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Role of CRS West

The role of the Catholic Relief Services West Regional Office is to inform and engage U.S. Catholics in the work of global solidarity in the Western States. The region places priority on relationships between the people of our country and the people overseas.

Typhoon Haiyan infographic

CRS has moved into a recovery phase following Typhoon Haiyan, the most powerful storm to make landfall in the Philippines. The storn had a catastrophic impact on an estimated 14 million people. Learn more about CRS' efforts to provide assistance to our brothers and sisters in the Philippines.

CRS West, the first of six domestic regional offices, brings opportunities for engagement to the dioceses, institutions and faith based groups in the western states. The West represents the fastest growing region for the Catholic Church in the United States with increasing numbers of Asian and Hispanic Catholics.

CRS West covers the 8 states of the USCCB Regions XI and XII. The states in region XI are California, Nevada and Hawaii, and the states in region XII are Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Alaska. The West region encompasses 2000 parishes in 26 dioceses with a population of over 14 million Catholics.

The Regional Director and staff are the primary point of contact with CRS for the diocesan and parish structure, universities, religious communities and Catholic health care institutions, Catholic schools and parish youth programs, and faith based groups who wish to collaborate with CRS in building awareness and providing opportunities to build relationships of global solidarity.in the Western United States. CRS West also coordinates programs and events with CRS fundraising (especially with Major Gifts Officers in the region), media and marketing departments.

Goals and Objectives

The goal of CRS West is to make CRS present in the Western states, to serve U.S. Catholics through diocesan and other institutional structures, to build awareness of our work and the needs of the poor by providing resources and opportunities for engagement in global solidarity activities.


CRS West Regional Meeting Report

The CRS West Regional meeting report summarizes our two-day gathering with CRS Diocesan Directors and partners on June 19-20, 2012 in Los Gatos, California.