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Lake County Region

 About this Region
Annually, Catholic Charities serves more than 53,000 residents of Lake County through a broad array of services provided out of multiple sites across the county. Services include maternity and adoption, independent living program, and our youth housing advocacy program. For seniors, we provide information, assistance, and referral/outreach services, homemaker/in-home services, case management, nursing home pre-screening, elder abuse investigations, and our senior nutrition programs — including Meals on Wheels and senior dining sites. Additionally, we offer a continuum of care for the homeless or those at risk of homelessness: emergency assistance and food pantries, emergency shelter, transitional housing at Samaritan House for women and their children, parish-supported Family Hope Program, and our nationally recognized Self-Sufficiency programs. We provide case management, counseling and food assistance to HIV/AIDS affected clients in the county. In addition to housing and budget counseling, individual, couples and family counseling is provided by our Holbrook Counseling Center as well as our unique counseling and support program Loving Outreach for Survivors of Suicide (LOSS) for those who are suffering the loss of a family member or friend through suicide.  We also provide case management and supportive services to veterans as well as assisting them with resume writing, employment searches and mock interviews through our Veterans Employment Program.

Working together, we can create a brighter future. If you need assistance or would like to get involved, contact the Lake County Regional Office at (847) 782-4000.

Our Lake County region serves the following communities: Antioch, Wadsworth, Zion, Winthrop Harbor, Waukegan, Gurnee, Lake Villa, Ingleside, Fox Lake, Round Lake, Gurnee, Grayslake, Libertyville, North Chicago, Lake Bluff, Mundelein, Wauconda, Island Lake, Barrington, Lake Zurich, Vernon Hills, Lincolnshire, Buffalo Grove, Deerfield, Highwood, Highland Park.


Adoption Services
Catholic Charities is a licensed Illinois child welfare agency (#003971) and accredited by The Council and Accreditation to provide domestic adoption services and international adoption services in connection with the Hague Convention. Adoption services include pre-adoption counseling and education, adoption studies, licensing, placement and post placement services provided to families.  Families are able to adopt children from foreign countries.  Direct Child Placement Program with Poland is available.  Adoptive family support groups are provided.  Post Adoption Services include facilitating contact between birth families and adoptive families, providing non-identifying birth family background information and search and reunion services through a mutual consent registry. Support groups are provided to birth parents and individuals who are adopted and are over 21 years of age.  Through the Adoption Guild, families are able to participate in various social, religious and educational activities.
For more information, call 847.782.4222
Spanish: 312.655.7070
Post Adoption Services: 312.655.7088
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Maternity Services
The pregnancy support services assist teens, women, couples, birthfathers and extended families members facing an unplanned pregnancy.  The pregnancy counselor offers counseling, parenting education and support as parents plan for their baby and themselves.  Options that are explored include parenting, relative placement and making a plan of adoption.  Birth parents are involved in selecting adoptive parents. Contact to locate Catholic Charities of Chicago’s families desiring to adopt.
For more information, call 847.782.4229
Maternity 24-hour Hotline: 1.800.CARE.002 or 1.800.227.3002
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Independent Living
The Independent Living Program provides intense case management services to youth 19-21 under the guardianship of Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).  
For more information, call 847.782.4223

Youth Mentorship Program
The Lake County Youth Mentorship Program pairs youth ages 9-12 from Waukegan with volunteer mentors, who can serve as positive role models, encourage good decision-making and be a friend during times of need.  Youth who participate in the program will learn how to set goals, process difficult emotions, improve communication skills, develop new hobbies and interests, and improve self-confidence.  Mentors must be at least 21 years old and willing to meet with their mentee for 2 hours each week for at least 1 year.  Potential volunteers and interested youth are encouraged to contact program staff for eligibility information.
For more information, call 847.782.4224


Emergency Assistance
The Emergency Assistance Program provides emergency food, shelter, rental and utility assistance and crisis management services.  Emergency food services help clients in order to meet short term nutritional needs.  Shelter services include emergency shelter for homeless women, children and persons with disabilities as well as financial assistance to prevent homelessness.  Other services that help a client stabilize include pharmaceutical assistance, transportation assistance, clothing vouchers and case management services.
For more information, call 847.782.4100

