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Southwest Region

 About this Region
The Southwest Region of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago stretches from Evergreen Park and the Beverly neighborhood in the east to Lemont in the west and from Bedford Park south to Orland Hills. Catholic Charities provides comprehensive services to the needy and disadvantaged in the area, including: emergency food and utility assistance, counseling, employment services, parenting and childcare, food supplements, and housing. All our programs are designed to work with the strengths of our clients to aid them in becoming self-sufficient again. Working together, we can create a brighter future. If you need assistance or would like to get involved, contact the Regional Office at (708) 430-0428.
Central Information and Referral (CI &R) provides information, case assessment, emergency assistance, advocacy, linkage, and referral to appropriate Catholic Charities’ programs or community resources. For more information, call: (708) 430-0428

Emergency Assistance Food Pantry (St. Blase Service Center, 7438 W. 61st St., Summit, IL 60501) provides quality food packages on a monthly basis to those in need. Pantry hours: Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call: (708) 563-2407

Wednesday Evening Supper (St. Blase Service Center, 7438 W. 61st St., Summit, IL 60501) provides a warm meal served at 6 p.m. to anyone hungry or homeless. For more information, call: (708) 430-0428

Senior Food and Nutrition Program (SFNP) provides a monthly food supplement package and nutrition education for low-income seniors. Pickup is on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call: (708) 563-2407

St. Blase Child Development Center is a bilingual pre-school, day-care and after-school care program for children ages 3-12 years old. For more information, call: (708) 496-1193

Public Benefits Screening offers free screening to verify eligibility for public benefits. For more information, call: (312) 655-7144

Tuesday Evening Supper at St. Christopher provides a warm meal served every Tuesday at 6 p.m. to anyone hungry or homeless.  Located at St. Christopher Parish at 14641 S. Keeler in Midlothian. For more information, call: (708) 430-0428

New Hope Apartments provides access to transitional apartment housing and case management services for homeless families in Cook County. For information, call: (708) 430-0428

Community Casework & Counseling provides professional problem solving, case management, and counseling services to families and individuals over-whelmed by multiple and varied problems. For more information, call: (708) 430-0428

Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide (LOSS) Program provides services for those who are grieving a death by suicide of a family member or close friend. LOSS offers weekly groups for the newly bereaved in 10 sessions. Group, individual and family counseling is also available. For more information, call: (312) 655-7283

Holbrook Counseling Center provides professional counseling services for adult individuals, couples and families, with emotional, behavioral and relationship or family problems, and marital or premarital problems. Counseling in Spanish is available. By appointment only. For more information, call: (312) 655-7725

Hospital Transition Program works to reduce hospital readmission rates by providing supportive services to Medicare eligible seniors who were discharged from the hospital. For more information, call: (312) 655-7585

Maternity and Adoption Services provide counseling for the pregnant women, birth fathers, and their families to assist in planning for themselves and their babies. Services include arranging for prenatal care and delivery and providing temporary care of infants in licensed homes for a short period of time while a permanent plan is made for the child. If adoption is the plan of choice by both parents, they are encouraged to actively participate in the selection of an adoptive family. For more information, call: (312) 655-7086

South Suburban Senior Services provides information, assistance, case management, assessment, and linkages to home-delivered meals, housekeepers, homemakers, adult day care, respite care, senior companions, senior advocacy, money management, Medicare fraud, and elder abuse services for Bremen, Calumet, Thornton, Rich, and Bloom Townships. For information call: (708) 596-2222

Bishop Lyne Residence for retired priests. For more information, call: (630) 257-2291

Holy Family Villa provides skilled nursing care with a 24 hour licensed nursing staff, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, social services, pastoral care and nutritious meals. It has a wide variety of social and recreational activities for each level of care. Located at 12220 South Will-Cook Road in Palos Park.  For more information, call: (630) 257-2291

St. Francis of Assisi Residence
is affordable housing for seniors. For more information, call: (630) 343-1880

Central States Institute Alcohol and Drug Assessment Services (A.D.A.S.) provides evaluation and assessment services to DUI offenders referred by the Circuit Court and the Secretary of State’s Office. Administrative offices at (312) 948-6001

Drug Prevention Program provides substance abuse education and programming in schools, churches, organizations, and community groups. For more information, call: (312) 655-7580
 Regional Advisory Board
Mrs. Angela Hickey
Mr. Daniel Brennan
Mr. William Carroll
Mr. Daniel Farrell
Mr. Michael Feldmeier
Mrs. Christine Guzior
Mrs. Mary Jane Kressin
Mr. Joseph McGovern 
Mr. Richard Nogal
Mrs. Mary Jane Nogal
Mr. Tim Richards
Mr. Dane Sanders
Ms. Charisa Scharnak
Ms. Laura Shallow
Mr. Joseph Winblad
Mr. Donald M. Larson
 Volunteer Opportunities

