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Regional Directors, assisted by Regional Advisory Boards, facilitate collaboration between Catholic Charities services, local parishes and the community. This includes the development of resources, local funding, volunteers and other support required to sustain Catholic Charities services, as well as efforts to increase awareness of these services as a port of intake for Catholic Charities services and as sites for selected services.

Our North Region serves the following communities:   Northbrook, Glencoe, Glenview, Winnetka, Kenilworth, Wilmette, Evanston, Skokie, Morton Grove, Niles, Park Ridge, Golf, Lincolnwood, Northfield, and Rosemont

Office Hours: 
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Intake:
For clients seeking information, emergency assistance, advocacy or referral to Catholic Charities programs or community resources.
  • Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. An appointment is recommended but not required.
  • All other times by appointment only.
Food Pantry:
Distribution of four-day supply of food based on household size. Clients are allowed one visit per month. No appointment is necessary.
  • Monday, 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Closed on Tuesday and Friday
Clothing Room:
Clean, gently used clothing and outerwear. Clients are allowed one visit per month. No appointment necessary.
  • Tuesday, 5 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 1 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, 5 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Closed on Monday and Friday
Tuesday/Thursday Night Suppers
Free meals are provided at 6 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday night (except on holidays). Guests may visit as often as they’d like.


Upcoming Events


  • Thursday, June 15, 2017 - Diamonds are Forever Boutique and Luncheon, Westmoreland Country Club
  • Spring - Summer 2017 - Saint Isadore Vegetable Garden - 10 raised beds will be maintained by parishes throughout the growing season. Vegetables will be distributed through our Food Pantry and Evening Suppers. 
  • October 13, 2017 - Harvest of Hope Dinner at Michigan Shores Club from 6:00-9:30pm
  • Fall 2017 - Breast Cancer Awareness Month - we will be partnering with a local Soma Store to distribute bras and help educate about breast exams from 4:30-5:30

 Regional Advisory Board
Megan Boyle
Ryan Bradley
John Burke
Mickey Casner
Dick Collins
Jim Craig
Megan Glunz Horton
Mary Hesburgh
Bindu Joseph
Dan Kotin
Mike Lauritson
Debbie Leeds
Michelle McGowan
Nancy Morrison
Debbie Perkaus
Sharon Riley
Karyn Saucedo
Rev. Wayne Watts
Kevin Simkowski
Mary Willer

 Services

Central Information and Referral (CI&R) is the point of entry for clients and others on their behalf that are seeking information, emergency assistance, advocacy, linkage and/or referral to appropriate Catholic Charities’ programs or community resources. Services are available to the Spanish-speaking. For a complete listing of all our services, please call CI&R at (847) 376-2100.

Emergency Assistance Program (Food Pantry) provides quality food to people coming to our office for assistance. This includes meat along with non-perishable food items for four days. The food is meant to be supplemental to existing food supplies until the person can connect with another food resource. For information, contact CI&R at (847) 376-2100.

Community Casework & Counseling provides professional problem solving through in home case management and counseling services to families and individuals who are overwhelmed by problems including family violence, sexual abuse, homelessness, grieving, coping with a disability or medical illness, incest, parent-child issues, marriage difficulties or other issues that affect the family’s or individual’s ability to cope. For information, contact CI&R at (847) 376-2100.

The Senior, Mother and Child Nutrition Program (SMACNP)
is a supplemental food and nutrition program serving seniors age 60 or older, postpartum women seven to twelve months, and children from 5 to 6 years of age. Program participants will receive monthly nutritious food in packages, nutrition and health information. It is administered by the Illinois Department of Human Services and provided locally by Catholic Charities. For more information contact Yolanda James at (773) 379-5268.

Legal Assistance and Resource Center. Attorneys at the Legal Assistance and Resource Center (LARC) offer clients basic legal advice and referral services via a telephone hotline and in person. Services are free and available in Spanish. Intake: (312) 948-6821.

Public Benefits Screenings. Screen clients to determine potential eligibility for public benefits, including: Health insurance for all children under age 19, parents, and caretakers of children and pregnant women; Medicaid coverage for low income seniors and for disabled and/or blind persons; Medicare cost sharing programs; help with Medicare drug plan costs; Breast and Cervical Cancer program; Food Stamp Program; Food assistance and nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers, babies and children under 5; and the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides a onetime benefit to eligible households to be used for energy bills. For info or to schedule an appointment contact: (847) 376-2100.

