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McHenry, Winnebago, Kane County Catholic Charities assistance programs.

The three main resources offered by Catholic Charities include emergency assistance, immigration services, and referrals. While the demand on Catholic Charities is very high, they will do their best to meet the needs of people who reside in Kane, McHenry, and Winnebago counties in Illinois.

Emergency financial assistance can be directly provided, or social workers from Catholic Charities can provide referrals. The non-profit agency offers qualified low income and working poor individuals emergency assistance and resources that can be used to pay for a number of needs and bills.

A focus is on housing costs and homeless prevention, so funds can be used to pay for rent, heating bills, and utilities. This is offered for people with an eviction notice or disconnection. Other basic needs can be met as well. This includes vouchers or funds for diapers, food, and other basic needs. This may be offered for individuals in McHenry and Kane County who are experiencing an economic hardship that is not of their creation. There are also other homeless prevention programs in Illinois.

If Catholic Charities does not have funding, or maybe you will not qualify, then personnel from the Emergency Assistance Program can refer callers and those in need to appropriate community agencies and non-profits that may be able to assist them. A number of agencies operate in Winnebago County and other nearby towns and cities.

Immigration and Refugee Services are a specialty of Catholic Charities locations in Illinois and across the country. The Immigration Services provide help to low income immigrants as well as those who are legally indigent. Aid is offered for those who need immigration counseling. Specialists and case workers can assist with the preparation of applications and petitions that are necessary to file for submission for Citizenship.  This Catholic Charities center is recognized, and several of the staff, are fully certified and accredited by - the Board of Immigration Appeals in Washington, D.C to help immigrants.

The local centers are affiliated with an organization established by USCCB/Migration and Refugee Services (MRS), which is known as the Catholic Legal Immigration Network. Even the US Department of Homeland Security has approved the Catholic Charities Immigration program that operates in McHenry and Kane Counties.

The centers provide free or low cost immigration services, which will focus on the regulations and laws that impact families. Case workers and specialists offer counseling and advice. They can fully prepare applications and petitions for qualified low income clients. Help can be provided up through submission of the forms and applications to the Citizenship and Immigration Service. Some additional services provided include travel documents, citizenship, adjustment of status, green card renewals, family-based petitions, and the completion of immigrant and non-immigrant visas.





Migration and Refugee Services are offered too. Catholic Charities is committed to carrying out the commitment of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to advocate and serve on behalf of refugees, forced migrants, asylees, and immigrants. They support newcomers to the country and the state of Illinois. Special assistance and focus is given to the most vulnerable among these populations. For example, care and attention is even higher for victims of human trafficking, minors unaccompanied by parents or adult guardians. This commitment from Catholic Charities is rooted in the mandate that the organization has in place.

The Bilingual Outreach Program is another resource. It provides social services and information to Spanish-speaking people in the community. Services provided by the agency include housing, advocacy for employment, medical and health care, emergency financial assistance and other resources.

Locations of Catholic charities in McHenry, Winnebago, and Kane County

There are several locations for families to turn to. Whether an immigrant, working poor, or just in need, the locations are as follows.

5141 Bull Valley Road, McHenry, (815) 344-6956

1801 West Central Road, Arlington Hts, call (847) 253-5500

116 Lincoln Avenue, Round Lake, (847) 546-5733

26 West Saint Charles Road, Lombard, telephone (630) 495-8008


By Jon McNamara

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