Tidbits I t was only two
years ago that
pregnant and living in
Jennifer poses next
to an art project she
made with her three
Ribfest fear. She had two young
children at home and
On February was trying desperately
16th, Lorrie remained determined
to make a safe and to provide a positive
Brenneman comfortable environment environment for her
from the for them, which was three young children.
Exchange Club impossible because she She reports that they
of Naperville was a victim of domestic have adjusted well
presented violence. through the many
Glenn Van Cura, Catholic Charities’ After the birth of changes and hardships
Executive Director, with a check from her third child and with the family has endured.
money raised at Naperville’s Ribfest. no source of income, “I wouldn’t let myself
The $4,570 will be used to provide Jennifer left her get down about my
counseling services for children in apartment hoping for situation because I never
DuPage County. brighter days. The want my kids to feel
newly single mom down,” she said. She
moved her family twelve has found countless free
Valentine Bookmarks times over the next activities for the family
Children couple of years, often sleeping to enjoy together, including
at the in homeless shelters and art projects made with free
Bethlehem sometimes in a car. While and hand-me-down items she
Head Start staying at DuPage PADS, Jennifer was receives from family and friends.
location in referred to Catholic Charities for help. Jennifer’s caseworker at Catholic Charities,
Joliet had fun Catholic Charities immediately began Lisa Raciak, has observed a change in
and worked helping Jennifer with her basic needs. her client since she settled into her own
hard as they Through Catholic Charities’ First Light apartment. “Jennifer has become more
housing program, she moved into an relaxed,” Lisa said. “She’s a great role model
decorated valentine bookmarks for
apartment in DuPage County conveniently for others who are struggling because she’s
special friends of Catholic Charities.
located within walking distance of a train very motivated and a great mom.”
station and her children’s schools. Without Without the help of Catholic Charities,
A Dinner Out a car, Jennifer and her family needed a home it’s likely that Jennifer would still be caught
in an area near other forms of transportation. in the cycle of homelessness. It’s also possible
University of St. Jennifer was very motivated and quickly
Francis in Joliet that she would have lost custody of her
found a job working for a delivery company. children, which was Jennifer’s greatest fear.
warmly hosted She also began physical therapy to help with Instead, this creative young family has a
Catholic back problems which cause her chronic pain. bright and promising future and a place to
Charities’ clients Through all of her struggles, Jennifer has call home.
for a dinner on What gift would you give to the person who has everything?
campus on March 15th. In addition to How about a Gift from the Heart? Make a donation through
a big meal, the families and individuals this program and it will be used to buy diapers, food and milk,
in attendance were treated to live toiletries and cleaning products for low-income families and
music, raffles, and a visit from the seniors. You can even make your gift in honor of someone
school’s mascot, Bernie the St. Bernard. special and we’ll send them an acknowledgment telling them
about your thoughtful gift on their behalf.
Shop for your gifts today at catholiccharitiesjoliet.org.
As you know, these are
very difficult times for our
country. We at Catholic
Charities are no exception,
as we have been impacted
by events related to the
economy, particularly as a
result of federal and state
funding cuts. After prayerfully considering
the alternatives and consulting with our
Management Team and Board of Directors,
we responded to this crisis by making
some very difficult decisions. We have
implemented a plan which includes layoffs,
a hiring freeze, and four un-paid days off for
Please know that the Board, Management Wendy Chacon and Meredith Tye from Matrix with George, a resident of Daybreak Center.
