Mission & Faith
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.”
Matthew 25: 35-40
Vision and Mission
Mission: Our mission is to provide vital social services to people in need regardless of their religious, social or economic background, to improve the lives of individuals, families and the community.
Vision: Our vision is that every person’s basic human needs are met through love and empowerment.
We honor a non-discrimination policy.
How We Serve
Guided by our Catholic values, we serve with care and compassion to:
Prevent HomelessnessWe help individuals and families maintain their homes and their dignity through case management, transitional housing programs and emergency financial assistance. We provide homeless men, women and children with the most basic necessities of food, shelter and the skills and resources they need to become self-sufficient.
Alleviate HungerWe provide hunger relief services through our food pantries in Orlando, Cocoa, Daytona Beach, Lakeland and Winter Haven and through Agape Food Bank, our 21,000 square foot food distribution warehouse in Lakeland.
Provide Access to HealthcareWe provide free healthcare services including case management and preventative health education to individuals and families who are uninsured in areas of critical need. We serve individuals in Seminole, Lake, Sumter, Marion, and Osceola Countries by promoting wellness and providing caring, quality medical care, specialty services and preventative health education.
Care for Immigrants and RefugeesWe assist refugees who escape tragedy, violence and war to begin a new life in the U.S. through: housing and basic necessities, youth services, cultural orientation and employment assistance. We provide various services targeted to the specific needs of the Central Florida immigrant community to ensure, and promote justice, compassion and acceptance for all newcomers.
Why We Serve
The Gospel of Jesus Christ calls us to love our neighbors and serve those in need. Our mission is rooted in the seven principals of Catholic Social Teaching.
1. Life and Dignity of the Human Person
The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society.
2. Call to Family, Community, and Participation
We believe people have a right and a duty to participate in society, seeking together the common good and well-being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable.
3. Rights and Responsibilities
Every person has a fundamental right to life and a right to those things required for human decency.
4. Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
A basic moral test is how our most vulnerable members are faring. Our tradition instructs us to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first.
5. The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
The economy must serve people, not the other way around. Work is more than a way to make a living; it is a form of continuing participation in God’s creation.
We are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, wherever they may be. Loving our neighbor has global dimensions in a shrinking world.
7. Care for God's Creation
We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of God’s creation.