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Catholic Charities Corporation Administrative Offices:

7911 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44102

(216) 334-2900

Statement from Patrick Gareau, President & CEO, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland

Posted October 13, 2023

For over 2,000 years, the Catholic Church has heeded the command of Jesus Christ to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and care for the poor. On behalf of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, Catholic Charities has been at the forefront of doing just that since its inception in 1912. Currently, through its 800 employees and more than 15,000 volunteers annually, Catholic Charities delivers 150+ services to 400,000 Northeast Ohioans across 60 locations each year in our eight county region. Our programs include treatment, prevention and recovery services; family and community services; services for persons with disabilities; emergency assistance; meals and clothing for the hungry and homeless; services for the elderly and chronically ill, including skilled nursing, assisted living and hospice care; and more.

Catholic Charities provides these services to those we serve without any litmus test and without regard for who they are, what they believe, whether they belong to a particular faith or no faith, or for any other reason beyond their need. In doing so, Catholic Charities has and will continue to meet any applicable legal and regulatory requirements related to its programs and services. All of this is unaffected by the issuance of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland’s “Parish & School Policy on Issues of Sexuality and Gender Identity,” which by design does not apply to Catholic Charities.

Today and every day, Catholic Charities continues the healing and helping mission of Jesus by responding to those in need through an integrated system of quality services designed to: respect the dignity of every person, and build a just and compassionate society.

Media contact: Rebecca L. Gallant, 216.318.0518,

Catholic Diocese of Cleveland Part of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland

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