Family Self-Sufficiency

Catholic Charities Family Self-Sufficiency Program provides professional case management and human resource services to assist participants to overcome the obstacles to self-sufficiency.  Participants are adult, single, custodial parents who desire to become self-sufficient through education or employment opportunities.  Ongoing assessments identify needs and barriers to self-sufficiency that become the basis for individual service plans and reviews.  Participants are supported in their journey as they develop their strengths and overcome the barriers to improve their quality of life.  The following services are provided throughout the process: assessment and service planning, case management, education and support services, advocacy, referrals, budgeting, financial assistance, transportation assistance, job readiness trainings, job placement, job coaching/retention services, supportive counseling and monthly educational/support/networking meetings.  Our Family Self-Sufficiency Program recognizes the individual needs of a diverse client population to maximize the potential of each individual.  The program defines self-sufficiency as: acquiring a permanent and stable living situation with an earned income that is able to meet the family's monthly needs without relying on external cash assistance.  It is recognized that changes this significant require a long-term investment.  Therefore, the Catholic Charities Family Self-Sufficiency Program is designed to work together with families for up to five years.
For more information, call 847.782.4145

HIV/AIDS Case Management
Catholic Charities provides case management, transportation, substance abuse, mental health, psychosocial counseling and an HIV specific food pantry for those living with HIV/AIDS in Lake County.  Case Managers provide emotional support, advocacy, financial assistance and coordination of services through comprehensive case management.  Services are coordinated with the Lake County Health Department, which provides primary care, dental and eye care, as well as dietary services and with Alexian Brothers Housing and Health Alliance, which provides housing programs for those living with HIV/AIDS.
For more information, call 847.782.4265

Immigration/Naturalization Services
The Immigration and Naturalization Service provides legal assistance to US Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents with Family Reunification to eligible family members.

The Immigration program and staff are accredited by the BIA (Board of Immigration Appeals), which is the highest administrative entity that helps us to comply with the immigration laws and regulations.  This gives us the ability to represent clients at the USCIS offices, embassies and consulates abroad.

In addition to Family Reunification, we assist clients with the extension of visitors' visas, visas for religious workers, replacement/renewal of residence cards, application for work permits, inquiries for status of cases at the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), as well as, at the consulates abroad.  We also help with legal assistance related to (VAWA) Violence Against Women Act Self-Petitions, U visas for other violent crime victims, DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), immigrants applying for TPS (Temporary Protective Status), Citizenship/Naturalization applications, Informational Forums and completing all immigration forms required by US immigration laws and regulations.
For more information/appointments, call 847.782.4225 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Veterans Services
The Support Services for Veteran Families Program assists individuals who served in the U.S. Military and are struggling to pay their rent,  utility bills or are homeless and in need of housing.  We provide case management and supportive services to all individuals in our program.
For more information, call 847.782.4152
The Veterans Employment Program assists veterans and their families who are seeking employment.  The case manager will assist them with resume writing, employment searches and mock interviews.
For more information, call 847.782.4219


Housing Case Management
Within the Housing Case Management program, families receive assistance in locating and securing housing, communicating with prospective landlords, developing workable budgets, maintaining their housing and information on tenant's and homeowner rights and responsibilities as well as alternatives to foreclosure.

The Housing Advocacy Program (HAP) is a collaborative project between Catholic Charities and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.  HAP serves client families in Lake County referred by DCFS whose housing needs are vital to the preservation of the family.  The goal is to provide services that assist clients in securing permanent, affordable housing as well as meeting other basic needs.  HAP performs community outreach to rental property owners, advocating and negotiating on behalf of our clients.  Youth Housing Advocacy Program (YHAP) provides similar services to former child welfare participants.

Critical Time Intervention Representative Payee (CTI-RP) program moves chronically homeless, disabled individuals from the streets directly into permanent housing.  Services include case management, housing placement assistance, employment readiness, advocacy, referral services and linkages to mainstream benefits.

The Supportive Housing Program (SHP) provides housing placement assistance to individuals and families currently residing in emergency shelters or transitional housing.  Case management is provided along with budgeting education, advocacy and referral to community resources.  

