Commonwealth Catholic Charities

Daily Point of Light # 1267 Dec 11, 1998

This year, Commonwealth Catholic Charities (CCC) will celebrate 75 years of faith at work. The vision of CCC is to provide an ever-expanding array of innovative human services, especially to the most vulnerable. CCC realizes this vision by working in partnership with other human service agencies and faith communities. Under the dedicated leadership of Father David Bergner, CCC will continually seek to become a catalyst for change that will strengthen families, and ultimately, the entire country.

The mission of CCC is to respect diversity, promote human dignity and family values, and provide quality human services to all people, especially the most vulnerable. CCC offers a "hand up," not a "hand out."

Over the past 75 years, the agency has faithfully served children and their families. In 1997, CCC touched the lives of over 5,000 people in the Commonwealth of Virginia. More than 200 volunteers, covering five sites, have been crucial to the success of CCC and its many services throughout Central and Southwestern Virginia. CCC volunteers come from all over the community and have volunteered thousands of hours of service.

Some of these services include home care for the elderly, case management services for more than 100 people living with HIV/AIDS, food and financial service for needy families, sign language classes for the deaf, and crisis pregnancy and adoption counseling.

One of the greatest accomplishments of CCC is its foster care and adoption program. Through this program, domestic and international children are given the opportunity to be raised in a loving home. This service allows Vietnamese refugee children to go to school and learn English while living with a foster family or adoptive parents.

CCC is funded through state contracts, donations, fundraisers, United Way, and government grants.