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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 amckernin@catholiccharities.net. 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.

CCLA Services

Catholic Charities Legal Assistance (CCLA) provides services that cover telephone advice/referral, client education and client representation.  The following are CCLA'S Services categories (each category can be expanded or collapsed to view more information):  
Legal advice is provided over the telephone to low-income clients who are not represented by a lawyer. As the demand for legal aid increases and funding has become increasingly short, more people find themselves forced into representing themselves in legal disputes. CCLA attorneys help callers identify and understand their legal issues and possible resolutions. Clients are advised of their legal rights and responsibilities, as well as how to navigate the legal process when necessary.  
In some instances, CCLA attorneys also provide brief legal services in addition to legal advice. Such brief services include the review of court forms and other legal documents, letters written and phone calls made to negotiate solutions to legal disputes.
CCLA offers seminars on legal topics of concern to the low income population including: debtor/creditor issues;  veterans’ rights; immigration rights; powers of attorney for health care and property; criminal expungement; landlord/tenant relations; foreclosure and related housing issues; and domestic violence.  

Legal Representation is provided:

  • By CCLA staff attorneys in certain family, housing and consumer matters;
  • Through CCLA’s network of pro bono attorneys;
  • Through one of CCLA’s special projects:
    • Immigrant Survivors Project: CCLA attorneys represent immigrant survivors of domestic violence or other violent crimes in family law matters. These matters include orders of protection, child support and maintenance, child custody and visitation and civil no-contact orders. In addition, CCLA partners with Catholic Charities Department of Immigration and Naturalization Services, Taller de Jose and Mujeres Latinas Accion to provide comprehensive immigration, legal, social and counseling services.
    • Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Project: CCLA represents adults hoping to establish custody or guardianship of minor immigrant children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned, ultimately enabling the child to obtain lawful permanent residency.


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