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Freedom is Not "Free" for Those Who Serve
09/25/2013 by Monsignor Michael M. Boland

Our nation is deeply indebted to members of our military.  They have made America the land of the free.   But we must remember that freedom is not “free.”  Many of our veterans pay a high price for their brave service to our country, and it is our duty to serve and protect them, as they have served and protected us. 

We know that an inadequate response to returning soldiers after military conflicts can impact veterans for decades afterwards.  At Catholic Charities, we see this first-hand in the thousands of former soldiers who come to us for assistance.

Catholic Charities, HHS and Religious Freedom
09/25/2013 by Communications

There has been a lot of news coverage about the threats to religious freedom contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as ObamaCare.

Unfortunately, this debate has been publicized as a “women’s health issue,” and the typical pro-life and pro-choice groups have lined up on both sides. Yet, viewing what has come to be called the “HHS Mandate” (Health and Human Services Mandate) as being primarily about contraception or abortion is missing the real issue. Make no mistake, the alarming matter at hand is that the government is trying to step in and not only define what it means to be religious, but also force religious believers and institutions to act against their teachings in order to comply with the law.

Catholic Charities Today: Now More Than Ever
09/25/2013 by Communications

Since the First World War, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago has pursued our mission of service to poor and struggling families and individuals, using every available resource to reach our most vulnerable neighbors during challenging times.

Today, faced with increasing diverse and complex requests for assistance from individuals and families throughout Cook and Lake Counties, Catholic Charities continues to remain aware, flexible and adaptable to the evolving needs of our one million neighbors who come to us for assistance each day, year after year.

Celebrating 65 Years of Giving
12/01/2012 by Monsignor Michael M. Boland

They shop with great thoughtfulness and even delight, but they will not see the look of wonder on a 4-year-old’s face when he plays with his shiny new fire truck, the smile on the face of a little girl as she hugs her new doll, or a teenager’s eyes light up at his new computer game or her beautiful sweater! They will not see a mother in a family shelter wipe away tears as she watches her children try on new winter coats – or an unemployed father’s joy as he helps his child try out her new bike.

Giving Thanks For Positive Impacts
11/01/2012 by Monsignor Michael M. Boland

“Positive Impacts” is the professional term we use at Catholic Charities for “making a difference in people’s lives.”

It is a term used by professional social workers and support staff because it describes the “outcomes” or results of the services that we offer to people in need of our assistance. Perhaps our most visible service is feeding hungry families and individuals in communities throughout Cook and Lake Counties. But as a social service agency, we also help our neighbors to solve their problems, repair relationships, retrieve their dignity, achieve employment and stability, and accomplish the goals they set for themselves and their families.