The four core values of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington are evident in everything we do. Our strategies and goals may change, but the four core values do not. They are foundational for CCDA and reflect our mission and vision
These four core values are: (i) serve the poor while (ii) integrating our Catholic Faith in an encounter that helps to (iii) transform their lives with the (iv) resources we have available.
These values are out in front of everything we do, in season or out, popular or not. They are foundational; everything else comes about because of them. We do not hire leaders or employees unless we are convinced that they will partake and advance these values. And we over-communicate them constantly so they are the forefront of what we do and what we decide.
Our focus this week is our first core value, Serve the Poor.
“Christians know they will be judged at the end of time on how they used the talents God gave them and how they served others, especially the poor.” – Pope Francis
CCDA’s mission is to serve the poor. The Catholic Church has a long tradition of a preferential option for the poor and vulnerable.
Often the poor we serve are tempted to despair. Usually they are working, often several jobs, but falling behind. Often they are wondering whether anyone loves them, wondering whether even God loves them. So we bring the love of God to them with compassionate and professional services.
We continue to expand and improve our services to immigrants, refugees, pregnant mothers, those facing eviction or utility shutdowns, seniors, homeless men and homeless families ready to transition, family-desiring couples, those unable to find sufficient food, and those suffering from mental health problems, especially if in underserved rural areas. We focus on the unemployed and underemployed, as well as on the the imprisoned.
We are also aware that Christ has a special love for the poor, and that when we serve the poor, we are serving Christ. And when we look for Christ we will find Him with the poor.