About Us

Catholic Charities of the Texas Panhandle enjoys a rich history of promoting the common good for those most in need of help. Bishop Rudolph A. Gerken, the first Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Amarillo, established the agency on Aug. 15, 1932, as Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Amarillo. Catholic Charities partnered with the Amarillo Community Chest in the mid-‘30s Dust Bowl era to provide food and clothing in a city of 50,000. As Amarillo has grown and matured, so has the agency.

The name, along with the leadership, has adapted to best fit the needs of our community. Most recently, the organization took the name Catholic Charities of the Texas Panhandle in 2012.

Today’s Catholic Charities continues to provide help and create hope for those in need throughout the Texas Panhandle. The agency partners with other organizations including the United Way of Amarillo and Canyon to support the Catholic Charities InterFaith Hunger Project.

Our board of directors volunteers their time and expertise to Catholic Charities. The agency is 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization and donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

What We Do

Provide Food

The Catholic Charities InterFaith Hunger Project, provides a free monthly supply of healthy, nutritious food for those living on a fixed income.

Immigration Services

The Catholic Charities of the Texas Panhandle Citizenship and Immigration Program is the only non-profit service provider in the Texas panhandle, which means we also have the lowest cost for services in the area.

Adult Eye Care

The Adult Eye Care Program works in conjunction with local optometrists and ophthalmologists to provide eye exams and glasses for low-income adults. The eye care professionals provide all of their services free of charge.

And Much More!

Visit the programs tab to view all of the great services Catholic Charities of the Panhandle has to offer.


Non-Discrimination Statement

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Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: [email protected].

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