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Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago partners with mission-driven people and organizations across Cook and Lake counties to witness a message of mercy and hope to a world in need. We are called to serve and accompany anyone, regardless of his/her faith, gender, race, or ethnicity. We do this by: 

Improving lives and nourishing spirits, meeting human needs in a faith-based community of courageous compassion, solidarity, and joy.

Strengthening and empowering people, families, and communities, through programs that create meaningful and measurable impact.

Creating and sharing opportunities that put our faith in action, through service, accompaniment, community building, dialogue, and debate.

What Compels Us to Serve

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago (CCAC) was founded in 1917 to meet human needs through the Mission of Mercy. A trusted partner and steward, CCAC serves nearly 400,000 individuals annually, many numerous times a month. We are guided by by the words of Jesus Christ who calls us to help all those among us who are struggling. Jesus said, "For when I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty, you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in." Matthew 25:35 The photo below memoralizing these words was taken at our Schreiber Center for Human Services in Round Lake. 

To learn more about our history and our mission today, visit

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago
721 North LaSalle Street
Chicago, Illinois 60654
(312) 655-7053

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, 721 N. LaSalle St. | Chicago, IL 60654

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