Who We Are

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington is a faith-based, social services organization, delivering critical direct care human services to over 100,000 individuals and families residing in Delaware and the nine counties of the Eastern Shore of Maryland, regardless of their religion, race, or ability to pay.

Our Mission

PREAMBLE

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington exists to help fulfill the Christian duty to love and serve God’s people. Our mission is rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The universal and local Church proclaims the Gospel and teaches the recognition of the dignity and sacredness of each human life and the belief that we are called to share our resources with the most vulnerable among us.

MISSION

It is the mission of Catholic Charities to address human suffering and to promote and restore the well-being of people and society by:

• Providing, as a primary focus, caring service to families and persons in need;

• Coming together with members of the community to become informed about and to take action on critical social issues; and,

• Advocating publicly for social policies which enhance human dignity and safeguard basic human rights.

Our Board of Directors

OFFICERS OF THE BOARD

CHAIR
Rich Kolodgie
Sr. Career Coach, Barton Career Advisors

VICE CHAIR FINANCE
Martin A. Infanti
Credit Officer, TD Bank

VICE CHAIR DEVELOPMENT
Xavier DeCaire
Partner, George J. Weiner & Associates

VICE CHAIR CQI
Ryan Newell
Attorney, Connolly Gallagher LLP

VICE CHAIR SERVICES & FACILITIES
VICE PRESIDENT MISSION & MINISTRY
James Gill, MD
Physician, Family Medicine at Greenhill

CHAPLAIN
Fr. Roger DiBuo
Pastor, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church

GENERAL BOARD MEMBERS

Anthony Albence
Director, Department of Elections, New Castle County

Fr. Joseph Cocucci
Pastor, St. John Newmann Church

Rick DiSabatino
Executive Vice President, EDiS

Kevin Kelly
President, Leon Weiner & Associates, Inc.

Cindy Mann
Head of School, Padua Academy

Brendan O’Neill
State of Delaware Public Defender

Theodore Prushinski
Sr. Vice President, Citizens Bank

Benjamin Ryan
Vice President, Human Resources, Comcast

James Burke

Brian Dietz
President & CEO, St. Francis Healthcare

Mark A. Oller
Managing Director, Wilmington Trust Company

Our Executive Team

Richelle A. Vible
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Alice Johnston
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Fritz Jones
DIRECTOR OF PROGRAM OPERATIONS

Paula C. Savini
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY RELATIONS

Anne Riley
CONTROLLER

PROGRAM LEADERSHIP

Evelyn V. Blackman
LOW INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Rita Hollingsworth
BASIC NEEDS, IMMIGRATION, AND THRIFT SERVICES

Michele Canopii
SETON CENTER AND MARYLAND SERVICES

Susana Casado
DELAWARE WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Kimberly Ellis
BAYARD HOUSE – RESIDENTIAL MATERNITY CARE

Howard Motley
MARYDALE RETIREMENT VILLAGE

Shamla McLaurin
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES

Ann Stevenson
ADMINISTRATION SERVICES

Joanne Varnes
CHILD AND ADULT CARE FOOD PROGRAM

Melinda Woolf
CASA SAN FRANCISCO AND SUSSEX COUNTY SERVICES

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.        Do I have to be Catholic to receive services?

A.      Catholic Charities provides services to all in Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland without regard to religious affiliation.

Q.        Does Catholic Charities charge a fee for its services?

A.      Fees are charged for certain services, others are provided without charge. Thanks to the generosity of donors and contributors to the United Way and the annual Catholic Appeal, no one is refused service due to an inability to pay for them. Fees are charged for professional services such as counseling, substance abuse recovery support, and immigration services. Registration fees are charged for conferences. Catholic Charities accepts third party insurance payments. Some services are made available through public contracts.

Q.        Does anyone have to know I am coming for help to Catholic Charities?

A.      Confidentiality is a living principle at Catholic Charities and all services are provided in the strictest of confidence. No one will know you are receiving assistance of any kind unless you give us permission to share that information.

Q.        Is Catholic Charities qualified to provide the services it delivers? 

A.      Catholic Charities employs staff who are licensed and certified in their respective professions to provide professional services. Catholic Charities is accredited by the Council of Services for Families and Children and holds all necessary state licenses to operate in Delaware and Maryland. In addition, Catholic Charities is a full member of the United Way of Delaware and the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore and meets the standards for membership established by those organizations.

Annual Report

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Performance & Quality

PHILOSOPHY

Catholic Charities’ Performance and Quality Improvement (PQI) Program Philosophy

Since Catholic Charities is a ministry and apostolic activity of the Catholic Church, it is imperative that we incorporate the Catholic Faith into our activities and approach. This requires active participation in the life of the Church, a witness to Christ in all circumstances and remaining at the very heart of the community of others. (Gaudium et Spes #30 and #43)

A result of this Catholic identity is a commitment to meet not only the minimum commitments of its programs and professions, but to strive to true proficiency and excellence.

As a result, Catholic Charities operates an organization-wide performance and quality improvement program (PQI) to improve quality and the pursuit of excellence in its services by monitoring activities, and identifying and pursuing opportunities for improvement. The PQI program addresses both organizational performance and program and client outcomes.

In all of its programs and services, Catholic Charities strives to improve the quality of care and services it provides to children, families, immigrants, refugees, the imprisoned, those seeking adoption and pro-life pregnancy services, the working poor, the homeless and seniors. The PQI process generates recommendations to the board of directors and president.