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Voice of Charity

Voice of Charity

Tuesdays: 8:30 – 9 a.m.
WNDZ 750 AM

For more than 100 years, Catholic Charities has been providing compassionate, competent and professional services, seven days a week, to anyone in need, strengthening and supporting individuals, families and communities. The Voice of Charity helps further this mission, with engaging conversations about important issues affecting our clients, and the world around us.    
Katie Bredemann hosts The Voice of Charity.  Her knowledge, experience and compassion for others informs and inspires listeners each week. Join us, LIVE each Tuesday mornings at 8:30 on WNDZ, 750 AM. 

IMAGINING ABUNDANCE: FAITH, HOPE, and CHARITY in TODAY’S WORLD – PART 1

Tuesday, June 11, 2024
Recently, Sally Blount, President and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago welcomed Kerry Alys Robinson to the Windy City. Kerry is the new President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA. While she was in town, Kerry and Sally had a powerful conversation with Cardinal Blasé Cupich about the work of Catholic Charities in the United States, and in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The topic discussed was, “Imagining Abundance: Faith, Hope, and Charity in Today's World.” We’d like to share some of this important discussion with you

30th ANNUAL CHARITIES GOLF CLASSIC

Tuesday, June 4, 2024
The Charities Golf Classic is one of the most popular events at Catholic Charities each summer. Scheduled for Monday, July 15, 2024, golfers have their choice of playing on one of two premier courses in Chicago, while raising critical funds for Catholic Charities. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Matt Davis, Co-Chairman of the tournament to preview the 2024 outing, and discuss friends and partners who have helped make this event successful for the past 30 years.

Realizing Change: Women’s Emerging Leadership Roles in the Modern Church Part 2

Tuesday, May 28, 2024
Recently, Sally Blount, President and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago welcomed Kerry Alys Robinson to the Windy City. Kerry is the new President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA. While she was in town, Kerry had a fascinating conversation with Sally and Betsy Bohlen, Chief Operating Officer for the Archdiocese of Chicago. The topic discussed was, “Realizing Change: Women's Emerging Leadership Roles in the Modern Church.” It was an engaging discussion and we wanted to share some of it with you today.

Realizing Change: Women’s Emerging Leadership Roles in the Modern Church Part 1

Tuesday, May 21, 2024
Recently, Sally Blount, President and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago welcomed Kerry Alys Robinson to the Windy City. Kerry is the new President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA. While she was in town, Kerry had a fascinating conversation with Sally and Betsy Bohlen, Chief Operating Officer for the Archdiocese of Chicago. The topic discussed was, “Realizing Change: Women's Emerging Leadership Roles in the Modern Church.” It was an engaging discussion and we wanted to share some of it with you today.

Lenten Projects Make a Difference

Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Catholic Charities’ regional offices were quite busy during Lent, as generous friends and benefactors partnered with us to respond to the needs of guests in neighborhoods across Cook and Lake Counties. In the South/Southwest Cook Region, six events were held in seven weeks, in conjunction with several parishes and ministries within the Archdiocese of Chicago. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Monsignor Dennis Lyle, Mary Ellen Brabec, Mark McCombs, and Christopher Torres to recap this series of wonderful service projects that provided basic needs, and critical support to hundreds of Chicagoans.

Family Self Sufficiency Achievement

Tuesday, April 16, 2024
The Annual Achievement Celebration for Catholic Charities’ Family Self-Sufficiency Program is coming up on April 27. Participants have much to be proud of as they reach important milestones in their goals for themselves and their families. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Xochitl Villarreal and Ashley, a recent graduate of the program to preview this special event, and describe how Catholic Charities accompanies single parents, and their children, as they strive for a brighter future.

Family Self Sufficiency Program

Tuesday, April 2, 2024
Catholic Charities’ Family Self-Sufficiency Program assists single parents with case management and employment services, for up to five years, as they work towards greater stability for themselves and their children. The stories that emerge from the Family Self-Sufficiency Program are incredibly inspiring. Join Katie Bredemann ash she welcomes Patti Fuller, Donna Drinka, and Xochitl Villarreal to describe how this long-running program helps participants remove barriers to success so they can achieve their dreams.

