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Catholic Charities Administrative Offices - (312) 655-7000.

Catholic Charities Social Services - email, or call (312) 655-7700 in Chicago or (847) 782-4000 in Lake County and someone will assist you. Call volume is extremely high so email is recommended if you are unable to find what you need on the web site.

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Lake County Region

 About this Region

Annually, Catholic Charities serves over 60,000 residents of Lake County through a broad array of services provided out of multiple sites across the county. Working together, we can create a brighter future.

Our Lake County region serves the following communities: Antioch, Wadsworth, Zion, Winthrop Harbor, Waukegan, Gurnee, Lake Villa, Ingleside, Fox Lake, Round Lake, Gurnee, Grayslake, Libertyville, North Chicago, Lake Bluff, Mundelein, Wauconda, Island Lake, Barrington, Lake Zurich, Vernon Hills, Lincolnshire, Buffalo Grove, Deerfield, Highwood, Highland Park.

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm

671 S Lewis Ave
Waukegan, IL 60085


ELIGIBILITY: Lake County Residents

Pregnancy/Parenting and Adoption Support
Catholic Charities offers hope and respect with a full range of pregnancy services to teen or young women experiencing an unplanned or challenging pregnancy. Pregnancy and parenting support services are available to expectant mothers and fathers, and their families, of any age, race, religion, marital status, or economic background. This help is available throughout the pregnancy, and the infant’s first year. For more information, call (847) 782-4229.

Independent Living Program
Provides youth under the guardianship of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, ages 18 - 21, with intense case management services and placement into their own apartments with the goal of developing skills so they can successfully transition to independence upon emancipation at age 21. For more information, call (847) 782-4223.

Lake County Youth Mentorship Program
Pairs youth ages 9-12 with volunteer mentors, who can serve as positive role models, encourage good decision-making and be a friend during times of need. For more information, call (847) 782-4224.

Emergency Assistance
Provides emergency food, shelter, rental, and utility assistance and crisis management services. Emergency food services help clients to meet short term nutritional needs. Shelter services include emergency shelter for homeless women, children, and persons with medical needs that cannot be met by local shelters. Homeless prevention services include security deposit, rental and mortgage assistance to prevent homelessness. Other services that help a client stabilize include pharmaceutical assistance, transportation assistance, clothing vouchers, and case management services. For more information, call (847) 782-4100.

Family Self-Sufficiency Program
Assists low-income, single parents with dependent children, with education, training, employment assistance, and case management services, for up to five years as they learn to achieve independence. Services are available in English and Spanish. For more information, call (847) 782-4145.

HIV/AIDS Case Management
Provides comprehensive HIV/AIDS case management, mental health counseling, supportive and substance use disorder services, transportation, and food pantry services, to those living with HIV/AIDS in Lake County. For more information, call (847) 782-4265.

Housing Advocacy
In collaboration with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, serves families in Lake County referred by DCFS whose housing needs are vital for family preservation. For more information, call (847) 782-4165.

Rapid Re-Housing Program
Assists recently homeless individuals and families to quickly locate permanent housing. For more information, call (847) 782-4151.

Immigration and Naturalization Services
It is a Department of Justice (DOJ) Recognized program that offers a wide spectrum of affordable, high-quality immigration legal services, including family/relative petitions, naturalization, petitions for victims of domestic violence and other qualifying crimes, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), replacement/renewal of permanent residence cards, outreach/education, and more. All services are provided by a DOJ Accredited immigration specialist, who guides immigrants in an ever-changing and complex immigration system. For more information and to make an appointment, call (847) 782-4225, Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Supportive Services for Veteran Families
Provides veterans experiencing homelessness, or imminent risk of homelessness, with emergency housing and homeless prevention, intensive case management services, and connections to benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). For more information, call (847) 782-4045.

Veterans Employment Program
Assists veterans and their families in finding and maintaining employment by providing job readiness training, resume writing assistance, mock interviews, and job placement counseling. For more information, call (847) 782-4219.

