The mission of Catholic Social Services is to meet the needs of those living in poverty or suffering from despair and to advocate for those suffering from oppression in our communities. We joyfully choose to collaborate with all of God’s people regardless of race, creed, religion, or economic background in order to build a more just and compassionate society. We do this by providing financial assistance, food, clothing, referrals, and more.
Catholic Social Services of West Alabama serves over 6,000 clients per year from a highly impoverished ten county service area in the 6th poorest state in the country. Our clients live in counties suffering from 18% – 40% poverty, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Since 1989, Catholic Social Services of West Alabama has advocated for the most vulnerable in our community, guided by the basic belief in the inherent dignity of every human being. We vigorously advocate for poverty reduction programs, establish collaborative partnerships to end poverty in West Central Alabama, and support our local agencies in their provision of essential services to those in need.