Exactly 100 years ago, an orphanage called St. Joseph's was founded in Oklahoma to provide a home for children in need. This orphanage was the initial endeavor undertaken by an organization known as Catholic Charities of Oklahoma, and the first of many to come. By 1927, Catholic Charities had expanded its social services to include, adoption, foster care and pregnancy counseling. It also had established a maternity home and a boardinghouse for young working women.
This reputable charity makes it a point to illustrate that it is here to serve the less fortunate citizens of Oklahoma and even refugees from as far away as Burma and Iraq. According to the mission statement, it is "To practice the Gospel values of justice, love, compassion and hope through service, empowerment and advocacy."
All across Oklahoma, Catholic Charities consistently proves to be a vital force in the state, constantly providing critical services to those who need them most.
Damon Britton is the associate director of children and family services at the Oklahoma City branch, responsible for the Western two-thirds of the state, and also the regional director for the Lawton area. Britton detailing some of Catholic Charities' more involved services, said, "First and foremost, all offices in the state of Oklahoma feature case management, which is crucial to organizing the requests for assistance we receive on a daily basis."