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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.


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Managing Traumatic Bereavement
Friday, July 1, 2016 by Cynthia Waderlow MSE, LCSW
In May some of our LOSS clinicians attended a conference devoted to the impact on survivors of sudden death or traumatic bereavement. We were moved by the seriousness of the subject because it has so much relevance for families who have experienced a suicide loss.
From the Desk of Father Rubey
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 by Father Rubey
In June we celebrate Father’s Day which is a day set aside to honor fathers in a very special way. It is a painful day for those fathers who have lost a child to suicide, for those children who have lost a father, a grandfather or a father figure. Such a day is filled with a void because that person is not here to be honored and there is pain or possibly guilt because those survivors might feel that they let this man down while he was alive or have regrets that the survivors could have been kinder and more loving towards this father, grandfather or child. With this death the time to be demonstrative of love and affection is over and the guilt or regret take over to torture the survivors.