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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.

 About Us

Mission Statement

Mary’s Closet was started in 2011 by members of the Catholic Charities Board of Advisors. The program provides clients of Catholic Charities with professional business attire and personalized attention as they seek employment or begin their jobs. Professional attire is also provided for important life events, such as graduations.

Vision Statement

Just as our Blessed Mother Mary paid great attention to detail, we hope to notice the needs of our clients, our staff and our own members, and respond with friendship, respect and practical solutions. Our goal is to:

·   Equip clients seeking jobs with professional attire fittings, professional consultation and image preparation for interviews

·   Lift spirits and confidence through supportive conversation and interest in the client’s upcoming interview/job

·   Provide appropriate attire for important life events

Volunteer opportunities include sorting and organizing donated items, and or assisting with client consultations. To volunteer please email

How We’ve Helped

“I’m trying to transition from the military to regular life. I feel like a fashion model today. I am trying to make a professional statement, and yet I feel relaxed in it. So I will also be relaxed in an interview. It fits my personality because it is creative and conservative at the same time.”

- Regina Nichols


To donate for Encore:

Your gently worn designer clothing and accessories for Women and Men may be dropped off at the following two locations:

  • Catholic Charities, 721 N LaSalle, Chicago
    • Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Relevant Radio, 145 S Northwest Highway, Park Ridge
    • Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m


Please mark your donations “Mary’s Closet ENCORE.”


General Donations:

Mary’s Closet graciously accepts all clean, gently used professional clothing, shoes and accessories.  Clothes can be brought to 721 N. LaSalle St., Chicago

    • Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    • Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Please label donations “Mary’s Closet”

No clothes to donate, but still want to help further the cause?  Financial donations enable Mary’s Closet to provide alternations, dry cleaning, and the ability to purchase additional sizes. Please click here to donate!

 Contact Us

For any questions about the program, or to volunteer, please email or call 312-655-7203.


Volunteer opportunities include sorting and organizing donated items, and or assisting with client consultations.

To volunteer please email or call 312-655-7203.

 Event Details

Preview Party, Friday, April 27, 2018 from 4PM-9PM
Shopping Day, Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10AM-5PM

Mary’s Closet and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago present ENCORE; a luxury designer experience. Encore takes resale to a whole new level.  Browse more than 1,000 upscale designer accessories and high-end clothing for men and women. Discover great deals from labels such as Prada, St. John, Gucci, Oscar de La Renta and more.  100% of proceeds from the event will benefit Mary's Closet.

Limited tickets will be available for an exclusive premier which features a first look opportunity to purchase clothes while enjoying refreshments.

Registration is closed