Triduum Traditions

Tuesday, March 26, 2024
There are a number of beautiful traditions associated with the Sacred Triduum, the most solemn three days in the Church calendar, beginning on Holy Thursday and concluding on Holy Saturday. These traditions offer faithful Christians around the world the opportunity to draw closer to Christ as we commemorate His Passion, Death, and Resurrection. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Fr. Wayne Watts, Fr. Ryan Brady, and Fr. Robert Ryan to discuss the significance that these Triduum Traditions have in our Catholic faith, and how many of them relate to the work of Catholic Charities.

New WIC Food Center Initiatives

Tuesday, March 19, 2024
Last week on the Voice of Charity, we discussed the vital role that Catholic Charities’ 14 Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Food Centers continue to fill in Chicago’s economically challenged neighborhoods. Join Katie Bredemann this week for Part Two of this discussion, as Shivonnia Dickson and Eric Young describe new initiatives in 2024 that will expand the ways that WIC families can participate in all that the WIC Food Centers have to offer.

WIC Food Centers Update

Tuesday, March 12, 2024
Catholic Charities’ 14 Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Food Centers continue to provide a critical role in Chicago, combining food security with public health services to assist vulnerable young families in economically challenged neighborhoods. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Veola Hankle and Velma Walker to discuss how the WIC Food Centers fulfill basic needs, and much more to families striving for greater stability and future life success.

The Universal Impact of Lourdes

Tuesday, March 5, 2024
Lourdes, France is one of the holiest sites in the world, welcoming people of all faith traditions who want to see where the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette 18 times in 1858. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Fr. Wayne Watts, Noreen Russo, Pam Davis, and Jacque Anderson to discuss their experiences together in Lourdes last summer, and the plans for the 2024 trip, as Fr. Wayne continues a 30-year tradition of leading Chicago pilgrims to serve in, and experience Lourdes.

2024 Art of Caring

Tuesday, February 27, 2024
One of Catholic Charities’ Signature Events is coming up on Saturday, April 20: The Art of Caring. It is hosted by Catholic Charities Women’s Board, Lake County Services, a group of dynamic ladies who have been committed to the work of Catholic Charities for more than three decades. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Carolyn Milligan, Patty Charhut, Gina Zisook, and Sondra Adam to preview this special event and discuss the Welcome Home Project, a Women’s Board program that directly helps vulnerable people as they strive for greater self-sufficiency.

DISCOVERIES ABOUT AMERICA’S MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM

Tuesday, February 20, 2024
Award-winning author and Chicago native Meg Kissinger is going to be the Keynote Speaker at the 2024 LOSS Blossoms of Hope Brunch on April 28. On this special edition of The Voice of Charity, Meg joins Katie Bredemann to discuss that upcoming event, plus her recent book, “While You Were Out: An Intimate Family Portrait of Mental Illness in an Era of Silence,” and her ground-breaking work travelling the United States reporting on America’s mental health system for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Diaper Depot Acts of Kindness

Tuesday, February 13, 2024
Catholic Charities’ Diaper Depot continues to expand in Cook and Lake counties, through a variety of initiatives that affirm young families in need. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Lisa Roti, Tom Powers, Don Rosanova, and Sarah Holmes to discuss recent events they have been a part of, in support of the Diaper Depot, and describe the network of community partners working with Catholic Charities to increase awareness of this problem among vulnerable families, in Illinois and across the nation.

The Evolution of Behavioral Health Services

Tuesday, February 6, 2024
Catholic Charities Behavioral Health Services have expanded over the years to offer individuals, couples, and families counseling programs that address a wide variety of mental health concerns. Last year, Catholic Charities assisted 2,400 adults and children as they journeyed toward healing and wellness. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes two longtime Catholic Charities leaders, Pam Davis and Hector Rivera, both Directors in Behavioral Health Services to discuss how Catholic Charities counseling programs continue to meet clients where they are and accompany them toward a brighter future.

New Hope Apartments

Tuesday, January 30, 2024
Last year, Catholic Charities New Hope Apartments program assisted 900 individuals with case management and rapid rehousing, plus additional support such as employment services, childcare, counseling, substance abuse treatment, and more as they work towards greater self-sufficiency. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Camille Richardson, Director, New Hope Apartments, Chicago and Deloise Crosby, Director, New Hope Apartments, South Suburban Cook to discuss how this program accompanies Chicagoans through difficult times and onto a brighter future.

