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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.
  • 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.

Father Augustus Tolton

Peace Center

 About Us

The Augustus Tolton Peace Center in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood is a true community resource center. More than 30,000 people in the Austin community are supported by Catholic Charities. The Center is a hub for violence prevention programs and other services from Catholic Charities and Archdiocese of Chicago agencies.

Contact Us
(773) 922-7200

5645 W. Corcoran
Chicago, IL 60644


Services Available

• 12-step Meetings • Addiction Counseling and Education Services • Adoption Services • Anger Management Classes • Case Management • Clothing • Crisis Nursery • Domestic Violence Counseling • Hospital and Health Care Transition Services • Housing • Parenting Classes • Peace Circles • Pregnancy and Parenting Support • Public Benefits Screening• Senior Services• Summer Meals for Children• Supportive Services for Veteran Families• Violence Bereavement Program• Violence Intervention and Prevention Counseling• Youth and Child Trauma Counseling

Summary of Services


Information And Referral To Other Resources:

Individuals can find information and be connected to Catholic Charities programs and community resources. Immediate assistance and advocacy concerning housing problems, public assistance and Social Security appeals are available to both families and individuals.

Short-Term Case Management:

Staff work with participants who are experiencing problems with public assistance, housing, or other “red tape” situations. Catholic Charities troubleshoots with participants or may refer them to other advocates when necessary.


Screening For Public Benefit Eligibility:

Many people may qualify for public benefits like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps; Medicaid, Medicare, and other supports. Catholic Charities staff screens for several types of benefits at once, saving participants from having to travel from office to office applying for benefits separately.

Financial Assistance

Financial help with rent, utilities, and transportation as funds may be available.

Specialized Adult and Children Trauma Therapy

Specializing in counseling and services are available to both children and adults victims of abuse.  This includes case management, crisis intervention, supportive counseling, and therapy services.

Violence Prevention and Counseling

Case managers work with youth and young adults who are identified for being at heightened risk for high risk behaviors or violence or who are currently engaged in these behaviors.Youth receive comprehensive counseling and therapy services as well as case management.

Youth Employment

A six week employment and job-readiness training program for youth is offered each summer. Done in partnership with the City of Chicago, youth are provided with mentors and role models, meaningful work experiences, and the program reinforces a strong work ethic.

Violence Bereavement Program

The Loving Outreach for Survivors of Suicide (LOSS) award winning program broadened its scope with a pilot program at the Peace Center. In addition to the traditional counseling and group sessions for those who have lost a loved one to suicide, the Anti-violence Bereavement Program pilot offers counseling and support groups to those who have lost a loved one to violence or the criminal justice system. 

Behavioral Health Services
Professional counseling services are available to individuals, families and groups affected by mental health struggles including depression, anxiety and other social or relational factors, marital conflict, and child-parent stressors. Catholic Charities utilizes a strengths based, trauma informed approach.

Summer Food
Free, nutritious meals are provided in the summer to children who otherwise would go without breakfast or lunch. In addition, fitness and exercise activities as well as nutrition
education supplement the summer food program.

Senior Services
Case Management Services for the elderly living area, providing assessments for community care services, Choices for Care, elder abuse investigations and intervention, as well as connections to support services and related programs.

A clothing room specializing in career and professional clothing is provided to those in Catholic Charities programs who are seeking employment or experiencing other major life milestones. In addition, this program provides guidance on resume creation and job interviewing tips.

Restorative Justice Practices
Peace Circles, a recognized restorative justice practice, provide a process and environment of safety for participants to build trust, support and learn conflict resolution and nonviolent communication skills.

Parenting Classes
Offered in partnership with Maryville, parenting classes offered to the community in addition to the parents of those children in their Crisis Nursery.

Catholic Charities case managers assess individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to help them find housing, including providing housing vouchers and
connecting them to our short and long term transitional housing programs and domestic violence shelters.

Other services available at the center or in client homes as appropriate
• Domestic violence counseling
• Hospital or health care transition services
• Pregnancy and parenting support
• Adoption services
• Addiction, Counseling, and Education Services (ACES) – substance abuse treatment for adults and adolescents
• Anger management classes
• 12-step meetings
 Get Involved
Stay tuned to learn more information about how to get involved!

You may also contact (773) 922-7200 or to further inquire.

Ways to Change Lives


Phone: (312) 655-7525
721 N. LaSalle, Chicago, IL 60654