The Rapid Re-housing Program assists recently homeless individuals and families to rapidly locate permanent housing in the community by providing outreach and engagement services, case management, housing search, placement assistance and credit repair assistance.  Case Managers utilize collaborative relationships with community landlords to advocate for placement in available rental units.

The Comprehensive Counseling Program provides financial literacy and budget counseling services to individuals in need of enhancing their money management skills.  Additionally, foreclosure prevention services are offered to homeowners who are delinquent or at risk of becoming delinquent on their monthly mortgage payments.

The Assets for Independence Program (AFI) is a matched saving account program designed to assist those of modest means establish a pattern of regular savings and ultimately, purchase a productive asset.  Savings and match money may be used toward the purchase of a home, to start a small business, or further your education or job training.
For more information, call 847.782.4165

Samaritan House
Samaritan House is a 90-day emergency shelter program for homeless women and their children.  Our goal is to assist clients in breaking the cycle of homelessness.  Samaritan House has worked toward meeting the needs of homeless women and children in Lake County since 1989.  
The focus of Samaritan House is to provide longer term housing placement assistance, non-violent parenting skill training and assistance to obtain a stable source of income with our clients during their residency.  Samaritan House builds a foundation of personal strengths tailored to each individual client.

In order to help residents meet their goals, the following services are provided: individual and group counseling, case management, life skills development, employment and budget counseling, parenting skills and education and support groups.  The children attend weekly activity groups.  Additionally, case managers provide ongoing advocacy for clients, including referrals to other community resources.  The primary focus is to help clients secure income/employment, stable housing and improve parenting skills while breaking the cycle of homelessness.
For more information, call 847.782.4142


Holbrook Counseling Center
The Holbrook Center provides therapy for individuals of all ages, couples and families.  Our professional staff are licensed by the State of Illinois to provide counseling services.  Fees for services are available through insurance coverage, private pay or from subsidies based on income and family size if insurance coverage is not possible.  Services are available in Mundelein.
For more information, call 847.566.5168

Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide (LOSS) Program

LOSS provides grief support services for individuals and families who have lost a loved one to suicide.  The program offers monthly support group meetings all over the Chicagoland area and specifically in Lake County at Carmel High School in Mundelein on the 4th Thursday of each month. The program also offers weekly 8-session groups for adults and provides individual and family counseling. The LOSS program for Children and Youth also provides family grief programs, as well as individual and family counseling for children and teens ages 3-19.  If you would like to receive the LOSS monthly newsletter, The Obelisk, please e-mail  All programs are provided at no cost.
For more information, visit our website at or call 312.655.7283


Senior Case Management Services
Case Management services assess the needs of the people over 60, provide education about services and resources available and coordinate services enabling recipients to remain in their homes as long as possible and deter unnecessary nursing home placement.  Care Coordinators connect clients to services such as, homemaker, adult day care, emergency home response, caregiver assistance, transportation, , Meals on Wheels, self-neglect cases, money management and benefits assistance.
For more information, call 847.546.5733

Information & Assistance
This program assists callers by providing information about services within the aging network.  Staff make referrals and connect individuals to Catholic Charities' services, other government programs and social service agencies.
For more information, call 847.546.5733

Senior Outreach Services

Catholic Charities provides English and Spanish speaking workers who provide educational presentations within the community and outreach to underserved areas/people offering assistance in linking with needed services.  Presentations can be tailored on the needs of the participants and are provided on a range of topics, including assistance programs, anti-fraud education, Medicare D and Affordable Care Act and aging network information.
For more information, call 847.546.5733

Transportation Services
This program assists seniors in need of transportation to medical/health related appointments. Prescheduling is required and donations are appreciated.  Assessments are required.

