Catholic Charities

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Catholic Charities is a private nonprofit social service agency operating under the auspices of the Diocese of Allentown. We offer services to meet the needs of people in our community who need support, care and compassion.

  • Infants and children in need of a home
  • Families in need of counseling and support
  • Pregnant women in search of assistance
  • Immigrants seeking a new home
  • Elders in need of care and special services
  • Those in need who face homelessness, hunger and unemployment
  • Parishes that are ready to put faith into action

Upcoming Events at 179 Chew Street, Allentown:

MOM’S CLUB – Thursdays in August – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

  • August 1st:  Paint Night
  • August 8th:  Park and Play
  • August 15th Back to School De-stress Kit 
  • August 22nd:  Mom’s Potluck 

COMMUNITY MOVIE NIGHT – Friday, August 2nd 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  
Showing:  A WRINKLE IN TIME     Popcorn and Drinks will be served!

VENTURE LAB – Self-Development Entrepreneurship - Tuesday, August 6th and August 13th 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Venture Lab is a hands on self-development and entrepreneurship program.  Learning through play provides participants with the skills of self-confidence, problem solving and building resourcefulness. 

COMMITTEE OF KINDNESS – Wednesday, August 7th and 14th   4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Gratitude and Love Rocks – Paint rocks for the neighborhood.

COMMUNITY GAME NIGHT – Friday, August 9th 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Spades, Dominos and Board Games.    Refreshments will be served. 

COFFEE AND CONVERSATION - Wednesday, August 21st 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  TOPIC:  You’re Community

ART NATION – Saturday, August 29th 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.  
Come build, create, paint and draw using your imagination!


Any person residing within Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton or Schuylkill County regardless of race, ethnic origin, religion, gender, age, color, political affiliation, creed, disability and Limited English Proficiency. 


900 S. Woodward St. 

The Chew St. Community Center
179 Chew Street
Click here for a PDF of the calendar of events.

234 Grace St.

13 Westwood Center


Prior to the establishment of the Diocese of Allentown in 1961, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia conducted social services for our five counties from the Philadelphia Catholic Children's Bureau (now Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia). When the Diocese of Allentown was established in 1961, the Catholic Social Agency was incorporated.

A Board of Directors was established in 1988 with Monsignor Joseph E. Kurtz (now Archbishop of Louisville) as the first president. In 2005, the Catholic Social Agency became Catholic Charities, Diocese of Allentown and the Council for Accreditation for Children and Family Services, accredited the agency.

2017 Catholic Charities Annual Report