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February 4, 2020
Round Lake, LAKE COUNTY, IL
 

Catholic Charities is pleased to announce it has received the largest philanthropic gift from a living donor in its history. John and Kathy Schreiber’s donation will be used to build a service center in Round Lake, which will expand and improve access to human services for residents of Lake County.  

This will be Catholic Charities’ second multi-program center in Lake County, a growing area of need in the region. The agency’s original north suburban location is in Waukegan.

John and Kathy Schreiber are avid philanthropists and have long supported the agency’s work across multiple programs and geographies. They reside in Lake County and are committed to strengthening the quality of life and access to resources in the area, not only in the eastern portion of the county, but now with services closer to residents in the western parts of the region.

“John and I love this area and our community, and we recognize the vast amount of need in our own backyard,” Kathy said. “We are inspired by the work that Catholic Charities is doing to help vulnerable families flourish. The Schreiber Center will provide a host of integrated services – something Catholic Charities does very well – from food and employment programs to senior care and counseling.”

Catholic Charities broke ground on the center, located on Cedar Lake Road next to St. Joseph Parish, in May of 2019 and plans to begin services with a focus on senior care in the spring. The 28,000 square foot site is expected to be fully operational by late summer 2020.

“With this gift to Catholic Charities, the Schreibers again confirm their generous support of the mission of the Church and of their home community,” said Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago. “Their generosity will help ensure that families in need receive life’s basic dignities, and seniors and others are welcomed and cared for at the new Lake County center.”

Among the growing concerns in parts of Lake County are significant physical and mental health disparities, limited access to integrated health and social services, and a large low-income senior population who would benefit from expansion of meal programs, group classes, and other enrichment activities.

“This is an extraordinary leadership gift to the residents of Lake County. We are profoundly grateful to the Schreiber family for their trust in us, their inspiring example of generosity, and their commitment to ensuring people have the resources they need to build better futures,” said Kathy Donahue, Acting President and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago. “It’s our hope that this exciting gift will encourage other members of the community to join this important effort as we continue to build positive momentum in the county. The center will also include space and programming for the general public, further building that sense of community that is so important to John and Kathy, and to Catholic Charities.”  

Catholic Charities averages hundreds of requests for support each week at its primary Lake County location, the Bernardin Center in Waukegan. Last year Catholic Charities served more than 62,000 Lake County residents.



Catholic Charities and the Chicago region lost a tremendous champion on January 1, 2020, with the death of Charles F. Clarke, Jr.

Mr. Clark served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities from 1992 through 1994. He and his wife, Ellie, also founded the Staff Development Center to ensure employees could advance their skills and education.

For 55 years, Charles Clarke remained a steadfast supporter of Catholic Charities by promoting our programs and services, particularly in residential housing and expanded services in Lake County, including the development of the Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Center in Waukegan. He was a kind, supportive, and brilliant leader. Whatever the need of the decade, we could be assured that he would help us meet that need with grace and confidence in our work. 

Our heartfelt condolences are with his family.

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Since 2007, the Universidad Iberoamericana Mexico City (IBERO), Loyola University Chicago (LUC), and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago have partnered for a successful international student immersion program. To date, 162 students across many disciplines have participated, and learn how to develop their heart for service, awareness, sensitivity, commitment, critical thinking, justice, and social responsibility (especially as it relates to the phenomenon of migration in Mexico and the United States).

Learn more about this crucial partnership between Jesuit universities and Catholic organizations here

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