In Our Catholic Community
Caritas of Waco is a very special agency sponsored by Waco Churches to give emergency assistance to the poor. It is chartered by the State of Texas and governed by a 16-member Board of Directors who represent the Baptist, Catholic, Episcopal, Jewish, Presbyterian, United Methodist, and Lutheran faiths.
Caritas provides direct aid to meet human needs that are of an emergency nature. It operates three thrift stores that provide clothing, appliances, and other items at a very low cost to those who can afford to pay and free of charge to those who cannot.
The Food for People program distributes edible surplus food directly to those in need and shares the surplus with other non-profit agencies. Caritas is located at 15th and Mary.
Catholic Charities of Central Texas
Catholic Charities of Central Texas works to strengthen individuals, families and communities through direct services, community collaboration and social justice advocacy. Catholic Charities of Central Texas is a ministry of the Diocese of Austin. Contact the Waco satellite office at 512-651-6100 for more information.
Ladies of Charity
The Ladies of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul is a Catholic organization of women from all local parishes. Their motto is: To serve rather than be served with humility, simplicity, and charity.
Meetings are held on the third Monday of January, March, May, September, and November at 9:30 am at St. Mary’s Parish.
The group operates Caritas Thrift Store #2, makes visits to area nursing homes, and helps at Providence Hospital and the VA Medical Center. They are involved with a community outreach program helping families in need. The store’s profits are given to Caritas to be used for the medical and utility bills of those in need.
Providence Healthcare Network is a Daughter of Charity facility providing nationally recognized health care. It has programs and services specifically designed to offer the best medical service available including Home Care; Outpatient Treatment & Surgery; 24-Hour Cardiac, Trauma & Minor Treatment; fully staffed Emergency Department; and a hospital encompassing all facets of medical care for individuals from birth through all ages.
Also included are:
with services for alcohol and drug abuse as well as psychiatric treatment for adults and adolescents
, a first-class Retirement Center encompassing:
The Village, with apartments for independent living
St. Elizabeth Place, for assisted living
St. Catherine’s, with facilities for rehabilitation and full nursing car
A large and active Volunteer Service lends a “helping hand” in all departments of the Healthcare Network. Information on all the above may be obtained by calling Providence Healthcare Network.