Early in its history
Charities reached out to serve other needs of Mississippians.
It not only provided foster care for those
children who had been cared for at the orphanages, but it also provided
maternity care for unwed mothers and adoption services.
Soon it expanded to include emergency
assistance and marriage and family counseling.
Its founding executive director,
Msgr. Edward Michelin
, who served in that capacity until 1973, undertook one of
the most ambitious efforts in the early history of Catholic Charities.
Msgr. Michelin undertook the construction of
housing for the elderly and for low-income families.
Catholic Charities and the Catholic Diocese
of Jackson were the first sponsors of federally subsidized housing in Mississippi
Through the efforts of Msgr.
, low-income housing was built in Greenville
(Southside Garden Apartments and Northland
), Leland (Deer Creek
Apartments), and Canton
Housing for the
elderly was built in Jackson (Madonna Manor Apartments), Ocean Springs (Villa
Maria Apartments), and Biloxi
(Santa Maria Apartments).
units of housing were built.
exception of those apartments in the Diocese of Biloxi, all these housing
developments continue to offer low-income housing.
Over the years
, the agency has
continued to expand its services and serve Mississippians in new ways.
Today, some of the services and programs
include maternity care for unwed mothers, including foster care for emotionally
disturbed children and refugee children.
At any given time, there are approximately 80 children in foster care at
Other services include
and Substance Abuse Services, Our House Shelter for Runaway Youth, two Domestic
two Rape Crisis Centers
Emergency Assistance, Family Life Ministry, family counseling, refugee resettlement
and social services, Children’s Mental Health programs, legal aid for
immigrants, housing for low-income families and elderly, and branch offices in Natchez