Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities was established during the “Hungry Thirties” under the direction of the Most Reverend William Mark Duke, Archbishop of Vancouver from 1931 to 1964.

Since its founding, the Catholic Charities has provided many social services such as the Greater Vancouver Catholic Credit Union, the Catholic Lending Library and the Catholic Youth Centre Pool.

Today, Catholic Charities continues to strongly serve the social needs of Greater Vancouver through: the Catholic Charities Men’s Shelter, Catholic Charities (Prison Ministry), the Refugee Sponsorship program administered by the Office of Service & Justice, and The Door Is Open.

2019 Catholic Charities Annual Report

The Door is Open and Men's Shelter

Thank you for being a part of our family of donors and volunteers. Your support brought hope to the most vulnerable in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. In 2019, the Men’s Shelter celebrated their 60th anniversary of providing overnight stays and support for men experiencing homelessness. This past year, they provided 44,000 stays. The Door is Open continued to expand their women’s grief support group and served over 107,000 meals in 2019.

I hope that the stories in this annual report below provide you with inspiration and encouragement.

James Borkowski,
Archbishop’s Delegate for Operations

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