Catholic Charities Diocesan Offices
DIOCESAN DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE
In his Encyclical Letter, God is Love, Pope Benedict XVI reminds us that “As a community, the Church must practice love. Love thus needs to be organized if it is to be an ordered service to the community.” Catholic Charities represents “organized love” to all who come to us in need—regardless of their faith or lack of faith. Working through our professional, dedicated staff members and faithful volunteers, the light of Christ is able to touch lives, providing help and creating hope for thousands of individuals and families throughout the Diocese of Youngstown each year.
How can you engage with Catholic Charities and help us share the love of Jesus? Pray. Pray for those who look to us as a beacon of hope when life becomes overwhelming and difficult. Serve. Contact the Catholic Charities service site nearest you and learn how your time and talent can make a difference in serving the needs present in your community. Support. Many of the ministries offered by Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Youngstown are made possible by parishioners who support the Bishop’s Appeal for Catholic Charities and Church, as well as other people of good will who donate money and material goods to Catholic Charities so that we can exercise our mission of service.
In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus reminds us that the poor will always be with us. Our challenge as his faithful followers is to treat the poor that we encounter with hospitality, dignity, and respect. Please accept this challenge with us so that together we can make our neighborhoods, communities, and diocese a place where all people experience the love of God through us.
May God bless you for all that you do to recognize and serve the needs of others.
Rachel A. Hrbolich
Diocesan Director of Catholic Charities
“Catholic Charities” refers to the Office within the Diocesan Department of Social Concerns responsible for carrying out the responsibilities and activities of the Diocese of Youngstown Catholic Charities Corporation (DOYCCC). The DOYCCC is a Member Corporation whose Chairman is the diocesan bishop, and whose affiliate agencies include the following:
Catholic Charities of Ashtabula County
Catholic Charities Serving Portage and Stark Counties
Catholic Charities Regional Agency, serving Columbiana, Mahoning & Trumbull Counties
Catholic Charities Housing Opportunities
Each of the four DOYCCC affiliate agencies is a separately incorporated 501(c)(3) organization with its own local Board of Directors, administrative leadership, and staff. Certain reserved powers related to the governance of the affiliate agencies are reserved for the diocesan bishop in accordance with the DOYCCC and affiliate agencies’ Codes of Regulations.
The functional role of the DOYCCC is to coordinate and oversee the provision of social and housing services throughout the Diocese of Youngstown to ensure that the mission shared among the affiliate agencies is fulfilled: 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. The DOYCCC convenes the affiliate agencies on a regular basis to pray, dialogue, plan, share ideas and resources, and explore new initiatives. The DOYCCC also offers technical and administrative assistance in the areas of fund raising, marketing, development, parish relations, board and staff training, and formation.
Catholic Charities Housing Opportunities
Grants & Projects Coordinator
225 Elm St.
Youngstown, OH 44503
Phone: 330-744-8451, ext. 323
Programs & Services
Down Payment Assistance/Homeownership Program
Catholic Charities Housing Opportunities has a Homeownership Program that works collaboratively with our HUD certified housing counselors in the Diocese of Youngstown. This program offers down-payment assistance, pre– and post-purchase housing counseling, and home maintenance training.
Depending on the cost of the home and the amount you need to borrow, you may qualify for up to $3,000.00 in assistance toward down-payment and closing costs. You must contribute 1% of the mortgage cost.
Catholic Charities Housing Opportunities Homeownership Program gives you the information you need to help you succeed as a home owner.
Advantages/disadvantages of homeownership:
Monthly spending analysis
Costs of purchasing a home
Stable employment and income
Shopping for a home:
Sources of leads
House evaluation checklist
Negotiating the purchase price
Calculating available cash and assets:
Analysis of gross/net income
Mortgage loan terms
Understanding your obligations
Life as a homeowner:
Protecting your investment
Home maintenance / home repairs
Household budgeting / Homeowner equity
LEGAL IMMIGRATION SERVICES
An Affiliate of Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)
Mrs. Naomi Hokky, Supervising Attorney
Mrs. Alma Ciriello, Intake Specialist
144 West Wood Street
Youngstown, Ohio 44503
Phone: 330-744-8451, ext. 326
This office provides family-based and humanitarian-based immigration assistance to those individuals who wish to obtain legal status in the United States, either for themselves or for their relatives. Catholic Charities Legal Immigration Services does not accept cases involving employment-based immigration or criminal convictions.
The program is staffed by qualified attorneys and bilingual intake specialists who are able to provide interpretation and assistance.
Nominal fees are charged for services needed. However, services will not be denied based on the inability to pay.