Choices for Care Nursing Home Prescreening
This program screens all hospital patients prior to discharge to determine if in-home services can prevent unnecessary nursing home placement.
For more information, call 847.546.5733

Adult Protective Services/Investigation
Adult Protective Services caseworkers help people with disabilities, age 18 and up, and elderly, who have been victimized by physical, sexual or financial abuse or neglect.
For more information, call 847.546.5733 or 1.800.942.3930

Multi-Purpose Senior Center
Catholic Charities operates a multi-purpose senior center in Lake County.  The center is located in Grayslake and offers hot noon meals, a wide variety of social and educational enrichment programs, as well as opportunities to be involved through volunteer activities.
For more information, call 847.782.4000

Senior Congregate Dining Sites

Catholic Charities operates dining sites throughout Lake County that provide healthy and appetizing food.  These sites are located in senior centers, park district facilities, senior housing facilities and in local restaurants. All seniors, age 60 and over, are welcome to attend.
For more information, call 847.782.4000

Meals on Wheels
Through the Meals on Wheels Program, volunteers deliver nutritious well-balanced meals to homebound seniors age 60 and above who are unable to shop and prepare their own meals.  Meals on Wheels for persons under age 60 are also provided for individuals who need short-term assistance due to medical reasons.
For more information, call 847.782.4000


Christmas Gift Program
The Catholic Charities Lake County Christmas Gift Program is an adopt-a-family program that provides gifts to struggling individuals and families in Lake County.  Donor families, churches, schools and businesses from the local area shop for specific gift requests submitted by verified recipients.  It is a volunteer driven program that involves over 350 volunteers each year.
For more information, call 847.782.4210

Diaper Depot
The Catholic Charities Lake County Diaper Depot provides disposable diapers to families who participate in Catholic Charities programs and through partnering agencies serving children throughout Lake County.
For more information, call 847.782.4117

Evening Suppers Program
Catholic Charities coordinates meals for those in need of food or socialization at the Catholic Charities Round Lake Office at 116 N. Lincoln on the second Wednesday of every month as well as on the first Thursday of every month at St. James Parish in Highwood at 134 North Avenue.
For more information, call 847.782.4117

School Supply Drive

Catholic Charities provides support to low-income families in Lake County by collecting and distributing donated school supplies once a year.  The supplies are distributed to families who participate in both Catholic Charities programs and children in the community at-large.  Every year, we strive to ensure that each child will have a backpack with basic school supplies to start the upcoming school year.
For more information, call 847.782.4126

Active Members
Dennis Brown
Hugo Chavez
Houda Chedid
Eleanor Clarke
John E. Cortesi
Lori DeCicco
Kevin Dolan
Nellie Dorsey
Todd Douthat
Arturo Fisher
Eileen Frederick
Joseph Glunz
Maureen Griffith
Jerry Hitpas
Mike Hoch                  
Bill Johnson             
Bob Kuhel                        
Irene LaCesa                  
Debby Lambert              
Desmond LaPlace
Eileen Burns Lerum         
Rev. Terrence McCarthy
Beth McElroy

Sharon McFadden
Bob Morris
Christine Moulder
Jesse Ortega
Carmen Patlan
Ginny Primack
Vera Purcell
Agime Rahmani
Jack Reilly
Diane Schermitzler
John Scholz
John Schreiber
Sandra L. Shinsky
Bob Sieja
R. Ryan Stoll
Carole Stroh
Bruce Such
James P. Sullivan
Ray Swaback
Rebecca Vallorano
Rayelle Weber
Joseph Zaccari
Thomas Zimmer
Sustaining Members
Peg Allingham Ciccarelli  
Jim Lentino                    
Julius Marks                       
Larry Morse                         
Cille Ramsey
Emeritus Members
Larry O'Donnell
Nancy Pasquesi

Standing Committees
1. Officers Committee
2. Steering Committee
3. Membership Committee
4. Legislative Committee
5. Community Outreach Committee
6. Development Committee
7. Women’s Board
8. Community Casework Committee
9. Senior Services Committee

 Vol Opps
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Contact Laurel Wimpffen, Lake County Volunteer Coordinator, at (847) 782-4126 with any questions.
Below are examples of what you can volunteer for:

Food Drives and Donations

One of the Catholic Charities primary ministries is running food pantries throughout the Chicagoland area. We depend on your generous food contributions of canned meat, dry goods, cereal, juice boxes, vegetables, and canned goods. Many community partners (schools, churches, businesses, etc.) in the area enjoy doing food drives or collecting items that children can relate to, such as peanut butter and jelly drives. Some groups have done events, such as penny wars or hosting an evening where soup is served and the admission charged is donated to Catholic Charities. Anyone in the community can participate in our Hunger Action initiatives by conducting food drives and collecting financial donations. Please contact Laurel to learn about how you can help turn hunger into hope with a drive in your community.

