About Us

Catholic Charities Mission:

Catholic Charities is the social service organization of the Archdiocese of Dubuque responding to persons in need and working to achieve justice in our society. 

Catholic Charities Vision:

Catholic Charities advocates for and serves individuals, families, parishes and communities in the thirty county area of Northeast Iowa to reduce poverty, strengthen families & empower communities by providing help and creating hope.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque was founded in 1931 as a non-profit, social service organization in the Archdiocese of Dubuque and is part of a national social services network through Catholic Charities USA.  We offer a wide variety of programs for individuals who are in the greatest need and we welcome people of all faiths and backgrounds.

We Believe:


  • People can recover, reclaim and transform their lives.
  • All people have unique strengths.
  • Every person deserves a warm, safe and affordable place to call home.
  • Family is the foundational structure of society and must be supported.
  • Community provides a key to helping people achieve well-being.
  • All people should have access to affordable health care, jobs that pay a livable wage, and economic security to plan for the future.

Our mission is deeply rooted in the principles of Catholic Social Teachings.