2023 Year in Review

Tuesday, January 23, 2024
As Catholic Charities continues to fulfill its mission in 2024, we pause on this edition of The Voice of Charity to look back on key events, and program developments that shaped our work over the past twelve months. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Melissa Lucas, Director of Program Initiatives to discuss how Catholic Charities responded to significant challenges in 2023, always putting the needs of clients at the forefront of all we do in Cook and Lake counties.

LOSS Program Update

Tuesday, January 16, 2024
Catholic Charities LOSS program offers a safe, non-judgmental environment where survivors of suicide can find community, direction, and resources for healing, wherever they are in the grieving process. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Fr. Charles T. Rubey, Catholic Charities Associate Administrator and Founder of LOSS, Deborah Major, LOSS Program Director and Emily Tegenkamp, LOSS Program Coordinator to discuss recent program developments and resources for anyone who may be struggling this winter.

Gibson’s 16th Annual Catholic Charities Lunch

Tuesday, January 9, 2024
For the 16th consecutive year, the Gibson’s Restaurant Group is generously providing a gourmet luncheon to hundreds of Catholic Charities clients this winter, in support of them and our organization. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Kevin Arnold, Director of Training and Development for the Gibson’s Restaurant Group to preview the 2024 event and discuss how this wonderful New Year’s tradition has evolved through the years.

D’Vine Affair 2024

Monday, January 1, 2024
As 2024 begins, Catholic Charities looks forward to the 23rd Annual D’Vine Affair on Sunday, February 4 at the Union League Club. This delightful afternoon gala offers guests the opportunity to sample wine and craft beers from around the world, while supporting Catholic Charities. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Joseph Glunz, Jr. and Rose Marie Lesniak Mendez to preview this year’s D’Vine Affair and discuss how the proceeds of this special event will provide critical assistance to Catholic Charities programs and services this winter.

Housing and Homelessness Prevention Update

Tuesday, December 26, 2023
Last year, Catholic Charities helped 4,500 individuals who were experiencing housing insecurity. Through our 22 Affordable Housing residences for seniors, and an extensive network of referrals, our caring, resourceful staff accompanied each person to find and maintain a stable living situation. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Associate Vice Presidents Angela Bailey and Millicent Ntiamoah to discuss how these programs have evolved in recent months, and how our work is having an impact on nationwide studies regarding poverty and homelessness.

Celebration of Giving Stories

Tuesday, December 19, 2023
For more than 75 years, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago has led a Christmas gift program, spreading Christmas cheer to those who are struggling during the holiday season. Join Katie Bredemann and Phil Zepeda as they welcome Dody Hickey, Mario Serrano, and Cookie Krupa to discuss how parishes, schools and corporations across Cook and Lake counties have come together again, in inspiring ways to continue the Celebration of Giving and help families in need this Christmas.

Senior Services

Tuesday, December 12, 2023
Senior Services is one of Catholic Charities largest Impact Areas, serving more than 80,000 older adults in Cook and Lake counties each year. Join Katie Bredemann and Phil Zepeda as they welcome Meisha Lyons, Vice President – Seniors, and Umekia McIntosh, Senior Director – Care Coordination to describe the many ways Catholic Charities continues to help seniors embrace healthy aging and thrive in their homes, safely, comfortably, and with dignity.

Burial Assistance

Tuesday, November 28, 2023
Since early 2020, when the COVID-19 outbreak started, and devastated thousands of families in Chicago, Catholic Charities has received an increasing number of calls and emails asking for Burial Assistance. Especially during the height of the pandemic, loved ones were passing away at an alarming rate, leaving families unable to plan for funeral costs. Join Katie Bredemann and Phil Zepeda as they welcome Tracey Blackburn, Senior Program Manager, Charities Hub to discuss how Catholic Charities has been expanding its Burial Assistance program to help Chicago families provide dignified burials that honor and celebrate the life of each deceased family member.

20th Annual Catholic Charities Thanksgiving Lunch

Tuesday, November 21, 2023
The 20th Annual Catholic Charities Thanksgiving Lunch will be held Thursday, November 23 at 721 North LaSalle Street, from 11am-1pm. We are grateful for this opportunity to serve a traditional Thanksgiving meal to our supper guests, and remind them that we care about them, on the holidays and throughout the year. Join Katie Bredemann and Phil Zepeda as they welcome Noreen Russo, Associate Director of Special Projects, and Abigail Behrend, a Lead Volunteer at the Catholic Charities Supper Program to provide a preview of this year’s Thanksgiving celebration.

