LGBTQ Issues In the Provision of Services

LGBTQ Issues In the Provision of Services


Catholic Charities Diocese of Kalamazoo embraces the Roman Catholic Church teaching that each and every human life has inherent dignity, and thus must be treated with the respect due to a human person.

The board and staff of Catholic Charities Diocese of Kalamazoo accept and support these basic principles of human life and endeavor to facilitate life from conception to natural death. Restoring respect for human life in our society is an essential task of the Church that extends through all its institutions, agencies, and organizations.


Obtain competent assistance:   Persons who present as LGBTQ and present personal difficulties associated with that status should be directed to a CCDOK staff therapist, supervisor or senior case manager, whoever is available in a timely manner to engage the person. The service delivery professional will determine with the client the goals and objectives of service and may include community services to assist the client and the client’s family/friends.

Disclose CCDOK position on human sexuality:  Catholic Charities Diocese of Kalamazoo is concerned with the total development of persons we  serve, which includes not only their sexuality, but also the spiritual,emotional, physical, social and psychological aspects of their human development.

Demonstrate loving concern, compassion and respect:  Encourage the person(s) to think, talk about and consider their options with you. Acknowledge the difficulties the person is facing and has faced and foster hope for the persons’ future

Facilitate life and hope:  Offer and describe the services that CCDOK could provide to assist, which include support system development (such as reuniting families), housing assistance, and other matters relating to self-sufficiency of adults, etc

Acknowledge free will:  Acknowledge that each person has the challenge to know oneself and make choices about how they conduct themselves.

Stay connected:  As appropriate, make a future appointment for service or offer to call and talk.   Welcome this person back to CCDOK as they leave this encounter with you.