Team, and I are doing everything possible to
Makeovers at Daybreak Center
ensure the future of our Agency is strong and
will continue to be an integral part of the
community for many years to come. We are
confident that our actions taken will provide n a snowy
us financial stability in the future. day in late
Haircuts are one of the in six months. When he
sat down in the makeshift
We are celebrating our 50th year as January, first things people stop salon, he simply requested
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Joliet. nearly 70 residents of a “regular guy’s haircut”
During the past 50 years, Catholic Charities Daybreak Center and budgeting for when and was pleased with
has been a beacon of light to those in need. individuals eating at the results. “They did an
This light will remain strong as the steps that Shepherd’s Table soup money is tight. excellent job,” George
we are taking will help ensure our Agency reported.
kitchen received free
will be solid for the next 50 years. With Wendy Chacon, a local Matrix sales
haircuts at the shelter thanks to the
God’s grace, we will continue to provide our development manager, explained why
services. I ask for your continued prayers, generosity of 20 Matrix stylists from Joliet- events like these are so important to the
that we will do the work of the Lord and area salons. homeless in our community, “Haircuts
walk always in His Light, Jesus Christ. The stylists transformed an area of the are one of the first things people stop
homeless shelter into a hair salon, complete budgeting for when money is tight,” she
Best, with stylist’s chairs, a washing station, said. “But in order to look good for a job
Glenn Van Cura decorations and music. and feel fresh and confident, people need
George, one of the residents at to change their appearance. Something as
Daybreak Center, hadn’t received a haircut simple as a haircut can do that.”
Catholic Charities Celebrates 50 Years in 2012!
1962 1976 1987
t Catholic Charities, we are • Catholic Charities of the Diocese • Frank Laule appointed first lay • In Will County, the Agency operates
proudly celebrating our 50 year of Joliet officially incorporated. director of the Agency. programs for seniors, emergency
anniversary in 2012. A variety of Programs include foster care, • The Agency has 41 staff members and services, counseling and PADS (Public
exciting events are planned to help celebrate adoption, and emergency assistance operates on a budget of less than $1 Action to Deliver Shelter).
this landmark anniversary, including a funds. million. 1989
breakfast with local legislators and community • Fr. Joseph Shimanek appointed first • Transitional Housing Program is
• In Kankakee, case management for
members and the Sweet Sunday bake sale at Executive Director. low-income seniors begins. established.
participating parishes on May 6th. If you have
a story to share about your relationship to
1973 1985 • The Elder Abuse Program officially
• Retired and Senior Volunteer Program • Emergency Services Program now begins in Kankakee County.
Catholic Charities’ history, please contact
(RSVP) begins. present in Lombard and Kankakee • The Foster Grandparent and Senior
Maggie Snow at 815-724-1165 or msnow@
cc-doj.org. offices. Companion Programs begin.
an older family atholic Charities participated in the
member can be 2012 First Look for Charity event
extremely stressful, at McCormick Place in Chicago on
but Catholic the evening of February 9th. This black-tie
Charities offers event raised more than $100,000.
a support group Catholic Charities’ guests got the “first
in Kankakee to help caregivers. The group look” at the Chicago Auto Show and also
meets on the first Wednesday of every month enjoyed amenities of the agency’s private
to eat a light lunch and talk about the issues hospitality suite that featured hors d’oeuvres,
they face. Some of the topics covered include a specialty martini bar, a professional portrait
exploring different respite options to reduce
photographer and gift bags. The event also
caregiver stress, navigating legal issues for family
caregivers, caregiver burnout, and choosing a featured a live performance by Blues Traveler.
nursing home. However, the most important This was Catholic Charities seventh year
function of this support group is to provide as a benefactor of the elite fundraiser.
a safe and confidential place for caregivers to
gather and share like experiences and frustrations
and help each other. Thank You!
Amanda Foltz, Information and Assistance Corporate Package Sponsors:
Case Manager, facilitates the meetings and – D’Arcy Buick GMC
explained the value of this group. “The – D’Arcy Hyundai
caregivers realize that they are not alone in their – D’Arcy Volkswagen
experiences,” she said. – Panduit
To learn more about the Caregiver Support – Collision Revision
Group in Kankakee, please call 815-933-7791, – J.C. Restoration, Inc.
– Chicago Equity Partners
Furlough Days – Demark, Inc.
