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The Connection

July 2022

In 1962, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet, was officially incorporated and licensed as a child welfare agency in the State of Illinois. The Agency has grown tremendously in 60 years, but our mission to serve the poor and vulnerable remains the same.

You're invited to join us for a spirited evening of celebration on October 8th. Let's celebrate our history and look ahead toward a bright future.

Saturday, October 8, 2022

6:00pm - 10:00pm

Blanchette Catholic Center

16555 Weber Road, Crest Hill

Tickets will be available soon!

Watch your email and mailbox for the invitation.

Join us for an evening of delicious food, drinks, entertainment, live auction and silent auction to celebrate six decades of service to the community.

Kankakee Senior Expo

Our Senior Expo on July 15th at the Kankakee Public Library was a great success - many wonderful community resources were available for seniors to learn about and meet. We enjoyed seeing friends and meeting new people.

Catholic Charities had a huge team representing the fantastic services we provide to seniors in Kankakee County! Just a few are pictured below.

Thank you to our wonderful event sponsor, Aetna!

Catholic Charities' Community Based Programs team!

Catholic Charities' Adult Protective Services.

Catholic Charities' Aging and Disability Resource Network.

Catholic Charities' NEW Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP)!

Catholic Charities' Home Delivered Meals.

Don't miss our next Senior Expo -- learn about local services and resources for older adults and their loved ones.

September 22, 2022 from 9:00am – 1:00pm

Nowell Recreation Center, Joliet Park District, 199 Mills Rd., Joliet

For more information, contact Deb Sirek: 815-221-6013 or

This event is brought to you in partnership with the Joliet Park District and Aetna.

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Thursday, August 25, 2022

Cog Hill Golf and Country Club, Lemont

Presented Sponsor: Hollywood Casino Joliet

We are excited for the return of our golf outing fundraiser, A Swing and a Prayer. Join us for a day of golf to support the programs and services of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet. The day will be filled with fantastic golf, delicious food, drinks, raffle, silent auction, and fun!

This event usually sells out early, so be sure to reserve your spot today!

Your ticket includes:

  • 18 holds of golf with cart
  • grab and go lunch
  • drinks on the course
  • cocktail hour
  • buffet dinner
  • on-course contests with prizes!

Schedule of Events:

11:30 am: Registration, driving range, lunch

1:00 pm: Shotgun start for golfers

6:00 pm: Cocktail hour (Open Bar)

7:00 pm: Dinner (Cash Bar)

7:30 pm: Raffle and silent auction closes

8:00 pm: Event ends

Click below to register. Prefer to make your purchase over the phone? Call Alicia at 815-724-1140.

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Register to Golf!

Immediate Intervention Grant

Catholic Charities has been awarded an Immediate Intervention Grant in the amount of $223,700 ($60,000 for our Counseling Program and $163,700 for Emergency Services/Homeless Prevention) in DuPage County. This funding will make a positive impact in the lives of our most vulnerable DuPage County residents.

This generous support is provided by the DuPage County Transformation Partnership, a collaboration between DuPage County and DuPage Foundation.  

  • 8-5: DuPage AME Church
  • 4300 Yackley Ave, Lisle, 4:30pm – 6:00pm
  • 8-12: St. Joseph Church
  • 211 N. Center Ave., Bradley, 10:00am – 11:30am
  • 8-17: Our Lady of Mercy
  • 701 S Eola Rd, Aurora, 4:30pm – 6:00pm
  • 8-22: St. Lawrence Catholic Church
  • 135 E. Rice Rd., South Wilmington, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
  • 8-23: St. Mary Immaculate
  • 15629 Illinois Rte 59, Plainfield, 4:30pm – 6:00pm

Dates are subject to change and more distributions may be added. Mobile Food Pantries are drive-thru events. Participants are asked to clear space in the trunks of their vehicles prior to arrival to ensure a contact-free experience.

Anyone who needs food assistance is welcome to attend. For more information, click here.

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We're Hiring

Catholic Charities has job openings in Kankakee, Downers Grove, Joliet, Bolingbrook, Villa Park, and Crest Hill. Join our team!

Open positions include (but are not limited to): grants manager, human resources generalist, therapists, family advocates, teachers, maintenance worker, and receptionists!

Ready for the next step in your career? click here.

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Homeward Bound

Purchase items from our Amazon Wish List to help families in our (new!) Homeward Bound transitional housing program! Individuals who have experienced homelessness often have very few possessions when they move into housing.

To give a gift to help someone get a fresh start on the path toward self-sufficiency, click here!

More Upcoming Events

Education and Support Group for Family Caregivers

Offered at two times and locations:

  • First Wednesday of every month from noon – 1:00PM at First Church of the Nazarene in Kankakee
  • Third Monday of each month from 10:00am-11:00am at Kankakee Valley Park District Rec Center

To register, call Amanda at 815-523-9919.

Bring Our Community Together

August 19th


Good Shepherd Head Start,

151 East Briarcliff Rd, Bolingbrook

Join Catholic Charities' Early Childhood Services Division to have fun with your family while learning about great community resources!

For more information, contact Ericka: 815-724-1142 or