Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach was established in 1984 as the social service arm of the Diocese of Palm Beach. Catholic Charities programs and ministries are developed to meet the most current and pressing needs of the communities that are served.
Below are summaries of the 14 Catholic Charities programs and ministries.
Programs and Ministries
Centers are dedicated to the sanctity of life, and four facilities offer pro-life services, education and counseling focused on abortion alternatives and adoption. Referrals for prenatal care, medical coverage, housing and emergency assistance, along with free ultrasound, pregnancy testing and baby items are provided. 561-234-0612.
CRS carries out the commitment of the U.S. bishops to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas as part of the universal mission of the Catholic Church. Catholic Charities helps coordinate local grants generated from the annual CRS fundraising project, Operation Rice Bowl. 561-775-9560.
Eight locations provide counseling by professional therapists to help “strengthen the sacrament of marriage and the family” and guide those experiencing life issues, depression, anxiety, grief and loss. 561-215- 0208 for Palm Beach County; 772-283- 0541 for Martin, St. Lucie or Indian River counties.
Dedicated to “the dignity of life” as professionals serve those age 65 and older, and provide guardianship, case management and protection against crime, exploitation, abuse and neglect. 561-345-2001.
Training is a course designed for those entrusted with the care and “protection of dignity and human rights” of another. 561-345-2001.
These services are available to provide helpful resources and referral information. 561- 345-2007.
These services are provided in Riviera Beach, Stuart and Pahokee to assist foreign-born individuals and families in need of immigration assistance. The services help those who are unable to access assistance in the private sector. 561-345-2003.
These programs provide ongoing education for registered nurses who serve faith communities. The nurses in the program are dedicated to promoting preventive care of the body, mind and spirit, and offer guidance. The program also brings health awareness and provides registered nurses in Fort Pierce and Pahokee. 561-345-2006.
Office of Black Catholic Ministry serves Catholics of many different cultures and traditions and is aimed at addressing community problems of concern and with a focus on growing faith. The program features mentoring to help young Catholics develop leadership skills and be the best they can be in academics, faith and life. 561-345-2000.
This ministry reaches out to minister spiritually and evangelize inmates in nearly 25 different correctional institutes. The program is made possible with the help of strong leadership and more than 140 volunteers. 561-360-3324.
This program serves victims of human trafficking, as well as refugees, asylees and other newly arrived people who have no support. The program assists families and individuals with social and economic adjustments as they make new homes in the United States. Clients are referred to Catholic Charities by the U.S. Department of State. 561-345-2002.
Respect Life Office and Rachel’s Vineyard healing ministry are pro-life initiatives designed to promote a greater understanding of the sanctity of human life and the humanity of the unborn child, and carry out the mission of the Church to witness to and serve all human life and help those suffering in the aftermath of abortion. 561-360-3330.
Samaritan Center is a shelter for the homeless in Vero Beach. Built in 1993, the shelter is designed to strengthen families and serve the very poor. 772- 770-3039.
SAM helps families and individuals, and provides teams at parishes and hope, healing and reconciliation. The ministry, made possible with the help of volunteers, offers a safe, confidential and compassionate environment. Awareness and educational programs are also aspects of the program. 561-775-9527