Who we are
It is Porto Charities’ belief that ALL of God’s children deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential through inclusive education and meaningful work commensurate with their capabilities.
Porto Charities increases the educational and employment opportunities available to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through grants and advocacy programs supporting the Catholic Diocese of Arlington.
Porto Charities believes that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities deserve to reach their full potential by receiving an enriching Catholic education and securing meaningful employment.
“The mission and work of Porto Charities is inspiring and effective as it enhances the lives of young people with developmental and intellectual disabilities which exemplifies the compassion and love of the Catholic Church."
Bishop Michael Burbidge
Since our inception, Porto Charities has provided grants of more than $1,200,000 to more than 35% of the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Arlington and the Office of Catholic Schools.
These grants have led to the creation and expansion of special needs programs in all four Catholic high schools and more than fifteen elementary schools.
In addition, we have been blessed to have been able to advocate and help 20 of our young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities find real and meaningful employment in schools and parishes within the Diocese through our unique employment initiative called PortoWorks.
"My son not only is growing intellectually and academically, but he's growing spirtually and emotionally as well. He is being included in a Parish community that he has wanted so much to have full participation in. If you would like to see this more prevalent within our parishes, please support Porto Charities"
Parent, All Saints Catholic School