2023 Christmas Gift Program in Lake County

Tuesday, November 14, 2023
Catholic Charities Christmas Gift Program in Lake County is bringing kind-hearted people together again to provide toys and basic needs to vulnerable children and families this holiday season. This special Christmas project is in full swing in Cook County, as well. Join Katie Bredemann and Phil Zepeda as they welcome Jim Wogan and Sue Fowler, Co-Chairs of the Lake County program to discuss the wonderful stories that are emerging this year as generous donors and volunteers unite to spread Christmas cheer.

2023 Spirit of St. Nicholas Ball

Tuesday, November 7, 2023
Catholic Charities 34th Annual Spirit of St. Nicholas Ball is fast approaching on Friday, December 1st. This gala is one of the largest, and most glamorous events of the Christmas season in Chicago, raising critical funds for Catholic Charities programs in Cook and Lake counties. Join Katie Bredemann and Phil Zepeda as they welcome Tom Ricketts, 2023 Ball Chair, who will offer a preview of this gala, and Aida Segura, Director of the House of Peace who will describe how Ball proceeds will help all Catholic Charities clients, including those who have experienced serious trauma, and are now striving for stability, and self-sufficiency in their lives.

2023 Celebration of Giving

Tuesday, October 31, 2023
For more than 75 years, Catholic Charities Celebration of Giving has supported children and families throughout Cook and Lake counties, providing holiday gifts and basic needs to those who are economically vulnerable. Last year, more than 15,000 individuals received presents from this heartwarming program. Join Katie Bredemann and Phil Zepeda as they welcome Noreen Russo to share details about how Chicagoans get help spread Christmas joy throughout our region this year.

Irsay Family Donation to Catholic Charities

Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Jim Irsay, owner of the Indianapolis Colts, and his family recently gave a $5 million gift to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago. The gift is in memory of Sister Joyce Dura, O.S.F., Jim’s late cousin who was a Franciscan nun serving in the greater Chicago area for nearly 50 years. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Steve Campbell, Vice President of Communications and External Affairs for the Indianapolis Colts and Sister Judith Ann, Major Superior for the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis to discuss Sister Joyce Dura’s inspiring legacy, and the impact that this extraordinary gift will have on the work of Catholic Charities in the years to come.

Relevant Radio Generosity to the Diaper Depot

Tuesday, October 10, 2023
Recently, a Relevant Radio staff member and his wife made a generous donation to Catholic Charities’ Lake County Diaper Depot as they celebrated the arrival of their new baby. Join Katie Bredemann and Phil Zepeda as they welcome Matthew, the Relevant radio employee, along with Don Rosanova, Lead Volunteer at the Lake County Diaper Depot, and Lisa Roti, Lake County Regional Director to discuss the impact that this recent donation has made on all involved with the Diaper Depot.

House of the Good Shepherd

Tuesday, October 3, 2023
Catholic Charities’ House of the Good Shepherd is one of two transitional housing residences offering safety and a fresh start to women and children who are victims of domestic violence. Join Katie Bredemann and Phil Zepeda as they welcome Deborah Hammond, Program Director, Family Violence Services, and Lizette Olvera, Site Director for the House of the Good Shepherd to discuss updates on the House of the Good Shepherd, plus October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the upcoming Glow of Hope brunch.

St. Sabina Parish Partnership

Thursday, September 21, 2023
St. Sabina Parish is a key service site for Catholic Charities. In addition to operating a food pantry and nearby WIC center, St. Sabina parishioners generously work with Catholic Charities staff to ensure that programs and services are available to those who need them. Join Katie Bredemann and Phil Zepeda as they welcome Fitzgerald Craan, Regional Operations Director at the St. Sabina Campus to discuss recent events that have uplifted the community and provided assistance to vulnerable residents.

The Sandwich Squad

Tuesday, September 19, 2023
Catholic Charities is always thankful for the time and generosity that volunteers offer in support of our mission. When teenagers and their families create and implement an innovative, new program to assist our guests, we are especially impressed, and grateful. Join Katie Bredemann and Phil Zepeda as they welcome Perry Harig, Nick Bobay, Leo Baumann, Jen Bobay, Laura Trevino and Rose Marie Lesniak Mendez to discuss the impact that the Sandwich Squad has had at Catholic Charities over the past four years.

