Catholic Charities Bureau, Inc. (CCB) incorporated in January of 1945. Our roots go back to the late 1800’s and the St. Mary’s Home, Florida’s first child-care institution. Although originally a child welfare, foster care and adoption agency, Catholic Charities has always sought to respond to the needs of the community. Over the years we have provided services to pregnant women, families needing counseling services, those dealing with alcohol and substance abuse problems, children lost in the foster care system, pastoral services to those in prison, maritime seafarers needing drop-in services when in Port, and religious education services for children at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind. We currently offer the following services: emergency financial assistance, refugee resettlement programs, legalization and immigration services, reunification services, workforce development, self-sufficiency programs, adoption and pregnancy services, holiday assistance, rural outreach, farm workers ministry, camp for youth and young adults with disabilities and food assistance. Most recently, we have begun to offer disaster relief services in response to the hurricanes of 2016 and 2017. Catholic Charities has four regional offices located in Gainesville, Jacksonville, Lake City and St. Augustine and serves over 70,000 individuals a year in the 17 counties of Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Suwanee and Union.
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- Accredited agency through the Council on Accreditation since 2007.
- Catholic Charities USA awarded a Seal of Approval from the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance.
- Charity Navigator found Catholic Charities USA a "Slam Dunk" for donors and is recognized as 8th Most Fiscally Responsible Charity in the nation.
- Charity Navigator (a watchdog for nonprofits) listed Catholic Charities as one of the top ten charities in terms of fiscal health and respecting the rights of donors and awarded Catholic Charities a 4-Star rating for both organizational capacity and efficiency.
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