FAQ about Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan

  1. What is Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan? What does it do?
  2. Where are Catholic Charities offices in southeast Michigan? What services do they offer?
  3. What are CCSEM plans for the city of Detroit and Wayne County?
  4. What is the relationship between CCSEM and the Archdiocese of Detroit?
  5. How is CCSEM funded and what is its budget?
  6. How many staff and volunteers does CCSEM have?
  7. What is the relationship between parish Christian Service Coordinators and Parish Nurses and CCSEM?
  8. How does CCSEM determine which programs and services to offer?
  9. What is the difference between CCSEM and other Catholic charitable organizations in the region like crisis pregnancy centers, counseling services, food banks, Knights of Columbus councils and programs to help the homeless?
  10. How can I learn more about CCSEM?

1. What is Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan? What does it do?

Formed in 2013 from five quasi-independent county-based Catholic social services agencies, Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan (CCSEM) provides care and comfort for the Catholic faithful and others navigating a variety of life challenges. Like many parishes in the Archdiocese of Detroit that have shared resources, clustered, or merged through the Together in Faith pastoral planning process, the structures of the previous independent agencies were merged and consolidated to form CCSEM, now focused on providing a consistent set of programs and services throughout the Archdiocese of Detroit.

CCSEM is now the Archdiocese of Detroit’s principal agency for works of mercy. Last year CCSEM helped more than 15,000 people by championing the dignity of each person, helping to improve their quality of life and to realize their potential by moving from dependence to healthy, self-sustained living. CSSEM focuses its staff, volunteers, and resources on these services:

  • Adoption: CCSEM is currently working on adoptions for 33 children.
  • Foster Care: CCSEM has 60 youth in foster care, and 19 young adults enrolled in a supervised independent living program. CCSEM coordinates 47 foster homes and is working on obtaining licensure for 12 more.
  • Mental and Behavioral Health Counseling: Licensed, master’s degree-level therapists help individuals and families manage challenges from depression, anxiety and substance abuse to grief, and post-traumatic stress. Last year, CCSEM provided therapy to more than 3,700 people. CCSEM also recently earned accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for the next three years for its entire Behavioral Health program as well as its Adult Day Care program. This is the highest level of accreditation possible in this field.
  • Hispanic Outreach: CCSEM provides tutoring, mentoring, and citizenship classes to help the region’s growing Hispanic community to more fully participate in and contribute to society.
  • Immigration and Refugee Services: Last year CCSEM assisted more than 800 refugees, mainly Chaldean faithful from Iraq, to resettle in the Archdiocese of Detroit.
  • Senior Services: CCSEM provides adult day care in Oakland and Macomb counties and places senior volunteers in several settings to help others in need.
  • CCSEM also restarted Project Hope in Macomb and Wayne counties, helping 73 women to continue their pregnancies in 2013. Project Hope assistance is now available to mothers-to-be region wide.
  • For emergency and other assistance, CCSEM helps clients maximize available resources by working with Catholic and other human service organizations in the area. CCSEM’s Crisis Navigator Program has served more than 500 people in the past year.

2. Where are Catholic Charities offices in southeast Michigan? What services do they offer?

CCSEM has 11 program and service locations in the region. Additional details on the programs and services at each location are available on the CCSEM website.

Lapeer County
700 South Main Street, Suite 211, Lapeer, MI 48446
810-664-4646

  • Behavioral Health

Macomb County
15945 Canal Road, Clinton Township, MI 48038
586-416-2300

  • Behavioral Health
  • Immigration and Refugee Resettlement
  • Project Hope (pregnancy, infant care support)
  • Senior Services

26238 Ryan Road, Warren, MI 48089
586-759-8700

  • Project Hope (pregnancy, infant care support)
  • Senior Services

Monroe County
1070 South Telegraph; Monroe, MI 48161
734-240-3850

  • Adoption and Foster Care
  • Behavioral Health

Oakland County
3300 South Adams Road, Auburn Hills, MI 48326
248-537-3300

  • Behavioral Health
  • Senior Services

715 North Lapeer Road, Lake Orion, MI 48362
248-693-7526

  • Behavioral Health

76 Williams, Pontiac, MI 48341
248-338-4250

  • Hispanic Outreach Services

1424 East 11 Mile, Royal Oak, MI 48067
248-548-4044

  • Behavioral Health

17500 West Eight Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48075
248-552-0750

  • Adoption
  • Foster Care
  • Behavioral Health
  • Senior Services

1370 North Oakland Boulevard, Suite 105, Waterford, MI 48327

  • Behavioral Health

St. Clair County
2601 13th Street, Port Huron, MI 48060
810-987-9100

  • Behavioral Health

3. What are CCSEM plans for the city of Detroit and Wayne County?

CCSEM offers foster care, adoption, and Project Hope pregnancy support services to Detroit and Wayne County residents, is starting services to the Hispanic community in southwest Detroit, has partnered with the St. Vincent de Paul Society to provide case management services to the homeless in western Wayne County through the Pathway to Housing initiative, and is starting a Bridges Out of Poverty program with St. John Providence Health System and St. Vincent de Paul. 

