Remembering Yesterday, Honoring Tomorrow
For 75 years, Catholic Charities has provided help and created hope to thousands of people in the Greater Houston region, helping people live with dignity and become self-sufficient. Our organization is filled with gratitude for the thousands of supporters over the years who have made a difference in the lives of the individuals and families we serve right here in the Greater Houston region. Our impact on the community would not be as great without your kindness and generosity.
Join us in celebrating 75 years of changing lives and our gratitude for Catholic Charities’ faithful supporters, who embrace our mission to serve as a sign of God’s love and compassion in the community.
Learn more about the history of Catholic Charities and how you’ve helped grow our organization over the past 75 years:
75TH ANNIVERSARY TIMELINE
1943 – Catholic Charities founded with Bishop Christopher Byrne appointing Msgr. John Roach as the first Executive Director. Needy Families program (now known as Basic Needs Assistance) helped families with emergency food and rent assistance.
1951 – Agency incorporated and became a United Way agency.
1963 – Agency adopted the name “Catholic Family and Children Services.”
1972 – The name changed once again to “Catholic Community Services.”
1975 – Refugee Resettlement began as a parish-based initiative to welcome Southeast Asians after the fall of Saigon.
1978 – Msgr. James A. Jamail, MSW, named second Executive Director.
1981 – COA accreditation awarded – only one of three in the nation at the time.
1983 – Grandfathered in the Friendly Visitors program from United Way, now called S.A.F.E. (Services to the Alone, Frail and Elderly – Senior Services).
1984 – Opened the Central American Youth Program, now known as St. Michael’s Homes for Children.
1986 – Began the Texas Center for Immigrant Legal Assistance, now known as the St. Frances Cabrini Center for Immigrant Legal Assistance.
1987 – Began caring for HIV/AIDS clients, now the AIDS Ministry program.
1993 – Guadalupe Area Social Service Center, Villa Guadalupe and La Casita opened to serve the poor, homeless and elderly.
1995 – Consolidated diocesan social services: Guadalupe Area Social Services, Diocesan AIDS Ministry and Catholic Charities of Galveston County.
1996 – Agency name changed to Associated Catholic Charities.
1999 – Moved to the 2900 Louisiana Street location from 3520 Montrose.
2001 – Agency returned to its original name, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston; Disaster Recovery program developed in response to Tropical Storm Allison.
2011 – The Mamie George Community Center opened in Richmond, thanks to a land donation by the George Foundation.
2012 – Catholic Charities incorporates the Lotus Project into its program services, now known as Women Veteran Services.
2013 – Expanded Counseling Services to provide free in-school counseling at the 10 inner-city Catholic Schools in the Houston area.
2018 – Celebrating 75 years of Catholic Charities serving area communities.
Why is the name Galveston-Houston?
Catholic Charities began in Galveston in 1943. As homage to our agency’s beginnings, Galveston comes before Houston in our name.
The agency has had four name changes.
Catholic Charities has been known by four different names:
- Catholic Family and Children Services
- Catholic Community Services
- Associated Catholic Charities
- Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
Over the past 75 years, you've helped us make an impact on thousands of lives in the Greater Houston community. Meet them and read their stories.
Read more Mission Moments and learn about the difference you've made in the lives of individuals in the past seven decades.
Make a Gift
Your support of Catholic Charities ensures that we continue to help those who are suffering in our community by feeding the hungry, providing shelter for a single woman veteran and her children, or reuniting children separated from their families.
Help us to continue to make an impact on the Greater Houston region for the next 75 years.
Become a Volunteer
Volunteers are essential in fulfilling our mission here at Catholic Charities. They help us ensure that the stranger gets welcomed, the senior is looked after, the hungry are fed, and the children are served.
Celebrate our 75th birthday with us by signing up to volunteer with Catholic Charities. Join us in continuing to serve the community by sharing your time and your talent.