Back to School Initiatives

Tuesday, September 12, 2023
Catholic Charities’ parish and school partners have come together in recent days in a wonderful Back to School Project. Nearly 1,800 new backpacks were donated, filled with essential school supplies and distributed to students in economically vulnerable families who can now start the new school year with tools they need for academic success. Join Katie Bredemann and Phil Zepeda as they welcome Christopher Torres, Peggy Johnson, and Julia Burkhardt to discuss this and other ways Catholic Charities continues to expand its outreach in communities across Cook and Lake counties.

Coming Home to St. Vincent’s

Tuesday, September 5, 2023
Catholic Charities’ headquarters at 721 North LaSalle Street previously was a loving home called St. Vincent’s Orphanage. Due to the dedication of the Daughters of Charity religious order, St. Vincent’s served more than 60,000 women, children and families from 1881-1972, and our Post Adoption Services continues to welcome back all those who spent time there as infants, parents, staff, and volunteers. Join Katie Bredemann and Phil Zepeda as they welcome Pat Conway and Lisa Francis to discuss the journey many adults embark on to learn more about their heritage, and the upcoming St. Vincent’s Reunion.

Chicago Youth Service Corps

Tuesday, August 29, 2023
The Chicago Youth Service Corps is a year-round program run by the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services to provide paid opportunities for youth ages 16-24 to engage in community service, project-based learning, and leadership development. Catholic Charities is an authorized agent, working with a non-profit called Future Ties to enrich the lives of 60 participants in this program. Join Phil Zepeda and Katie Bredemann as they welcome Johnita Lindsey and Jennifer Maddox to discuss all of the progress made in the Chicago Youth Service Corps since it was started in 2020.

An Exceptional Volunteer

Tuesday, August 22, 2023
Mr. Samuel Grimes worked for 25 years as a volunteer, then an employee for Catholic Charities. He served as a driver, bringing noontime meals to homebound seniors in the northwest suburbs. Each visit also served as a Wellness Check, and Mr. Grimes was known for caring deeply about the seniors on his route, going above and beyond his responsibilities to brighten their day and extend kindness and assistance to them. Join Katie Bredemann and Phil Zepeda as they welcome Mr. Samuel Grimes, and Catholic Charities staff members Donna Schultz and Spencer Harstead to celebrate and thank this exceptional volunteer.

Inside Peace Corner

Tuesday, August 15, 2023
Launched from a small storefront in 2002, the Peace Corner Youth Center was envisioned as a safe haven for youth in the Austin neighborhood on the westside of Chicago. Today the Peace Corner is operated by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, and it has grown into a full-service community center with a computer lab, classrooms and a wide range of activities and recreational sports. Join Katie Bredemann and Phil Zepeda as they welcome Jonathan McDonald, Kevin Allen and Josiah Allen to discuss how the Peace Corner thrives as a supportive environment in which youth learn the skills they need to be successful in life.

West Regional Update

Tuesday, August 8, 2023
As Catholic Charities expands its programs and services on the local, regional level, each regional office increases in importance as a vital center of client activity, and program operations. Join Katie Bredemann and Phil Zepeda as they welcome Michael Waters, the Regional Director of Catholic Charities West Suburban Cook region to discuss how his office is working with parishes, schools, and other community groups to support residents who are struggling throughout this large geographic area.

CC Renews

Tuesday, August 1, 2023
CC Renews is a Catholic Charities Counseling Program that helps people of all ages who have had more than one traumatic experience in their lives. Through counseling and case management, as needed, participants receive assistance from compassionate, experienced professionals to plan for a healthier path forward. Join Phil Zepeda and Katie Bredemann as they welcome Carla Gutierrez and Daisy Gonzalez to discuss this specialized approach to counseling.

Welcome The Stranger, Part 2

Tuesday, July 25, 2023
Welcome the Stranger is a Catholic Charities initiative, in conjunction with the Archdiocese of Chicago to help the 10,000 asylum seekers who have arrived in our city in recent months through a coordinated, Catholic response that is offered along with initiatives from the City of Chicago and other human service organizations. Join Katie Bredemann and Phil Zepeda as they welcome Rose Marie Lesniak-Mendez and Griselda Garibay to discuss additional Welcome the Stranger updates and how St. Barnabas Parish is generously embracing this call for charitable assistance.

