Secours Catholique - Caritas France

106 Rue du Bac,
75007 Paris,
France
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Mission

Our purpose is to reduce poverty, bring hope and solidarity to poor communities or individuals in France and worldwide. We bring assistance to families, children and young people but also to the most vulnerable (homelesses, migrants, prisoners etc.). We fight against isolation, help them to find employement and we ensure their social reintegration. We provide emergency responses but also long term support, development aid and we work on the causes of poverty.

The action of Secours Catholique finds all its meaning in a global vision of poverty which aims at restoring the human person's dignity and is part and parcel of sustainable development. To do so, six key principles guide this action, both in France and abroad:
Promoting the place and words of people living in situations of poverty
Making each person a main player of their own development
Joining forces with people living in situations of poverty
Acting for the development of the human person in all its aspects
Acting on the causes of poverty and exclusion
Arousing solidarity

The actions of Secours Catholique are implemented by a network of local teams of volunteers integrated into the diocesan delegations and supported by the volunteers and employees of the national headquarters. On an international level, Secours Catholique acts in cooperation with its partners of the Caritas Internationalis network.
Key figures of Secours Catholique:
100 diocesan or departmental delegations
4,000 local teams
65,000 volunteers
974 employees
2,174 reception centres
3 centres : Cite Saint-Pierre in Lourdes, Maison
d'Abraham in Jerusalem, Cedre in Paris
18 housing centres managed by the Association des Cites of Secours Catholique
162 Caritas Internationalis partners
600,000 donors

Every year Secours Catholique encounters almost 700,000 situations of poverty and receives 1.6 million people (860,000 adults and 740,000 children).
This daily mission led in the field by the local teams and delegations, with the support of national headquarters, pursues three major objectives which aim at exceeding the distribution action and limited aid:
Receiving to reply to the primary needs (supplying food and/or health care aid, proposing accommodation, establishing an exchange and a fraternal dialogue, etc)
Supporting to restore social ties (bringing together people in difficulty with an aim to reinsertion, encouraging personal initiatives and collective projects,
establishing a mutual support helper-receiver of help relationship, etc)
Developing to strengthen solidarity (proposing long lasting solutions, establishing a follow-up over the long term, encouraging collective actions carried out by people in difficulty etc.)

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