– Edward Jones Investments, Joliet
Catholic Charities is stretched as far as it can – Laner, Muchin, Dombrow, Becker,
go and our traditional revenue sources are down, Levin and Tominberg, LTD.
especially government funding. One of the ways – McGrath Office Equipment
we are reducing costs is by closing our offices one
day each month over a period of four months, Top: Terry and Sue D’Arcy, Jack Ericksen
which we began in February. Catholic Charities’
– L’Oreal Middle: Paul and Sue Siegel
staff is taking unpaid furlough days and offices
will be closed on April 9th and May 25th. Our – MATRIX Bottom: Chris and Meredith Spesia
shelters will remain open on those days. – World’s Finest Chocolate
– Provena St. Joseph Medical Center
Make a Journey Through the Years
1990 1992 1995 1998 2002
• St. Elizabeth’s Residence for low- • The Gerard Center is established • Daybreak Shelter and Shepherd’s • Hope House, formerly known as • Loving Outreach to Survivors of
income senior women in Joliet for pregnant and parenting Table move to 611 East Cass Street DuPage Emergency Shelter (DES), Suicide (LOSS) Program begins.
opens. teenagers. in Joliet (their current location). becomes a program of Catholic
• Daybreak Shelter emerges from • The first Back to School Fair is held. 1996 • Care on Call, a fee-for-service
PADS as a 24 hour, year-round
1993 • Gerard Center closes. 1999 program to assist seniors, begins.
homeless shelter. • Interfaith Adult Day Center is
• The Agency has 170 employees 1997 established in Addison in 2005
1991 and a $7.4 million budget. • Administration and several • Interfaith Adult Day Center closes
• The Head Start Program opens in collaboration with Alexian
1994 programs move under one roof Brothers and Prince of Peace due to budgetary constraints.
Will County. at 203 N. Ottawa Street in Joliet
• Kathleen McGowan is hired as Lutheran Church.
Executive Director. (current location). The Agency
has 203 employees and an $8.4 • National accreditation is awarded
million budget. by Council on Accreditation.
teve Johnson is one of Catholic
Charities’ most treasured volunteers.
Despite not having a car, he finds his
way to The Giving Tree (a donation center where
Catholic Charities’ low-income clients receive
basic needs) in Lockport three times each week
to spend the day helping in whatever way he is
needed. He stocks the shelves, organizes, assists
clients who are “shopping,” and helps as
donations are dropped off. What makes Steve
unique among our many volunteers is that he is a
Little Flowers Girls’ Club former resident of Catholic Charities’ Daybreak
Center and he volunteers his time as a way of
Immaculate Conception School in Morris donated giving back for the help he received from Catholic
25 sets of gloves, hats and scarves to Catholic Charities during a very difficult time in his life. Steve Johnson stands outside
Charities in Grundy County to keep our clients
After moving to the Chicago area from the The Giving Tree, Catholic Charities’
warm this winter. The “Little Flowers Girls’ Club”
east coast to be closer to his children, Steve resource exchange in Lockport.
is a Catholic organization with girls from grades
2-5. The group meets once a month for fun and became homeless after a series of unfortunate
to learn about a saint and a virtue. Recently, they events. Plagued with knee injuries, he was unable to do the warehouse work that had always
worked to help those in need by making scarves, supported him. Thankfully, Steve found Daybreak Center in Joliet, where he appreciated the
hats, gloves and decorating gift bags for the clean, quiet and safe atmosphere. He participated in as much training and classes as possible
holidays. at the shelter, eager to improve his life.
When Steve moved into his own apartment, he didn’t forget about the support he
Money Management received from Catholic Charities. After settling into his new home, he contacted his former
case manager, Monique Pryor, and inquired about how he could help others through
Program Seeks Volunteers volunteering. Monique had recently begun a new project as the coordinator for The Giving
Tree and encouraged him to help her there.
