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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 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.

Latest News

Advocacy Alert: While there is still the time and the need!
Urge Congress to Support Delivery of Social Services in COVID-19 Response

March 24, 2020

Congressional leaders are finalizing a legislative response to the coronavirus pandemic, with the goal of wrapping up the bill over the coming hours and days. This is possibly our last opportunity to influence this bill and ensure desperately needed resources for persons experiencing homelessness or struggling to retain stable housing. We must also encourage Congressional leaders to validate the work of those at the front lines of the pandemic response by granting necessary emergency aid to social service organizations

Contact your US Senators and US Congressional Representatives with the following messages:

Ensure Appropriate Resources for All Community Members:

- Increase funding for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program from the existing FY 2020 $125 million to $250 million to help people experiencing dire poverty to obtain rental and utility assistance and food aid.

- Temporarily increase the maximum SNAP benefit by 15% to respond to increased demand for food assistance.

- Authorize $15.5 billion in Emergency Solutions Grants to prevent an outbreak among people experiencing homelessness and to practice social distancing in shelters.

- Include tens of billions of dollars for emergency rental assistance to help keep low-income people stably housed and avoid evictions and, in worst cases, homelessness.

- Establish a national moratorium on evictions and foreclosures for homeowners and renters.

Provide Emergency Relief to Social Service Providers:

- Expressly provide charitable nonprofits with $60B in any emergency funding. A rapid infusion of cash will support organizations serving immediate needs in communities facing lost and declining revenue due to the pandemic.

- Create a robust universal charitable deduction and allow taxpayers to immediately claim the deduction on their 2019 taxes (due on July 15), and afterward through 2021.

- Clarify that charitable nonprofits of all sizes are able to participate in the emergency Small Business Loan program by using the tax-law definition of charitable organizations [Sec. 501(c)(3) public charities].

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

The Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund has announced that Catholic Charities has been awarded a general operating grant of $250,000. This general operating grant is designed to meet the immediate needs of people impacted by COVID-19 through wage loss, school closures, or other extreme circumstances. We are very grateful to the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund for their much-needed investment in our services at this time.
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