“Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.”  Matthew 25:35-36

COVID-19 Changes to Assistance

All applications for food and financial assistance are now completed through phone interviews.  Phones are only open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 9:30-11:30. Decisions on financial assistance are made on Thursday, we will call those approved by 5 pm. Please note that actual assistance is completed on Monday of the following week.
At this time we are making food appointments for the next day. Call 205-759-1926 and press “1” for Food Assistance during call hours:  Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 9:30-11:30.  If you are seeking rental assistance, please fill out the following form: Rental Assistance

Sr. María Elena Méndez, MGSPS


Our Vision

Our vision is to promote the dignity of every person, to enrich families, and to enhance lives!

Our Mission

The mission of Catholic Social Services is to meet the needs of those living in poverty or suffering from despair and to advocate for those suffering from oppression in our 10-county service area of West Alabama. We joyfully choose to collaborate with all of God’s people regardless of race, creed, religion, or economic background in order to build a more just and compassionate society. We do this by providing financial assistance, food, clothing, referrals, and more.

Catholic Social Services of West Alabama serves over 6,000 clients per year in Marion, Winston, Walker, Lamar, Pickens, Tuscaloosa, Hale, Marengo, and Fayette counties coming from a highly impoverished service area in the 6th poorest state in the country.

Since 1989, Catholic Social Services of West Alabama has advocated for the most vulnerable in our community, guided by the basic belief in the inherent dignity of every human being. We vigorously advocate for poverty reduction programs, establish collaborative partnerships to end poverty in Fayette, Hale, Lamar, Marion, Pickens, Tuscaloosa, and Winston counties in Alabama, and support our local agencies in their provision of essential services to those in need.

Our History

Coming soon…

The Non-Profit Council of West Alabama Video

“Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked them, but Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”  Matt. 19:13-14

CSS Silent Auction Video


Ways You Can Help!

Our volunteers are one of our most valuable resources in serving nearly 6,000 households per year. 

Consider giving your time and talents to Catholic Social Services of West Alabama.  

  • Volunteer: Come to help out at the center weekly to answer the phone, input into database, attend to clients, and much more.
  • Donate: Be a monthly donor, mail a check, use the Paypal button at the top of this page, or set up direct deposit.
  • Silent Auction:Be an individual donor and/or corporate sponsor or serve on the committee.
  • Donate Food: For our pantry.
  • Angel Tree: Adopt a child, make this a joyous Christmas.
  • Thanksgiving Bags:  Take a bag and fill it with the indicated items.
  • Sort Clothing: In the warehouse.
  • Call Us: We will find a place for you!


Volunteer Form

What We Do!

“…God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Cor. 9:7

Landry and Emilie Leach (daughters of Ryan and Heather Leach) sold painted rocks in their neighborhood to raise money ($72.48) for Catholic Social Services of West Alabama to be able to help more people! 

Board of Directors


Sr. Maria Elena Mendez, MGSPS

Rev. Tom Ackerman
St. Francis University Parish

O. Alan Tidwell

Teri Hamilton

Yolanda Carter

Carolyn White
Office Manager

Lucy Strozier

Ryan Leach

Bonnie Nalls

Rev. Michael Deering
Holy Spirit Catholic Church

Mark Byars
Vice President

Linda Lochman

Gina Wilson


Due to Covid-19, we had to cancel our Raising Hope Silent Auction, but we will continue in our mission to help people from our local area. Thank you to everyone who has stepped up and donated over the recent months, you have kept us going!