Catholic Charities San Bernardino & Riverside Counties

Providing Help. Creating Hope.

aka Catholic Charities   |   San Bernardino, CA   |  www.ccsbriv.org

Mission

The mission of Catholic Charities San Bernardino & Riverside Counties is to fight poverty and its consequences in our local communities through crisis intervention services and by strengthening families resulting in new opportunities and changed futures.

Ruling year info

1946

CEO

Mr. Ken F. Sawa

Main address

1450 North D Street

San Bernardino, CA 92405 USA

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EIN

95-3516461

NTEE code info

Family Counseling, Marriage Counseling (P46)

Ethnic/Immigrant Services (P84)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Catholic Charities fights poverty and its consequences in our local communities through crisis intervention services and by strengthening families resulting in new opportunities and changed futures. We provide critically necessary help and support for adults, children, and seniors when they are in their darkest hours. The vast majority of the families we serve are poor and low-income families that are barely maintaining a fragile level of self-sufficiency until they are confronted by a foreseen crisis that disrupts the already precariousness of their lives. These families often face massive institutional, economic, environmental, and social barriers. Their difficulties are often complicated, and they simply do not have the resources to solve their problems without support from the community. Most often, they have nowhere else to turn for help. Catholic Charities is there to intervene as possible to help these families regain stability and move forward with their lives.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Family & Community Services

Family & Community Services staff provide a broad array of social services focused on stabilizing people in need. Staff complete intake and needs assessments, and provide wrap-around casework services, community linkages, and basic-needs assistance to very low-income, struggling families impacted by under-employment, part-time, variable-hour, low-wage jobs, unaffordable housing & utilities, and those confronted by an unexpected family crisis and need support in order to regain stability, so they can move beyond crisis and move forward with their lives. Core services include: rental and utility assistance, critical documentation replacement, assistance to enroll families in CalFresh and MediCal, burial assistance, direct food support, transportation assistance, prescription services, client advocacy, and various after-school and summer programs for at-risk youth.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our DOJ-accredited staff and volunteers provide affordable, accurate information and assistance to help non-citizens navigate the application process for naturalization, adjustment of status, work permits, fiancé visas, green card replacement, DACA and more. Trained volunteers also provide Citizenship classes designed to assist prospective citizens to prepare for the citizenship exam. Catholic Charities is one of the few nonprofit organizations that provide naturalization services specifically targeted to underserved, low-income communities.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our masters-level therapists strengthen emotional health and well-being for individuals and families experiencing an immediate crisis impacting their day-to-day functioning. We offer Counseling Services at various Catholic Charities sites as well as in area pre-schools. Therapists and group facilitators provide services with the goal helping our clients move beyond crisis and toward a strengthened future while promoting safe, healthy and stable families.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Catholic Charities also has two initiatives that help raise awareness about poverty and also build our region’s capacity to fight poverty now and in the future:

• POVERTY SIMULATIONS: Half-day events that brings area government officials and policymakers together to engage in an experience that simulates a month of living in poverty. The simulation mimics the real-world choices and real-world consequences that our clients – and struggling individuals and families throughout the Inland Region – face on a daily basis.

• HIGHER EDUCATION STUDENT INVESTMENT INITIATIVES:
Catholic Charities invests in the next generation of students entering helping professions in three ways: our Social Work MSW University Partnerships; our "Providing Help, Creating Hope" Scholarships for low-income community college students; and through Field Placements in social services settings throughout the inland region.

Population(s) Served

Community Outreach Services are primarily volunteer-driven "Acts of Kindness" efforts to alleviate suffering in the community that include holiday & special event congregate meals, various services for the homeless that include mobile showers, "Neighbor2Neighbor" weekend breakfast hospitality gatherings, "Stop The Hunger" city-wide lunches at parks & motels, and "Love Thy Neighbor" food, clothing, personal hygiene items, and other distributions for the general community.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of households benefitting from Catholic Charities Services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Social and economic status, Ethnic and racial groups, Age groups, Work status and occupations

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Unduplicated households served annually. Households and individuals are counted one time only regardless of number of services received or length or service. Outreach Services Contacts: 18,146.

Number of households that benefitted from program

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Social and economic status

Related Program

Family & Community Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Family & Community Services provides a broad array of social services necessary to stabilize low-income families.

Number of households served by program

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Counseling Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Counseling Services strengthens emotional health and well-being for individuals and families experiencing an immediate crisis impacting their day-to-day functioning.

Number of households served by program

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

Immigration Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Our DOJ-accredited staff and volunteers provide affordable, accurate information and assistance to help non-citizens navigate the application process for various immigration-related areas.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Catholic Charities fights poverty and its consequences in our local communities through crisis intervention services and by strengthening families resulting in new opportunities and changed futures. Our expertise and resources are aimed at families enduring an unexpected, short term crisis that has disrupted their stability. Without our attention and services, inevitably their situation will worsen resulting in numerous additional negative consequences.

