Catholic Charities Diocese Of Venice Inc
PO Box 2116
Venice FL 34284
In devotion and adherence to the teachings of Jesus and the Catholic Church, Catholic Charities seeks to serve and empower ALL in need regardless of race, nationality or creed.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Peter Routsis-Arroyo
Board Chair Mr. Lew Schmidt
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
History and Background
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Awarded a competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
Incorporation Year 1984
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $8,266,740.00
Projected Expenses $8,127,294.00
State Info
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Dec 2014
State Registration Yes Dec 2014

Since 1984, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, Inc. has been serving people in need in the ten counties of Southwest Florida. Service locations include Arcadia (2 locations), Boca Grande, Bonita Springs, Bradenton, Clewiston,  Fort Myers (3 locations), Highlands and Hardee Counties, Immokalee (2 locations), Naples (2 locations), North Port, Palmetto (2 locations), Port Charlotte, Sarasota (7 locations), Venice (3 locations), and Wauchula.

Catholic Charities provides support services for the homeless, working poor, new immigrants, frail elderly, at-risk children, and relocated refugees. Programs and services include Affordable Housing, After-School Program, After-School Reading Program, After-School Tutoring Program, Casework Services/Needs Assessment, Citizenship Classes, Citizenship Services, Clothing Bank, Counseling Services, Day Care Center, Disaster Preparedness and Response, Distribution of FEMA Funds, DUI Groups, Early Learning Center, Elderly Services, English Classes, Farm Worker Housing, Financial Assistance, First Time Homebuyer Class, Food Assistance, Food Pantry, Food Stamps/Medicaid Applications, HIV/AIDS Support Services, HIV/AIDS Housing, Housing Counseling and Foreclosure Prevention, Human Trafficking Program, Infant/Toddler Supplies, Residential Program for Mothers and Children, Refugee Services, Refugee Youth Program, School on Wheels Program, Soup Kitchen, Summer Youth Program, Tutoring, Veterans Housing, and Youth Mentoring Programs.
Catholic Charities delivers an array of comprehensive social services that move families and individuals toward economic and functional stability. Families and individuals are empowered to improve financial health, assure food and housing security, and actualize educational and job opportunities. Catholic Charities works to empower families and individuals to overcome barriers to self-sufficiency. 
Catholic Charities is accredited by the Council On Accreditation and consistently receives a four star rating by Charity Navigator. The greatest challenge to the success of Catholic Charities is the need for reliable operational support. Grants are ordinarily directed toward specific programs, restricted to geographic areas, or time limited.

Catholic Charities programs and services work for their clients because of their simplicity: build a strong educational foundation, support the development of problem-solving skills, increase self-sufficiency, and connect to a supportive community.


The most pressing needs of Catholic Charities in Sarasota and Manatee Counties include:
  • Donations of food for the pantry at Bethesda House of Catholic Charities which dispenses over 15,000 pounds of food each month.
  • Donations of required school supplies for children in need at St. Martha's Early Learning Center of Catholic Charities.
  • Monetary donations for scholarships for 24 children to attend a summer literacy program at St. Martha's Early Learning Center of  Catholic Charities.
  • Donations of landscaping supplies to beautify St. Martha's Early Learning Center of Catholic Charities.
  • Monetary donations of $1,750 to cover one month of expenses for the two-year stay for a homeless mother and her child at Our Mother's House of Catholic Charities.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, Inc. annually serves around 40,000 people. Every number represents a child, family, or individual hoping to overcome their crisis. Catholic Charities is a not for profit social service agency that provides programs and services in the ten-county area of Southwest Florida. Some of the many programs and services include assistance for mothers and children, food pantries and clothing banks, senior services, financial assistance, counseling, HIV/AIDS support services, refugee and citizenship services, a human trafficking program, youth and adult education, housing programs, and casework services. Catholic Charities serves all in need regardless of race, nationality, or creed. Catholic Charities has received the coveted four-star rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency from Charity Navigator, the largest independent evaluator of charities in the country. Catholic Charities also has been accredited by the Council on Accreditation and recognized as an outstanding human service provider.

Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, Inc. has been providing services to the poor and needy of our community regardless of race, nationality or creed for almost thirty years. Catholic Charities provides food, clothing, counseling, preschool care, after school tutoring, job placement services for refugees on their path to citizenship, affordable housing for seniors and farm workers as well as comfort and encouragement. Thanks to a significant cadre of volunteers, a dedicated and caring staff, and sound management practices, Catholic Charities is able to make the most of the financial support received from individual donors, corporations and other community organizations. 

There is no greater reward than to see the smiles and hear the laughter of parents, adults, seniors and children who are enjoying and looking forward to a good meal and a little fun especially in the holiday seasons.

There are many stories to be told. The names and faces change, but the need is always there. Catholic Charities is grateful and thankful for the continuing support received from the community. Every gift and every dollar counts. Catholic Charities is dedicated to their clients and getting the most out of the resources at hand. Visitors are always welcome to take a tour of  our facilities. 

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Charlotte
FL- DeSoto
FL- Sarasota
FL- Hardee
FL- Lee
FL- Manatee
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Our Mother's House is a transitional housing program of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, Inc. that provides shelter and guidance for single mothers and their children who otherwise would be homeless. The mission of Our Mother's House is to provide residents with a safe and secure environment in which to achieve increased self-sufficiency through education, vocational training, and personal growth. Staff works closely with mothers to set and meet their goals for self-sufficiency along with their children's developmental skills and education. Each year, 25 or more mothers and their children participate in the program. Each family has suffered the ravages of homelessness which includes economic crisis and the lack of a secure home. Each family has known hunger, and the need for basic necessities, transportation, and means of communication. Help from family and friends is no longer available for the mothers and their children. Most mothers have been a victim of abuse and/or neglect resulting in a lack of self worth and confidence.
Budget $400,500
Category Housing, General/Other Transitional Housing
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served Homeless Females Infants to Preschool (under age 5)
Short Term Success
  • Resident mothers must gain employment and/or enter school to work towards a career or degree.
  • Resident mothers become financially independent through money saved while living at Our Mother's House.
  • Resident mothers address existing issues with counseling, life management classes, and parenting skills education.
Long Term Success
Our Mother's House of Catholic Charities aims to assist the mothers and children in the program to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency for the long-term. In order to remain self-sufficient, a mother needs stable employment to care for her children.
How Program is Monitored
Clients of Our Mother's House are monitored in an ongoing basis through regular interaction with their case managers. Each client provides written feedback on the progress while in the program.
Examples of Program Success
A former resident of Our Mother's House came in to visit. Prior to beginning the program, Patty had been living with friends, staying with one or another for short periods of time. While she was enrolled in school, she was unable to attend, as she did not have a stable place to call home and she had no childcare for her daughter. Patty moved into Our Mother's House and while living there for two years she received her degree from cosmetology school and obtained a job in a local salon. Patty is now established as a hair stylist, and came back to Our Mother's House to offer free haircuts to the mothers currently in residence. It was her way of “giving back” for the services she received at Our Mother’s House.
Description Bethesda House of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, Inc. is a community drop in center for residents of Sarasota and Manatee Counties who are diagnosed and affected by HIV/AIDS. The mission of Bethesda House is to empower and educate clients by supporting them to live independent, gratifying lives. Staff provide case management, shower and laundry facilities, clothing and housewares, breakfast and lunch, and assistance with employment, housing, resume writing, linkage to medical services, social support, haircuts, veterinary care and pet food distribution. Bethesda House has a weekly food pantry that distributes 15,000 pounds of nutritionally balanced food each month, including fresh meats, fruits and vegetables. Bethesda House serves approximately 200 individuals each week in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.
Budget $213,847
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Specific Populations
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served People/Families of People with HIV/AIDS Families Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success
  • Bethesda House of Catholic Charities links clients to consistent medical care.
  • Clients receive the necessary nutrition needed through daily hot meals and food pantry distribution.
  • Clients receive assistance with benefit applications.
  • Clients are linked to other social support networks through case management.
Long Term Success Bethesda House of Catholic Charities aims to stabilize clients diagnosed with HIV/AIDS through reduction of homelessness, consistent medical care, employment, and increased support networks.
