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DuPage and Will County Catholic Charities assistance programs.

The Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet supports residents in a number of communities and counties in Illinois, including DuPage and Will. They provide human and emergency services. The staff also work closely with other non-profit agencies and government programs in the community. A high level summary of the services and programs offered by Catholic Charities includes.

  • Provides foster care, adoption services and assistance to women facing unplanned pregnancies.
  • Head Start, education and other childcare programs.
  • Senior volunteer programs such as the Retired and Senior Volunteer program, Foster Grandparent Program, and also the Senior Companion Program.
  • Daybreak Shelter provides shelter, counseling and transitional housing for the homeless.
  • Emergency financial assistance is limited, but may be able to help pay for basic needs such as rent or mortgage assistance, food, or clothing.
  • Single mothers and their children can get housing services from Daybreak Shelter. Services will help them work towards employment and permanent housing.

Housing as well as emergency funds for rent, utilities, and housing costs

Homelessness Prevention and Emergency Services are administered. This service can provide travel vouchers; groceries; clothing and furniture vouchers; food; limited financial assistance for paying for prescriptions; and rent/mortgage assistance. Another key is free information and referral to other community resources in the region. In DuPage County, dial 630.495.8008 or residents of Will County can call Catholic Charities at 815.774.4663. Or find emergency rental assistance today.

Transitional Housing programs provide supportive services, shelter, and housing to homeless families and their children. People facing imminent eviction may benefit from this program too. The service is offered while individuals work toward permanent housing and a quality of life that supports their needs. The program represents a unique partnership which joins the professional case management services of Catholic Charities of Will County and Joliet with the participating family. It is run in partnership with churches and other local charities. Dial 630.495.8008




Permanent Supportive Housing and Other Housing Alternatives are offered for people with a disability that seriously limits their ability to function independently in the community. Assistance may also be provided for individuals and/or families with children.

Clients will be placed in safe, yet affordable, apartments and homes throughout the region. In addition to the housing, other services provided include independent living skills training, case management, access to employment support, financial literacy training, budgeting, money management, parent training, Out of Poverty classes, behavioral health services, specialized counseling, and other housing and social services as needed. The objective is to get people out of the housing and allow them to get back on their feet.

Hispanic/Latino Services are offered for this community. A full-time bilingual social worker is available at some Catholic Charity centers to serve and advocate with the Hispanic/ Latino community. Get information on financial assistance programs and social services that are focused on the Hispanic community.

Attorneys can help elderly clients from Will or Dupage County of Catholic Charities. The service is known as “Elder Law”. Many elderly clients need home care or nursing services, or to enroll into representative payee programs. The charity can help. More on Elderly Law Attorneys for senior legal aid.

Bill paying resources are offered for seniors and elderly. Qualified Will and Dupage County senior citizens can access money management services and other aid to low-income older persons who have difficulty budgeting, paying routine bills and keeping track of overall financial matters.





Information and Assistance is offered, and case managers can refer people to state of Illinois and federal government programs such as section 8, LIHEAP, and other public aid. Case managers from the Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet and neighboring centers can provide information and advice about the many services and government benefits available to older adults and families with children. Client advocacy and intervention services are also offered. More information on Illinois public assistance.

Debt or credit help and financial literacy services

Money Management Program can help people improve their overall financial health. It may provide budgeting, financial workshops, debt reduction plans, and information on saving plans and programs. Catholic Charities may have information on local Dupage County non-profit credit as well as mortgage counseling agencies. More on locating debt elimination for credit cards and other bills.

Catholic Charities helps clients improve their financial skills as well as overall understanding (and management of money). Or there is help with clients in improving their credit. Or paying down debts (credit card, medical, automobile). A wide range of resources are offered, and learn more, or find free Illinois credit counseling relief organizations.

Catholic Charity resources for kids and the elderly in Will and Dupage County

Care Coordination Services can offer frail, older adults and their family’s services to maximize the independence in their current home or apartment. Programs can help seniors address any needs for assistance with meal preparation, personal care, transportation, housekeeping, overall environment and emotional well-being. Programs can help link seniors in Illinois with services and benefits that help maintain their independence and long term dignity.

Services for children, and especially Early Childhood Services, are offered to those who are from low income or less fortunate families and who are under five years of age. Programs from the Dupage County Catholic Charities include traditional Head Start and Early Head Start programs as well as affordable and high quality childcare.

Through these programs children participate in social activities, education programs, resources that can help them receive help accessing free medical and dental care, and have healthy meals and snacks all within a safe and developmentally appropriate setting.





Will County and Dupage Catholic charity centers

As noted, this church covers both Will as well as DuPage County. There are free items given to the poor, referrals to loans and emergency financial assistance, debt counseling services and more from these Catholic Charity centers.

  • Catholic Charities Diocese of Joliet, 203 North Ottawa Street, Joliet, IL 60432, dial (815)-723-3405
  • 1704 Alexandria Drive, Joliet, phone (815) 730-8940
  • 26 West Saint Charles Road  Lombard, Illinois 60148, (630) 495-8008
  • For emergency assistance in DuPage County, call 630.495.8008 or Will County dial 815.774.4663.

By Jon McNamara

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