The Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Chicago offers many services to the local community.
In addition to a 24 hour assistance hotline, the Archdiocese also offers confidential counseling, medical care, temporary infant care, parenting education, adoption planning, information and community referrals.
Parenting teens who attend certain high schools in Chicago can also receive counseling, case management, home visits, developmental assessments and referral to helpful services.
This ministry focuses on empowering youth, children and families to develop stability and self-reliance. Their services include child development centers, after school care, pregnancy services, child and family counseling, child welfare programs, case management and more. They also have special services for families experiencing abuse or neglect.
The Family Strengthening Center provides free calsses to the local community and assists low-income, single parents obtain stable housing, a sober life, education, training, employment assistance and more for up to 5 years.
When I reached out to the Archdiocese about school supplies, the agency responded, “Please have the [parent] visit our Child, Youth, and Family Services website. There you will find contact information and if we are unable to assist due to resources, we can direct you somewhere that can.”
Adults, couples and families can receive counseling services from the Archdiocese’s programs. There are several locations that specialize in marital problems, family problems, emotional/behavioral problems, homelessness, domestic violence, substance abuse, addiction, sexual abuse, trauma, suicide/homicide, disabilities, illness, incest, and other topics.
Catholic Charities provides counseling, case management and even some basic free legal services to survivors of domestic violence.
Emergency assistance includes short-term case management, emergency food packages, free clothing (including a specialized selection for job seekers), income screenings and financial help with rent, utilities and transportation.
The Homelessness Prevention Call Center can also help you if you’re at risk of eviction or having your utilities disconnected. Special outreach services are also available to those who are already experiencing homelessness.
Catholic Charities can assist with employment opportunities, mentoring, resume writing experience, professional attire, interview skills, GED classes, life skills, job training, financial services and case management services.
Catholic Charities provides health fairs, vision screenings, and other health care services.
Special services are also available to those who are living with HIV/AIDS.
Catholic Charities provides special services for immigrants, including Immigrant Rights Workshops and legal referrals.
Refugees can also receive special services, including assistance securing housing, food, clothing, household items, applying for benefits and IDs, scheduling health screenings, developing budgets, enrolling in English classes and more.
Basic legal advice and referral services are available. Clients in need may be eligible to receive free legal assistance through the CCLA’s Pro Bono Network.
There are many nutrition services offered by Catholic Charities, including After-School Snack & Supper Program, Summer Food Service Program, Senior Congregate Meals, Meals on Wheels and more.
Seniors age 62+ can lease affordable studio and one-bedroom apartments with full kitchens and private baths. These units encourage independent living but may also provide a 24-hour front desk monitoring, activities, community events and more. (Supportive housing and skilled nursing facilities may also be available.)
Seniors can also receive homemaker services, on-site or delivered meals, adult day services, senior centers, and case management services.
Catholic Charities provides addiction counseling services to adults and adolescents (ages 12+). Day and evening anger management classes are also available.
Veteran Services include affordable housing, transitional housing, supportive services, employment services, clothing and more.
Lake County Youth Mentorship Program pairs youth ages 9-12 with volunteer mentors (age 21+) who serve as positive role-models and friends. Youth learn goal-setting, emotion management, hobbies, and more.