Catholic Social Services

Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is made up of various Catholic charities agencies dedicated to serving men, women, and children in need across the Philadelphia region. Catholic Social Services (CSS) provides charitable works of the Catholic Church to the community.

Services include residential treatment programs for at-risk children, family service centers, foster care, adoption, immigration services, counseling, senior citizen centers, programming for the elderly, transitional housing, homeless services, and care for medically fragile men and women. CSS further provides community-based education programs to court-adjudicated youth and sponsor residential and community-based care for persons who are developmentally delayed.

Catholic Social Services has been meeting the needs of the Philadelphia community since 1797.traces its roots in meeting the needs of the Philadelphia community back to 1797 when Catholic laity provided residential care for children left orphaned by the Yellow Fever Epidemic. In 1919, CSS was incorporated as the Catholic Children’s Bureau, later changing the name to Catholic Social Services to fully detail our range of diverse services.

Presently, CSS is among the largest, private non-profit Catholic charities providers of social services in Southeastern Pennsylvania.


A leading regional Catholic non-profit organization, CSS benefits more than 175,000 individuals annually. Motivated by its mission to serve the most vulnerable and at-risk members of our society, CSS offers a variety of community-based and residential programs and services to assist and support men, women and children living in Philadelphia and its four surrounding counties. Services daily touch the lives of immigrants, the homeless, women in crisis, dependent or delinquent youth, senior citizens, and the intellectually disabled. Catholic Social Services provides help and creates hope for people from every walk of life.

At Catholic Social Services, we change lives with faith-filled compassion. We engage communities to uplift those in need. We foster independence, opportunity, and dignity.

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Programs benefitted 174,000 people last year!