How Program is Monitored The program success of Bethesda House of Catholic Charities is monitored through regular contact with case managers, ongoing consumer surveys, and tracked through the HMIS database system.
Examples of Program Success When Joe confided to his Bethesda House case manager that his doctor refused to perform a necessary medical procedure because he had no running water at his residence, the case manager asked more about his living situation. For several years, Joe has resided in a tiny room attached to a garden shed without plumbing. Joe’s case manager was able to refer him to Catholic Charities permanent housing complex for homeless men suffering with HIV/AIDS. Within weeks, he was able to have the medical procedure completed and his health improved. Joe had a permanent smile on his face when asked how he is doing.
St. Martha's Early Learning Center of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, Inc. provides quality early learning education to children from three to five years of age in the downtown and Newtown area of Sarasota. A total of 98% of the students are from families who are working poor or at-risk of becoming homeless. St. Martha's Early Learning Center provides Voluntary Pre Kindergarten, Head Start, and Early Head Start services. Following the Head Start model, the students enrolled receive a full range of comprehensive services. The center provides full-time early childhood programs including support services from Children First of Sarasota such as health and development screenings, parenting education, home visits, and training and support groups for parents. St. Martha's Early Learning Center uses the Creative Curriculum for Preschool which focuses on how a child learns and where the learning is hands-on and child-initiated. All students learn pre-math, pre-writing, and pre-reading skills, along with fine and gross motor skills, social and emotional coping skills, and early literacy.
Budget $355,466
Category Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Homeless
Short Term Success
Students at St. Martha's Early Learning Center of Catholic Charities learn pre-math, pre-reading, and pre-writing skills, along with fine and gross motor skills, social skills, and early literacy. They have checkpoints to measure their success throughout the year. Children engage in healthy nutrition, and receive regular medical, dental, and vision screening.
Long Term Success
St. Martha's Early Learning Center of Catholic Charities works with children from three to five years of age to ensure that they are kindergarten ready and seeks to ensure that students carry forward with healthy life-style habits. Children who participate in structured, quality programs develop better language skills, social skills, and have fewer behavioral problems. The program engages parents in adult curriculum including literacy, so that they will be able to work with their children in lifelong learning.
How Program is Monitored
Staff of St. Martha's Early Learning Center of Catholic Charities conduct a home visit with each family at the beginning and close of each school year to set goals for each child in collaboration with the parents. Children complete an Agnes and Stages assessment three times a year to measure their language, fine and gross motor skills and their checkpoint targets.
Examples of Program Success
 Jamaun started attending St. Martha’s Early Learning Center at the age of four. He was able to attend school daily due to a scholarship opportunity that assisted his family with the cost of the program. Jamaun is currently in kindergarten and his teacher reports that he has tested well above average in math, reading, and science. Jamaun’s mom credits St. Martha’s Early Learning Center for setting a solid foundation for the rest of his academic career.
The Housing Counseling and Foreclosure Prevention Program of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, Inc. is HUD certified and assists low to moderate income residents in Sarasota and Manatee Counties with home ownership and group education services. The monthly First Time Home Buyer Class instructs potential home buyers in budgeting, credit, and financing. Foreclosure prevention services meet the needs of residents facing foreclosure to ensure equal access to mortgage modification programs, and resolutions to scams, predatory lending, and fair housing issues. Staff is committed to assisting clients in default counseling and educating current or potential home owners to ensure good standing with lenders. Services are bilingual in Spanish and can accommodate Haitian French speakers as well.
Budget $159,911
Category Housing, General/Other Housing Counseling
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served Families Adults At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success
  • Clients will become financially literate.
  • Clients will work towards a realistic mortgage that meets their family income.
  • Clients will be educated on frauds and scams that exist today in the market.
  • Clients will be able to resolve any issues surrounding predatory lending.
  • Clients will understand the importance of fair lending and fair housing.
Long Term Success
The Housing Counseling Program of Catholic Charities seeks to assist low to moderate income families with long term home ownership.
How Program is Monitored
The staff of the Housing Counseling Program of Catholic Charities submit information to a Client Management Database which tracks each client's progress. Each client receives follow up at 30, 60, and 90 day intervals. Clients also provide regular feedback in the consumer survey.
Examples of Program Success
Lee and Kristina contacted the Housing Counseling Program to enroll in the First Time Home Buyers Class. Lee is a disabled veteran and also was working with a lender to obtain a VA loan to purchase their first family home. After successfully completing the class, Lee and Kristina qualified for and obtained down payment assistance. The couple purchased a new home within one month of connecting with Catholic Charities.

