Facts and Figures

Services and Staff

More Than One Million People Work for Caritas


Their work is supported by the efforts of 33,000 job trainees, students and interns, approximately 9,400 young men performing community service as an alternative to military service and almost 4,100 volunteers doing a year of social service. 81.5 per cent of Caritas’ workforce are women. 

Caritas workers help people from the time they are small

The approximately 500,000 volunteers who work in our services, centres, institutions and in more than  4,700 organised groups form one of the pillars on which Caritas’ work rests. They volunteer in local parishes, hospitals, nursing homes, neighbourhood social care associations or assist schoolchildren with their homework.

Roughly 25,000 Centres and Institutions All Over Germany

Caritas has roughly 2,600 centres and institutions in Germany which are legally independent care providers. They are responsible for their own budgets and have their own supervisory boards. Additionally, roughly 5,600 parishes in the Caritas network provide day nurseries and playschools for children. All together, we have 24,646 centres and institutions in Germany with the capacity for more than one million people.

Support for Children and Youths

Approximately 46,846 full-time and 68,497 part-time workers provide care and support to children and youths in our 11,366 centres and homes. Our facilities include 563 homes, 9,320 day nurseries and playschools for children and 1,036 child guidance centres, family social education and support centres, school social work services and other walk-in and open services for children and young adults.

Family Support

Caritas has 991 centres providing family support services. 290 family care centres and rural advice centres help families in need. We have 286 advice centres helping couples, families and people with everyday problems and 267 family planning centres providing pregnant women with help and advice. Caritas also has 57 women’s refuges and 32 family holiday retreats.

Support for the Elderly

Supporting and caring for the elderly is becoming more and more important as our society continues to grow older. Caritas has a total of 3042 centres and homes with a total capacity for 131,939 people.  31,482 full-time and 76,169 part-time carers work to provide long-term and short-term care for elderly people through domiciliary care, day care, mobile meals and mobile social care.

Health and Medical Advice

Caritas has 2,547 health centres and institutions with 108,491 beds and places. We have 434 hospitals,  998 counselling and advice centres, and  74 preventive health and rehabilitation centres and recreation homes for adults and children. Caritas also has 58 hospices with inpatient units and 123 day hospice centres offering hospice and palliative advice and care.

Disability and Mental Health Advice and Care


Caritas has 2,154 centres and homes with 109,438 places offering support for people with disabilities and people in need of mental health services. We have 517 residential homes for people with physical or mental disabilities and 289 residential homes for people with mental health difficulties. We also have 267 day nurseries and schools providing care and education for 18,519 children with special needs.

Additional Support

Caritas also has 283 residential homes for homeless people and people with substance abuse problems, 721 asylum and immigration advice centres, 365 missions providing clothing, furniture and food, and 388 general advice centres which are primarily visited by people who are poor. 1,136 people work nationwide in our 46 advice hotlines, 279 debt counselling services and 101 travellers’ aid services (helping rail travellers in need of assistance).


 10,970 people work in the administration offices of our national, diocesan, regional, community and specialised charity organisations. More than half of our administrative staff works part time.

Further Training and Education

In our 535 further education and training institutions, Caritas provides people with the training they need for care professions primarily in the areas of health, youth, family, elderly and disability care and support. Education institutions range from elderly care schools to universities of applied sciences.

Numbers of the year 2010