Catholic Charities appeal begins soon

DUBUQUE — Catholic Charities’ annual appeal is right around the corner, taking place Feb. 8-9 this year.

“This annual appeal comprises 50 percent of our annual operating budget, and 100 percent of the gifts stay right here in the Archdiocese of Dubuque to help your neighbors in need,”  said Tracy Morrison, executive director of Catholic Charities.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque was founded in 1931 as a nonprofit, social service organization in the Archdiocese of Dubuque and is part of a national social services network through Catholic Charities USA.  The mission of Catholic Charities is to reduce poverty, strengthen families and empower communities. In 2019, Catholic Charities served 11,605 individuals across 30 counties in northeast Iowa.

This work wouldn’t be possible without the support of donors like Ruth Palmer of Decorah.

“Catholic Charities has our support through the years because it supports those who need it the most — families today, the poor and immigrants,” said Palmer. “Its counseling services meets a vital need in our daughter’s life, positively helping her deal with her disabilities.”

Through partnerships with parishes and communities, Catholic Charities responds to changing social needs and provides help and creates hope for the most vulnerable populations, such as:

  • Families, seniors and adults with disabilities in need of Affordable Housing.
  • Individuals, ­families and couples in need of pro­fessional Mental Health Counseling.
  • Those recently released from jail or prison and in need of mentoring and support through Jail & Prison Ministry.
  • Immigrants in need of professional and affordable Immigration Legal Services.

Catholic Charities helps anyone in need, regardless of faith or background and believes that every person deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. For further information, please visit or call 1-800-772-2758.