Citizenship Services of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, Inc. supports family unity and is recognized by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) as a provider of low-cost and quality immigration counseling. Staff counselors are BIA certified and have the necessary experience and knowledge relating to immigration law and procedures. The goal of the program is to ensure that all individuals and families have access to affordable immigration-related services. The program provides assistance with applications such as affidavit of support, adjustment of status, naturalization, replacement of immigration documents, extension of non-immigrant visas, change of status, petitions for family reunification, political asylum and other services including DACA (Deferred Admission for Childhood Arrivals). Citizenship Services of Catholic Charities provide affordable immigration services to all newcomers regardless of their race, nationality or creed. In order to continue the road to citizenship or legal permanent residency, clients are in need of financial assistance with USCIS (United States Immigration and Citizenship Services) fees or consultation fees.

Budget $98,605
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Ethnic & Immigrant Groups
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees Migrant Workers
Short Term Success

Short term success occurs when low to moderate income immigrants receive quality citizenship services at very nominal cost. In cases of hardship Catholic Charities will waive or reduce fees. Clients are able to benefit from exploring the immigration process and determining the best course of action for their particular case. 

Long Term Success

Long term success occurs when a family is reunited. Immigration laws are very complex and quotas are established for different countries or degree of relationship.  As a result, families must sometimes wait years to be reunited with loved ones. For other immigrants, their goals are maintaining their status in the United States and obtaining work authorization. All of these dynamics contribute to stable  families and productive communities. 

How Program is Monitored

Program success is monitored quarterly by reviewing the number of clients who are counseled compared to the number for whom cases are filed with USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Service).  Demographic information is reviewed monthly. Because it frequently takes years for an immigration benefit to be realized, individual data is recorded only for cases that are filed. 

Immigration law challenges Catholic Charities in two ways.  First, maintaining the level of training required  to provide quality services in compliance with the law; and, second,  being able to manage the numbers of people  requesting  immigration services as laws become more compassionate.  Catholic Charities is a BIA  (Board of Immigration Appeal) recognized agency. This recognition permits a qualified non-attorney to practice administrative law as it applies to immigration without being in violation of the law. It takes a considerable investment in staff training to maintain those certifications. 

Examples of Program Success

Immigrants come to the United States to follow the same dream that has inspired millions of others before them – to have a better life for themselves and for their children. Upon arrival in the United States, immigrants face a daunting array of linguistic, economic, cultural and legal challenges. Through Catholic Charities Citizenship Services, newcomers receive high-quality legal consultation, referral and representation for an array of immigration benefits, such as political asylum, naturalization and family reunification.

CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Peter Routsis-Arroyo
CEO Term Start July 2001

Peter Routsis-Arroyo has been CEO of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, Inc. since 2001 and is responsible for the total operation of the organization, overseeing 29 locations which provide more than 35 programs and services in the ten-county area of Southwest Florida. Peter is Chairman of Catholic Charities Housing, Diocese of Venice, Inc. that offers affordable housing for low-income, farm workers and special needs individuals and families in several communities. He also is CEO of the Catholic Charities Foundation of the Diocese of Venice, Inc. Peter is a licensed social worker and graduated from New York University with a master's degree in Social Work. From 1998 until 2001, Peter was the District Director for Catholic Charities of Lee County. Prior to that from 1993 until 1998, Peter worked for Catholic Family Services in Hartford, Conn. as Clinical Director/Senior Management Team and Director of the Institute for the Hispanic Family. Peter is married to Maria Routsis, herself a social worker. He has four children, three boys and a girl. Peter is a Commissioner with the Fort Myers Housing Authority and belongs to the Knights of Columbus.

