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.
Romans 12:9-13—“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.”
Hebrews 13:2—“Remember to welcome strangers in your homes. There were some who did that and welcomed angels without knowing it.”
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
- Mr. Darren J. Faye
- Mr. Nicholas A. Iarocci
- 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
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