Mission: To fulfill the Church's mission of charity to anyone in need by providing compassionate, competent and professional services that strengthen and support individuals, families, and communities based on the value and dignity of human life.
About the Organization: Founded in 1917, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago today is one of the largest private nonprofit social service agencies in the Midwest, providing assistance to more than a million people annually regardless of religious, ethnic, or economic background. With more than a hundred and fifty locations, the organization, which operates separately from the Archdiocese of Chicago, serves virtually every neighborhood and parish in the Chicagoland area.
Current programs: The organization's more than a hundred and fifty programs range from adoption and child welfare services, to child development centers, residential services for people with developmental disabilities, domestic violence referrals, emergency assistance, health care, immigration and naturalization services/referrals, refugee resettlement services, job training, food and nutrition referrals, substance abuse services, veterans services, and youth mentoring. Each of the organization's seven regional offices in Cook and Lake counties also can meet emergency needs with food, clothing, referrals, and other assistance. Nearly all locations have reopened as of August 12, 2020.
COVID-19 Response: The organization's COVID-19 response efforts include expanded support through its food pantries, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition centers, emergency financial assistance, and homelessness prevention services; meals and shelter for the homeless; mobile outreach; home-delivered meals and other services for seniors; and remote counseling and case management.
Website: Visitors to the organization's website can learn more about its COVID-related services, find out how to get help, and/or get involved by becoming a community partner, volunteering, or making a donation.
Funding: Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago is funded by individuals, foundations, and program service revenue.