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Catholic Charities Self-Sufficiency Programs

Our Goal
Catholic Charities fulfills the Church's role in the mission of charity to anyone in need by providing compassionate, competent and professional services that strengthen and support individuals, families and communities based on the value and dignity of human life.

Our Programs

Lake County Family Self-Sufficiency Program

The Family Self Sufficiency program assists low-income, single-parents with dependent children break the cycle of welfare and poverty. Participants receive education, training, employment assistance and case management for up to five years as they learn to achieve and maintain an independent, self sufficient lifestyle that allows them to provide the basic needs for their families.

Lumba, a single parent, explains that she was given a hand up, not a handout when she needed help by the Lake County Family Self-Sufficiency Program.

"I am very thankful for the help this program has extended to my four children and me. When I was homeless, with no food or clothes, they picked me up and gave me a helping hand. I am extremely grateful and will always carry Catholic Charities in my heart for the rest of my life. All the staff, my case manager, my employment case manager and supervisor, went the extra mile and were great examples for my children and me. I thank God for this program and know it can help anyone at any age, young or older, to be successful in their lives," Lumba said.

Family Shelter Program

Catholic Charities provides interim housing to families with children. The shelter serves single-parent families with children up to the age of 18. Heads of household must be at least 18 years of age. Residents are given room, board, and basic human needs services, as well as social services.

Rebeka, a single mother had lost everything, including her home and all personal property, in a fire. The building that she and her daughter lived in did not have insurance, nor did she have rental insurance. She found out about our shelter service when she called the City of Chicago's 311 non-emergency phone number. She and her four year-old daughter were hungry and alone when they arrived on Catholic Charities' door step. Rebeka discovered that she had not lost everything; with her inner strength and the wonderful staff of the program, she began to rebuild her life. In a very short period of time, she had gotten a better job, and was able to save towards her moving expenses into her new apartment.

Lake County Samaritan Hope

Samaritan Hope is a scattered site apartment style permanent housing program with supportive services for families to obtain stable housing and become self-sufficient. Families facing homelessness receive help locating an apartment, a gradually decreasing rental subsidy and wrap around supportive services such as case management, counseling, budgeting, employment, housing stabilization and self-sufficiency services. There are many opportunities to sponsor families and to provide apartment start-ups and ongoing assistance such as Thanksgiving baskets, gas and food cards, etc. as they chip away at the barriers to self-sufficiency and succeed in launching their families.

New Hope Apartments

Catholic Charities New Hope Apartments Program provides housing with intensive case management services for homeless families with children in the City of Chicago and Suburban Cook County. Families are housed in transitional apartments and for up to 24 months receiving services such as rental assistance, household furnishings, employment assistance with training and educational referrals, child care, budgeting assistance, transportation and assistance in accessing appropriate government programs. Families achieve job skills and income, decrease debt and increase self-determination during their time in the program.

Cecilia, a single mother, was living at PADS in the Northwest suburbs with her young son after having been laid off as the manager of a health club that closed because of the recession. "I wanted to get out of the shelter and get him back into stable housing," says Cecilia, who entered Catholic Charities' New Hope Apartments transitional housing program a few months ago. Now, she is moving toward self sufficiency because she had the time and the guidance to figure out how to improve her life. "No one had ever taught me how to separate my needs from my wants," she says, explaining how she was able to fall so far so quickly. "Catholic Charities has literally saved my life, because so many doors had been shut in my face when I was in my time of need, but Catholic Charities helped me. I plan on volunteering here after I leave the program."

Contact Dave Gardner, Director of Regional & Program Events, at or 312-655-7907 for additional information or to register.