Critical Time Intervention-Representative Payee (CTI-RP) Program
Provides intensive housing case management services to the chronically homeless population with documented disabilities. For more information, call (847) 782-4151.

Grayslake Senior Center
Provides health, recreational, educational, social, and nutritional programs for seniors who come to the drop-in center. For more information, call (847) 782-4000.

Budget Counseling Program
Helps participants increase their financial management skills and improve their financial status. For more information, call (847) 782-4165.

Samaritan Hope
A scattered site apartment 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. For more information, call (847) 782-4165.

Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide (LOSS) Program
LOSS provides services for those who are grieving the loss of a family member or other loved one by suicide. The LOSS Program offers weekly groups for the newly bereaved, monthly drop in groups, as well as individual and family counseling. LOSS offers an open drop-in group at Carmel High School in Mundelein on the 4th Thursday of every month. The LOSS Program for Children and Youth addresses the unique needs of children and adolescents impacted by the suicide of a family member or other loved one. For more information, call (312) 655-7283 or visit

Senior Case Management Services
Provides comprehensive services so that seniors are able to live independently or with caregivers in their own homes and communities. We offer a wide variety of programs and services for older adults and their family members. Coordinators provide information, assessments and connect clients to services such as, homemaker, adult day care, emergency home response, transportation, Meals on Wheels, and benefits assistance. Community Outreach presentations about our programs and services are also available. For more information, call (847) 546-5733 or email

The Community Center
Through an array of family activities, classes, and programs, The Community Center works to reduce isolation, support families, and build community. Staff helps families cope with challenges that may include unemployment, poor health, learning English, boosting literacy, and managing limited finances. Families who come to The Community Center emerge stronger, and in turn help to strengthen their community. Services offered include promoting wellness, ESL classes, computer classes, tax preparation, citizenship classes, legal assistance, and immigration services. Additional workshops, classes, and activities are provided throughout the year based upon participant interest and program resources. To schedule an appointment call (847) 775-0858.

House of Peace
The House of Peace is committed to finding sustainable long-term solutions in the prevention and treatment of domestic violence. We offer compassionate and culturally sensitive programs that allow the women and children to recover their dignity and independence. The program offers shelter and individual and group services. For more information, call (224) 430-4977.

Behavioral Health Counseling
Provides professional mental health and substance abuse counseling services to, families and individuals affected by one or more social problems, which are exerting pressure beyond their ability to cope. Individual and group counseling is offered in a safe and supportive atmosphere. Our services are professional driven, evidence-based and strengths-focused. For more information, call (847) 782-4146.

Dining Programs for Adults 60+
Catholic Charities, offers nutritious hot meals and camaraderie for adults, age 60+ and their spouse of any age at various sites listed around Lake County. Qualified participants can dine around Lake County 5 to 6 days a week depending on the site. Suggested donations are usually around $5.00 per meal. Meal cost is supplemented by funding received through the Agency on Aging of Northeastern Illinois and Catholic Charities. Your donation helps us in our efforts to maintain this beneficial program. No one is ever denied a meal due to inability or unwillingness to donate. For more information, call (847) 782-4000.

Meals on Wheels
Provides hot, nutritious noon-time meals prepared and usually delivered by volunteers, for those who are homebound and unable to prepare their own food due to physical or mental difficulties. In some programs an evening sack meal may be included. For more information, call (847) 782-4000.

Celebration of Giving
A program that provides Christmas joy and gifts to struggling individuals and families in Lake County by adopting a family for the holidays. Donor families, churches, schools and businesses from the local area shop for specific gift requests submitted by verified recipients. It is a volunteer-driven program that involves over 700 volunteers each year. For more information, call (847) 782-4210.

Diaper Depot
An initiative to address the basic needs of low-income families and their infants, collecting and distributing diapers through partnering community agencies serving babies and children in Lake County. For more information, call (847) 782-4117.

