My reflections on leading Catholic Charities

Encounter at Catholic Charities — Embraced by community, envisioning a radiant future


The vibrant tapestry of the community at Catholic Charities has woven a new thread into its rich history with my recent appointment as its new Executive Director, and the resounding welcome and support I have received are nothing short of heartwarming.

As I reflect upon my initial days in this role, I am profoundly moved by the community’s generosity, the unwavering commitment of our dedicated staff, the support of the diocese and the collective drive toward the agency’s success and its impact on those we serve.

The spirit of generosity and compassion that pervades our community is, to say the least, exceptional.

I have been touched by the countless individuals and organizations who have opened their hearts to support Catholic Charities’ mission.

This generosity is the cornerstone of our work, allowing us to extend a helping hand to those who need it most.

Whether it’s a business or individual donating funds or a volunteer dedicating their time, each contribution strengthens our ability to make a difference.

Catholic Charities operates through various programs, each dedicated to its unique service mission.

The Community Services program stands as a testament to the agency’s commitment to disaster preparedness and response and reaching out to the Hispanic community.

From disaster preparedness training to disaster case management and response, this program equips our community with the tools and knowledge needed to face adversity head-on.

Financial counseling and HUD-certified housing counseling further empowers individuals to take control of their financial futures, providing stability and security.

Counseling Services is another pillar of our agency’s compassionate work.

Through individual and family counseling, and Clinica para la Familia (counseling in Spanish), we aim to address our community members’ mental and emotional well-being.

By offering culturally sensitive services, we ensure everyone can access the support they need during life’s challenges.

Family Immigration Services is a beacon of hope for immigrants seeking to reunite with their loved ones.

By providing low-fee immigration legal services, we are fostering the unity of families while enabling immigrants to navigate the complex immigration system.

It’s a demonstration of the agency’s commitment to serving those who come to our community in search of a better life.

The Parish Social Ministries program embodies the spirit of charity and mercy within our local communities.

It not only reaches out to neighbors in need but also strengthens the capacity of each parish to serve as a center of compassion.

Catholic Charities provides leadership, formation, guidance and training to those who are called to serve and those who are in need.

This is done with mutual respect and a Christ-centered compassion that brings insight and adaptability to meet the ever-evolving needs of those we serve.

I am particularly moved by the extensive services the Refugee Services program offers.

Having faced unimaginable losses, refugees find solace and support in our comprehensive array of services.

From basic needs like food, clothing and shelter, to employment assistance and cultural orientation, Catholic Charities stands as a lifeline for those starting anew in our community.

Lastly, our Health and Nutrition Services program is vital in recognizing the interconnectedness of physical, mental and financial well-being.

By providing access to proper nutrition and alleviating barriers to healthcare services, we underscore the importance of holistic health in the lives of those we serve.

I am highly impressed by this program’s Client Choice Food Pantry, which follows a model rooted in dignity and personalization, and reflects our belief in serving individuals and families in a manner that respects their autonomy and choices.

As I look forward to the journey ahead as the Executive Director, I am inspired by the collective effort of the community, our dedicated staff and the guidance of the diocese.

Together, we are committed to nurturing a more compassionate and caring society.

The agency’s success is not just a goal; it’s a shared vision that will be realized through the power of our unity.

Catholic Charities, with its programs and services, is poised to continue making a profound impact on the lives of those we serve.

We are devoted to extending our compassion to those who need it most, and with the ongoing support of our generous community, there is no doubt that we will thrive.

The road ahead is paved with hope, and I am deeply honored to be on this journey with each and every one of you.

Litz Main is the Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri. She took up the leadership position of the agency earlier this year and has rallied the staff, board members and supporters to reinvest in the mission of serving those in need with compassionate help regardless of faith, culture or situation. Having previously worked for a social enterprise branching from Catholic Charities of Southwestern Ohio, her experience with Catholic Charities, business administration and excellence in leadership have already left their positive mark on the charitable arm of the Diocese of Jefferson City. Learn more about the work of Catholic Charities at