The Secretariat for Catholic Human Services oversees a variety of agencies and programs which respond to people’s material, relational, emotional and spiritual needs. In addition to Catholic Social Services, the Secretariat includes Catholic Health Care Services, Nutritional Development Services, and the Office for Community Development.
Catholic Health Care Services
Catholic Health Care Services (CHCS) of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia provides support and services to older adults within the Archdiocese. These services include in-home support, parish-based support programs, geriatric care management, adult day care and senior housing communities. Our services aim to help seniors to remain in their communities and homes as long as possible. Last year, we served 10,000 seniors throughout the Philadelphia region.
Nutritional Development Services
Nutritional Development Services provides food and related technical assistance to other organizations that distribute food to individuals, families, in particular children who suffer food insecurity. NDS works with a variety of governmental entities and community groups to improve individual and community access to food, enhance food resources, and improve knowledge about healthy nutrition and diet. NDS administers the National School Lunch Program, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, and the Summer Food Service Program for Children. Food and technical assistance are also provided to local organizations that serve the hungry through food cupboards, soup kitchens, and shelters.Through this dynamic partnership with others concerned about poverty-related hunger, NDS enables the miracle of “multiplying the loaves and fishes” to feed a multitude to be continually realized in our day.
Office for Community Development
The Office for Community Development (OCD) serves as a catalyst to identify and mobilize the resources necessary to promote neighborhood transformation in targeted, disadvantaged communities of Philadelphia. Founded in 2001, OCD develops partnerships with other faith-based organizations, governmental agencies, local businesses and civic groups to accomplish its mission. OCD focused initially on Philadelphia’s Kensington section, with three building projects that have positively impacted the area: the Cardinal Bevilacqua Community Center, Visitation Homes transitional housing, and St. Hugh Neighborhood Home Revitalization. Ongoing neighborhood economic development strategies in the Kensington corridor build on the success of these initiatives. In South Philadelphia, OCD responded to an archdiocesan priority to convert vacant church properties into affordable senior housing, resulting in seventy-five such units at St. John Neumann Place. Future projects in the Port Richmond and Kensington sections are exploring the feasibility of more residential and community-based programs focused on the needs of senior adults in the community.