About Us

Who We Are

  • Established in the 1970s and incorporated in 1989 to provide social services to the area of the Diocese of Knoxville
  • Member of Catholic Charities USA, the largest social service agency in the U.S.
  • One in ten persons at or below poverty are served by Catholic Charities annually
  • All programs accredited by the International Council on Accreditation
  • Named by Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest charity evaluator, as a Top Ten Charity fiscal responsibility. Also awarded Charity Navigator’s highest rating for organizational efficiency and capacity.


What We Do

  • Our mission is to help meet the needs of the poor and vulnerable of East Tennessee regardless of their religious affiliation.
  • We served nearly 14,000 individuals last year through 13 innovative programs and services throughout East Tennessee.
  • We serve those with demonstrated need, regardless of race, religious affiliation or ability. Fewer than 5 percent of those we serve are Catholic.


Our Clients

  • Children who are victims of abuse, neglect or other endangerment
  • Seniors, including the homebound, the homeless and victims of elder abuse
  • Women and men dealing with the consequences of unplanned pregnancy
  • Homeless individuals living with HIV/AIDS or with chronic mental health issues
  • Families in hardship, including immigrants, refugees and rural Appalachian families
  • Families who are homeless, at risk of homelessness or are transitioning from homelessness permanent housing


Our Funding

  • A combination of private funds and government grants and contracts
  • Diocese of Knoxville contributes approximately 10 percent of annual budget
  • Knoxville and Chattanooga area United Ways provide approximately 5 percent of budget