Catholic Social Services of Rapid City – A Multi-Decade Legacy of Community Support

Catholic Social Services of Rapid City has provided crucial social services to communities across South Dakota for decades. Our social services offer support, compassion, and support for those in need. We believe in the power of using our passion for social services to fortify the communities we serve, while leading in the light of Christ’s ministry.

What Our Donors Make Possible

Catholic Social Services of Rapid City offers a diverse range of services and resources ranging from in-person counseling and online counseling (telehealth), to educational workshops, disaster relief services, the Uplifting Parents program and more. As a prominent non-profit organization based in Rapid City, SD, CSS of Rapid City is a beacon of hope for those in need, and a leader in thought, human dignity, and support within the communities we serve.

With the help of our generous donors and supporters, we’re able to do amazing things throughout South Dakota. From offering needed financial assistance to single parent households looking to further their educational careers in our Uplifting Parents program to championing for mental health awareness and suicide prevention, CSS of Rapid City aims to create a better tomorrow for South Dakotans.

Areas of Impact

Areas Served

Mission Statement

To share in Christ’s ministry of offering hope, promoting individual human dignity and strengthening families and communities, by providing professional social services to people of all faiths in western South Dakota.

Meet Our Leadership Team

  • JAMES T. KINYON

    James T. Kinyon, MS, LPC-MH, LMFT, QMHP

    Executive Director and Counseling Director

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    Jim Kinyon, executive director, earned his Master’s in Counseling from SDSU in 1990. He has been the executive director at Catholic Social Services since 1992. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health (LPC-MH) and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). Because of his administrative duties, his counseling time is limited, but his passion for helping marriages is still strong. Jim leads workshops on Marriage as a Mission, Drug and Alcohol Prevention, Boundaries and Conflict Resolution, Personalities in the Workplace, and Poverty and Justice in SD. He also facilitates retreats such as Marriage Matters, Men’s Spirituality, and Reflections on Michelangelo’s Art and Life.

  • Jessica Perkins, MSW

    Uplifting Parents Director

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    I’m Jessica Perkins, Director and Mentor for the Uplifting Parents Program. As a former Military Child, I lived around the world until my family planted roots in Warner Robins, Georgia. I attended Georgia Southern University where I obtained my BS in Psychology and BA in Spanish. After undergrad, I wanted to turn my love of help others into a career. That is when I decided to go to Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA where I earned my Master of Social Work Degree. The world of Social Work has provided me with amazing opportunities to watch lives transform. While in Georgia, I assisted individuals faced with mental health and substance use disorders, as well as families involved with the Child Welfare system.


    Georgia is also where I met my Active-Duty Military husband, John. The military life would take us to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where I continued my work as a Social Worker, working with families involved in the Child Welfare System, Medical Social Work, and Social Service Program Management with the US Army. My time in Oklahoma will always be remembered, not only because the wonderful opportunities provided there, but also because it is where we brought our two sons, Lucas (3 years old) and Warren (1 year old) into the world. Now, our family of five (including our Basset Hound mix, Max) are living in Rapid City where we get to enjoy some of our favorite things. On the afternoons and weekends, you can find me and my family outdoors, fishing, playing games, or in the kitchen whipping up a new recipe!

  • Dominique Tigert

    Disaster Relief & Community Outreach Director


  • Kelli Whartman, BSW, LSW

    Trinity Pregnancy and Adoption Department Head


  • Kristin Conzet

    Development Department Director


  • Lorinda Collings

    Finance & HR Director


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For the past 45 years, Catholic Social Services has strengthened families and communities in South Dakota by offering professional social services. We work with people struggling with life's varied circumstances. Whether problems are large or small, our professional counselors and mentors are here to help.

We offer individual, family, marriage and group counseling in Rapid City and our outreach offices. We also offer telehealth counseling and pregnancy & adoption services statewide. Support Catholic Social Services with your donation today and help us help others!