Statement of the Archdiocese of Washington on Catholic Charities Center in Silver Spring, Maryland
WASHINGTON, D.C. – For many years, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington has provided a host of services to those in need locally in Montgomery County, Prince George’s County and the District of Columbia at the resource center in Silver Spring. Individuals and families have been able to access medical and dental care, participate in educational programing, receive employment assistance, obtain healthy food deliveries, and access critical legal counseling. Many of these programs are also designed and implemented to meet the needs of our Hispanic brothers and sisters.
The building was named the McCarrick Center in 2005, but shortly afterwards, Catholic Charities began noting some confusion among its clients as to the services being offered there. While a name change was in process, it was accelerated following recent allegations that retired Washington Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, while he was a priest and later a bishop in New York and then New Jersey decades ago, had engaged in abusive behavior with minors and seminarians. With renovations on the exterior of the property recently undertaken, the Catholic Charities name was added to more accurately reflect the provider of services and the social outreach and support which can be accessed.