What we do

Social Work

Caritas is There When You Need Us

Junger Mann mit Behinderung im GesprächCaritas: Providing help to people in need.KNA / Oppitz

These services are intended for all people who are socially disadvantaged, regardless of skin colour, religion or nationality.

Helping Thirteen Million People

People who are unemployed, have AIDS, have a substance addiction, are homeless, in prison, or mentally ill, or people who have immigrated from other countries all utilise the services Caritas offers in our day centres (outpatient / open) and part-residential and residential care centres. These services are also utilised by families, children, young adults, people with disabilities, and the elderly. In all, we help roughly thirteen million people every year.

Needs-Based Care Provides Effective Help

In our nursing homes, playschools, day nurseries, hospitals, health clinics and health and advice centres, people receive the advice, care, assistance and counsel they need. They come to our youth and disability centres, women’s shelters and to our advice centres for families, women, people in debt, addicts and immigrants to get support and guidance. More and more people living under the poverty level are also coming to Caritas’ soup kitchens for food and ’clothes closets’ for clothing.

These services are usually provided by local Caritas associations or the organisations running local charity facilities and are primarily funded by local and state governments and the Church. Many of the services are dependent on the donations of material goods, money or other contributions.

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Social Policy

Speaking Out for People on the Margins