashtabula County