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Who We Are

OUR VISION A community that is transformed as it empowers the vulnerable to lead lives of dignity and self determination.

OUR MISSION Inspired by the Gospel Mandate, Catholic Charities transforms lives and communities through hope-filled care, services and advocacy.




In 1879, Father Bernard Donnelly established Mount St. Bernard’s Orphanage in Kansas City. With that one act of faith, hope and charity, many lives — and a community — were transformed. And, from that humble beginning, a strong tradition of compassionate care and social service took root, thrived and grew to become Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

Today, millions of lives have been transformed, and our community is a much different — much better — place.