from Susan Rauscher, executive director

Thank you for visiting the Catholic Charities website. You’re here because you want to know more about our programs and services, or perhaps you want to volunteer or make a donation. Whatever the reason for your visit, we’re glad that you’re here.

Since 1910, Catholic Charities has been providing help and creating hope for individuals and families living within the six counties of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. We are called to recognize Christ in others, serve them as Christ would serve, and in so doing, we bring glory and honor to Him.

It is a privilege and blessing to answer the Christian call to serve everyone, regardless of religious affiliation, in their time of greatest need.

Whether the need is for emergency help due to job loss or disaster, health care for those without insurance, lack of a residence for homeless older men, or challenges facing women and their babies throughout pregnancy and beyond, Catholic Charities is there when people need us most.

Thank you for being here for us with your support and prayers. After viewing this website, feel free to let us know how we can serve you.

Yours in Service,
Susan Rauscher, Executive Director


Catholic Charities is the primary social service agency of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, serving all, regardless of religious affiliation, at their time of great need.


Relying on God’s providence and embracing the call of the Gospel and the social teachings of the Church, Catholic Charities is dedicated to championing the dignity of the person, improving the quality of life, and advocating for the social good of the human family, so that the poor and vulnerable, always welcomed and loved, embrace opportunities necessary to realize their potential.

Guiding Principles

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Pittsburgh:

  • will be guided by the Gospel values and social teachings of the Catholic Church
  • will provide services and foster communications that respect each person with a preferential option for those who are poor or vulnerable
  • will provide programs and services that assist with immediate needs while empowering individuals and families to attain self-sufficiency
  • will promote and protect life from the moment of conception until natural death
  • will provide service to all in need regardless of religious affiliation
  • will operate with integrity and the highest ethical and professional standards
  • will be good stewards of resources utilizing gifts of time, talent and treasure in a transparent and accountable manner
  • will foster effective partnerships, including mobilizing the resources of the parishes of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, other area churches, other providers, and the wider community
  • will develop a service delivery system to allow clients comprehensive access to a wide range of coordinated services
  • will strive to be a trendsetting agency among health and human service providers