As of July 1, 2010, the Diocese of Davenport reestablished a local Catholic Charities office.
Catholic Charities is a compliment to the rich tradition of social justice that continues within the diocese.
We have an incredibly rich tradition of addressing direct needs of people and with peace and justice efforts through the Office of Social Action. Early on, the Diocesan expression of response to direct needs as well as peace and justice was a Catholic Charities. 40 years ago assisted by its national leaders, the United Way of the Quad Cites conducted a study of the human needs and community services in the area which included our diocese. Among its conclusions were that the Catholic Charities was understaffed and attempting to provide too broad an array of services that in some cases duplicated the efforts of other service providers. They recommended that the Charities be dissolved and the services be merged with what is now Family Resources. As Monsignor Mottet recalls, he and Bishop O’Keefe sweated over the study for two years before deciding that they would not be good neighbors unless they cooperated with the study. Click link to learn more Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Davenport History