Food Pantry Volunteers

In Lake County, Catholic Charities operates two food pantries out of our Waukegan Office. Our Emergency Food Pantry – which provides food to struggling individuals, families, and seniors - needs volunteers to prepare the bags of food, sort donations received, and handle the actual distribution and tracking of the food. Volunteers are also being sought to interview clients and perform data entry. The second food pantry is our Care Cupboard, which provides for the special dietary needs of people with HIV/AIDS. You can help us help them to better nutrition.

Flexible hours and an opportunity to impact the hunger problem in your own Lake County community: what could be better? Our food pantries provide hundreds of thousands of meals per year and are operated by volunteer labor with big hearts.

Meals and Nutrition Programs

Wouldn't it be painful to be lonely most of the time? Many of our Meals-on-Wheels clients see but one live face per day, that of our volunteers. And many of them would be unable to live independently without home-delivered meals. Instant gratification awaits the volunteer driver. Volunteer as infrequently as once per month, or as often as daily during the lunch hour.

The Grayslake Senior Center serves meals on site to those who might otherwise be eating alone. Volunteer kitchen help allows them to do it at a cost affordable to those on limited fixed income. Step up and serve this underserved portion of our community.

One day each month, we provide suppers to those in need. We welcome those who would like to sponsor a supper and/or provide volunteers to serve the meal out of our office in Round Lake.

Children's Activities

Would you like to help moms in recovery keep their lives on track? If you have an hour on Monday to Thursday evenings (6-7 PM), you could help watch their children at Samaritan House and SAFE Housing in a pleasant group setting while they attend classes designed to improve the quality of life for their families.

There are childcare opportunities available for our Budget Counseling and Family Self-Sufficiency Programs on an irregular basis on Saturdays throughout the year. It is a great chance to help families stabilize their lives.

This year we have kicked-off our Lake County Diaper Bank and we need your help to make it a success. You can help moms keep their babies in diapers by hosting a drive to collect diapers and funds. We will also need a volunteer throughout the month who can help keep inventory, distribute diapers to community partners, and provide support for staff on the project.

Maternity and Adoption Program

Catholic Charities' maternity and adoption programs provide support for women and others dealing with unplanned pregnancies. Clients receive social services and educational support in making a plan for the care of their baby. Options that are explored include parenting, relative placement, and making a plan for adoption. Volunteers are welcome to prepare baskets containing many of the items a newborn baby will need or could even host a baby shower to gather items for a young parent.

Samaritan House

Samaritan House provides emergency shelter to homeless women and children. If you could help staff the office on a weekday morning, by answering phones, filing and generally minding the store, you would be extending a welcome hand (days flexible). If you are handy around the house, Samaritan House also needs someone to spend a negotiable number of hours on fix-up projects in the aging facility.


You can impact poverty in your own community by volunteering in a pleasant, friendly office setting. Data entry, filing, mass mailings, and more await the volunteer with basic clerical skills, such as Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and Powerpoint experience needed.

Special Events

A variety of special events are held throughout the year to provide vital funds to help Catholic Charities’ programs and services. We are looking for a team of volunteers that can help sell raffle tickets, assist with auctions, greet guests, and provide support with event registration.

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Think back to when you were a youth. Were there people in your life who guided and supported your efforts in school? People who listened to your troubles and offered constructive solutions? Someone who believed in you and could show you a different side of life than your parents could? Today, that person would be called a “mentor,” which is a Greek word for wise counselor, master or teacher. Mentoring is not new, but recent research shows clear benefits to children and youth who participate in mentoring programs. Catholic Charities Youth Mentoring program serves our Lake County region, and is entering its third year of operation. Here to tell us more are Beth Sheehan-Lucas, Program Coordinator for Catholic Charities Youth Mentoring Program, and Jesse Batha, a volunteer mentor in the program. | Stream

Lk. Co. Region:

671 S. Lewis
Waukegan, IL 60085

Teresa J. Denny, Senior Director, Lake County and Regional Services
Phone: (847) 782-4000
Fax: (847) 782-1030

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