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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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Junior Board’s Charities Royale Casino Night to Benefit Emergency Assistance Department
Monday, October 16, 2017 by Communications
Win big on Saturday, November 4, with Catholic Charities of The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Junior Board as they host their 11th Annual Charities Royale Casino Night. Some of Chicago’s most philanthropic young professionals will enjoy an evening of gaming tables, hors d’oeuvres, a photo booth and a premium open bar. In addition, the Pope Francis Service Award will honor Lynn McAdams for her leadership through effective community action and dedication to the mission of Catholic Charities.

The event will also feature a silent auction with an array of items such as orchestra center Hamilton tickets, four One-Day Disney World Park Hopper tickets, a one month unlimited yoga and one 60-minute massage at Yoga Now, a guided tour and wine tasting for up to 10 adults at Lynfred Winery, and a $100 gift card and styling appointment at Rent the Runway - to name a few. There will also be live entertainment from Outcast Jazz Band, Chicago's premier swing band.

Proceeds of the evening will support the programs of the Emergency Assistance Department of Catholic Charities, helping people in need in the communities where we live and work as they journey to become as self-sufficient as possible. These programs are often the first point of contact with clients, providing intake for emergency shelter and financial assistance, food, clothing, short-term case management, and referrals.

Last year, the Emergency Assistance Department served 2.2 million meals through our nine food pantries and screened nearly 1,500 people for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The department also received 100,316 requests for rent and utility assistance. Without the assistance provided by Catholic Charities, some of the most vulnerable people in our area would have nowhere else to turn for basic human needs.

The Junior Board is currently comprised of more than 450 young adult members, with countless friends who committed to promoting the compassionate works of Catholic Charities. They have become leaders in the church through effective community action - including volunteer service, social fundraising, and theological exploration. The Junior Board is proud to be celebrating 15 years of service. 

Meghan Kastenholz and Kat Kos will serve as the 2017 Casino Night event chairs. The executive committee consists of Elaine Basta, Maureen Callahan, Joe Hetland, Erin Jelm, John Manley, Daniel Marinez, Natalie Montana, Carolyn Mulaney, Andrew Palczewski, Mary Margaret Parker and Alejandra Rubalcava. Rev. Wayne F. Watts serves as the Junior Board, Chaplain with Noreen M. Russo serves as the Junior Board, Manager. 

The event would not be possible without generous sponsors such as Wintrust, Sergio&Banks Real Estate, O’Sullivans Tavern, Lagunitas Brewing, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Andrew Palczewski, The Kastenholz Family, Elk Grove Graphics and Outcast Jazz Band. 

Date: Saturday, November 4
Time: 7:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. 
Location: Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington Street
Tickets: $125 per person.
RSVP: www.catholiccharities.net/casinonight 
Attire: Black tie optional

For more information, please contact Noreen Russo, Junior Board Manager, at nrusso@catholiccharities.net or call (312) 655-7932.
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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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