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Chicago Society St. Vincent de Paul assistance programs.

Low income families across Chicago can get help from the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul or their local church. A number of centers can provide basic needs to those who need help. Many of the resources focus on meeting nutritional needs, and can provide free food, meals, Christmas and holiday aid, and much more. While not as common, some of the St. Vincent centers may have some funds for paying emergency bills, such as rent or energy. Or a center can refer someone to these resources.

Holiday food drives and special programs are available around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Some aid may be provided around Easter or Lent as well. Qualified families, children, and senior citizens may receive an extra bag of groceries or a free, hot meal. Food items are distributed around this time in order to provide an additional bag of meal items or groceries. The items provided will make someone’s Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas meals just a little more special.

Additional holiday assistance is offered from the Christmas Gift Program. This is organized by many churches and parishes, and it is available from November to December. Programs operate that will collect and sort toys and gifts. Once the items are collected, all donated goods are distributed to children, seniors, and families. The Society of St. Vincent is focused on ensuring children across Cook County and Chicago Illinois have a joyful holiday.

The Christmas and Holiday programs are a Parish-wide effort, and many churches across Cook County participate and contribute. They organize drives, assemble volunteers, and provide a number of other services. St. Vincent churches and religious centers collect, sort, and distribute gift tags for local children. The centers will then also oversee the collections and wrapping of donated gifts.

The donated gifts are then sent to local Parish families or the Marillac House. Thousands of gifts and toys are usually distributed every year. St. Vincent is in partnership with other agencies in Chicago, and find other Christmas charities.

Another resource in Chicago is the Seton Food Pantry. This Sandwich Kitchen and Food Pantry is the main hospitality and distribution center for St. Vincent's. A focus is on the poor and homeless men, women, and children across Cook County Illinois who come to a local St. Vincent church or parish. Every Tuesday canned goods and groceries are distributed to the households and individuals who need them in the local community. Hundreds of households can receive food from this pantry.




Hygiene Kits may be available a few times throughout the year. Volunteers help assemble the kits. The kits are provided to the poor and homeless who stop by the Seton Sandwich Kitchen, as well as people or families who go to the Seton Food Pantry in Chicago.

Free or affordable school supplies may be provided. This program will normally run from July to August, and items are collected from a drive and donated 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.

The St. Vincent’s School Supply Drive realizes that it is important for children, teenagers, and students to start the school year on solid grounds. The items provided will help them achieve this goal. During the fall, there may also be free winter coats, boots, and hats for children that are going back to school. Read more and locate free school supplies.

Emergency assistance and social services are offered by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and the Chicago Diocesan Council. The agency is committed to serving the poor across Cook County, and they will do what they can to meet this goal. Case management, limited financial assistance (as funding allows), and other aid is provided as available.

Additional programs offered across the Cook County and Chicago area include 47 food pantries, three thrift stores, dining rooms, and a soup kitchen. While limited, general financial assistance for individuals in a crisis may be offered. Other resources include referrals, help in applying for public or government assistance, and general guidance.





Society of St. Vincent churches and parishes in Chicago and Cook County Illinois

Cook County, Chicago Locations, District IX Food Pantry (at St. Gall), 5511 S. Sawyer Ave., Chicago 60629, dial 773-737-3113
Immaculate Conception, 2745 W. 44th St., Chicago 60632, telephone primary number 773-523-1402
Our Lady of Fatima, 2751 W. 38th Place, Chicago, Illinois, 60632, 773-927-2421
Our Lady of Grace, 2455 N. Hamlin Ave., Chicago, IL 60647, telephone 773-772-5900
Our Lady Mother of the Church, 8747 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago 60656, call 773-625-3369
Our Lady of Victory, 5212 W. Agatite Ave,. Chicago 60630, 773-286-2950
Queen of All Saints, 6280 N. Sauganash Ave., Chicago 60646, 773-736-6060

St. Aloysius, 2300 W. Le Moyne St., Chicago 60622, dial 773-278-4808
St. Bartholomew, 4949 W. Patterson Ave., Chicago 60641, telephone 773-286-7871
St. Basil/Visitation, 843 W. Garfield Blvd., Chicago 60621, 773-846-3570
St. Bruno, 4751 S. Harding Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60632, 773-523-3467
St. Florian, 13145 S. Houston Ave., Chicago 60633, call 773-646-4877
St. Francis De Sales, 10201 S. Ewing Ave., Chicago 60617, main telephone 773-734-1383
St. George, 9546 S. Ewing Ave., Chicago 60617,773-734-0554
St. Mary of The Lake, 4200 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago 60613, dial 773-472-3711
St. Pancratius, 4025 S. Sacramento Ave., Chicago, Illinois, 60632, 773-523-5666
St. Pascal, 3935 N. Melvina Ave., Chicago 60634, 773-725-7641
St. Philomena, 1921 N. Kedvale Ave. Chicago 60639, call 773-489-1100
St. Thaddeus, 9540 S. Harvard Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60628, telephone 773-568-7077
St. Turibius, 5646 S. Karlov Ave., Chicago 60629, 773-581-2730
St. Viator, 4170 W. Addison St., Chicago 60641, main number is 773-286-4040
St. James, 820 N. Arlington Hts. 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 Road, Northlake 60164, telephone 708-562-0500
St. Damian, 5220 - 155th St., Oak Forest 60452, Illinois, 708-687-1370
St. Germaine, 9711 S. 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 604387, 08-474-0008
St. Linus, 10300 Lawler Ave. Oak Lawn 60453, 708-422-2400
St. Theresa, 467 N. Benton St. Palatine 60067, call 847-358-7760 for help
Sacred Heart, 8245 W. 111th St. Palos Hills, Illinois 60465, 708-974-3336
Divine Providence, 2550 Mayfair Ave. Westchester 60154, main telephone number 708-562-3364


By Jon McNamara

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