Uplifting Communities in Brooklyn and Queens
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens sees its mission as sharing in the promotion of unity among all persons by seeking to develop caring communities.
As a service agency, and as a coordinator of other Catholic agencies, Catholic Charities uses its commitment to service as a vehicle for the promotion of participation and involvement of people in the service of others. By bringing people together to know, to experience and to reflect upon the needs and the issues of their local communities, the agency seeks to raise consciousness, to encourage input and involvement in addressing needs and to generate responses that draw people together and promote the caring, unity and witness which characterizes the Catholic ministry of service.
The agency seeks to create among staff a community of caring and sharing made up of people who seek to reach out to the poor, sick, aged, developmentally disabled and isolated.
In the delivery of service, the values of quality performance, responsiveness to local need and preservation of the basic dignity of each individual person are paramount. Programs must be directed not only toward the alleviation of individual misery, but toward changing the forces which cause such misery, and toward advocating for justice and for systemic change where such is needed. In effect, to promote a social order which enhances human development “The glory of God is people fully alive.”
The agency recognizes in its mission a special call to promote family life and to help our neighbors cope in this turbulent society. It likewise recognizes a call to aid all parish communities in their ministry to the suffering and needy of their parish and to living out the social call of the gospel.
In summary, the prayer of Jesus, “That all may be one” formulates our call, justifies our existence and motivates our efforts toward unity as a prime value.