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(847) 782-4100

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Catholic Charities Administrative Offices - (312) 655-7000.

Catholic Charities Social Services - email, or call (312) 655-7700 in Chicago or (847) 782-4000 in Lake County and someone will assist you. Call volume is extremely high so email is recommended if you are unable to find what you need on the web site.

Counseling Support Line - (312) 948-6951, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

To donate to our work by phone, call (312) 948-6087. Every gift helps someone in need.

About Us



Whether They Are Young or Old, Hungry or Addicted, Homeless or Friendless...


Catholic Charities sees the face of God in those in need. By providing food, clothing, shelter and counseling, we bring hope to the hopeless in the city of Chicago and its suburbs.

With 153 programs at 154 locations throughout Cook and Lake counties, we serve virtually every neighborhood and parish in the Chicagoland area. Through our broad spectrum of services, we annually assist more than 1 million persons in Cook and Lake counties without regard to religious, ethnic or economic background.

For more than 98 years, Catholic Charities has empowered families and individuals of all races and religious backgrounds to realize their full potential. Our services help people from the point of conception through the last stages of their lives. We keep mothers and their babies well-fed, prepare children in low-income families for school, keep youth in school and out of gangs, counsel and give job training to adults with economic troubles, provide affordable housing for seniors, and organize in-home care services for seniors who need help caring for themselves.

Only 8 cents of every dollar donated goes toward our administrative expenses; the rest goes directly to help clients. While Catholic Charities raises funds separately from the Archdiocese of Chicago, we serve as the social service arm of the church.

2020 Annual Report
Catholic Charities 2019 Fact Sheet
Catholic Charities Code of Ethics
Catholic Charities Identity Booklet
Catholic Charities 2019 Service Directory

Directorio de Servicios de Caridades Católicas 2019
Caridades Católicas Hoja Informativa 2018

Our Mission

Catholic Charities fulfills the Church's role in the mission of charity to anyone in need by providing compassionate, competent and professional services that strengthen and support individuals, families and communities based on the value and dignity of human life.

Nuestra Misión

Caridades Católicas cumple con el papel de la Iglesia en la misión de caridad a cualquier persona en necesidad, proporcionando servicios compasivos, competentes y profesionales que fortalecen y apoyan a individuos, familias y comunidades, basados en el valor y la dignidad de la vida humana.

Fraud Reporting

At Catholic Charities, we try to ensure the security of all of our electronic communications such as email and our web sites. If you receive any email that appears to be fraudulent, or feel our web site has been compromised in any way, please contact us immediately at and we will investigate this activity. Never release any personal or financial information via electronic communication unless you are certain it is secure, such as through our secure online donation page.

Terms of Use & Privacy Policy

Catholic Charities's Privacy Policy is designed to help you understand how we collect and use the personal information you decide to share, and help you make informed decisions when using our website located at and its directly associated domains (collectively, "Catholic Charities" or "Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago" or "Website").

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This privacy statement covers the site and its directly associated domains.

If you have questions regarding this statement, please visit our Terms of Use & Privacy Policy page.