Charity and Mercy Grants

Who We Are

Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri is a non-profit social service agency, and an entity of the Diocese of Jefferson City, responding to the needs of people in 38 counties regardless of faith, culture, or situation.

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Executive Director
Dan Lester

Sr. Director of Communications
Ashley Wiskirchen

Sr. Director of Development
Tori Stepanek

Sr. Director of Finance
Dan Kempker

Sr. Director of Mission Integration
Sr. Kathleen Wegman, SSND

Sr. Director of
Programs and Services

Alissa Marlow

Sr. Director of Support Services
Leslie Prenger

Sr. Director of
Volunteer Engagement

Chelle Smith-Vandergriff

Parish Disaster Response Teams Responding to COVID-19 in Their Communities are Encouraged to Apply for a Charity & Mercy Grant

Funding for ministries that serve others

“Inspired by the Gospel of the Beatitudes as proclaimed by Jesus Christ, Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri is committed to providing care and creating hope for the lives of the vulnerable through compassionate social services that respect the dignity of each person and engage the local community in our mission.”

Charity and Mercy Grants are given to parishes located in the Diocese of Jefferson City directly serving vulnerable people in need, regardless of their faith affiliation. The grant is designed to expand the capacity of a parish ministry to serve more people or to help develop a new social ministry. It can be used to help purchase items needed for the ministry – i.e.: dishwasher for a soup kitchen, computer, tables and chairs for a food pantry, to purchase supplies – even a vehicle for the ministry, etc. It can be used to start a ministry – i.e.: help pay rent to acquire space for a ministry, begin offering financial literacy services to consumers, start a program to teach independent living skills, start a mentoring program for pregnant women, etc.

The grant recognizes parishes in the Diocese of Jefferson City providing “charitable service” as defined by Pope Benedict XVI in his encyclical, “Deus Caritas Est” (God Is Love). He listed three specific qualities of a Church-related charitable service which the parish social ministry must exemplify:

  1. It responds to immediate needs and specific situations with more than “technical care”, but with genuine love and heartfelt concern that enables others to experience the richness and totality of their humanity, made in the image and likeness of God. (DCE #31)
  2. It is independent of parties or ideologies but sees with the heart where love is needed and acts accordingly, utilizing planning, foresight, and cooperation with other like-minded institutions. (DCE#31)
  3. It is love given freely. It is not proselytism. The Christian knows when it is time to speak of God and when it is better to say nothing and to let love alone speak. (DCE #31)

Charity and Mercy Grants assists parish’s social ministries that complement the Mission of Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri, located in the Diocese of Jefferson City.

Download the Charity and Mercy Grant Application in PDF. This grant can be completed and submitted following the directions on the form.

Download the PDF of the Moral Conduct Code, which is required alongside the grant application.

Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri

Agency Phone: 573-635-7719

1015 Edmonds Street
Jefferson City, MO 65109

Family Immigration Services
1130 E. Elm
Jefferson City, MO 65109

1240 E. Brown School Rd.
Columbia, MO 65202

421 West 3rd Street
Sedalia, Missouri 65301

Mailing Address
Catholic Charities of Central and Nothern Missouri
P.O. Box 104626
Jefferson City, MO 65110

Diocese of Jefferson City
Chancery Offices
2207 West Main Street
Jefferson City, MO 65109
Phone: (573) 635-9127

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