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Below are examples of what you can volunteer for:

  • Food Drives and Donations
  • Food Pantry Volunteers
  • Furniture Drive to benefit Families in the New Hope Apartments Program
  • Volunteer at Cooke's Manor and Serve a Meal
  • Professional Legal Services
  • Maternity and Adoption Program

Prepare or Serve a Meal for the Hungry and Homeless

Catholic Charities Southwest Regional Office has suppers for the homeless and hungry on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6pm to 6:45pm. A meal is served to approximately 100 people from the surrounding area. Some come because financially it helps to have one less meal to buy each week, and others come for the fellowship of sharing a meal.

Volunteers can get involved in several ways. It is possible to sponsor the cost of a meal or prepare the meal. Food needs to be ready by 5:30 and can be prepared in the kitchen onsite or brought to the supper location and warmed. We also welcome groups to serve the meal to our clients. Volunteers arrive at 5:15 and are usually done at 7pm. Contact Anel Navarro at (708) 430-0428 to sign up for one of these opportunities or to find out about other ways to get involved with the suppers.

Food Drives and Donations

One of the Catholic Charities' primary ministries is running food pantries throughout the Chicagoland area. Although many of our food pantries receive some support from the state and federal government, we also depend on the generous food contributions of canned meat, dry goods, cereal, juice boxes, vegetables, and canned goods. Many schools in the area enjoy doing food drives or collecting items that children can relate to such as peanut butter and jelly drives. Other schools have done events such as penny wars or hosting an evening where soup is served and the admission charged is donated to Catholic Charities. There are any number of possibilities and individuals wishing to donate are always welcome. Contact Teresa Rodriguez to learn more at (708) 430-0428.

Food Pantry Volunteers

There are two ways volunteers could get involved with our food pantries. One option is to volunteer at the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD). The GCFD is one of the primary sources of food for our food pantry at St. Blase as well as other pantries in Chicago. Volunteers there are able to donate their time on behalf of an organization and the organization receives monetary credit ($12 per hour served) toward its purchases of food. The GCFD is able to accommodate individuals or very large groups of almost any age during several different timeframes, including Saturdays. Contact the GCFD at (773) 247-3663 and make sure you put your organization as Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago. The Agency number for the food pantry at the St. Blase Service Center is A00977; which you can use to identify/benefit this pantry in particular.

Another option is to volunteer at St. Blase between 9am and 4pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday. Volunteers prepare the bags of food, sort donations received, and handle the actual distribution and tracking of the food. Contact Teresa Rodriguez or Anel Navarro at (708) 430-0428 to begin volunteering.

Furniture Drive to benefit Families in the New Hope Apartments Program

Catholic Charities runs a program called New Hope Apartments which takes homeless families and puts them in an apartment. Because the people entering the program have been living on the street, Catholic Charities provides all the items the family needs to get settled. Items like dressers and furniture are always needed. Parish groups can organize a collection of the items that would be needed. In many cases, it is possible to meet the family on move-in day. To organize a project like this, contact Teresa Rodriguez at (708) 430-0428.

Volunteer at Cooke's Manor and Serve a Meal

Cooke's Manor on the Hines VA Hospital campus provides transitional housing for men and veterans. Groups are welcome to prepare and share a Sunday meal with the men staying there. The meal should plan for approximately 40 people and should be served at 4pm on Sunday. Italian beef sandwiches, pizza, and other meals that would not be provided by the Greater Chicago Food Depository are favorites. The residents are often eager to interact and visit with the groups serving the meal. Those interested should sign up through Fr. Bulwith by calling (312) 948-6602.

Professional Legal Services

Catholic Charities provides assistance to immigrants and refugees in identifying and assessing eligibility for benefits provided by the Illinois department of Human Services. We also run the Legal Assistance and Resource Center which assesses client's legal needs and directs them to the appropriate resources, clinics, and/or pro bono attorneys. If you would be willing to help with these services or become one of our contacts for legal service, please contact Teresa Rodriguez at (708) 430-0428.

Maternity and Adoption Program

Catholic Charities' maternity and adoption program provides support for pregnant teens and others dealing with unplanned pregnancies. Clients receive social services and educational support in making a plan for the care of their baby. Options that are explored include parenting, relative placement, and making a plan for adoption. Volunteers are welcome to prepare baskets containing many of the items a newborn baby will need or could even host a baby shower to gather items for a young parent. Contact Georgette Breske (312) 655-7073 for more information.

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Teresa Rodriguez, Southwest Regional Director
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