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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.

2019 Patrick J. Ryan Main Event

The 5th Annual Patrick J. Ryan Main Event was held on Friday February 1, 2019 at Drury Lane in Oak Brook Terrace. Proceeds benefit the children's counseling services provided by the Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide (LOSS) program. LOSS was created to serve anyone who has endured the loss of a loved one to suicide. 

For more information, please contact Rose Marie Lesniak-Mendez, Special Events Manager, at (312) 655-7290 or at
 Event Details

2019 Patrick J. Ryan Main Event
Drury Lane, Oak Brook

The Patrick J. Ryan Main Event was established by former Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan and his wife Marie and their family in memory of their son Patrick who died of suicide in 2007. Proceeds support a program created for children and youth who have endured the loss of a loved one to suicide, established at Catholic Charities through the Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide (LOSS) Program.

Thanks to your generous support, the 2019 event raised nearly $175,000 for this important program!

To see pictures from the event, click here.

For more information, contact Rose Marie Lesniak-Mendez, Special Events Manager, at 312-655-7290 or


The mission of the LOSS Program for Children and Youth is to guide and support young survivors of suicide through the grief recovery process. The program will provide individual, family and group counseling for children and youth, as well as consultation for caregivers and key family members.

If you or someone you know could benefit from learning more about our LOSS Program for Children and Youth, please contact Deborah Major, Department Director, at 312-655-7285 or