Caritas Macau work began in the early 1950s as ‘Casa Ricci Social Services’ when it assisted refugees from mainland China with food, shelter, jobs, education and integration into society. It became Caritas Macau in 1971 when it was incorporated into the Catholic Diocese of Macau as its social service arm. Today, Caritas Macau services continue to grow to respond to the increasing difficulties caused by inflation and lack of social services.
Caritas Macau has 34 small and medium-sized centres spread throughout Macau to support over 1,000 people every year. The services provide 24 hour a day support for the elderly and those who are bedridden and frail, residential services to those with mental and physical disabilities, economic and psychological support for single parents and people who left prison.
Caritas Macau is the only agency in the Macau with services that provide housing for homeless people.
Caritas Macau also runs a food bank to distribute food to 2,200 elderly and low-income families who frequently use the service, roughly 1 percent of all families in Macau.
Caritas Macau main office in Macau has a staff of 600 employees and volunteers to take care of the agency’s social service centres.
Caritas Macau is a member of Caritas Internationalis and Caritas Asia.