Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan

Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan (CCSEM) is the principal archdiocesan agency for works of mercy, providing help and giving hope to God’s people in the Archdiocese of Detroit. CCSEM shares Christ’s love with everyone it serves, assisting more than 20,000 people annually. Ministries include:

  • Adoption and Foster Care Services
  • Adult Day Health Services for those with dementia and similar cognitive impairments
  • All Saints Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry, serving patrons in southwest Detroit
  • Hispanic and Newcomer Outreach, providing support and education to help those new to the United States become self-sufficient
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling for individuals and families
  • Project Hope, providing support and resources for expectant mothers from birth and beyond
  • Senior Volunteer Services, offering three programs for adults age 55 and older to serve in their communities

CCSEM helps to move individuals from dependence to healthy, self-sustained livelihoods. All ministries center on the dignity of the person and strengthening the family with a commitment to accompany all through their personal trials. Efforts continue to connect CCSEM with pastors, parishes, vicariates, church ministries, and other charitable organizations to provide collaborative and coordinated assistance.

Please consider referring a loved one, friend, or neighbor who may find healing and hope through a CCSEM program or service. Those interested can call 855-882-2736, visit, or email the organization at

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

How is CCSEM funded and what is its budget?

CCSEM has an annual operating budget of approximately $10 million. Funding comes from various sources:

  • CCSEM pursues grants and contracts to provide services consistent with Catholic teachings and values.
  • Fees for services including insurance reimbursements and sliding scale payments from clients based on their ability to pay.
  • Fundraising events, charitable gifts, and an annual parish-wide appeal sponsored by the Archdiocese of Detroit.

How many staff and volunteers does CCSEM have?

CCSEM has about 170 staff and hundreds of volunteers. CCSEM also directly supports approximately 180 Christian service coordinators at parishes throughout the archdiocese, as well as about 160 parish nurses.

How does CCSEM determine which programs and services to offer?

CCSEM continues to seek feedback from our parish faithful, pastors, parish staff and volunteers. In addition, collaboration and coordination with a host of human service organizations in southeast Michigan continues, all to ensure the entire community across our six counties (Catholic and non-Catholic alike) can access and/or utilize CCSEM services.

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.

What is the difference between CCSEM and other Catholic charitable organizations in the region like crisis pregnancy centers, counseling services, food banks, St. Vincent de Paul councils and programs to help the homeless?

There are various other Catholic charitable efforts in southeast Michigan with varying connections to the archdiocese and parishes. These programs and services focus on community needs they have identified. For example, there are various food pantries across the region, and organizations, such as the St. Vincent de Paul Society, that have a long-established presence at many parishes.

The staff for all seven CCSEM ministries is supervised by professionally trained managers. Many of our staff members are professionally trained social workers, counselors, and case workers who provide structured case management services to ensure our clients receive a comprehensive assessment of all areas of life. For counseling services, CCSEM can bill insurances, both private and Medicaid HMOs, and it offers psychiatric services as an adjunct to counseling, if needed. 

CCSEM is accountable to Archbishop Vigneron, to be good stewards of the resources entrusted to its care as the primary archdiocesan charitable service agency for works of mercy in the region. 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.

How can I learn more about CCSEM?

Visit; email; or call 855-882-2736.

Posted: December 2018
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