History

Catholic Charities Bureau, Inc. grew from service through St. Mary’s Home, Florida’s first child-care institution in 1886, which provided child welfare, foster care, adoption services and public assistance for 70 years and was a critical operation in the State’s child welfare system. Catholic Charities Bureau was incorporated in 1945.

Today there are four regional offices under the direction of Catholic Charities Bureau, Inc. within the Diocese of St. Augustine, which covers a 17-county area. The four regional offices are located in Jacksonville, Gainesville, Lake City and St. Augustine. Catholic Charities Jacksonville Regional Office provides direct support to persons and families including emergency financial assistance with rent, mortgage, deposits, utilities, and food to prevent homelessness; adoption services, and refugee resettlement services.

Through our support programs, we directly serve more than 11,700 individuals on the First Coast and provide more than 46,000 services.