Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada began in 1941, when Bishop Thomas K. Gorman acknowledged the need for a social service organization that would benefit Nevada. He assigned Father Thomas F. Collins as the first director of the Catholic Welfare Program, and soon the organization offered programs for the homeless and needy, family programs, adoption services, special legislation and provided services to the United Service Organization. Since its founding in 1941, Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada has grown alongside the needs of the people of Nevada.
Today, the Las Vegas valley population has grown to 2 million residents, and Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada has added and expanded programs to accommodate the needs of the community. It offers a Community Food Pantry, Women Infant and Children (WIC), tenant-based Rental Assistance, and Senior Services Medical Nutrition Therapy to better serve the community.
In Nevada, one in seven seniors struggles with food insecurity. Catholic Charities serves more than 2,100 seniors daily. One in seven people in Nevada is living in poverty. Each month, over 4,000 families come to the Catholic Charities’ pantry for additional food.
How The Thomas Spiegel Family Foundation Is Engaged
The Thomas Spiegel Family Foundation presented a multi-year grant to Catholic Charities’ Meals on Wheels Program as part of its pledge to improve nutrition for Nevada’s senior community. The Thomas Spiegel Family Foundation has supported the program since 2013.