About Us

How are you funded?

By people helping people: an astounding 80% of our income is from individual donors. The other 20% comes from local foundations and/or government grants.


How many people do you help?

Your support in 2022 gave Bishop Sullivan Center the ability to:

  • Assist 559 people with a job search
  • Provide rent, utility, or other assistance to nearly 1,000 families
  • Serve over 54,000 meals at One City Café
  • Provide groceries to about 600 families each month
  • Install 130 AC units in the homes of seniors and those with respiratory disabilities

How big is your staff?

We have 15 employees (plus hundreds of volunteers who help make our work possible!)


When was Bishop Sullivan Center founded?

Bishop Sullivan Center was originally founded in 1972 under the name of Cooperative Social Services. In 1994, it was renamed Bishop Sullivan Center in honor of Bishop John Sullivan due to his concern for the poor.


Is Bishop Sullivan Center affiliated with the Catholic church?

No, Bishop Sullivan Center is an independent 501(c)3 charitable organization. However, our work is inspired by our Christian faith, and many churches and faith communities support Bishop Sullivan Center.


How do you qualify people for household assistance and distribute funds?

Each client in need of household assistance fills out an application so we can better understand their circumstances and needs. We review these applications and invite qualified clients to make an appointment with a counselor. After all information is verified and we have met with the client, we write a check directly to the utility company or landlord.


Do you have a list of items that I can donate?

Yes! Donations of food, clothes, and items for the home are a great help to our community. Please review a list of our accepted and most needed items. Don’t see your item on the list? Feel free to contact us to see if we currently have that need.


Do you have volunteer opportunities available?

Yes! Volunteer roles include serving a meal at One City Café, helping pack and distribute groceries in our food pantry, or helping in our office. Your help is crucial to our mission. You can view and sign up to serve at One City Cafe here, and learn more about other volunteer opportunities by contacting Hannah Brockway at [email protected].

Your donation provides
Food, Jobs, and Aid
to our community. 

Make a difference with
Bishop Sullivan Center.