In Hong Kong, Caritas Hospitality Services comprising of Catering, Hostel and Lodge Services, originated when the Roman Catholic Church had shouldered the responsibility to serve the deprived in the 1950s.
Caritas Catering Service initially grew from provision of relief food, to then providing canteens, restaurants, and retail services for in-house service users, grassroots workers and students.
Caritas Hostel Service was launched in the early 1960s in response to Sai Kung fishermen's need for shelter. Services expanded to provide inexpensive shelter to young workers and students, who could not, for one reason or another, live with their families. There are totally six hostels under this Service in different locations of Hong Kong.
Caritas Lodge Service provides reasonably priced accommodation for travellers. The three lodges, together with their restaurants, also act as a training ground for students undertaking Caritas vocational education. It also comprises of three lodges and the in-lodge restaurants.