Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services:
Catholic Community Services (CCS) and Catholic Housing Services (CHS) are official human service outreach arms of the Catholic Church in Western Washington. Under the leadership of Archbishop J. Peter Sartain and Boards of Trustees, staff and volunteers answer the Gospel call to loving and compassionate service with particular concern for the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death and for the dignity of the human person.
As incorporated apostolates of the Catholic Church in Western Washington, CCS and CHS have provided help and created hope in the lives of men, women, children and their families for decades. CCS was founded over 90 years ago and CHS has been in existence for more than 25 years. CCS is comprised of 12 family centers located throughout Western Washington, and the Long Term Care and Family Behavioral Health systems. Catholic Housing Services (CHS) includes permanent rental housing.
The Catholic Charities Foundation of Western Washington, established in 2002, is a 501(c)3 that ensures the future care of the poorest and most vulnerable people in Western Washington served through the programs, shelters and services of Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services.
The mission of CCS/CHS comes out of, and is rooted in, Catholic Social Teaching that goes back 2,000 years and provides a compelling challenge for responsible living as well as a deliberate preference for serving the most poor and vulnerable. This social teaching is a collection of key themes that are rooted in Scripture and have evolved over time in response to the challenges of the day.
As stated in the CCS/CHS mission statement, the organization is committed to serving those individuals, children, families and communities struggling with poverty and the effects of intolerance and racism, and to actively joining with others to work for justice. CCS/CHS serves people in need, regardless of religious affiliation, race or economic status.
The theology and traditions of the Catholic Church call us to be a dynamic part of our society, and CCS/CHS values its collaborative relationships with government. The church’s view of government is positive and we believe that our collaboration works to enhance the good accomplished toward individuals and families on behalf of society as a whole.
The Archbishop, the Archdiocese of Seattle and Catholic parishes throughout Western Washington support the work of CCS/CHS. We also receive personal contributions from many others, Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Funding also comes from contracts for services provided through our wide array of programs. These funding sources include private fees, insurance programs, corporations and foundations, cities, counties, regional entities, and the State of Washington.
Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services (formerly known as the Archdiocesan Housing Authority) of Western Washington are prophetic voices for justice, recognizing the sacredness and dignity of every human person. Rooted in the Gospel message of hope, we will continue to be leaders, advocates, providers and partners serving poor and vulnerable people.
Rooted in Catholic Social Teaching and the Gospel imperative, Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services are outreaches of the Catholic Church in Western Washington, under the leadership of the Archbishop of Seattle and the Boards of Trustees. CCS and CHS answer the Gospel call to loving and compassionate service with particular concern for the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death and the dignity of the human person. Our employees and volunteers come from many faith traditions to serve and support poor and vulnerable people through the provision of quality, integrated services and housing. Our focus is on those individuals, children, families, and communities struggling with poverty and the effects of intolerance and racism. We actively join with others to work for justice.
Compassion: Providing care, understanding and concern for those we serve in order to honor the God-given life and sacredness of each person at every stage and condition of life.
Diversity: Welcoming the differences of race, culture, faith, and thought with a strong commitment to naming and combating institutional racism and discrimination.
Excellence: Providing high quality, professionally competent services with integrity, using best practices.
Justice: Defending and advocating for the rights of poor and vulnerable people while working toward the common good.
Stewardship: Prudently developing and using the gifts and talents of employees and volunteers and the financial resources needed to live out our mission.
…in every child growing up in a safe, loving and nurturing environment.
…in elders living in security and dignity.
…in healthy family life being affirmed and supported in our communities.
…in every person having the right to a safe, affordable place to call home.
…in compassion, love and respect for all people, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.
…in joining with others to change the systems which oppress, discriminate or otherwise cause human suffering.
…in employees and volunteers working in an environment which offers respect, teamwork and excellence.
…in all these things for all people, whatever their color, whatever language they speak or however they worship.
Catholic Community Services provides equal access to programs and services to individuals without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, families with children, political ideology, age, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of a physical, sensory, or medical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a disabled person.
Statement of Ethical Conduct
The Code of Ethics of Catholic Community Services Western Washington was developed to provide staff and volunteers with broad ethical statements with which to guide their professional lives and to identify relevant considerations when ethical uncertainties arise. It also provides a means for individuals new to the organization to learn about the ethical principles and standards that should guide our work.
Catholic Community Services depends not only on the skills, abilities and commitments of all employees and volunteers, but also on their integrity and collective common sense.
The application of this Code requires good judgment. As an organization that offers a wide range of services provided by persons who may be licensed in their respective professions, we recognize that our core values of Compassion, Diversity, Excellence, Justice and Stewardship provide an overarching service philosophy to clients. “Clients” is used inclusively to refer to individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
Although it provides standards, the Code does not provide a set of rules. Reasonable differences of opinion can and do exist with respect to interpretation, and specific application must take into account the context of a given behavior. Principles, values, and standards sometimes conflict, creating the ethical dilemma. Though a problem solving process is used to weigh options and determine solutions, the process of ethical discernment is not linear. Because our work requires us to sort through complex situations and competing values on a daily basis, ethical decision-making requires constant conversation through supervision, training and consultation.
The code of ethics cannot guarantee ethical behavior or resolve all disputes. Rather, it sets forth standards to which we aspire and against which our actions can be judged by ourselves and others. Ethical behavior results from a personal commitment to engage in ethical practice and an attempt to act always in a manner that assures integrity and reflects our mission to respect the dignity of persons we serve.
Compassion: We will provide care, understanding and concern for those we serve in order to honor the God-given life and sacredness of each person at every stage and condition of life.
Diversity: We will treat fellow employees and volunteers in a fair and even-handed manner, fostering a culture rich in diversity that is based on trust, mutual respect, teamwork and integrity.
Excellence: We will strive to provide excellent client satisfaction by providing people with services that are innovative and responsive to their strengths and needs.
Justice: In our communities, we will act ethically as responsible and responsive citizens engaged in defending and advocating for the rights of poor and vulnerable people, working toward the common good.
Stewardship: We will prudently develop and use the gifts and talents of employees and volunteers and the financial resources needed to live out our mission.