Holbrook Counseling Center provides therapy for individuals, couples and families with emotional, behavioral and relationship or family problems, marital or premarital concerns. Fees for service are determined on a sliding scale based on income and family size. Insurance payments are also welcome. Counseling is available by appointment in English as well as Spanish. For information, contact (312) 655-7725.

Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide (LOSS) 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 Catholic Charities in Des Plaines, Holy Family Church in Inverness and St Joseph’s Church in Wilmette. LOSS offers weekly groups for the newly bereaved in 10-week sessions, individual and family counseling as well as a monthly newsletter. For information, contact Jessica Mead, Intake Coordinator at (312) 655-7283.

Maternity/Pregnancy Services include professional counseling services for pregnant teens, women, birth fathers and their families who are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. Medical care planning and assistance is provided throughout the pre-natal, delivery and post-natal periods. Clients receive social services and educational support in making a plan for the care of their baby. For information, contact a maternity counselor at 1-800-CARE-002 OR (312) 454-1717.

New Hope Apartments Program provides scattered site shelters and transitional apartment housing, and permanent supportive housing for homeless families and individuals from North/Northwest suburban Cook County. For information, contact CI&R at (847) 376-2100.

Adoption Services include both domestic and inter-country adoptions. Planning and educational preparation is provided to families prior to placement. Post placement services include home visits and legal support. Waiting Families support groups and adoptive family clubs are available. For information, call (312) 655-7086.

Frances Manor provides independent senior apartment living in an affordable and federally assisted building located in Des Plaines. We serve people who are 62 years or older who are able to take care of themselves and qualify as having a low income. For information, contact Greg Fucik at (847) 390-1270.

Keenager News
is a free monthly publication of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago for persons aged 60 years or better. It contains explanations of benefits for older persons, humor, nostalgia, health and safety tips, puzzles, and recipes tailored to the needs and pleasures of seniors. To subscribe, call (312) 655-7425.

Catholic Home Care provides quality nursing services to residents in their own homes in the community, independent living, or in assisted living facilities. Payment for services is through Medicare, government contracts, third party insurance or private reimbursements. Services include skilled nursing, licensed practical nursing, Nurses Aide, homemaker and companion services, physical, occupational and
speech therapy. For information contact (312) 655-7415.

Meals on Wheels
provides daily hot meals to frail, homebound Senior citizens who are unable to prepare their own food. This program services the towns of Glenview, Golf, Kenilworth, Northbrook, Northfield, Wilmette and Winnetka. For information, contact (847) 253-5500.

Central States Institute Alcohol and Drug Assessment Services (ADAS) is located in the Circuit Court of Cook County in Skokie and Rolling Meadows. The service provides evaluation and assessment services to DUI offenders referred by the Circuit Court and the Secretary of State’s Office. For information, call (312) 655-7530.

Suppers for the Hungry and Homeless are held every Tuesday and Thursday evening at our Rand Road site. Volunteers and donations for the meals are always needed. For information, contact Mary at (847) 376-2118.

Immigration and Naturalization Services is an accredited program that provides assistance with lawful permanent residency and naturalization processes. The staff is available to provide legal information and assist with the completion of forms. This program also provides educational and informational community presentations. The office of this program is located at Maryville Academy Campus Mulcahey Building. For information contact (847) 375-8831 Wednesdays and Fridays. Phone calls are accepted from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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Cardinal Cupich, Monsignor Boland Address Historic 100th Meeting of Chicago Catholic Charities Board
Wednesday, October 04, 2017 by Communications
The nation’s largest Catholic Charities convened its 100th meeting of its 700 member Board of Advisors on October 2. Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, Monsignor Michael M. Boland, President and CEO of the agency, and Len Wiatr, Chairman of the Board, addressed the audience, offering a message of hope for the future and for all those served by the agency. 

Each year nearly 1 million people count on the agency, which serves immigrants, refugees, children, women, families, veterans, and seniors. With an operating budget of $203 million, the agency has 154 locations across Cook and Lake counties. 

In his remarks, Cardinal Cupich reminded the Board of the great responsibility it has to support the least among us.
 
“There is no greater connection to the mission of the Church than Catholic Charities,” said Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago. “Catholic Charities is Chicago’s Good Samaritan,” Cardinal Cupich said.

