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Who We Are


CSS Staff photo June 2005
CSS Staff photo June 2005

CSS Staff photo June 2005

Our MISSION: To perform the Works of Mercy in response to the call of God.

We trace our beginnings to 1932 when Bishop Louis Kucera founded CSS to respond to the needs of persons suffering the effects of the Great Depression. We are an agency of the Catholic Diocese of Lincoln serving under the auspices of Bishop James Conley. God has called us to build up the Body of Christ in southern Nebraska through the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. We are called to grow in holiness, walk in trust, serve with integrity, and faithfully proclaim the Gospel.

Our VISION: To inspire hope and love in every encounter. 

This statement is an aspirational goal that we strive to achieve every single day at CSS. We strive to inspire hope and love when we welcome the stranger and when we give drink to the thirsty and food to the hungry. We strive to inspire hope and love when we encounter each other and when we encounter our volunteers, community partners, and you, our supporters. In every encounter, that is our goal, and we’d be honored to have you join us on this journey.


  • Dignity
  • Integrity
  • Empathy
  • Trust
  • Sustainability

By working together, we'll bring HOPE IN THE GOOD LIFE to our southern Nebraska neighbors.

Proud partner with the United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County and United Way of South Central Nebraska to bring Hope in the Good Life to Nebraskans in need.

Catholic Social Services Mission Prayer

Lord, you call me, and I give myself to you;
You teach me, and I yearn to be transformed;
You test me, and I walk steadfast in your promise;
You anoint me, and I boldly sing your praises.
Lord, may I be an instrument of unity in your Church,
A standard of integrity in your service,
and a voice of hope among your weary children.
O Lord, my savior, I trust in you. Amen.

More about the CSS LOGO DESIGN

The Eucharist, a reminder of our agency’s Catholic identity.
Christ & our agency’s mission to perform the works of mercy.
The hope of a new day & Hope in the Good Life
 The Platte River, as we serve all of Nebraska south of the river.
Agriculture, the backbone of our diocese & state.
Our urban areas, neighbors, & our connections.
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