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Catholic Charities St. Augustine is one of four regional offices operated by Catholic Charities Bureau, Inc., which was incorporated in January of 1945. The Bureau’s roots go back to the late 1800s and the St. Mary’s Home, Florida’s first child-care institution, where we provided a safe and loving home for thousands of orphaned and abandoned children over the years.

 

While Catholic Charities began as a child welfare, foster care and adoption agency, we have continually sought to respond to the needs of the community. Our offices have grown into critical services such as pregnancy support, family counseling, alcohol and substance abuse counseling, pastoral services for those in prison, drop-in services for seafarers in port, religious education for children at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, disaster relief, and more.

LAKE CITY
REGIONAL OFFICE

GAINESVILLE
REGIONAL OFFICE

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JACKSONVILLE
REGIONAL OFFICE

ST. AUGUSTINE
REGIONAL OFFICE

Late 1800s

St. Mary’s Home, Florida’s first child-care institution, is operated by Catholic nuns in Jacksonville, Fla.

19xx

Catholic Charities begins operating
regional office in Jacksonville

19xx

Catholic Charities begins operating
regional office in Lake City

19xx

Catholic Charities expands core programs to include X, Y, Z

2021

Catholic Charities continues to serve more than 70,000 individuals across 17 counties in Florida, continuing to expand its reach with programs that serve communities in need.

1945

Catholic Charities Bureau is incorporated

19xx

Catholic Charities begins operating
regional office in Gainesville

19xx

Catholic Charities begins operating
regional office in St. Augustine

20xx

Catholic Charities responds to Hurricane
Irma in North Florida, assisting more than XX families seeking food and shelter after the storm.

In addition to the St. Augustine regional office, Catholic Charities Bureau, Inc. also operates regional offices in Jacksonville, Gainesville, and Lake City, serving more than 70,000 individuals per year across 17 counties (Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Suwanee and Union).