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*Tornado Disaster Relief support needed for our community!*

EF 3 tornadoes devastated communities in Century & Pensacola, FL.

EF 3 tornadoes devastated communities in Century & Pensacola, FL.

An EF 3 tornado hit the town of Century, Florida on February 15, 2016, and another EF 3 tornado hit Pensacola, Florida on February 23, 2016.  Assessments of the damage in Century indicate 146 properties were impacted. The Century area is a very poor community. Only 14 percent of the residents who sustained damage were insured and the median household income is only $21,412. In Pensacola, 356 properties were impacted. Crews are still assessing at both sites. One of the properties destroyed in Pensacola was a Section 8 Housing Unit which serves low income families.

We are providing emergency assistance with food and water, as well as assisting with housing needs in both communities. “Disaster Relief Funding” will assist in these recovery efforts in Century, Florida and in Pensacola, Florida.

Together we will help families rebuild their lives. Please make a donation today! 


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We proudly carry out the social mission of the Catholic Church throughout the eighteen most northwest counties in the Florida panhandle to serve, to empower and to advocate for vulnerable families and individuals of any race, religion or national origin.

Catholic Charities of NW Florida is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), charitable organization that changed the lives of more than 74,000 individuals last year throughout the Diocese.  The overarching goal of effecting sustainable social change by making a long-term impact on individuals, families and communities remains the guiding principle of the agency’s undertakings.

Founded in 1928, the programs of Catholic Charities focus on empowerment and seek to enact long-term, positive change in the lives of those we serve. Our services are tailored for the unique circumstances of each person and our impact is significant and measurable. We serve our neighbors professionally, compassionately, in multiple languages, with great importance placed on building-up their personal dignity as we help them to remove barriers to self-sufficiency, assist them with unlocking hidden potential and encourage them to create a better life for themselves & their families.


Christopher Root, President/CEO Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida

Christopher Root


Meet the President/CEO of Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida, Christopher Root.  Mr. Root has a Master of Social Work and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, both from Michigan State University. He has a deep-seated Catholic faith, wide breadth of social programming knowledge and a strong managerial track record.  Mr. Root has successfully navigated the Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida mission since January 2015.