About Catholic Community Services
Catholic Community Services is a non-profit, faith-based organization. Founded in Salem in 1938, today CCS offers 11 programs across 10 Oregon counties and serves more than 7,000 people each year.
We operate with fidelity to the Principles of Catholic Social Teaching, which call us to work for the common good and to serve our neighbors who are the poorest and most vulnerable.
Our vision is a world where children, families and adults have the knowledge, ability and desire to take control of their own lives and live responsibly with others in a just society.
Our services are offered without regard for anything other than people’s needs, dreams, and willingness to do everything they can for themselves. We serve:
- People with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities
- Children, youth, and families facing adversity
Our values of love, justice, truth and freedom guide us to safeguard the dignity of all people, to embrace their giftedness, and to focus on their dreams and aspirations.
To achieve our mission our programs focus on four key outcomes.
The people we serve will:
Enjoy safe, stable, nurturing relationships
Maintain good health
Possess the knowledge and skills they need to succeed at whatever is important to them in life
Attain financial self-sufficiency
Dedicated to providing the highest quality services, trauma-informed care and research-based practices, CCS is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Child and Family Services, Behavioral Health Services and Group Living Services.
Our Service Commitments
- Nonviolence – helping to build safety skills and a commitment to a higher purpose.
- Emotional Intelligence – helping to teach emotional management skills.
- Commitment to Social Learning – helping to build cognitive skills and create a community of social justice for all.
- Democracy – helping to create civic skills of self-control, self-discipline, and administration of healthy authority.
- Commitment to Open Communication – helping to overcome barriers to healthy communication, learn conflict management, reduce acting-out, enhance self-protective and self-correcting skills, and teach healthy boundaries.
- Social Responsibility – helping to build social connection skills, establish healthy attachment relationships, and establish a sense of fair play and justice.
- Growth and Change – helping to work through loss and prepare for the future.
- Self-Determination – helping to exercise control over life decisions and the services wanted to meet needs.
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – we seek to overcome any real or perceived barriers to equity and inclusion of diverse individuals and communities.
Our CCS Board of Directors
Mark Baker, Chair
Channing Bennett, Vice Chair
Scott Wiegal, Treasurer
Sharon Zielinski, Secretary
Telissa de Martinez
Our CCSF Board of Directors
Bonnie Henny, Chair
Kevin Monaghan, Vice Chair
Mark Miedema, Treasurer
Larry Keudell, Secretary
Fr. James Herrera
James Hodges – Emeritus Member
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Read about our 2020 highlights, inspiring stories about those we serve, our community impact and financial stewardship. Check out our gratitude section that honors all of our donors, partners and volunteers who make our work possible!
Like many schools and classrooms that temporarily sat empty due to state restrictions requiring children to stay home, Willamette Education Service District, Oregon Child Development Coalition, and Salem-Keizer Public Schools at the Seymour Center are back in full...
Thank you to all who were a part of our 17th Annual Luncheon in September. It was inspiring to see hundreds of community members gather to champion the positive development of adults with disabilities like Matt, strengthen families like Kayla and Percy, and build...