Community Suppers at The Shreiber Center and St. James Parish
Provides meals served to anyone hungry or homeless every Wednesday of the month at The Schreiber Center and the first and second Thursday of the month at St. James. Meals served at 6 p.m. For more information, call (847) 782-4117

School Supply Drive Catholic Charities
Provides support to low-income families in Lake County by collecting and distributing donated school supplies once a year. The supplies are distributed to families who participate in both Catholic Charities programs and children in the community at-large. For more information, call (847) 782-4126.

Schreiber Center for Human Services
101 N. Cedar Lake Rd. Round Lake, Illinois
The recently opened Schreiber Center for Human Services offers programs for children and families, mental health services, substance use counseling and treatment, as well as services for veterans and older adults. The center also includes a food pantry, clothing room and provides community suppers.

Youth and Family Therapeutic Services
Provides trauma-informed and strengths-based, in-house, and telehealth counseling to children and families in Cook and Lake counties. Services are offered in English and Spanish. Our Master’s level clinicians provide services that address: Parenting, Anxiety, Depression, Attention Deficit Disorder, Trauma, Grief, Sexuality, Relationship issues, Stress Management, Suicide Prevention, Sexually Problematic Behaviors, Life transitions, School Problems, Immigration, DCFS involvement, Social Skills and more. We accept most forms of insurance and offer subsidized fee options. For more information contact (312) 655-7191 or

Child Parent Psychotherapy Program
A FREE evidence-based program for parents and their children ages birth to five. Services help youth and families recover and heal after stressful and traumatic events. Services are designed to improve stress responses after traumatic events, strengthen family relationships, and reduce problem behaviors. This program is free to intact families, parenting youth in care, and recently reunified and adoptive parents. Lake County residents are eligible for services. Services are available in both English and Spanish. Telehealth Services are available. For more information contact (312) 655-7191 or

Triple P Parenting Program
Provides FREE parenting skills to intact families, parenting youth in care, recently reunified, and adoptive parents. The program is a 10-12 session program that helps parents with youth between the ages of 0-12. Parents will learn how to ensure a safe and engaging environment, arrange a positive learning environment, use assertive discipline, establish realistic expectations, and take care of oneself as a parent. Services are available in English and Spanish. Services are provided in both Cook and Lake counties and telehealth is available. For more information contact (312) 655-7191 or

Community Based Violence Intervention and Prevention Program
Provides free, trauma informed strength-based counseling and case management services. Services are available to youth 24 years old or younger and either a victim of community violence, perpetrator of community violence, or at risk for community violence. Services are provided in both English and Spanish. Services can be provided at a Catholic Charities office, in the community, and in-home. To schedule an appointment call (773) 677-3384.


The Board meaningfully supports the mission and programs of Catholic Charities in Lake County. Our Board of Advisors is made up of a group of committed individuals consisting of both board and community members.  Members contribute in all capacities, from service and philanthropy to ambassadorship and advocacy. Our members become knowledgeable through their experiences, in turn providing advice to help our clients receive the resources they need.

The Board meets quarterly at our Waukegan Office at 6:00 p.m. (virtually during COVID).

Tom Powers

Jan Elwart

Matthew Paterkiewicz

David Barrera
Dennis Brown
Houda Chedid
John E. Cortesi
Lori DeCicco
Camille Devaney 
Michael Einarsen
Arturo Fisher
George Flaherty
Jerry Hitpas
Phil Horcher 
Bill Johnson
Tim Kelleher 
Heather Klepitsch
Heather Kotlarz 
Debby Lambert
Eileen Burns Lerum
Rev. Terrence McCarthy
Sharon McFadden
Robert R. Morris
Mark Ohnsted
Virginia Primack
Vera Purcell
John Scholz
Sandra Shinsky
Robert Sieja
Ryan Stoll
Carole Stroh
Bruce Such
Patrick Tatarek
Becky Vallorano


Peg Allingham Ciccarelli
Eleanor Clarke
Mike Hoch
Jim Lentino
Larry Morse
‘Cille Ramsey
John Schreiber
James P Sullivan
Ray Swaback
Joseph Zaccari

