CINCINNATI – August 31— Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio achieved national accreditation again through the New York-based Council on Accreditation (COA).
“This significant achievement represents countless hours of hard work by our staff and board members in preparing for a thorough review of our programs,” said Ted Bergh, CEO of Catholic Charities.
The COA described Catholic Charities’ Unaccompanied Minors program as treating youths in a “strength-based, caring, culturally sensitive manner,” and the Refugee Resettlement program as being “well-designed and provide by compassionate and capable professionals that welcome and empower refugee families.” The mental health program and parenting classes were also singled out positively.
To achieve COA accreditation, Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio first provided written evidence of compliance with the COA standards. Next, a group of specially trained volunteer Peer Reviewers confirmed adherence to these standards during a series of on-site interviews with trustees, staff and clients.
Catholic Charities Board Chairman Dave Bruno said, “We’re fully engaged in the mission to serve the poor and the COA confirms our programs meet the highest national standards of performance.”
Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio is a United Way Agency Partner that serves the poor, protects the vulnerable and welcomes the stranger regardless of religious background or country of origin. Our mission to enlighten, serve and empower is enabled by the generosity of donors and volunteers. Together, we brought hope to 120,000 people last year.