Catholic Charities

Mission Statement: 

To reach out in Christian love to the people of Southern Illinois,
to assist them with their basic needs, and
to foster changes in self and in society that promote justice and human dignity.

Catholic Charities of Southern Illinois endeavors to give HOPE to all of southern Illinois... because on who has HOPE lives differently. We give HOPE by:

  • Assisting and coordinating general public awareness of the missions of each of the member Agencies of Catholic Charities; thereby
  • Helping all to be more aware of the exceptional member Agency services available to our Diocese; and thereby
  • Helping all to know where to go when help is needed.

Catholic Charities is a 100% volunteer organization and welcomes donations of time and treasure.

1. …to reach out in Christian love: It is not only our duty to respond to the needs and injustices that grab our attention. We also realize that many people suffer in silence, because they haven't so much as a voice to make their needs heard. We have a duty to seek out the suffering, to serve them and to advocate on their behalf.

2. …to assist people with their basic needs: Charity requires that we tend to people's physical well-being as well as to the spiritual. Families must be fed, clothed, housed and employed before they can turn their energies toward changing the circumstances that put them in need in the first place. We therefore imagine a tomorrow in which charity is unnecessary because all immediate needs are met, and work today toward that end, realizing that it will always be the ideal and not the reality.

3. …to foster changes in self and in society that promote justice and human dignity: We cannot in good conscience work in endless cycles of crisis and short-term solutions, even though fostering systemic change requires frequent reevaluation of our own mission. We take to heart the words of Pope Pius XI in Divini Redemptorus: "Charity will never be true charity unless it takes justice into account. Let no one attempt with small gifts of charity to exempt themselves from the great duties of justice."

About Catholic Charities

  • An alliance of 11 ministries in over 20 locations, serving the 28 southernmost counties in the State of Illinois.
  • Seven of these counties are the very poorest in the State of Illinois.
  • Serves children, single parents, intact families, seniors, immigrants, unwed mothers, the unemployed, the homeless, the working poor, the homebound, the incarcerated, the illiterate, rural residents, family farmers, urban residents, and the malnourished.
  • Does not serve only Catholics; poverty does not discriminate, and neither do we. Friends need not be Catholic to work, volunteer or support our mission.
  • Believes that we are called to action by our baptism, not because we hope to attract converts through our ministries.

Catholic Charities of Southern Illinois is a member of

Counties That We Serve

Alexander Franklin Jackson Marion Pope St. Clair Washington
Clay Gallatin Jefferson Massac Pulaski Saline Wayne
Clinton Hamilton Johnson Monroe Randolph Union White
Edward Hardin Lawrence Perry Richland Wabash Williamson

ur agencies serve the 28 counties listed above. If you reside in one of these counties and are in need of service, want to volunteer, donate, learn more, or share your ideas, we'll be glad to accommodate you (although availability of services may vary by location). If you live elsewhere, please contact your local Catholic parish to reach Catholic Charities in your diocese or archdiocese. Every Catholic Diocese has its own Catholic Charities Department.

Chicago 312-655-7000
Joliet 815-723-3405
Peoria 309-671-5700
Rockford 815-965-0895
Springfield 217-523-9201

This information was correct at the time of publishing.