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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.

Government Relations 


 

Advocacy Update: Next Emergency Aid Package

Catholic Charities employs nearly 2,000 people in Cook and Lake counties. A majority of these people are on the front lines in this pandemic, helping to feed, shelter, and counsel people with dignity and safety.

While the federal government’s recent disaster aid efforts will benefit many of the nation’s employers, a threshold on the number of an organization’s employees excludes Catholic Charities and other non-profit human services providers from the packages’ benefits. With more than 500 staff, Catholic Charities is not eligible for some of the provisions included for many employers, like assistance with medical leave, increased sick time, and business loans.

As a non-profit, by definition, Catholic Charities has no profit margin to cover costs, let alone meet huge increases during times of crisis. Non-profit organizations responding to immediate community needs have experienced lost and declining revenue due to the pandemic. An infusion of funds will help agencies such as Catholic Charities maintain its staff and continue to engage in the highest quality service delivery.
Please contact your US Senators and US Congressional Representatives with this request:

"In the next emergency aid package, expressly include charitable human services nonprofits in the definition of employers who qualify for benefits meant to help their employees, regardless of the number of people they employ."

To find contact information for your federal legislators, enter your home address on this website.

Please provide Catholic Charities Government Relations staff with feedback regarding any conversations that you have: (312) 655-7930 or agreleck@catholiccharities.net.

 

 

 

 

Stephanie Johnson, Director

721 N. LaSalle St.

Chicago, IL 60654

Phone: (312) 655-7020

 

Ann Grelecki Anderson, Director of Government Grants and Advocacy

Phone: (312) 655-7930


The Office of Government Relations furthers the mission of the agency by working collaboratively with stakeholders to improve the lives of those we serve through advocacy and program sustainability. The primary functions of the Office of Government Relations are:

  1. To develop and maintain positive relationships with policy makers, community leaders, social service providers, and advocacy groups;
  2. To cultivate and maintain relationships with elected officials in order to develop trust and enhance communications;
  3. To identify issues and their potential impact on the agency and its clients that can be modified through the legislative process;
  4. To develop and communicate a consistent, focused message to policymakers on agency positions and legislative priorities at the local, state and federal level;
  5. To present resource assistance on legislative topics, track key legislation and provide strategic assistance and grassroots training; to collaborate with program managers in developing applications for government funding; and
  6. To work with elected officials on community projects of interest to their constituents and to share with them information about agency programs in their district.