Since 1919, Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc. has been protecting the vulnerable, providing for the poor, empowering the broken, advocating for social justice and, always, promoting human dignity.
During the industrialization of the early 1900s, much of California, and Los Angeles in particular, was in the throes of social change. An influx of immigrants, minimal labor laws and an emerging working class meant that many people needed help with housing, food, health care, advocacy, acculturation and literacy. Although women at that time didn’t yet have the right to vote, they did have the power to organize. A group of Catholic women began coordinating donations of food and clothing for those who were suffering. Before long, their efforts culminated into the formation of the Catholic Welfare Bureau, which expanded to cover much of coastal California, from Monterey County through San Diego County. In 1936, the agency was incorporated as an independent, public benefit corporation, functioning as the social service arm of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Over the years, the agency evolved in accordance with the needs in the communities. Along with structural changes throughout its history, the agency’s name changed to Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc. in 1986.
Such a great cause! We're looking forward to sharing some pictures of the event after! Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!