If you or someone you know is struggling to make ends meet, there are resources available. The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is an organization that provides assistance to low income families across Chicago. You can also reach out to your local church for help. There are a number of centers that can provide basic necessities for those who are in need of assistance. The resources available can help with meeting nutritional needs by providing free food, meals, Christmas and holiday aid, and much more. Some St. Vincent’s centers may offer financial assistance for emergency expenses such as rent or utilities. If someone needs help, a center can connect them to the resources they need.
There are food drives and special programs around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Some help may be given during Easter or Lent. Families, children, and senior citizens who meet certain qualifications may be able to receive an extra bag of groceries or a free hot meal. Food is given out at this time to provide an extra bag of food or groceries. The items provided will make someone’s holiday meals more special.
The Christmas Gift Program offers extra help during the holidays. Many churches and parishes offer this service from November to December. Toys and gifts are collected and sorted by programs. Once the items are collected, they are distributed to children, seniors, and families. The Society of St. Vincent wants to make sure every child in Cook County and Chicago Illinois has a happy holiday season.
The Christmas and Holiday programs are a Parish-wide effort, and many churches across Cook County contribute to the programs. They help out by organizing drives, getting volunteers, and giving other services. The churches and religious centers in St. Vincent collect gift tags from local children and distribute them to the community. The centers will also be responsible for overseeing the collections and wrapping of donated gifts.
The donated gifts are then sent to local Parish families or to the Marillac House. Every year, thousands of gifts and toys are distributed. St. Vincent is partnering with other agencies in Chicago to find other Christmas charities.
The Seton Food Pantry is a place in Chicago where people can go to get food. The Sandwich Kitchen and Food Pantry is a place where people can go to get food and other necessities. The focus of this organization is on helping poor and homeless men, women, and children across Cook County Illinois who come to a local St. Vincent church or parish. The local community distributes canned goods and groceries to households and individuals who need them every Tuesday. This food pantry can provide food for hundreds of families.
There may be a few opportunities throughout the year to get hygiene kits. Volunteers help put together the kits. The kits contain items like toothpaste, deodorant, and soap which are distributed to people who are either homeless or living in poverty. This initiative is based in Chicago.
School supplies may be free or affordable. This program will run from July to August and collect items from a drive to donate to the needy. Most of the school supplies, clothing, and items go to students from the 4th grade up through 8th grade, and items will usually go to Chicago students who are in the non-profit HighSight/Insight program.
It is important for children, teenagers, and students to start the school year on solid grounds. The St. Vincent’s School Supply Drive helps make this happen. The items we have given them will help them to reach their goal. There may also be free winter coats, boots, and hats for children that are going back to school during the fall. Read more and find free school supplies.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul and the Chicago Diocesan Council offer emergency assistance and social services. The agency is dedicated to helping the poor across Cook County and will do everything in its power to reach this goal. Services such as case management, limited financial assistance, and other aid are provided to individuals as funding allows.
Other programs offered in Cook County and Chicago include 47 food pantries, three thrift stores, dining rooms, and a soup kitchen. There may be some financial assistance available for people going through a tough time. Other resources include referrals to government assistance programs and general guidance.
Society of St. Vincent churches and parishes in Chicago and Cook County Illinois
Prairie Ave., Chicago, IL The Cook County, Chicago Locations, District IX Food Pantry (at St. Gall), is located at 5511 S. Prairie Ave., Chicago, IL. 44th St., Chicago 60632, dial 773-523-5440 To find a Catholic church in the Chicago area, one can look up Sawyer Ave. in Chicago 60629 and dial 773-737-3113 for Immaculate Conception. Another option is to look up W. 44th St. in Chicago 60632 and dial 773-523-5440 for the same church. Our Lady of Fatima is a church located at 2751 W. 44th St. in Chicago, Illinois. The primary telephone number for the church is 773-523-1402. Orchard St., (at Fullerton), 38th Place, Chicago, Illinois, 60632, 773-927-2421 Our Lady of Grace is located at 38th Place in Chicago, Illinois. The church’s phone number is 773-927-2421. Hamlin Ave., Chicago, IL 60647, telephone 773-772-5900 Lawrence Ave., Chicago 60630, call 773-625-3369 Our Lady of Victory is located on Lawrence Avenue in Chicago. To reach them, please call 773-625-3369. This is a street. Agatite Avenue is a street. Sauganash Ave., 773-736-6060 This is the address and phone number for Queen of All Saints in Chicago: 60630, 773-286-2950. The address for this location is Sauganash Avenue in Chicago, Illinois and the phone number is 773-736-6060.
