History of Catholic Charities
- July 1903 a group of lay Roman Catholics founded Catholic Children’s Aid Society of New Jersey. This was the first organization to work on behalf of abused and neglected children.
- 1927 - Fifteen orphanages collaborated with the Children’s Aid Society to form Associated Catholic Charities which provided family and child-welfare services.
- 1929 - Bishop Thomas J. Walsh announced his intention to establish Newark Mount Carmel Guild, an organization that provided mental, spiritual and physical relief to individuals receiving public assistance.
- 1930 to 1941 - Mount Carmel Guild Soup Kitchen, established in the basement of St. Patrick’s Pro-Cathedral, serves meals to people in need. Staffed by more than 168 volunteers and one paid worker, Mount Carmel Guild Soup Kitchen served more than 1,632,000 meals during the decade it was opened.
- 1965 - Monsignors Francis LoBianco and Joseph A. Dooling establish St. Francis School, the second private, special education school in the United States. The school was located in Ridgefield Park.
- 1969 - Monsignor Dooling dedicated Mount Carmel Guild Multi-Service Center at 17 Mulberry Street.
- 1973 - Mount Carmel Guild Special Hospital, a 20-bed psychiatric unit for adults, was opened.
- 1976 - Office of Migration was established to provide immigration assistance and refugee resettlement services to new arrivals in our country.
- 2004 - Catholic Community Services changed its name to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark to reflect its commitment to the charitable mission of the Archdiocese
- TODAY - Catholic Charities has 43 programs, serving close to 100,000 individuals in Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Union Counties. Among our programs are:
- counseling and support services for at-risk youth and their families
- psychological and psychiatric help for those with mental illness
- job training for those who are cognitively disabled
- affordable, high-quality early childhood education for preschoolers in Newark, Bloomfield and Elizabeth
- emergency shelter for the homeless and for those who are HIV-positive
- affordable housing for low-income families
- immigration legal services
- adoption services
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