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Regional Directors, assisted by Regional Advisory Boards, facilitate collaboration between Catholic Charities services, local parishes and the community. This includes the development of resources, local funding, volunteers and other support required to sustain Catholic Charities services, as well as efforts to increase awareness of these services as a port of intake for Catholic Charities services and as sites for selected services.

Our North Region serves the following communities:   Northbrook, Glencoe, Glenview, Winnetka, Kenilworth, Wilmette, Evanston, Skokie, Morton Grove, Niles, Park Ridge, Golf, Lincolnwood, Northfield, and Rosemont

Office Hours: 
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Intake:
For clients seeking information, emergency assistance, advocacy or referral to Catholic Charities programs or community resources.
  • Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. An appointment is recommended but not required.
  • All other times by appointment only.
Food Pantry:
Distribution of four-day supply of food based on household size. Clients are allowed one visit per month. No appointment is necessary.
  • Monday, 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Closed on Tuesday and Friday
Clothing Room:
Clean, gently used clothing and outerwear. Clients are allowed one visit per month. No appointment necessary.
  • Tuesday, 5 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 1 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, 5 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Closed on Monday and Friday
Tuesday/Thursday Night Suppers
Free meals are provided at 6 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday night (except on holidays). Guests may visit as often as they’d like.


Upcoming Events


  • Thursday, June 15, 2017 - Diamonds are Forever Boutique and Luncheon, Westmoreland Country Club
  • Spring - Summer 2017 - Saint Isadore Vegetable Garden - 10 raised beds will be maintained by parishes throughout the growing season. Vegetables will be distributed through our Food Pantry and Evening Suppers. 
  • October 13, 2017 - Harvest of Hope Dinner at Michigan Shores Club from 6:00-9:30pm
  • Fall 2017 - Breast Cancer Awareness Month - we will be partnering with a local Soma Store to distribute bras and help educate about breast exams from 4:30-5:30

 Regional Advisory Board
Megan Boyle
Ryan Bradley
John Burke
Mickey Casner
Dick Collins
Jim Craig
Megan Glunz Horton
Mary Hesburgh
Bindu Joseph
Dan Kotin
Mike Lauritson
Debbie Leeds
Michelle McGowan
Nancy Morrison
Debbie Perkaus
Sharon Riley
Karyn Saucedo
Rev. Wayne Watts
Kevin Simkowski
Mary Willer

 Services

Central Information and Referral (CI&R) is the point of entry for clients and others on their behalf that are seeking information, emergency assistance, advocacy, linkage and/or referral to appropriate Catholic Charities’ programs or community resources. Services are available to the Spanish-speaking. For a complete listing of all our services, please call CI&R at (847) 376-2100.

Emergency Assistance Program (Food Pantry) provides quality food to people coming to our office for assistance. This includes meat along with non-perishable food items for four days. The food is meant to be supplemental to existing food supplies until the person can connect with another food resource. For information, contact CI&R at (847) 376-2100.

Community Casework & Counseling provides professional problem solving through in home case management and counseling services to families and individuals who are overwhelmed by problems including family violence, sexual abuse, homelessness, grieving, coping with a disability or medical illness, incest, parent-child issues, marriage difficulties or other issues that affect the family’s or individual’s ability to cope. For information, contact CI&R at (847) 376-2100.

The Senior, Mother and Child Nutrition Program (SMACNP)
is a supplemental food and nutrition program serving seniors age 60 or older, postpartum women seven to twelve months, and children from 5 to 6 years of age. Program participants will receive monthly nutritious food in packages, nutrition and health information. It is administered by the Illinois Department of Human Services and provided locally by Catholic Charities. For more information contact Yolanda James at (773) 379-5268.

Legal Assistance and Resource Center. Attorneys at the Legal Assistance and Resource Center (LARC) offer clients basic legal advice and referral services via a telephone hotline and in person. Services are free and available in Spanish. Intake: (312) 948-6821.

Public Benefits Screenings. Screen clients to determine potential eligibility for public benefits, including: Health insurance for all children under age 19, parents, and caretakers of children and pregnant women; Medicaid coverage for low income seniors and for disabled and/or blind persons; Medicare cost sharing programs; help with Medicare drug plan costs; Breast and Cervical Cancer program; Food Stamp Program; Food assistance and nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers, babies and children under 5; and the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides a onetime benefit to eligible households to be used for energy bills. For info or to schedule an appointment contact: (847) 376-2100.

Holbrook Counseling Center provides therapy for individuals, couples and families with emotional, behavioral and relationship or family problems, marital or premarital concerns. Fees for service are determined on a sliding scale based on income and family size. Insurance payments are also welcome. Counseling is available by appointment in English as well as Spanish. For information, contact (312) 655-7725.

Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide (LOSS) provides services for those who are grieving a death by suicide of a family member or close friend. The LOSS Program offers monthly group meetings at Catholic Charities in Des Plaines, Holy Family Church in Inverness and St Joseph’s Church in Wilmette. LOSS offers weekly groups for the newly bereaved in 10-week sessions, individual and family counseling as well as a monthly newsletter. For information, contact Jessica Mead, Intake Coordinator at (312) 655-7283.

Maternity/Pregnancy Services include professional counseling services for pregnant teens, women, birth fathers and their families who are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. Medical care planning and assistance is provided throughout the pre-natal, delivery and post-natal periods. Clients receive social services and educational support in making a plan for the care of their baby. For information, contact a maternity counselor at 1-800-CARE-002 OR (312) 454-1717.

New Hope Apartments Program provides scattered site shelters and transitional apartment housing, and permanent supportive housing for homeless families and individuals from North/Northwest suburban Cook County. For information, contact CI&R at (847) 376-2100.

