Founded in 1907, Catholic Charities CYO (CCCYO) is the social services arm of the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, yet they operate as an independent organization. CCCYO is one of the Bay Area’s largest nonprofit social services agencies — serving over 30,000 people per year, regardless of their faith. The agency’s mission is to reduce poverty through healthy growth and development opportunities — caring for the poor, the working poor, aging adults, disabled adults and youth in the counties of San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma and San Mateo. The agency meets the needs of the poor through 30 programs and services, including family housing services, child development, aging services, HIV/AIDS housing and health services, residential programs for children, CYO summer camp and athletics and counseling services.
Executive Director, Jeff Bialik, helps perpetuate the agency’s mission and supports the work of the organization in all of its manifestations — running the organization efficiently and effectively, meeting financial goals and operational objectives, developing funds and performing outreach and advocacy services. According to Jeff, perpetuating the mission is possible because of “the incredible staff and volunteers at CCCYO. What they do every day and the way they approach their work — with respect, compassion and accountability. It’s not about us, but the people we serve. It’s not about market share — it’s about seeing a need and doing everything we can to meet that need”.
Jeff’s long-term goal for CCCYO is sustainability. He believes that there needs to be more focus on results which would require more resources used for preventative measures. His challenge is to build consensus around this concept and in doing so, hopes to break the cycle of poverty. For more information, visit CCCYO website at www.cccyo.org.