Diocesan Department of Catholic Charities

Diocesan Department of Catholic Charities

Diocesan Department of Catholic Charities

Contact Information

Rachel A. Hrbolich, Diocesan Director of Catholic Charities
144 West Wood Street
Youngstown, OH 44503
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Phone: (330) 744-8451

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Dear Friends,

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 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:

Catholic Charities of Ashtabula County
Catholic Charities Serving Portage and Stark Counties
Catholic Charities Regional Agency, serving Columbiana, Mahoning & Trumbull Counties

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.


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


Access Resources – School Year 2022/2023


For more information about Hispanic Ministry, please contact Rev. Brian C. Smith, Diocesan Coordinator of Hispanic Ministry, at bsmith@youngstowndiocese.org or at his office phone at St. Paul’s Church in North Canton: 330-499-2201, ext. 104.


Para mayor información sobre el Ministerio Hispano, favor de contactarse con el P. Brian C. Smith, Coordinador Diocesano del Ministerio Hispano, al email bsmith@youngstowndiocese.org, o a su teléfono de oficina en la parroquia Saint Paul’s en North Canton: 330-499-2201, ext. 104.


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.


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