Working through local offices and an extensive network of partners, Catholic Relief Services operates on 5 continents and in more than 90 countries. CRS assists the poor and disadvantaged, leveraging the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to alleviate human suffering while promoting the development of all people and fostering charity and justice throughout the world. The organization aids the poor by providing direct assistance where needed, then encouraging the poor to help with their own development. As the official international relief and development agency of the US Catholic community, CRS is also committed to educating the people of the United States to fulfill their moral responsibilities toward other countries by helping the poor, working to remove the causes of poverty and promoting social justice. The company was founded in 1943 and is headquartered in Baltimore, Md.