Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (B.O.S.S.)

Our Mission

Catholic Urban Programs advances the dignity of the human person, remediates the effects of poverty, and empowers people to become self-sufficient through crisis intervention, housing security, and out of school time programs.

Self-Sufficiency

At Catholic Urban Programs we believe that every person is made in the image and likeness of God and that we all have a unique set of gifts and talents that we are meant to share for the betterment of our families, communities, and our world.

We walk with people experiencing poverty using Two Feet of Love in Action. With one foot we respond to immediate needs and crisis situations such as feeding the hungry and sheltering the homeless. The second foot calls us to social justice – to removing the root causes of poverty and improving structures that perpetuate the cycle.  At CUP our focus is two-fold: we will work to integrate the self-sufficiency matrix into our current programming and create new programming that helps families move forward.

Crisis
Has an immediate need which can impact well-being.

Vulnerable
Has access to immediate temporary supports and resources (i.e., needs emergency food or shelter).

Stable
Can meet all basic needs with assistance (i.e., SNAP).

Self-Sufficient
Can pay all bills with limited assistance (i.e., may need to borrow from family or friends in the event of a financial emergency like car repairs or medical expenses).

Thriving
Can pay all bills
and put some funds away for the future.