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Catholic Charities-Diocese of Laredo

Catholic Charities Logo: 

The logo represents the following:

The Church outline signifies: 

  1. The importance of our church in our community, but also sanctuary our church offers.
  2. The church silhouette also represents two inverted C’s, which are representative of the C’s for Catholic Charities.

The Cross signifies the presence of our LORD in everything we do for we serve our LORD by serving others.

History and Mission

Catholic Charities-Diocese of Laredo (CCDOL) is a non-profit organization under the auspices of the Diocese of Laredo. As a multi-program human services agency, CCDOL is a community-based organization that has been serving the people of the  Diocese of Laredo, located on the Mexican-American border, serving the areas Dimmit, Jim Hogg, La Salle, Maverick, Webb, Zapata, and Zavala counties since the 1970's.

CCDOL was originally established as Laredo Family Counseling Services, with the objective of providing counseling for emotional and/ or psychological problems affecting Laredo families. Since that time, CCDOL has grown to become a leader in providing various direct services to individuals and families who live in economically distressed areas.

The mission statement:  Catholic Charities-Diocese of Laredo is committed to serving the emergency needs of the indigent and believe that all people have the right to live in an environment that is free of abuse, violence, fear and oppression. 

Vision Statement:  Find solutions to reduce poverty in our community 

 Catholic Charities-Diocese of Laredo strives to strengthen and empower families through its diverse programs and social services. Services reflect the needs of the area's population and the demographic make-up of the South Texas border. Its wide range of programs and resources enables CCDOL to meet the unique needs of the community and its people.

All program services are provided without regard to religion, race, income, disability, or sexual orientation.

Services and Programs

Emergency Assistance

Working to reduce poverty by assisting families with utility & rental assistance, ensuring that they do not lose their homes due to hardships, such as loss of a job, loss of a spouse or reduction in work hours.  Hardships often prevent them from paying their rent and/or living with basic utility needs such as electricity, water & gas. Through this program, we ensure homelessness prevention, by helping families remain in their homes.  We have served hundreds of families, but received thousands of inquiries for assistance.

Medical Mission 

Catholic Charities collaborates with Divine Mercy Missionaries from the Archdiocese of Galveston–Houston and provide a weeklong Medical Mission where FREE medical, dental, vision and spiritual services are offered.  Patients also receive free prescribed medicines, eyeglasses and medical equipment. During our Medical Mission in 2017, we served approximately 1,100 community residents, who would not have received services if not for this Medical Mission.

Disaster Relief

Disasters strike unexpectedly and affect hundreds in our community who are often left without basic needs, such as electricity, water, food, shelter and clothing.  Catholic Charities is in the forefront and ready to help our community when disaster strikes.

Humanitarian Relief Services

We assist immigrant families & individuals released from immigration detention centers or who find themselves in our community and are in need of assistance. Services offered: transportation, clothes distribution & travel care packages, which include water, snacks, a throw blanket and a personal hygiene package. Approximately 3000 families and individuals have received services through our Humanitarian efforts.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA Program)

Provide FREE tax preparation for low-income families & individuals.  In 2017, approximately 350 returns were filed.

Food Drives—Toy Drives—Blanket Drives & MISSIONS

Throughout the year, especially during the Holidays, Catholic Charities distributes hundreds of food baskets, turkey dinners, Christmas gifts, blankets, fans and/or heaters to the needy in our community.  We also collaborate with other Dioceses and host a Youth Mission to repair homes to promote a better quality of life for our community members. Thousands of families have been able to enjoy a meal, celebrate the holidays, stay warm and/or cool during the winter and summer days…due our community’s generosity.

Immigration Services

Our immigration department is a long standing and credible program that strives in keeping families unified by providing low cost immigration preparation & processing services, document translation and consultations.  In 2017, approximately 6,740 inquiries were received, of which a large percentage received actual services.

Immigration Services & Outreach Activities:

  • Naturalization
  • Adjustment of Status
  • Employment Authorization
  • Visa Petitions
  • DACA
  • Consultations
  • Know Your Rights Workshops
  • Naturalization Workshops

Consultations are available Tuesday and Thursdays from 9am to 11am to 1pm to 3pm.   Consultation Fee is $50.00. 

Senior Center Program

Providing seniors a “home away from home”…a safe environment for seniors 60 years and older who receive free daily nutritional meals, activities, field trips, exercise and many other forms of support. The Senior Center serves as a second home to many of its participants and ensures that activities are designed to keep seniors mentally active, spiritually motivated and physically fit.  Senior Center is located at 1701 Main Street.  Phone # 956 722-3629.

Catholic Charities – Diocese of Laredo serves everyone regardless of religion or faith.

Contact Information

1919 Cedar Ave.
(corner of Cedar Avenue / Fremont St.)
Laredo, Texas 78040

(956) 722-2443
Fax: (956) 725-2238

Monday through Friday
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Executive Director

Benjamin De La Garza

Raul Moreno
Accounting Clerk

Sara Gutiérrez
Social & Human Services Assistant

Rick Valdez
Social & Human Services Assistant

Edith Cedillo
Immigration Program Manager

Teresa De La Garza
Immigration Specialist

Vanessa Guerrero
Immigration Assistant

Edgar Martinez
Immigration Clerk

Crystal Rodriguez

Joe Barron
Senior Center Program Manager

Margie Ledesma
Senior Center Assistant

Elsa Lucio
Senior Center Assistant

Arturo Fuentes