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Lake County Region

About this Region

Annually, Catholic Charities serves over 46,000 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 New 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 Lake County Holbrook Center as well as our unique counseling and support program LOSS (Loving Outreach for Survivors of Suicide) for those who are suffering the loss of a family member or friend through suicide.

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. 




Catholic Charities is an accredited child welfare agency, authorized by the State of Illinois to license and train families and individuals for adoption. Counseling services are available for participants in our adoption and maternity programs.

Adoption Services

Adoption services include both domestic and inter-country adoptions. Pre-adoption counseling, adoption studies, licensing, placement and post placement services are provided to families. Families are able to adopt children from many foreign countries. Adoptive family support groups are provided. Through the Adoption Guild families are able to participate in various activities.

For more information call 847.782.4222
Spanish – 312.655.7070
Post Adoption Services – 312.655.7088

Maternity Services

The maternity program assists teens, women, couples, birthfathers and extended families members facing an unplanned pregnancy. The maternity worker 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.

For more information call 847.782.4229
Maternity- 24-hour Hotline 1-800-CARE-002 or 1-800-227-3002

Independent Living

The Independent Living Program services adolescents who are wards of the court aging out of the system until emancipation at age 21.

For more information call 847.782.4223

YOUTH Counts

YOUth Counts is a safe alternative after-school enrichment program for at-risk middle school students.

For more information call 847.782.4223.


Community Casework

Community Casework services offer emergency assistance and short and long-term case management services to clients throughout Lake County.

For more information call 847.782.4000

Emergency Assistance

The Emergency Assistance Program provides emergency food, shelter, 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 847.782.4000

HIV/AIDS Case Management

Catholic Charities provides case management, substance abuse, mental health, psychosocial counseling and an HIV specific food pantry for those living with HIV/AIDS in Lake County. Master's level counselors 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 The Harbor, a transitional housing program for those living with HIV/AIDS.

For more information call 847.782.4165

Family Self-Sufficiency

Catholic Charities Family Self Sufficiency Program provides intensive 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. Comprehensive assessments identify needs and barriers to self sufficiency that become the basis for individual service plans. Participants are supported in their journey as they develop these 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, 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 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 847.782.4233

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, and parenting skills 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

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 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 and placement assistance, and credit repair assistance. Case Managers utilize collaborative relationships with community landlords to advocate for placement in available rental units.

For more information call 847.782.4165

SAFE Housing
Mary Pat Maddex Place

SAFe (Substance Abuse Free environment) Housing was created to address the gap in long term services for homeless, DCFS involved, recovering women and children. This gap often leads women to return to living in drug-infested areas where it is difficult, if not impossible, for them to maintain their sobriety and re-unify successfully with their children.

Through the collaboration of Catholic Charities, DCFS, Lake County Residential Development Corporation and NICASA's Women and Children's Outpatient Treatment Program, a stable foundation has been created for families to become self-sufficient within two years. The nine apartments available at SAFe Housing offer women a chance to live in an environment which supports their sobriety. Alcohol and/or illegal drugs are not allowed in the apartments. Individual and family counseling, case management services, employment readiness, skill development and job retention groups, parenting groups, and recovery groups are held on-site and are required as part of the program.

For more information call 847.625.8802

Holbrook Center for Counseling and Psychotherapy

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 and Highland Park.

For more information call 847.566.5168

LOSS (Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide) Program provides services for those who are grieving a death by suicide of a family member or close friend. The LOSS Program offers monthly group meetings at Carmel High School in Mundelein. LOSS offers weekly 8-session groups for the newly bereaved, individual and family counseling, and a monthly newsletter.

For more information call 312.655.7283

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 give 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, 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 Information/Appointments, call (847) 782-4225 from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.



Multi-Purpose Senior Centers

Catholic Charities operates one 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 Citizen Dining Sites

Catholic Charities operates senior citizen dining sites throughout Lake County under the guidelines of the Older Americans Act. These sites are located in senior centers, park district facilities, senior housing facilities, and in local restaurants.

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 and no person is able or willing to do so. Meals on Wheels for persons under age 60 are also available for individuals who need short-term assistance due to medical reasons.

For more information call 847.782.4000


Information & Assistance

This program assists callers to access all services within the aging network including referrals to Catholic Charities' services, other government programs and social service agencies.

For more information call 847.546.5733

Senior Outreach Services

The Outreach program has both English and Spanish speaking workers who visit the clients in their homes to assess their immediate needs. This short-term case management is designed to make immediate assessment and referral to the most necessary help available.

For more information call 847.546.5733

Senior Case Management Services

Case Management services assess the needs of the frail elderly and coordinate in-home services enabling recipients to remain in their homes as long as possible to deter unnecessary nursing home placement. Assessments are made for Comprehensive Care Coordination, Extended Community Care Options in-home services, meals on wheels, self-neglect cases, money management, circuit breaker/pharmaceutical assistance, caregivers' stress relief and senior housing coordinator services.

For more information call 847.546.5733

Choices for Care Nursing Home Prescreening

This program screens all hospital patients prior to release to determine if in-home services can prevent unnecessary nursing home placement.

For more information call 847.546.5733

Elder Abuse Investigation

Case managers help those who have been victimized by physical, sexual or financial abuse or neglect.

For more information call 847.546.5733 or 1.800.942.3930

Active Members
Dennis Brown
Houda Chedid
Eleanor Clarke
John 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
Dez LaPlace
Jim Lentino
Eileen Lerum
Terrence McCarthy

Beth McElroy
Sharon McFadden
Bob Morris
Christine Moulder
Jesse Ortega
Virginia Primack
Vera Purcell
Agime Rahmani
Jack Reilly
Diane Schermitzler
John Scholz
John Schreiber
Sandra Shinsky
Bob Sieja
Ryan Stoll
Carole Stroh
Bruce Such
Jim Sullivan
Ray Swaback
Rayelle Weber
Joseph Zaccari
Tom Zimmer
Sustaining Members
Peg Ciccarelli
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

Ways to Get Involved in Lake County Region

Contact Laurel Wimpffen, Lake County Volunteer Coordinator, at (847) 782-4126
for more information on how you can make a difference!

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.

In partnership with United Way, find help in Lake County by clicking on the following link: FindHelpLakeCounty

News & Events

Monsignor Michael M. Boland, President of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, released the following statement today in response to President Obama’s Executive Order for Immigration Relief.

“Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, together with our pastoral leader, Archbishop Blase Cupich, stand with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Charities USA in welcoming the Executive Actions on Immigration. 

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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