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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.

Memorial & Honor Gifts

Memorial & Honor Gifts

Memorial gifts are a special way to acknowledge a friend or a loved one who has passed away. Honor gifts, similarly, are a meaningful way to mark special milestones—births, baptisms, graduations, confirmations, marriages, significant birthdays and more. Comfort a loved one, or celebrate one of life's many joys by donating to Catholic Charities today. We will send the designated person a card without disclosing the amount.

Ways to Give

  • Click here to give online now. Enter the gift amount and go on to the next page.  You'll see a "tribute gift" section where you can fill in the gift details.

  • You can also create your own fundraiser in memory of a loved one or honor of a special occasion here.

  • To give by phone, call Emma Lemar, Tribute and Honor Gift Coordinator, (312) 655-7527.

  • You can also mail a check with gift instructions to: Catholic Charities, Attention: Development, 721 N. LaSalle, Chicago, IL 60654.

Funeral Gift Procedures

Suggested wording for the obituary notice:

"The family requests memorial contributions to Catholic Charities, 721 N. LaSalle, Chicago, IL 60654 or"

With the shelter-in-place order in Illinois, we understand that you cannot gather with family and friends to honor the life of your loved one. Please be assured that we will still honor all mass and prayer intentions throughout this challenging time. We are here to remember and celebrate the special life of your loved one in these unprecedented circumstances. 

Commemorative Bricks to Honor a Loved One

Create an enduring and unique tribute to anyone who has enriched your life by having a brick engraved in our beautiful garden at St. Vincent Center. Our brick program provides an exceptional opportunity to recognize, honor or memorialize a loved one. For more information Click Here!

Ways to Change Lives


Phone: (312) 655-7525
721 N. LaSalle, Chicago, IL 60654