Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Relief Services Catholic Relief Services

228 W. Lexington St., Baltimore, 21201-3443, MD, US



Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We are motivated by the Gospel of Jesus Christ to cherish, preserve and uphold the sacredness and dignity of all human life, foster charity and justice, and embody Catholic social and moral teaching as we act to:

PROMOTE HUMAN DEVELOPMENT by responding to major emergencies, fighting disease and poverty, and nurturing peaceful and just societies; and,

SERVE CATHOLICS IN THE UNITED STATES as they live their faith in solidarity with their brothers and sisters around the world.

As part of the universal mission of the Catholic Church, we work with local, national and international Catholic institutions and structures, as well as other organizations, to assist people on the basis of need, not creed, race or nationality.



Experts (5)

Lori  Pearson, MPP

Lori Pearson, MPP

Senior Policy Advisor for Food Security and Climate Change

Lori Pearson is a climate change expert and an advisor on agriculture and global hunger.

Soil and Water Watershed Mangement Natural Resource Management Climate-Smart Agriculture Climate Change Global Hunger Water-Smart Agriculture Regenerative Agriculture Resilience

Rick Jones

Rick Jones

Youth and Migration Advisor in Latin America and the Caribbean

Rick Jones specializes in issues affecting Central American migration, including gang violence, poverty, and internal displacement

Youth Build Hondouras Gang Violence Poverty in Central America Gang Violence in The Northern Triangle Central American Migration The Northern Triangle Push Factors of Migration El Salvador Gang Violence Guatemala Gang Violence

Shannon Senefeld, PhD

Shannon Senefeld, PhD

Senior Vice President, Overseas Operations

Shannon Senefeld is a global development expert. She ensures programs in health, agriculture, water and microfinance have maximum impact.

Education Clinical Psychology Deinstitutionalization of Children Early Childhood Development Global Health Global Development Humanitarian Aid Child and Family Care Orphans and Vulnerable Children Nutrition Microfinance

Caroline Brennan

Caroline Brennan

Emergency Communications Director, CRS Humanitarian Response Team

Caroline travels to and/or works in areas facing natural or man-made emergencies

Refugee Assistance Disaster Relief Cash Assistance Emergency Relief Emergency Recovery Shelter Emergency Assistance Disaster Recovery

Bill O'Keefe

Bill O'Keefe

Executive Vice President for Mission and Mobilization

Based on Capitol Hill, Bill O’Keefe oversees CRS' efforts to impact U.S. foreign policy in ways that reduce poverty overseas.

International Relations Humanitarian Aid Policy Food Aid Foreign Policy Foreign Aid Food Assistance Development Assistance