CCSEM is aggressively exploring potential program and service locations in the City of Detroit and Wayne County as well as raising the financial resources necessary to establish an ongoing presence in the area. In the meantime, all CCSEM programs and services are available to Detroit and Wayne County residents at existing CCSEM locations, come of which are a short drive away.

CCSEM is also exploring location and facility possibilities to consolidate its administrative offices and personnel in the City of Detroit.

4. What is the relationship between CCSEM and the Archdiocese of Detroit?

CCSEM is a separate 501(c)(3) organization within the Archdiocese of Detroit. Archbishop Allen Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit, serves as president of CCSEM, which has a governance board with a fiduciary responsibility to the organization. This governance board includes representatives from all six counties in the Detroit Archdiocese.

Five of the six counties in the Archdiocese of Detroit have advisory boards which monitor and make recommendations on program and service operations as well as engaging in local fundraising and awareness projects. A Wayne County advisory board will be created in 2015.

5. How is CCSEM funded and what is its budget?

CCSEM has an annual operating budget of approximately $8 million. Funding comes from four sources:

  • CCSEM pursues grants and contracts to provide services consistent with Catholic teachings and values. This year CCSEM has received or renewed 18 contracts and grants totaling more than $3.2 million.
  • Fees for services including insurance reimbursements and sliding scale payments from clients based on their ability to pay.
  • Fundraising events, charitable gifts, and transitional grant funding from the Archdiocese of Detroit.
  • A special collection for CCSEM on November 22-23 will be taken in parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Detroit. This collection will help CCSEM maintain, improve, and expand programs and services in the Archdiocese of Detroit.

6. How many staff and volunteers does CCSEM have?

CCSEM has about 160 staff and hundreds of volunteers. CCSEM also directly supports more than 175 Christian service coordinators at parishes throughout the archdiocese as well as over 70 parish nurses.

7. What is the relationship between parish Christian Service Coordinators and Parish Nurses and CCSEM? 

Support services and coordination of parish-based Christian service coordinators and parish nurses was transferred from archdiocesan Central Services to CCSEM earlier this year. This direct connection with these important parish ministry volunteers will further help CCSEM respond to needs identified by parishes throughout the archdiocese.

8. How does CCSEM determine which programs and services to offer?

CCSEM is reaching out to pastors, parish staff, vicariates, Christian service coordinators, parish nurses, and Catholic human service organizations in southeast Michigan to ensure the faithful utilize CCSEM services and coordinate on needed services. CCSEM is collaborating with other Catholic agencies rather than competing for resources and clients. 

An important consideration in determining a new program for CCSEM is whether the service is consistent with the authentic teachings of the Catholic Church, its moral convictions, and religious beliefs. These teachings include respect for the dignity of life, the individual, and the family. The values and objectives of CCSEM are to promote the value of life, lessen human suffering, and respect human dignity. CCSEM programs and services are regularly reviewed to determine whether they promote the organization’s mission and vision, and whether they support good stewardship and business principles.

An additional consideration is determining the resources needed for each service or program, to identify and engage partnerships that uphold Catholic values and teachings, and to find sustainable funding streams compatible and consistent with Catholic values.

9. What is the difference between CCSEM and other Catholic charitable organizations in the region like crisis pregnancy centers, counseling services, food banks, Knights of Columbus councils and programs to help the homeless?

There are several other Catholic charitable efforts in southeast Michigan with varying connections to the Archdiocese and parishes. These programs and services tend to address specific community needs and some, such as the Knights of Columbus and the St. Vincent de Paul Society, have a long-established presence at many parishes. CCSEM is accountable to Archbishop Vigneron to be the archdiocesan agency for specific regional works of mercy, and to be a good stewards of the resources entrusted to its care.

Archbishop Vigneron’s expectation is for all Catholic human services agencies in southeast Michigan to collaborate, emphasize existing strengths, share resources when possible, and focus on bringing hope and healing to those in need on a consistent basis throughout southeast Michigan. The goal is to make Catholic charitable services more efficient, more responsive to the needs of communities through southeast Michigan, and more closely coordinated with parishes. CCSEM has a Crisis Navigator who helps those with emergency needs such as food, housing, and utilities. The Crisis Navigator provides assistance from CCSEM and connects the individual with parishes and others agencies to maximize all available resources.

10. How can I learn more about CCSEM?

Visit www.CCSEM.org; email info@CCSEM.org; or call 855-882-2736