Catholic Charities Completes 2014 Annual Survey
Monday, 04 May 2015 00:00

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SUBJECT         Catholic Charities Completes 2014 Annual Survey

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Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Youngstown recently completed the 2014
Catholic Charities USA Annual Survey, which gathers information on services,
collaborative efforts, social action initiatives, parish relationships, personnel, finances,
and implementation of mission-related activities from Catholic Charities organizations
across the United States. Five institutions in the Diocese of Youngstown participated in
the survey: the Catholic Charities administrative office located in the diocesan chancery;
Catholic Charities Housing Opportunities; Catholic Charities of Ashtabula County; Catholic
Charities Serving Portage and Stark Counties; and Catholic Charities Regional
Agency (serving Columbiana, Mahoning, and Trumbull Counties).

Catholic Charities served a total of 46,299 people in 2014. Seventy-nine percent (79%) of
Catholic Charities' emergency assistance clients reported incomes below the federal
poverty line, which was $23,850 for a family of four last year; ninety-one percent (91%)
qualified for some type of public assistance, including TANF, SSI, SNAP (food stamps),
and Medicaid benefits.

The Catholic Charities agencies in the Diocese of Youngstown provided over $940,000 in
direct assistance to clients in 2014, plus an additional $1.8 million in pass-through funds
to clients from grants and contracts with government entities, as well as other direct
assistance monies from both diocesan and local sources.

Eighty-five percent (85%) of Catholic Charities' total budget of $7.6 million is devoted to
programs that meet basic human needs, strengthen families, build communities, and
empower low-income people; eleven percent (11%) is used for administration; and four
percent (4%) is spent on fund raising.

The majority of those served at Catholic Charities agencies in the Diocese of Youngstown
receive emergency assistance. In 2014, Catholic Charities provided help with food, utilities,
prescriptions, clothing, rent, and other basic needs to 24,718 unduplicated clients, a figure
that remains consistent with last year. An additional 7,714 clients accessed First Step
Pregnancy and Family Support Programs, which provide specific material assistance and
case management services to low-income pregnant women and families with children ages

Over the past several years, Catholic Charities has seen a steady increase in the number
of people receiving food assistance at its agencies. However, in 2014, Catholic Charities
provided 38% more food assistance than the previous year. Food is provided through
on-site pantries located at the Catholic Charities agencies, and vouchers, which can be
redeemed at local grocery stores.