Congress St., New Orleans St. Aloysius is located at 2300 W. Congress St. in New Orleans. Paterson Ave., Chicago 60639, 773-286-3060 If you need to get in touch with someone at either the Le Moyne Street or St. Bartholomew locations in Chicago, you can dial 773-278-4808. Garfield Blvd., Chicago 60636, telephone 773-285-8400 The two addresses are for churches in Chicago. The first is for Patterson Ave., and the second is for St. Basil/Visitation. The first church’s telephone number is 773-286-7871, and the second church’s telephone number is 773-285-8400. Garfield Blvd., Chicago, IL 60621, 773-846-3570 St. Bruno is a church located at 4751 S. Garfield Blvd. in Chicago, IL. The church’s phone number is 773-846-3570. Cregier Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60632, 773-523-3767 Harding Ave. is located in Chicago, Illinois. The street address is 773-523-3467. St. Florian is located at 13145 S. Cregier Ave., also in Chicago, Illinois. The phone number for St. Florian is 773-523-3767. Ewing Ave., call 773-779-7070 To find a list of churches in the Chicago area, go to the website for the Archdiocese of Chicago and search for churches by location. Ewing Ave., Chicago IL 60617, (773) 734-1383 Sheridan Rd., 773-973-6301 The address for St. Mary of The Lake is Ewing Ave., Chicago 60617 and the phone number is 773-734-0554. Sheridan Rd. Chicago 60613Phone: 773-472-3711 The address for St. Pancratius in Chicago is Sheridan Road, Chicago 60613. The phone number is 773-472-3711. Sacramento Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60618, 773-523-5666 The address for St. Pascal is 3935 N. Sacramento Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60618 and the phone number is 773-523-5666. Kostner Ave., Chicago 60639, 773-622-8205 Melvina Avenue in Chicago is home to St. Philomena Catholic Church. The church is located at 1921 North Kostner Avenue and can be contacted at 773-622-8205. will be closed to traffic between Archer Ave. and 59th St. Kedvale Avenue will be closed to traffic between Archer Avenue and 59th Street. Keeler Ave, Oak Lawn, IL 60453, Phone: 708-424-3700 If you are looking for a church in the Chicago 60639 area, you can call St. Thaddeus at 708-424-3700. Harvard Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60628, 773-568-7077 Addison, 773-282-2600 The address for St. Viator is 4170 W. Addison, Chicago, IL 60629 and the phone number is 773-282-2600. The address for Karlov Ave. is 773-581-2730, Chicago, IL 60629. Orleans, Suite 250, Chicago 60610, phone number is 312-274-9300 Addison Street in Chicago has a main number of 773-286-4040. St. James on North Orleans in Chicago has a phone number of 312-274-9300. District 25 teachers vote to unionize The teachers in Arlington Hts. District 25 have voted to form a union. Wolf Rd., Northlake 60164, 708-562-0500 The following are addresses and phone numbers for five different churches: Road, Arlington Heights 60004, telephone 847-253-6305 St. Fabian, 8300 Thomas Avenuw, Bridgeview 60455, dial 708-599-1110 Our Lady of The Ridge, 10811 Ridgeland Ave., Chicago Ridge 60415, primary number 708-425-3800 St. Nicholas, 806 Ridge Ave., Evanston 60202, 847-864-1185 St. Gertrude, 9613 Schiller Blvd., Franklin Park 60131, 847-455-1100 St. Christopher, 14641 Keeler Ave., Midlothian 60445, 708-388-8190 St. John Vianney, 46 N. Wolf Rd., Northlake 60164, 708-562-0500 Kostner, Oak Lawn 60453, 708-424-3771 There are three Catholic Churches in the Oak Forest area. They are St. Damian, St. Germaine, and Wolf Road. Oak Lawn, IL 60453, 708-636-1593 The addresses and phone numbers for three local thrift stores are listed below. Kolin Ave., Oak Lawn, IL 60453, 708-636-5060 St. Ann only has a thrift store and free winter coats, 3010 Ridge Road, Lansing, IL 60438, 815-474-0008 St. Linus, 10300 Lawler Ave. Oak Lawn, IL 60453, 708-636-1593 Benton (708-848-4770), provides suburban Chicago with a private Catholic high school education. Located in Oak Lawn, St. Theresa is a private Catholic high school that provides students with a college preparatory education. The school offers a variety of courses and programs designed to prepare students for success in college and beyond. Golf Rd., Niles, IL 60714, 847-965-7100 If you are in need of help, you can call 847-358-7760 or go to Sacred Heart at 8245 W. Golf Rd., Niles, IL 60714. Westchester, IL 60154, 708-562-0208 The two locations are: 1) 111th St. Palos Hills, Illinois 60465, 708-974-3336 2) Divine Providence, 2550 Mayfair Ave. Westchester, IL 60154, 708-562-0208 The main telephone number for Westchester 60154 is 708-562-3364.