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Catholic Relief Services: Through the Years

History gives you a look at where you have been, but it also paves the path to where you are going. Our history began during World War II when we answered the call to serve migrants and refugees. Responding with compassion and care, we realized there was more to do and we accepted the challenge.

Our mission to serve the most vulnerable continues. We feed the hungry, act as instruments of peace, empower communities and are a voice for the voiceless. We are inspired and encouraged by you.

You—as a donor, partner, supporter, staff member or program participant—are the reason we do what we do.