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Catholic Social Services of Laredo, Inc.

History and Mission

Catholic Social Services of Laredo, Inc. (CSS) is a non-profit organization under the auspices of the Diocese of Laredo. As a multi-program human services agency, CSS is a community-based organization that has been serving the people of the  Diocese of Laredo, located on the Mexican-American border, serving the areas Webb, Zapata,  Maverick and Jim Hogg counties since the 1970's.

CSS was originally established as Laredo Family Counseling Services, with the objective of providing counseling for emotional and/ or psychological problems affecting Laredo families. Since that time, CSS has grown to become a leader in providing various direct services to individuals and families who live in economically distressed areas.

The mission statement:  Catholic Social Services of Laredo is committed to serving the emergency needs of the indigent and believe that all people have the right to live in an environment that is free of abuse, violence, fear and oppression. 

Vision Statement:  Find solutions to reduce poverty in our community 

 Catholic Social Services of Laredo strives to strengthen and empower families through its diverse programs and social services. Services reflect the needs of the area's population and the demographic make-up of the South Texas border. Its wide range of programs and resources enables CSS to meet the unique needs of the community and its people.

All program services are provided without regard to religion, race, income, disability, or sexual orientation.

Services and Programs

General Fund Welfare Assistance Program is a City of Laredo funded program that provides low-income families experiencing a crisis or dire hardship with rental assistance, utility assistance, medical transportation, ambulance and prescription medication. Assistance is limited to City of Laredo Residents.

  • Rental Assistance
  • Utility Assistance
  • Other Emergency Needs 

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is a program that provides assistance to individuals experiencing crises. The program provides assistance with rent/mortgages, utility assistance, mass feeding, and mass shelter. This program is awarded to Webb County under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board. Program assistance is open to all residents that live in Webb County.

  • Rental Assistance
  • Utility Assistance

For emergency assistance, calls are accepted every Monday morning starting at 8:00am.  Please call (956) 722-2443.  Funds are limited. 

Immigration Service Program provides services in the preparation and legalization of immigrants. Consultations and processing of applications are subject to fees based on a sliding scale.

  • Consultations
  • Document Translation
  • Low cost Immigration Preparation & Processing

Consultations are available Tuesday and Thursdays from 9am to 11am to 1pm to 3pm.   Consultation Fee is $50.00. 

Senior Center Program provides a safe environment for seniors 60 years and older.  Free daily nutritional meals, activities, field trips, exercise and many other activities. Locatd at 1701 Main Street.  Phone # 956 722-3629.


Contact Information

1919 Cedar Ave.
(corner of Cedar Avenue / Fremont St.)
Laredo, Texas 78040

(956) 722-2443
Fax: (956) 725-2238

Monday through Friday
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Rachel Flores

Benjamin De La Garza

Edith Cedillo
Immigration Specialist Manager

Teresa De La Garza
Immigration Specialist

Olga Saenz
Immigration Assistant

Vanessa Guerrero
Immigration Assistant

Social Worker

Sara Gutiérrez

Sr. Karen Schwane, OSU
Senior Center Program Manager

Margie Ledesma
Senior Center Assistant

Sr. María Teresa De Llano, OSU
Humanitarian Aide Worker
Humanitarian Relief Center

Maximillano Cruz
Custodian and Maintenance Tech