Message from the Executive Director
Monsignor Gregory Cox video welcomes you to our site and services.
Thank you for visiting our Web site. We dedicate our efforts to creating hope in the lives of the most impoverished and vulnerable members of our society by providing them with the help they need. Inspired by Christ’s boundless love and generosity, we share our time and resources with the poor and disadvantaged in our society.
Nearly 20% of all residents in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties are defined as poor (the national average is much lower, at 12%). Among the leading causes of poverty and homelessness, which often force people into emergency situations, are high housing costs and low paying jobs. In California, a full-time minimum wage job pays $8.00 per hour. Employment paying at least $10.75 per hour is required to keep a family of four out of extreme poverty. A wage earner in the three-county area must make over $28.00 per hour in order to afford a one-bedroom apartment at fair market rate.
In Los Angeles County, a one parent, two-child household requires over $39,000 per year for basic needs. Therefore, one in three working families cannot pay for rent, health care, transportation, food, taxes and other necessities of daily life. The majority of clients who came to Catholic Charities during the 2013-2014 fiscal year had annual incomes of under $20,000.
During 2013-2014, Catholic Charities provided assistance to more than 112,000 different individuals who benefited from a wide range of our programs and services. Yet, we did not do it alone. We worked in cooperation with governmental agencies, religious organizations, businesses, foundations, other social service agencies, and thousands of individual supporters. They each played a significant role in reaching out to the poor.
If you need help, or if you would like to offer your help, please contact our staff at any of our offices, community centers, food banks, and shelters scattered throughout Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. We are honored to serve everyone who needs our assistance.
Rev. Monsignor Gregory A. Cox