Nellie Dorsey
Eileen Frederick
Joe Glunz
Irene LaCesa
Thomas Zimmer 

1. Officers Committee
2. Steering Committee
3. Membership & Board Engagement Committee
4. Government Advocacy Committee
5. Fundraising & Resource Development Committee
6. Community Outreach Committee
7. Community Casework Committee
8. Senior Services Committee
9. Women's Board               
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Food Drives and Donations
One of Catholic Charities primary ministries is running food pantries throughout the Chicagoland area. We depend on your generous food contributions of canned meat, dry goods, cereal, juice, vegetables, and canned goods. Many community partners (schools, churches, businesses, etc.) in the area enjoy doing food drives or collecting items that children can relate to, such as peanut butter and jelly drives. Some groups have done events, such as penny wars or hosting an evening where soup is served and the admission charged is donated to Catholic Charities. Anyone in the community can participate by conducting food drives and collecting financial donations. Please contact us to learn about how you can help turn hunger into hope with a drive in your community.

Food Pantry Volunteers
In Lake County, Catholic Charities operates two food pantries locations – Waukegan and Round Lake. The Waukegan Food Pantry is an Emergency Food Pantry and is open Monday through Friday, 9 am to 3 pm. Volunteers are used from time to time to sort donations, restock shelves, and check inventory. Our Round Lake Pantry is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Volunteers are needed to help with registration and distribution on those days. Volunteers are also being sought to help stock shelves in Round Lake on Fridays.

Meals and Nutrition Programs
Wouldn't it be painful to be lonely most of the time? Many of our Meals-on-Wheels clients see but one live face per day, that of our volunteers. And many of them would be unable to live independently without home-delivered meals. Instant gratification awaits the volunteer driver. Volunteer as infrequently as once per month, or as often as daily. The hot, catered meals are delivered late mornings, Monday through Friday.

For seniors who are lonely, but able to get out, we provide nutritious lunches at several sites throughout the county. During the pandemic, we have not been able to invite the seniors inside for their meals, but volunteers are needed to help hand out the meals. Step up and serve this underserved portion of our community.

Evening suppers are offered every Wednesday in Round Lake on several Thursdays a month in Highwood. During the pandemic, we have not been able host meals inside, but we welcome those who would like to sponsor a supper. We are also looking for volunteers to fill to-go containers and hand them out.

Children and Youth
The Lake County Diaper Bank is run by Catholic Charities. It is located on the St Vincent de Paul Thrift Store property in Libertyville and serves not only our clients, but clients from a number of social services agencies in Lake County. You can help moms keep their babies in diapers by hosting a drive to collect diapers, wipes and funds. We will also need volunteers throughout the month to  help with inventory, distributing diapers to community partners, and providing support for staff on the project.

The Youth Mentorship Program was founded to support 9-12 year-old youth who need additional guidance to navigate the tough early teen years. A volunteer mentor is paired with a youth to provide friendship, support and guidance on a weekly basis for a year. Both mentors and mentees report thoroughly enjoying the experience.

Maternity and Adoption Program
Catholic Charities' maternity and adoption programs provide support for women and others dealing with unplanned pregnancies. Clients receive social services and educational support to make a plan for the care of their baby. Options that are explored include parenting, relative placement, and 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.

The Community Center
The Community Center is a place where families connect with others in their community for information, activities, and support. Through an array of family activities, classes and programs, The Community Center works to reduce isolation, support families, and build community. During the pandemic, the building is closed, but volunteers are need to conduct virtual classes in English-as-a-Second-Language and computer skills.

Housing the Homeless
Catholic Charities has several programs focused on getting housing for the homeless, victims fleeing domestic violence, and young adults exiting foster care. These individuals and families frequently move in with no furniture or household items. Generous donors help fill the gap by collecting new or gently used kitchen, bath, bedroom, and cleaning items. Dishes, pots& pans, sheets, towels, and shower curtains are some of the most needed items. Run a household item drive to help make their new house a home.

Contact Sue Fowler, Lake County Volunteer Coordinator, at (847) 782-4126 about any of these opportunities. She can also be reached via email at

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