Full Time Staff 90
Part Time Staff 28
Volunteers 475
Contractors 18
Staff Retention Rate % 83
Professional Development Yes
Management Reports to Board Yes
Organization Plans
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 3
Strategic Plan Adopted Nov 2012
Management Succession Plan No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Senior Staff
Ms. Lucille Acken Director of Grants and Organizational Development
Mrs. Sharon Aragona Chief Operating Officer
Mrs. Jacquie Crombie District Director
Mr. Armando Galella District Director
Mr. David Grothaus
Mrs. Andy Herigodt Director of Performance, Quality Improvement and Compliance
Mrs. Becky Higgins Development Director
Mr. Robert Johnson Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Slav Tkach Director of Refugee Programs
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Catholic Charities of Sarasota and Manatee and DeSoto Counties collaborates with Children First of Sarasota County, All Faith's Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Manasota SOLVE,  DeSoto County Public Schools, DeSoto County Public Library, USDA, HUD, Early Learning Coalition, Continuance of Care Suncoast Coalition to End Homelessness, Selby Library, Christ Child Society, and the Department of Health.
AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals)
Southwest Florida Planned Giving Council
Association of Early Learning Coalitions
External Assessments and Accreditations
Four-Star CharityCharity Navigator2014
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government?
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Lew Schmidt
Company Affiliation Retired
Board Term Jan 2013 to Dec 2015
Board Members
Board Members
Mr. William Barrett Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
Rev. Jerome Carosella Our Lady of Mercy Parish
Ms. Kathryn Davies Community Volunteer
Mr. Carlos de Quesada Consultant and Planner
Bishop Frank Dewane Diocese of Venice
Mr. John Gamba Foundation Director
Ms. Iris Gomez Community Volunteer
Mr. Robert Hiniker Retired and Tax Consultant
Mr. Leroy Jackson Business Owner
Mr. Richard Maier Retired
Very Rev. Stephen McNamara Resurrection of Our Lord Parish
Mr. Nigel Mould Shareholder
Mrs. Laura Plum CPA, Plum and Company
Mr. Richard Rogan Retired
Mr. Peter Routsis-Arroyo Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, Inc.
Mr. Joseph Sabatino President, St. Vincent de Paul
Mr. Llewellyn Schmidt Retired
Dr. Volodymyr Smeryk Diocese of Venice
Mr. Harold Smith Retired
Ms. Elaine Stanley Community Volunteer
Mr. Tulio Suarez Attorney, Henderson and Franklin
Mr. Jesse Tilden Community Volunteer
Ms. Maria Walker Community Volunteer
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? No
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 4
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 18
Female 5
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Board Meeting Attendance % 83
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions
Constituency Includes Client Representation
Standing Committees
Housing and Community Development
Board Governance
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Financial Info
Fiscal Year 2013
Projected Revenue $8,266,740.00
Projected Expenses $8,127,294.00
Historical Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$2,341,708$2,468,735$3,353,435
Individual Contributions$2,904,420$2,212,237$2,877,320
Investment Income, Net of Losses$73,478$72,080$52,078
Membership Dues$0$0--
Special Events$971,453$708,670$630,583
Revenue In-Kind$34,608$33,600$60,600
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$7,314,037$7,079,382$7,261,241
Administration Expense$284,062$249,882$231,049
Fundraising Expense$307,141$265,981$218,827
Payments to Affiliates$0$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.081.011.18
Program Expense/Total Expenses93%93%94%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue4%4%3%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$6,835,807$6,285,002$6,263,470
Current Assets$3,859,320$3,223,970$3,733,727
Long-Term Liabilities$443,765$602,488$0
Current Liabilities$612,239$537,500$1,195,158
Total Net Assets$5,779,803$5,145,014$5,068,312
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $2,904,420Government Grants - Federal $2,181,541Government grants $3,353,435
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Federal $2,065,438Contributions, gifts, grants $2,212,237Contributions, gifts, grants $2,877,320
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundations/Corporations $1,435,500Foundations, corporations $1,425,000Related organizations $1,428,500
CEO Compensation
Co-CEO Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities6.306.003.12
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets6%10%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial figures taken from IRS Form 990.  2009 & 2010 audits not uploaded.   990 and audit reconciled for 2012 and 2013.
Nonprofit Catholic Charities Diocese Of Venice Inc
Address PO Box 2116
Venice, FL 34284
Primary Phone 941 484-9543
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Peter Routsis-Arroyo
Board Chair Mr. Lew Schmidt
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Year of Incorporation 1984