Catholic Charities of the Texas Panhandle enjoys a rich history of promoting the common good for those most in need of help. Bishop Rudolph A. Gerken, the first Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Amarillo, established the agency on Aug. 15, 1932, as Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Amarillo. Catholic Charities partnered with the Amarillo Community Chest in the mid-‘30s Dust Bowl era to provide food and clothing in a city of 50,000. As Amarillo has grown and matured, so has the agency.

The name, along with the leadership, has adapted to best fit the needs of our community. Most recently, the organization took the name Catholic Charities of the Texas Panhandle in 2012.

Today’s Catholic Charities continues to provide help and create hope for those in need throughout the Texas Panhandle. The agency partners with other organizations including the United Way of Amarillo and Canyon to support the InterFaith Hunger Project.

Our board of directors volunteers their time and expertise to Catholic Charities. The agency is 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization and donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.


Provide Food

The InterFaith Hunger Project, provides a free monthly supply of healthy, nutritious food for those living on a fixed income.

Shelter Children

The Pearl Longbine Youth Shelter is a 24-hour emergency placement home for youth, ages 5 to 17 and come from settings in which they may have been homeless, abused, neglected and/or exploited.

Affordable Housing

Our Affordable Housing Program provides rental units for individuals and families. Currently, CCTXP owns one apartment complex on Bryan Street and four single family homes.

Immigrations Services

The Catholic Charities of the Texas Panhandle Citizenship and Immigration Program is the only non-profit service provider in the Texas panhandle, which means we also have the lowest cost for services in the area.

Adult Eye Care

The Adult Eye Care Program works in conjunction with local optometrists and ophthalmologists to provide eye exams and glasses for low-income adults. The eye care professionals provide all of their services free of charge.

And Many More!

Visit the programs tab to view all of the great services Catholic Charities of the Panhandle has to offer.