Agency Director: John Etling
The Catholic Charities in Terre Haute is a comprehensive, direct services agency.
Mission: Its primary purpose is to serve the poor, the homeless, the elderly, the neglected children and the needy. The Agency develops and administers programs in cooperation with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, parishes and any other established group in the deanery who wishes to share in the church's work of social ministry.
Services provided by Catholic Charities in Terre Haute last year: All services are free to anyone in need, regardless of social, economic or religious background.
- The Bethany House provides safe shelter, meals and clothing to homeless families. It also operates a soup kitchen for anyone wishing to eat 365 days of the year.
- The Christmas Store provides new gifts to families, serving approximately 1,000 families each year. It takes over 2,000 volunteer hours to prepare to operate the store each year for two weeks.
- The Household Exchange serves families with furniture, appliances, drapes, curtains, dishes, flatware, glasses, toys, sheets, blankets, pillows, pillow cases, radios, televisions, desks, lamps, and other types of household items used in furnishing an apartment or house.
- The Terre Haute Catholic Charities Foodbank distributes the equivalent of nearly two million meals each year to approximately 75 other charitable agencies in seven west-central Indiana counties. These agencies are soup kitchens, food pantries, senior citizen centers, senior housing, youth day care centers, church camps, youth residential facilities, and other 501(c)(3) not-for-profit agencies with food to help thousands of people in need. The THCC Foodbank is a member agency of Feeding America, the national food bank network.
- Ryves Youth Center at Etling Hall offers crisis intervention, free meals, cooking and food service training, preschool, tutoring, Scouts, organized sports, music program, financial counseling and computer training in our computer lab. Breakfast and lunch are served to the preschool for homeless and at-risk children and an evening meal is served to the regular latch-key children. All of our meals and programs are at no charge.
We are members of the United Way of theWabash Valley, Feeding America and Feeding Indiana's Hungry.
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