“Catholic Charities is the Church’s field hospital in our most desperate and under-resourced communities; a shining light in areas that can feel covered in darkness,” said Monsignor Boland. “Today 3,000 staff, 15,000 volunteers and more than 400 community partners, including parishes, help us fulfill our mission of providing compassionate care to anyone in need. Where Catholic Charities is, we know there is hope.”

Board Chairman Len Wiatr reflected that at “the first meeting of the Board of Advisors on April 10, 2017, it was noted that one of the first orders of business would be to compile a list of all husbands, sons and brothers fighting in the war so the agency could care for the women and children left behind.” He continued that today, “that legacy continues and Catholic Charities serves anyone in need with compassion… and with a full 92 cents of every dollar going directly to programs to support those most in need.”

The agency commissioned 34 people to its Board of Advisors at the historic meeting. In addition, several awards were presented to members of the Catholic Charities Board of Advisors, community, and staff for outstanding service and commitment to the agency’s mission. 

Dorothy and Ed Wehmer – Recipients of the Compassion in Action Award, the Wehmers are long-time supporters of Catholic Charities, including serving as past Chaircouple of the agency’s largest fundraiser, the St. Nicholas Ball. The Wehmers also contribute greatly to the agency’s annual Christmas Toy Drive.

James Hellige – Recognized for his nearly 30 years of supporting Catholic Charities, James Hellige received the Dennis F. Kelly award. Hellige is a true ambassador for the agency, educating the legal community on the value of including Catholic Charities in estate planning.

Loyola University – A trusted and valued community partner, Loyola University received this year’s St. Thomas More Award for the decades the University has provided support through research, interns, and the hundreds of university graduates who have served as Catholic Charities staff and board members. University President Dr. Jo Anne Rooney accepted the award. 

Father John Nicola – As this year’s recipient of the Caritas Christi Urget Nos Award, Father John Nicola was recognized for his more than 60 years as an educator and a member of the Catholic Charities Legacy of Hope society. Father Nicola also has been a strong supporter of the agency’s 100th anniversary. 

Alzenia Melton – For 44 years Alzenia Melton has been the face of compassion at Catholic Charities. As a supervisor in the agency’s emergency assistant department, Alzenia daily has greeted individuals and families turning to Catholic Charities in their most desperate times. She is always known for having a listening ear, shoulder to lean on and an open heart and for her decades of service she received the Mission of Charity award.  

Ralph Metz – Receiving this year’s Volunteer of the Year award, Ralph Metz has faithfully volunteered his time at the Catholic Charities evening supper program for the homeless for 20 years. Ralph knows supper guests by their names and takes time to visit with each person, providing compassionate care and treating each guest with dignity and respect every week. 

Catholic Charities was founded just days after the country entered World War I, at a time when women were left caring for their families alone and children were left orphaned following the flu epidemic. Cardinal Mundelein called together a group of prominent businessmen, including Charles Comiskey, Marshall Field III, Dennis F. Kelly, and Edward Hines, to be the fundraising arm of the Church. This initiative quickly evolved to provide direct social services to those most in need. 

The agency that began at the once gritty intersection of Des Plaines and Randolph has grown to 154 locations across the Archdiocese, in the most vulnerable and under-served communities.

Catholic Charities services span a wide range, including housing, food, emergency assistance, counseling, veterans’ needs, senior services and support, child development, immigration and refugee support, youth mentoring, and more.

The agency is a pioneer in social services, leading the way in providing a holistic approach to both individuals and families in need. It led the way in many innovative social service programs and partnerships. It was the first to partner with Cook County to treat a DUI offense as a medical condition; with the VA and HUD to open the first permanent supportive housing for veterans, the St. Leo Campus; and with the federal government to develop the Women, Infant and Children (WIC) food centers in food desert communities, the first of its kind in the nation. 

Commenting on the agency’s future, Monsignor Boland added, “There is a tremendous need for agencies such as Catholic Charities, who are nimble and efficient, and also provide compassionate care. At all times our staff treats each person who comes to us with respect and dignity, with an ultimate goal of helping them become as self-sufficient as possible. This year we celebrate ‘A Century of Hope’ and reaffirm our commitment to the next century of providing help and hope to all of those need us most.”

For more information about Catholic Charities 100th Anniversary, including historic photos and stories, visit www.ccofchicago100.net
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North Region:

1717 Rand Rd.
Des Plaines, IL 60016

Phone: (847) 376-2100
Fax: (847) 390-8214

Adriana S. Kelly
North Regional Director
akelly@catholiccharities.net

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