Catholic Charities’ Money Management Today, Steve enjoys his time spent at The Giving Tree and said that the work gives him
Program in Kankakee County offers services to purpose and helps to keep his mind occupied. “Catholic Charities helped me so much,” he
low-income seniors who have difficulty budgeting, said. “Why not give back now that I’m back on my feet.”
paying routine bills, and keeping track of financial
The Money Management Program is currently The Giving Tree accepts donations of new or
seeking volunteers who are reliable, dependable, gently used clothing, baby items, household
and confident in helping a senior with basic money supplies, furniture (no mattresses or baby cribs),
management. All volunteers must pass a state and unopened hygiene products, and gift cards.
county background check. As a trained volunteer,
you’ll use your valuable skills to help individuals Donations are accepted on:
who may not have friends or relatives to assist Monday: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.,
them. Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.,
If you’re interested in sharing your talents as Friday: 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
a Money Management Program volunteer, call (closed on holidays).
815-933-7791 or visit catholiccharitiesjoliet.org.
3016 S. State St., Lockport • (behind Norma’s Café)
Catholic Charities Celebrates 50 Years!
2006 2008 • Kathleen McGowan, Executive Director of • The Counseling program is renamed
• Area Advisory Boards disband and • Morris office opens to serve the needs of the Agency, retires after 15 years of service. “Hands of Hope” and opens locations in
Corporate Board of Directors expands. Grundy County residents. Glenn Van Cura is named as new Executive Joliet and Bourbonnais.
Director. • New mission, vision and values statements
• St. Elizabeth’s Residence and the Refugee • Special federal funds allow many 2011 are created and a new logo is debuted.
Resettlement Program both close due to families living in our homeless shelters • Children’s Services programs including 2012
financial restraints. the opportunity to move into their own Foster Care, Adoption, and Maternity • The Agency operates on a budget of
apartments. Services close and are assumed by another $18 million with 199 full-time and 51 part-
service provider. time staff.
We welcome with joy
January 5, 2012
6 lbs., 4 ozs.
Proud new parents:
Quintel & Bianca
Initiative welcomes its
300th baby! Quintel
and Bianca welcomed
baby Aubry on January
5th, 2012. The
Initiative assists women
pregnancy to ensure
that they receive the
necessary health care, pre and post natal education and any
community resources that they may need.
Matching Gift Program is Heaven-sent!
People in our community are in crisis in record numbers. At Catholic Charities the
requests for food and rental assistance are never-ending. For many, unemployment
benefits have been exhausted and the underemployed, who were once working in
professional jobs, are now earning minimum wage and are unable to make ends meet.
Seniors who have worked all of their lives now have to choose between paying their
utility bills or buying groceries.
These people need your help now. Will you be an angel to someone in need? For every dollar that you donate to the Angel Fund at
Catholic Charities, an anonymous “angel” will match it – dollar for dollar – up to $50,000! Be an angel to someone who will have
nowhere else to turn if Catholic Charities doesn’t answer their cries, and their prayers. Please mail your donation today or make a gift
using a credit card online at catholiccharitiesjoliet.org.
Please fill out this form and send it along with your donation to: Angel Fund 203 N. Ottawa Street, Joliet, IL 60432
For more information or to make a donation over the phone, call 815-723-3405, ext. 1140.
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Save the Date!
If you have any questions or All-day
concerns about this publication,
please call Maggie Snow at Come and Family
815.724.1165. Join the Fun! Music Festival
Mission Sunday, June 3, 2012 • Noon – 9:00 p.m.
We are a faith-based
St. Joseph’s Park • 1500 N. Raynor, Joliet
$5 admission to benefit Daybreak Center, the largest homeless shelter in Will County,
service to people in need providing over 30,000 nights of shelter each year.
and calling others of Want to be a sponsor? Call Angela for details at 815-724-1139.
good will to do the same.
Food • Beverages • Games • Raffles • More!