Adoption Services include both domestic and inter-country adoptions. Planning and educational preparation is provided to families prior to placement. Post placement services include home visits and legal support. Waiting Families support groups and adoptive family clubs are available. For information, call (312) 655-7086.

Frances Manor provides independent senior apartment living in an affordable and federally assisted building located in Des Plaines. We serve people who are 62 years or older who are able to take care of themselves and qualify as having a low income. For information, contact Greg Fucik at (847) 390-1270.

Keenager News
is a free monthly publication of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago for persons aged 60 years or better. It contains explanations of benefits for older persons, humor, nostalgia, health and safety tips, puzzles, and recipes tailored to the needs and pleasures of seniors. To subscribe, call (312) 655-7425.

Catholic Home Care provides quality nursing services to residents in their own homes in the community, independent living, or in assisted living facilities. Payment for services is through Medicare, government contracts, third party insurance or private reimbursements. Services include skilled nursing, licensed practical nursing, Nurses Aide, homemaker and companion services, physical, occupational and
speech therapy. For information contact (312) 655-7415.

Meals on Wheels
provides daily hot meals to frail, homebound Senior citizens who are unable to prepare their own food. This program services the towns of Glenview, Golf, Kenilworth, Northbrook, Northfield, Wilmette and Winnetka. For information, contact (847) 253-5500.

Central States Institute Alcohol and Drug Assessment Services (ADAS) is located in the Circuit Court of Cook County in Skokie and Rolling Meadows. The service provides evaluation and assessment services to DUI offenders referred by the Circuit Court and the Secretary of State’s Office. For information, call (312) 655-7530.

Suppers for the Hungry and Homeless are held every Tuesday and Thursday evening at our Rand Road site. Volunteers and donations for the meals are always needed. For information, contact Mary at (847) 376-2118.

Immigration and Naturalization Services is an accredited program that provides assistance with lawful permanent residency and naturalization processes. The staff is available to provide legal information and assist with the completion of forms. This program also provides educational and informational community presentations. The office of this program is located at Maryville Academy Campus Mulcahey Building. For information contact (847) 375-8831 Wednesdays and Fridays. Phone calls are accepted from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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Chicago Catholic Charities Staff Reflect on Relief Work in Houston
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 by Communications
The Catholic Charities USA Annual Gathering was scheduled to be held September 28-30 in Houston this year. After Hurricane Harvey caused mass destruction and flooding in the city, the gathering, which primarily hosts conferences and workshops, was in flux. After it was decided the gathering would still be held, a decision was made that half of the attendees’ time would be out in the field assisting with relief efforts. The neighborhoods visited were on the outskirts of town and many families, whose homes had been completely destroyed, had not been assisted yet.

Sister Donna Markham, President and CEO of CCUSA, said:

"We decided to change the focus of the conference to provide opportunities for these 500 professionals to be turned loose on the city and help." 


Below, those attending the conference from Catholic Charities Chicago share their stories of what it was like to be on the front lines of the relief work.

From Katrina to Harvey

Kathy Donahue, Senior Vice President of Program Development

While serving, Kathy met a woman who was losing her home for the second time because of a hurricane. The woman had moved to Houston from New Orleans in 2005, after losing her home after Hurricane Katrina hit. When asked if she felt comfortable sharing her story, the survivor replied:

“Of course, I trust you. I still have Catholic Charities.”

 

A former homeowner, she had been renting a home for the past 12 years in Houston and storing her belongings in a shed. The shed was now flooded from Hurricane Harvey and all of her items were on the lawn, ruined. What caught Kathy's attention the most was the woman's perseverance and hope. 

The woman said, "God bless you on your journey and thank you for coming to talk to me."

Canvassing through Chaos

Laura Rios, Vice President of Child, Youth & Family Services

No man is an island... We are all interconnected and need one another."


Laura's task during the conference was to knock on doors to complete intake forms then provide families with the supplies they needed. She remembered that at many of the homes, gates were padlocked shut to prevent others from looting what remained of their belongings.

Laura described the dire circumstances: “Household items, wood, drywall, and insulation littered the road in front of homes. As you stepped closer, the unpleasant musty, mildew smell of water-saturated buildings and furniture was prevalent. It was overwhelming when I realized that many of the residents were still living in these homes. I could only imagine what those conditions were doing to their health. Young children, adults, and senior citizens…”

Blessed and Grateful


Mary Ann Bibat, Vice President of Senior Services 

"It was such an awesome experience being able to work side-by-side with fellow Catholic Charities staff doing what we all do best – helping others. Seeing just how vulnerable so many people still remain after several weeks was overwhelming. I remember feeling very blessed and grateful for everything I have, and offering silent prayers throughout our experience for all those who continue to suffer."


Grounding and Inspiring

Peggy Arizzi, Vice President of Family & Parish Support Services

“If I had one word to describe this experience beyond ‘inspiring’, I would say it has to be ‘grounding’. It truly grounded me in our mission ever more deeply...”


Peggy remembered feeling humbled as she was able to bring her faith to life in a tangible way. She said, “...All seemed to trust that Catholic Charities would see them through.” Peggy recalled feeling unified in a shared mission to meet the needs of clients. She described leaving Houston with “hope” in her heart after assisting those in need.

“It was not just about the material assistance we provided. It never is. That's what makes Catholic Charities different than other helping organizations. It's our spirit. It's how we do what we do with love.”

 

Can you help those still in need? Support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts by clicking here.

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1717 Rand Rd.
Des Plaines, IL 60016

Phone: (847) 376-2100
Fax: (847) 390-8214

Adriana S. Kelly
North Regional Director
akelly@catholiccharities.net

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