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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.

St. Vincent’s Centennial Garden

Brick Paver Program

In commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of Catholic Charities, we transformed the garden located at the St. Vincent Center building and rededicated it to become the St. Vincent’s Centennial Garden. The new Garden includes personalized brick walkways, new flowers, and greenery to create a more welcoming and inviting entrance for all who pass through our doors. The ongoing brick garden program provides an exceptional opportunity to recognize, honor, or memorialize a loved one, or celebrate a special time or event in a life. Engraving a person’s name on a brick in this beautiful garden makes an enduring tribute in recognition of anyone who has enriched your life or whom you have shared a special memory with. Each brick represents a unique tribute to a loved one.

Bricks are available for a contribution of $300. Each brick is 7 ½ x 3 ¾ inches in size and can have up to three lines of wording, 20 characters per line. Characters include spaces and any punctuation. Please be sure your engraved information is spelled correctly.

Replica Bricks may be purchased for $50 each and are smaller replicas of the original brick in the St. Vincent Centennial Garden. Replica bricks can be used as a paperweight or given to a loved one or friend as a treasured memento.

Proceeds from this initiative will fund the garden project and will also support our 100-year-old Core Mission: To shelter, feed, and clothe the poorest amongst us.

*This Special Brick pricing is for Catholic Charities' Employees, Retirees, and Junior Board Members only*

About St. Vincent Center

The St. Vincent Center, which today is the headquarters for Catholic Charities, has played a prominent and extraordinary role in the life-affirming, charitable history of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago. In 1881, the St. Vincent Hospital and Infant Asylum, popularly known as St. Vincent’s Orphanage, was founded by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul at 721 N. LaSalle. The current building was designed by Holabird & Roche in 1927 and has withstood the decades of change seen in the River North neighborhood and been a beacon of hope to all who pass through the garden gates and walk through the doors. The St. Vincent’s Orphanage provided 91 years of selfless service and care to many thousands of poor or unwed mothers and their infants and children; orphaned, abandoned and neglected children; and foster and adoptive families. The orphanage closed in 1971 and in 1972 Catholic Charities began occupying the 721 N. LaSalle building which quickly became the agency’s central hub to help with the continued need for serving the poor and less fortunate throughout Cook and Lake counties. Today, the spirit of St. Vincent lives on in the compassionate and professional work of Catholic Charities.

St. Vincent's Centennial Garden

Brick orders will be taken on a continuous basis and will be installed each year in the spring and the fall. You will be notified when your brick has been placed in the Garden.
If you have questions, please contact (312) 655-7002 or

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