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COVID-19 Services/Response:

Our thanks to the remarkable staff, partners, donors, and volunteers who are helping us meet the needs of those least able to navigate these unprecedented circumstances. We are in your debt.

Service Update:

  • For urgent needs, please call 312-655-7700
  • Meals to go are available at Congregate Meal sites and Senior Centers. Catholic Charities has suspended all senior group activities and adult day care amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Our home care services continue, and are following a more sophisticated protocol as there are seniors who have no one to drop off groceries and provide basic hygiene assistance.
  • Food pantries and evening meal programs will continue to provide food depending on supplies and safe distribution protocols. Please check under Our Services/Emergency Services for locations and phone numbers.
  • Counseling, case management, and other services that can be provided remotely are being delivered accordingly. Please call your case worker or program contact if you need assistance.

How You Can Help:
Due to COVID-19 exposure risks, we are unable to take donations of clothing or food from individuals or groups at this time.  

  • Please consider a contribution. The need for financial assistance and program support for those who were only just making ends meet will grow significantly with lost wages and other impact from the pandemic.
  • Masks, hand sanitizer, paper towels, or bleach wipes are needed and can be dropped at any Catholic Charities location. 
  • When shopping on Amazon, please use Amazon Smile and choose Catholic Charities so we might benefit from your purchase. 
  • Volunteers needed to pack food at pantries.  If you are not in a high risk category and are willing to help, please email Andrew McKernin at Protective gear provided. Health protocols enforced. 
  • Thank the human service workers, first responders, and grocery/gas station/coffee vendors in your life and when you see them in action.

For more information on COVID19, visit the CDC website.

Meet Our Staff


Zinnia is a bi-lingual (Spanish) Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Forensic Psychology. She has more than 5 years of experience providing therapy to couples and individual adults experiencing a wide range of social and personal problems. Zinnia specializes in domestic violence, trauma, depression, anxiety, stress management, cultural concerns, and marital/relational problems.

Office Locations: Blue Island and Park Forest

Insurance: Medicaid


M. Amanda Myers is a Licensed Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Amanda has a certificate from Jane Addams College of Social Work in evidence-based mental health practices with children, and has a special interest in helping individuals and families. Amanda has worked in social services for over ten years and has experience in assessing and treating depression, anxiety, and trauma.   

Main Office Locations: Des Plaines, City of Chicago (St. Mary’s) 

Insurance: Medicaid 



Tiara Smith is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) with a Master’s in Social Work. Tiara has three years of experience in providing substance abuse treatment in a residential and outpatient setting. Tiara’s experiences include outpatient substance abuse treatment, intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment, working with individuals with co-occurring conditions and trauma and providing SBIRT in a medical setting. Tiara has been trained and is certified in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (CPI) and has received training on the SBIRT model. Tiara has a particular interest in educating individuals on stress management techniques and providing them with new tools that they may have never previously considered for reducing stress. Tiara enjoys engaging groups and individuals in hands on activities and experiential learning activities. Tiara believes that the application of tools learned during hands on activities prepares individuals for addressing problems outside of the therapy room. 

Location: Marquette Park


Veronica Lopez is a bi-lingual (Spanish) a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. She has 10 years of experience in the mental health filed providing psychotherapy to individuals, couples and families who may be struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship problems, grief and loss, trauma and life transitions. Veronica believes in using a variety of therapeutic approaches, depending on clients’ individual needs, exploring ways for change allowing for forward with hope. 

Locations: Rogers Park, St Marquette Park 

In-Network with: BCBS PPO, Aetna PPO, Medicare, Medicaid 


Juanita Uribe is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Juanita provides individual, couples and family therapy in English and Spanish. She has 7 years of experience in the mental health field. Her experience includes providing therapy to those struggling with depression, anxiety, stress management, relationship problems, parenting issues, domestic violence, grief and loss, trauma and life transitions. 

Locations: Marquette Park and Cicero

Insurance: Aetna PPO, BCBS PPO, Medicaid, Medicare 


Lizzel Barragan has her Master’s in Social Work and is working towards obtaining her licensure. Lizzel has experience in working with victims of domestic violence, clients with depression, anxiety and trauma. Lizzel also has experience working  with children and adolescents. Lizzel believes on empowering her clients so they can begin to heal and take control of their lives. 

Location: Gage Park 

Insurance: Medicaid


Pat serves as a bi-lingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a Master’s Degree in Religious Studies.  Pat  has 12 years of experience working with adults, couples, and families to treat a variety of needs like depression and anxiety, loss and grief, unhealthy relationships (including domestic violence) and communication problems.  Building self-esteem, discovering meaning in life and outreach to the needs of the Spanish speaking immigrant community are among her interests.  Pat believes that each person has the right to be happy and to learn tools to maintain their happiness. 

Locations: Good Shepherd Parish in Little Village and downtown at Holy Name Cathedral.

In-network with : Aetna PPO, BCBS PPO, Medicaid and Medicare


Victor Alvarez is a bi-lingual (Spanish) Clinical Family Service Specialist Counselor, M.A. He has more than 14 years of experience in the mental health field, particularly working with Latino clients. He provides individual adult and couples therapy for a variety of needs, including mood and anxiety disorders, communication issues, cultural concerns, grief, domestic violence and loss. He provides support groups for males victims of domestic violence and conferences on different mental health topics. Victor believes in using empathy to create a positive environment which empowers clients so they can discover their potential.
Locations: Cicero, Chicago (Bucktown), Des Plaines

Insurance networks: Medicaid 


Aaron A. Lew is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. He has extensive experience working with Women and Men navigating Loss, Crisis, Change, Anxiety, Grief, Physical and Emotional Abuse, Stagnation, Disability, Depression, Dependence and Illness.  His approach highlights joining Individuals in their unique-personal journey(s) to trust, risk, explore, integrate, adapt, grow, and transcend. 

Main Office Locations: Downtown Chicago (Holy Name Cathedral) and Des Plaines

Insurance: BCBS PPO, Medicare 


Julie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has a Master of Social Work degree from Nationally Accredited University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Connecticut Family Studies program majoring in Human Development and Family Relations with a concentration in counseling services. She has been employed in community based mental health settings for ten years full time and at non profit agencies for fifteen consecutive years. She has extensive experience and training in recovery focused strengths based programs such as the 'clubhouse model' of psychiatric rehabilitation with adults. Julie has also conducted group facilitation, individual service planning, job development and coaching, supportive housing case management. In addition, she has experience working in Behavioral Health with children ages infant to eighteen and has received training in and has performed clinical individual and group therapeutic services to children and their families utilizing Theraplay, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Family systems approaches. Julie currently works with adults and specializes in Self Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution-based methods in clinical practice.  

In-network:  Medicare


Bob is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who works with both individuals and couples. This is a second career as Bob worked for a large insurance company for many years.  Bob has a particular interest in communications and finds this particularly helpful when working with couples.  He has had good success in relating to both men and women and helping them better understand each other’s feelings and needs. Bob has been trained in the Emotional Focused Therapy approach and finds this helpful with couples.  Bob works with individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, anger and other issues. He uses a cognitive behavioral approach to help clients understand the effect of their thoughts and behaviors on their moods. Bob has extensive experience in helping those doing job searches. He really appreciates the approach at Holbrook Counseling of doing goals based counseling that helps clients make improvements in those areas they feel are most important.  In addition to counseling, Bob teaches at two local colleges.  Bob earned his Masters degree in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University of Chicago and he also has an MBA degree from Roosevelt University.


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Phone: (312) 655-7525
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