With a broad range of social services, it is our goal to intervene at the right time with the proper help, so families can recover from a crisis, regain stability, and move forward with their lives. Catholic Charities’ goal is to “move the needle”, helping the people we serve move along a continuum of stability, from a position of “at-risk” where their current needs are unmet, to a position of “stable” or "thriving" where critically important needs are met, or exceeded.

Our response to low-income families in need is rooted in our understanding that that we must always view those we help in the context of their environment. We are sensitive and aware of the harsh realities and the extreme burdens of being poor.

We are acutely aware of the lack of opportunities, institutional failures, and the social injustices that impact the families we serve. Our work must start with where the client is at when they come to us – not where we or others think they should be.

We claim those who come to us as our own brothers and sisters who need some help right now – as all of us do from time to time. So our response is one that is non-judgmental, highly relational and flexible. Our work always begins from a place of compassion and care. We do not just serve families – we embrace them.

Catholic Charities offers a myriad of services through our three core program areas: Family & Community Services, Counseling Services, and Immigration Services. The theoretical basis of the work of Catholic Charities in rooted in Crisis Intervention Theory:

1) Address the crisis
2) Recognize other obstacles
3) Provide support & education
4) Encourage self-empowerment
5) Restore equilibrium and stabilize the family

Support at the right time not only prevents homelessness, job-loss, and other social ills but also improves an individual’s or family’s ability to thrive and paves the way for participation, increased resources, and the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Additionally, we are engaged in alleviation of suffering efforts through our community outreach activities that include "light touch" services primarily for the homeless that include mobile showers, weekend breakfast hospitality programs, various distributions throughout the year that include hygiene kits, PPE, blankets, new socks & coats, etc. and also hosting special events for the most needy in the communities we serve.

Having recently celebrated our 40th anniversary, Catholic Charities is one of the oldest and most accomplished social services organizations in the Inland Region. Our geographic reach is very broad (nearly 28,000 square miles). We provide services from eight full-time regional centers, all strategically placed to increase access to services across the very large Inland Counties. In addition, Catholic Charities has numerous part-time service sites throughout San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. Catholic Charities is the number one referred to private, social service non-profit organization in the two-county area. The 211 information line in both counties, United Ways, Red Cross, churches, hospitals, public agencies, school districts, courts, other non-profits regularly refer those in need to Catholic Charities. Medical social workers often call Catholic Charities when releasing patients that have social service needs.

Catholic Charities is well-regarded by partner organizations including area school districts, other non-profit organizations, communities of faith, and various government agencies. Our clients also benefit from the long-established partnerships that Catholic Charities has with organizations throughout the Inland Region. These relationships stem from Catholic Charities' professionalism and established relationship of trust within the community allowing us to provide services that are highly flexible and extremely responsive to the immediate and specific needs of the families we help.

Catholic Charities’ impact can be measured by the high volume of clients we serve year after year that require critically necessary relief from their poverty induced realities. Each of our core programs provide a multiple of services within those programs based on the learned needs of those we serve. As new community needs arise, we see it as our responsibility to figure out how we might address those needs in a manner that is focused on the best interest of those we help.

Internally and externally, Catholic Charities has focused on increasing awareness of the dire needs of poverty-stricken individuals and families throughout the region. We realized that with our direct knowledge of the realities of poverty, we are in a unique position to change public perception to the benefit of our clients. One step in this process has been to use several avenues to inform donors, volunteers, stakeholders, and the general public about the seriousness and vastness of poverty and near poverty in our two-county region and the lack of public and private resources available to address such a significant social problem in local communities.

Catholic Charities staff is as diverse as the community it serves in every way. Our staff is exceptional and bonded by an eagerness to share with others whatever each has to bring to the table based on their education, personal experience, and specific training. Those employed at Catholic Charities readily accept that our work is not just a job – it is a mission. Our culture of kindness and service is the backbone of who we are and what we are able to accomplish in the community.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Catholic Charities San Bernardino & Riverside Counties

Board of directors
as of 3/9/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. John Kosta

Gerardo Lopez

Teresa Seipel

William Schlegel

Candace Heaton

Dr. Donald Averill

Dannette Cooper

Marty Swanson

Mary Swanson

Dr. Timothy Jenkins

Kelly Schlegel

Matilde Servan

Cynthia Ronquillo

Rev. Manny Cardoza

Jorge Montenegro

Sr. Patricia Phillips

John Kosta

Bp. Alberto Rojas

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/09/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data