Diocesan Department of Catholic Charities
Diocesan Department of Catholic Charities
our Diocesan Offices
our Diocesan Offices
DIOCESAN DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE
On behalf of Catholic Charities’ staff, volunteers, and board members from across the six counties of the Diocese of Youngstown, thank you for visiting our website.
One of the most common misconceptions about Catholic Charities is that we only serve people who are Catholic. This is simply not true! Catholic Charities serves all people in need, as resources allow, regardless of their faith or lack of faith. Our role as Catholic Charities is to extend the love and compassion of Jesus Christ to those who are poor, vulnerable and without hope. We do this because we are Catholic and recognize our responsibility as outlined by our Holy Father Pope Francis in his Apostolic Exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel: “. . . to eliminate the structural causes of poverty and to promote the integral development of the poor, as well as small daily acts of solidarity in meeting the real needs which we encounter.”
Serving others through encounter, accompaniment, and love is what Catholic Charities is all about. I invite you to engage with us in the following ways:
- Pray for those who need our services, and for our life-affirming ministries that provide help and create hope for thousands of people each year;
- Serve the needs of others by contacting the Catholic Charities office nearest you to learn how your time and talent can be applied to volunteer opportunities;
- Collect material goods, such as non-perishable food items, hygiene and paper products, cleaning supplies, and other essentials that our clients need as they work towards greater financial self-sufficiency;
- Participate in the annual Diocesan Appeal: One in Mission, One in Hope, which provides necessary funding for Catholic Charities’ efforts; and
- Leave a Legacy by remembering Catholic Charities in your will or estate plan.
Thank you for your interest in Catholic Charities. May God bless you for all that you do to serve the needs of others.
Rachel A. Hrbolich
Diocesan Director of Catholic Charities
“Catholic Charities” refers to the Office within the Diocese 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:
Each of the three 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.
FIRST STEP TO SERVICE, SERVICE LEARNING OPPORTUNITY
The First Step to Service program is a service-learning opportunity for students developed by Catholic Charities, Diocese of Youngstown.
Catholic schools in the Diocese of Youngstown are part of a larger network of organizations and ministries that serve the needs of others as Jesus would.
The First Step to Service Program will benefit schools and students alike, by–
- Strengthening the connection between Catholic Charities and school aged youth
- Providing opportunities for students to deepen their faith
- Cultivating the minds of service-minded young people
IMMIGRATION LEGAL SERVICES
“Migrants are our brothers and sisters in search of a better life, far away from poverty, hunger, exploitation and the unjust distribution of the planet’s resources which are meant to be equitably shared by all.
– Pope Francis, World Day of Migrants and Refugees, January 2016
Through a partnership with Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland, Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Youngstown offers low cost immigration assistance for applications filed with U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and representation in Immigration Court.
We provide affordable legal counseling and representation in a wide-range of immigration matters including:
- Immigration Consultations Services
- Family-based petitions
- Citizenship/Naturalization Applications
- Applications to adjust status/permanent residency
- Work Authorization
- Protection Based Claims including: Asylum, Withholding of Removal, Protection under the Convention Against Torture
- Visas for victims including: U Visas for victims of serious crimes, T Visas for victims of trafficking, VAWA for victims of domestic violence
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
- Immigrant visa processing/consular processing
- Inadmissibility waiver applications
- Temporary Protected Status
- Immigration Court Representation
Services can be provided in a variety of languages. All matters are treated professionally and confidentially.
Clients are charged nominal service fees, which may be reduced or waived according to financial need. The consultation fee is $40. Additional fees may be required depending on the service requested. At the conclusion of the consultation, clients will be informed of all the services that will be performed by the agency and the fees required.
- All documents related to your immigration legal needs
- Consultation fee of $40
Obtaining an ILS consultation does not guarantee that we will be able to assist you with your case or represent you at your immigration court hearing. However, it is an opportunity for you to speak with a licensed attorney experienced in handling immigration matters.
Our office works hard to assist every client that requests representation. However, we are limited in the number of people we can assist and the types of cases we can take. At the conclusion of your consultation, the attorney will explain to you what your options are and whether or not our office will be able to assist you.
The main location for services in the Diocese of Youngstown is located at 225 Elm Street, Youngstown, Ohio 44503. Appointment arrangements can also be made at any of our Catholic Charities service sites located in our six-county diocese.
Appointments are required, and must be scheduled in advance
by calling 216-939-3769.
OFFICE OF PEACE AND JUSTICE
The Office of Peace and Justice promotes the themes of Catholic Social Teaching, particularly the dignity of the human person, through education, advocacy, and prayer.
Director of Peace and Justice, R.J. Mangan, provides opportunities for the Catholic faithful to engage with various aspects of the Church’s robust social mission, coordinating and collaborating with others of good will to influence public policy for the sake of the common good.