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Agency Director: John C. 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.

  • Bethany House is a homeless shelter for single women, families, and single parents with children providing temporary housing, food, clothing, laundry facilities, and case management. Bethany House also offers a free clothes closet to our residents, as well as to the community.
  • The Christmas Store works with over 25 churches and social service agencies which refer families in need of a little additional help during the Christmas season. The store is open for 15 days each year around Thanksgiving. Each family receives personal hygiene and household items, along with clothing, socks, and underwear for each family member and a toy for each child. In addition, the Christmas Store provides clothing and household items to families experiencing a crisis such as flood or fire.
  • As a member of Feeding America, the largest domestic emergency food bank network, Terre Haute Catholic Charities Foodbank collects, warehouses, and distributes 3 million pounds of food annually to more than 90 soup kitchens, food pantries, senior centers, youth centers, and other charitable agencies. Additionally, Catholic Charities also operates a Soup Kitchen – serving the hungry in our community – throughout the week. Community members in need can receive a full meal at Ryves Youth Center Monday - Friday or a sack lunch on Saturday and Sunday at Bethany House. Feeding America: Hunger in America 2010, a comprehensive study of the Foodbank, revealed that more than 32, 000 individuals are served through our network of agencies in Clay, Greene, Knox, Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion, and Vigo counties in west-central Indiana.
  • Ryves Youth Center at Etling Hall provides latchkey programs for children after school each weekday and during school breaks. A variety of programs are provided and include trauma-informed mentoring, counseling, tutoring, evening meals, Boy and Girl Scout troops, sports, games, computer lab, and theater performances. We provide full-day preschool for homeless and at-risk children from 8am – 5pm. These children receive three meals a day while learning skills necessary for them to enter kindergarten. Through the BackPack™ program, Ryves Youth Center provides nutritious, child-friendly food to provide children with the nutrition they need while school is out over the weekend. 

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