Catholic Charities (Wilmington, DE)


  • Name:Mr. Robert McCreary
  • Title:Research and Grant Writer

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Catholic Charities
  • Address:2601 West Fourth St.
    Wilmington, DE 19805
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:(302) 656-5739
  • Main fax:(302) 655-9753

Organization Web

User Address

  • Address:2601 West Fourth St.
    Wilmington, DE 19805
    United States

User Phone

  • Direct phone:(302) 472-0634
  • Mobile phone:(302) 740-6400
  • Other fax:(302) 655-9721

User Email


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  • Mission:
  • It is the mission of Catholic Charities, Inc. of the Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware to address human suffering and to promote and restore the well-being of people and society by providing, as a primary focus, caring service to families and persons in need; coming together with members of the community to become informed about and to take action on critical social issues; and, advocating publicly for social policies which enhance human dignity and safeguard basic human rights.

  • History:
  • Organized social services under Catholic auspices began in the Wilmington area in 1830, nearly 40 years before the Diocese of Wilmington was founded. In 1931, Catholic Charities, Inc. was organized as the Catholic Welfare Guild and incorporated in 1943. In 1966, the name was officially changed to Catholic Social Services, Inc., and changed once again to its current name of Catholic Charities, Inc. in May 1989.
    In the 1930’s, the primary task was to work with families affected by the Great Depression. During the first year of operation, the "Catholic Welfare Guild" succeeded in keeping a large number of children out of the institutions by providing support services to their families. The modern period of Catholic Charities began when Father Thomas J. Reese, a trained social worker, was appointed as the fourth director of the Catholic Welfare Guild in 1956. This era saw a number of forces impact Catholics and Catholic Charities in the United States. The civil rights movement was one of the most significant, affecting the Church and the whole country. In July of 1965, a branch office of the organization was opened in Dover, and shortly thereafter, the organization's name was changed from Catholic Welfare Guild to "Catholic Social Services." By the mid-70s, both nationally and locally, there had been intense study and a clearer focus given to the Catholic Charities mission. That mission, which still guides us today, has been articulated as a three-fold commitment to: 1) effective, high-quality direct services to clients; 2) advocacy to humanize and transform the social order; and, 3) the empowerment of people by "convening" them around issues of importance and participation in a process of discernment and understanding. Catholic Social Services (CSS) was comprised of a central family and children's service agency headquarters and three satellite offices, two group care facilities, a thrift/salvage store in two locations, about 70 employees, and combined operating budgets of about $1.75 million a year. It also enjoyed a local reputation for quality professional service, innovative programming, and effective advocacy on behalf of the powerless.

    Building on that foundation over the following years, the organization received accreditation from the North American-wide Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children, expanded old programs, added new ones in the areas of substance abuse, child care nutrition, and HIV, and embarked on a strategic planning process which resulted in a major reorganization and merger with other diocesan programs, and the adoption of the new name of Catholic Charities, as well as the Catholic Charities USA logo. Brought together in this merger were the CSS programs and diocesan offices, which dealt with family life education, rural and migrant health services, parish social ministry coordination, peace and justice initiatives, and public policy formulation. This process of expansion, merger and reorganization led to a new headquarters site at 4th Street and Greenhill Avenue in West Wilmington.

    The organization continues to evaluate its activities and evolve its policies, personnel and services to accommodate the ever-changing needs of the communities it serves. In 2004, Catholic Charities appointed Thomas Thorpe as Executive Director, whose experience in the social services arena, as well as his strong business acumen, helped shape the organization to remain on a path of continuous improvement to meet the demands and anticipate the needs of its diverse client population. In May 2007, Katrina Eichler, a thirty-nine year veteran of Catholic Charities and Director of the Division of Community Services, was appointed Acting Interim Executive Director. In March 2008, Richelle Vible was appointed Catholic Charities’ Executive Director. Ms. Vible brings a wealth of business experience and is well-versed in developing and building relationships with individual, corporate, and foundation donors and supporters, as well as agencies who serve our community.

  • Year established:1943
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:19
  • Advisory board size:11
  • Staff size:102

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Bishop Michael Saltarelli
    Monsignor Thomas J. Cini
    Goate, Edward
    Manza, Raymond
    Quinn, Leonard A.
    Cybulski, Mr. Robert H.
    Yacyshyn, Mr. Joseph L.
    Nowland, Virginia M.
    Young, Terri Mullins
    Boyer, Matthew F.
    Carroll, Fr. Norman
    Cole, Linda
    Connelly Jr., Thomas M.
    Gamble, Geoffrey
    Gamgort, Sister Patricia
    Gerres, Rev. Daniel
    Jauffret, Jennifer
    Krauss, William F.
    McLoughlin, Thomas
    Perez, Deacon Jose
    Winfrey, Sandra M

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Richelle A. Vible
    Executive Director

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Mr. Fritz Jones - Director, Division of Clinical and Children's Services
    Mr. Andrew Zampini - Director, Division of Parish Social Ministry
    Mr. Thomas Jewett - Director, Division of Family Life Services
    Mr. Frank Julian, Controller
    Mr. Rob McCreary - Foundation, Corporate, and Community Relations
    Ms. Katrina Eichler - Director, Division of Community Services


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:Operating
  • Tax ID:51-0065685

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:510065685
  • Organization Name:CATHOLIC CHARITIES INC
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:1925 DELAWARE AVE
  • Organization City:WILMINGTON
  • Organization State:DE
  • Organization Zip:19806-2301
  • Group Exemption Number:0928
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1, 7
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization, Religious Organization
  • Affiliation Code:9
  • Ruling Date:November, 1972
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:10
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Church 170(b)(1)(A)(i)
  • Activity Code(s):150, 120, 001
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Hospital, Publishing activities, Church, synagogue, etc
  • Organization Code:5 (Association)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 1969
  • Filing Requirement Category:13 (990 - Not required to file (religious organization))
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:P200
  • Asset Amount:$0
  • Asset Code:7 ($5,000,000 - $9,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$0
  • Income Code:8 ($10,000,000 - $49,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$0
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 2:41:29 pm

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