Participating Wineries

•Abeja •Ancient Oak Cellars •Apriori Cellar •Axios •Bedell Cellars •Bouchaine Vineyards •Boutique Wine Collection •Brocard, Closerie des Alisiers •Bronco Wine Company •Bulgarian Master Vintners •Burgess Cellars •Butera Family Imports •Cabernet Corp Wine Merchants •Champagne Montaudon •Chaucers •Chemin des Vins •Cheval Quancard, SA •Chipperbec Vodka ••Christopher Michael Wines •Classic Wines, Inc. •Coeur Clementine •Colle del Duca •Coopers Creek •Cru Winery •Cuvée Ste Clare •Davis Estates •de la Costa Sangria •Detert Family Vineyard •Domaine Christophe Semaska •Domaine Juliette Avril •Domaine Michel Girard et Fils •Dry Creek Vineyard •Duck Pond/Desert Wind •Elizabeth Spencer Wines •Enotec Imports •Fairway and Vines •Fattoria Nittardi •Five Vintners •Fleur de California •Georges Vigouroux •Glunz Family Winery & Cellars •Goldschmidt Vineyards •Indigo Wine Group •Iron Horse Vineyards •J Dusi Wines •Jorge Ordonez Selections •Keenan Winery •Kiona Vineyards •La Croix de Saint Jean •La Follette •Lake Sonoma •Lange Estate Winery •Lavinea •Left Coast Cellars •Lo Duca Brothers •Loring Wine Company •Louis Glunz Selections •Maryhill Winery •Maxime Trijol Cognac •McPrice Meyers •Miro Cellars •Montsable •Oak Grove •Pacific Highway Wines and Spirits •Patrick McNeil Wines •Paydirt Wines •Pedroncelli Winery •Peirano Estate Vineyards •Pierre Delize •Pursued by Bear •Quivira Vineyards & Winery •Raden Group, La Delizia •Ramsay Wines •Raptor Ridge Winery •Rivarose •Seaview Imports •Snowdrift Cider •Southern Starz, Inc •Torbreck •Trentadue Winery •Tri-Vin Imports •Union Wine Company •Valley of the Moon •Verdad Wine Cellars •Veuve Ambal Group •Vice Versa Wine •Vigneti •Vindicated •Vintners Alliance •Wine Hooligans •Witness Tree Vineyard

Contact Dave Gardner, Director of Regional & Program Events, at or 312-655-7907 for additional information or to register.

 Home Parties

d'Vine @ Home Parties

Host Your Own d'Vine @ Home Party

In preparation for the 18th Annual Catholic Charities d'Vine Affair you can host a Wine Tasting Party in your home in support of the 2019 event. This year our goal is to raise $25,000 at home parties which will help to underwrite the January event. 

What is a Home Tasting Party?

Parties are hosted in the homes of our supporters (or in local restaurants) and feature a tasting of nine premium wines. Monetary donations are collected in support of the d'Vine Affair which supports Catholic Charities' Self-Sufficiency Programs. 

When are they held?

Parties can be held anytime throughout the year.

At the party

Encourage your guests to attend the d'Vine Affair on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at the Union League Club of Chicago. Special reservation forms allow your guests to purchase their tickets at your tasting, for the discounted price of $100 per person… a $25 savings!

You may conduct the tasting anyway you wish; serve the wines one at a time or make them all available for your guests to taste at will.

Please call Dave Gardner at (312)655-7907 if you would like to host a party and discuss any further questions about your role as host. 

After the party

An envelope addressed to Catholic Charities will be given to you so that the donations can be easily sent to the offices of Catholic Charities to be deposited. Wine glasses can be kept as a gift or returned to the main offices at 721 N. LaSalle, Chicago, IL. 60654. Guests will receive an acknowledgment letter for their tax purposes for any contribution made to the cause.

What are the host duties in advance of the party

Select a party date. Then invite your friends. Invitation samples and templates are available, but please feel free to format the invitations in your own style.

Be creative when planning the details for your party. For example, you may choose to plan a simple wine and cheese garden party, a fall buffet, or create a meal around the different wines.

Explain to your invitees that they will be treated to a tasting of nine fine wines courtesy of Louis Glunz Wines and that this is a fundraising party for Catholic Charities upcoming d'Vine Affair. Ask each guest to make a cash donation to support the event they are attending. No minimum contribution is set for your guests.

Plan hors d'oeuvres, tapas, or food of your choice that will be complimented by fine wine. Hosts will be provided with the following materials to distribute to guests:

  • 9 bottles of premium wines per 12 guests
  • Printed descriptions of the wines
  • d'Vine Affair tasting glasses
  • Special d'Vine Affair reservation forms for the event on Sunday, January 27, 2019, at the discounted price of $100 per person.
  • Beer, hosts may choose to include some select Import and Craft Beers to their tasting. Please inquire for more details!

Contact Dave Gardner, Director of Regional & Program Events, at or 312-655-7907 for additional information.



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Catholic Charities 19th Annual d’Vine Affair | The Union League Club of Chicago | Sunday, January 26, 2020

Contact Dave Gardner, Director of Regional & Program Events, at or 312-655-7907 for additional information or to register.


Many thanks to Louis Glunz Beer, Inc. for presenting these fine brewers!

This a partial list, with more to be announced, so please check back often!!!








Contact Dave Gardner, Director of Regional & Program Events, at or 312-655-7907
for additional information or to register.

 Event 2020