• on March 17, 2021

George Garchar to Step Down as Leader of Catholic Charities Serving Portage and Stark Counties

After 22 years of service to Catholic Charities and the Diocese of Youngstown, George Garchar will be stepping down from his role as Executive Director of Catholic Charities Serving Portage and Stark Counties (CCSPSC) in September. 

Garchar was hired as the Executive Director of Catholic Charities Housing Opportunities (CCHO) in 1999, responsible for the facilitation and development of housing services throughout the six-county diocese.  When CCHO’s activities were reduced due to programmatic changes and divestiture of rental properties in 2006, Garchar took on an additional part-time role as Associate Director of Social Action.  He held both positions until 2013 when he accepted the Executive Director position for CCSPSC.

During his tenure with CCHO, Garchar was instrumental in providing service and advocacy on behalf of low-income individuals and families in need of safe, decent, affordable housing, as well as securing funding for Catholic Charities’ housing counseling efforts throughout the Diocese of Youngstown.  Under his leadership, Catholic Charities, through CCHO, began offering down payment assistance to qualifying first-time homebuyers. 

In his role with the Diocesan Office of Social Action, Garchar provided leadership in community development, organizing and housing, and engaged parishes and others in discussions on Catholic social teaching regarding public policy, government responsibility and faithful citizenship.  He also worked to promote the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Justice for Immigrants campaign.

Leaving the chancery offices in 2013 to assume the Executive Director position for CCSPC, Garchar has enhanced the agency’s Catholic identity and the integrity of its programs and services through a keen focus on mission and responsible stewardship of resources.  When asked to reflect upon these accomplishments, Garchar stated: “I did my best to create an environment that was respectful, both of staff and of those we serve, and I sought to involve staff in decisions about how best to deliver our services.  Our focus was consistently client centered, doing our best to meet the basic needs of people who called upon us, while offering encouragement and hope along the way.”

Garchar looks back on his eight years at CCSPSC with gratitude.

“It goes without saying that I feel blessed and privileged to have had the opportunity to hold this position at CCSPSC.  The support I have received from the board members and staff have been invaluable and deeply appreciated,” Garchar states.  “I am thankful to have been able to play a small role in ‘providing help and creating hope’ for those we serve.  I know CCSPSC will continue to do great work on behalf of others long into the future.”

Garchar and his wife, Renee, reside in Youngstown and are members of St. Luke Parish in Boardman. The couple hopes to spend more time with their family, especially their children and granddaughter, as well as travel and pursue other hobbies and interests.

Mr. Edward Herman, Jr., President of CCSPSC’s Board of Directors, has been working with Rachel Hrbolich, Diocesan Director of Catholic Charities, to form a search committee and outline a process for hiring Garchar’s successor.

“The members of the board of directors are sad to hear of George’s resignation.  He has worked tirelessly as Executive Director and is well respected in Stark and Portage Counties by those in organizations he has worked alongside, as well as by those Catholic Charities has served. We wish him the best after so many years of service,” Herman states.

Catholic Charities Serving Portage and Stark Counties is an affiliate agency of the Diocese of Youngstown Catholic Charities Corporation committed to serving those in need, advocating for justice in social structures, and calling the entire Church and other people of good will to do the same.  Extending the love and compassion of Jesus Christ to those who are poor, vulnerable and without hope through tangible assistance and other essential services, CCSPSC affirms human dignity, meets basic human needs, strengthens families, builds communities, and empowers others to transform their lives. Last year, CCSPSC served over 8,000 unduplicated individuals of all faiths. 

For more information about the ministries offered by CCSPSC and other Catholic Charities affiliate agencies in the Diocese of Youngstown, visit www.ccdoy.org.

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