New Hampshire Catholic Charities

Our Mission & Values

Our Mission

Grounded in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, Catholic Charities New Hampshire responds to those in need with programs that heal, comfort and empower.

Our Values

  • Collaboration
  • Compassion
  • Integrity
  • Respect


1945 - Bishop Matthew Brady founds New Hampshire Catholic Charities. Monsignor McGreal named first Director.

1945-1946 - Catholic Charities inherits four small homes for the elderly (subsequently becoming our nursing facilities.)

1945 - Catholic Charities launches adoption services and begins operating six orphanages.

1948 - Saint Teresa’s Manor (Manchester) and St. Francis (Laconia) nursing facilities are opened.

1958 - St. Ann Home in Dover is opened.

1960’s - Counseling services start in Manchester.

1963 - St. Vincent de Paul Nursing Facility opens in Berlin.

1968 - St. Charles Children’s Home acquired by Catholic Charities and transitioned from the last of the orphanages to group home care.

1969 - The new Mt. Carmel opens in Manchester.

1971 - First District Office opens in Littleton.

1972 - The Keene District Office opens.

1977 - Outreach Services begin in Lebanon with opening of a new District Office.

1979 - Nashua and Concord District Offices opens.

1979 - Catholic Charities begins helping refugees in the wake of the Vietnam War, starting our Immigration and Refugee Services.

1980 - Rochester and Berlin District Offices open.

1981 - Salem and Laconia District Offices open.

1982 - The OUR PLACE program is created.

1984 - New Hampshire Food Bank is established.

1987 - Manchester District Office established.

1987-1988 - Independent Retirement Living is added to St. Teresa and St. Francis facilities.

1990 - Good Shepherd Nursing Home was purchased.

1994 - All six nursing facilities become accredited.

1995 - Bishop Peterson Residence added to our long-term care system.

1995 - Catholic Charities assumes management of two nursing facilities: Warde Health Center and St. Joseph Residence.

1997 - Independent Living added to St. Ann Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

2003 - The Food Bank begins new outreach with Cooking Matters program.

2008 - Recipe for Success Culinary Job Training Program and NH Food Bank’s Production Garden begin.

2011 - The NH Food Bank’s SNAP Outreach Program starts.

2013 - Parish & Community Services’ Basic Financial Fitness program created.