Catholic Relief Services was established by the Catholic bishops of the United States during World War II. Our mission then was bringing humanitarian relief to war-torn Europe. More than 70 years later, the world has changed, and we have changed with it.
Today, CRS is one of the largest and most trusted organizations of its kind. We serve poor and vulnerable people on five continents. We respond to floods, famine, earthquakes, violent conflict and other emergencies, including complex disasters that displace millions of people. We’ve expanded our mission, providing not only immediate relief in response to crisis, but also lasting change to break the cycle of poverty through community-based development programs.
One thing that has not changed is our determination to go. We work on the ground, in the field, wherever and whenever we are needed most. We are grateful for the trust and hard work of our partners, and the generous support of our donors, who stand in solidarity with the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.