Counseling Programs

Tuesday, July 18, 2023
Catholic Charities Counseling Programs help clients deal with a wide variety of mental health concerns. Through counseling and case management, children and adults receive assistance from compassionate, experienced professionals to identify root causes and plan for a more positive path forward. Join Phil Zepeda and Katie Bredemann as they welcome Ellen Tannenbaum and Laura Caballero to discuss how our Counseling programs are having a positive impact in many people’s lives across Cook and Lake counties.

Welcome the Stranger Update

Tuesday, July 11, 2023
Welcome the Stranger is a Catholic Charities initiative, in conjunction with the Archdiocese of Chicago to assist the 10,000 asylum seekers who have arrived in our city in recent months. Parishes in all six Vicariates are coordinating a Catholic response to offer charitable help to the asylum seekers, along with Catholic Charities programs and services as available. Join Phil Zepeda and Katie Bredemann as they welcome Marilu Gonzalez and Donald Kauffold to discuss Welcome the Stranger developments, including a special story from Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish in Elk Grove Village.

The Encompassing Center

Tuesday, July 4, 2023
Catholic Charities Encompassing Center was established in 2019 to provide adults and children living on Chicago’s West Side with a healing space for community-based counseling. These residents have significant obstacles to accessing good healthcare, and The Encompassing Center has been a very effective way to address this disparity. Join Phil Zepeda and Katie Bredemann as they welcome Star Braddock, Outreach Engagement Coordinator to provide a summer update on this vital Behavioral Health program.

Homelessness Prevention Call Center

Tuesday, June 27, 2023
Last year, Catholic Charities Homelessness Prevention Call Center received more than 77,000 requests for assistance from people in Cook and Lake counties who were homeless or on the verge of being homeless. Our experience and trusted network of internal and community resources help address immediate needs of clients and offer them a path to greater stability in their lives. Join Phil Zepeda and Katie Bredemann as they welcome Wendy Avila and Ashley Styx to discuss the Call Center activity this summer.

Family Connections

Tuesday, June 20, 2023
Catholic Charities offers affordable housing in 19 residences to seniors, veterans, and persons with disabilities, providing pleasant, independent living within a safe, caring community. Join Phil Zepeda and Katie Bredemann as they welcome five sisters, Robbie Preston, Nina McPherson, Jenelle Hendrix, Mary Bowden, and Dorothy Jackson, with Property Manager Margarita Rios to discuss how the family connections that exist between the sisters enrich their lives at two of these residences: Matthew Manor and Ozanam Village.

2023 Catholic Charities Golf Classic

Tuesday, June 13, 2023
Catholic Charities Golf Classic is a favorite tournament for golf fans throughout Chicagoland. Played on two superior courses in Lake County, the Golf Classic offers a fantastic opportunity to gather family, friends and colleagues for golf and an elegant dinner in support of Catholic Charities. Join Phil Zepeda and Katie Bredemann as they welcome Matt Davis and Meisha Lyons to preview this Signature Event and take a closer look at Catholic Charities Senior Services, one of the Impact Areas that will benefit from the proceeds of this outing.

Family Self-Sufficiency Annual Achievement Celebration

Tuesday, June 6, 2023
Catholic Charities Family Self-Sufficiency Program helps low-income, single parents with case management and employment services, for up to five years as they work towards greater stability and improve their quality of life. Join Phil Zepeda and Katie Bredemann as they welcome Patricia Fuller, Heather Stewart and Ashley Reynolds to discuss the upcoming Annual Achievement Celebration that acknowledges milestones reached by participants over the past year as they continue to strive for their goals.

Tuesday Night Suppers Offer Food and More to Asylum Seekers

Tuesday, May 30, 2023
More than 8,000 men, women and children have arrived in Chicago since last August seeking safety and opportunity in the United States. Our Tuesday Night Suppers have helped Catholic Charities provide a hot meal to the asylum seekers and share information about our other programs and services. Join Phil Zepeda and Katie Bredemann as they welcome Mary Anzilotti and Noreen Russo to discuss how staff and volunteers at the Tuesday Night Suppers have compassionately responded to the significant increase in the number of people reaching out to Catholic Charities for assistance as the asylum seekers establish new lives in our city.

WIC Food Centers

Tuesday, May 23, 2023
Catholic Charities Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Food Centers are a welcoming hub of activity for vulnerable families. Last year, more than 51,000 low-income mothers and caregivers visited our WIC Centers, and this was a 90% increase from the previous year. Join Phil Zepeda and Katie Bredemann as they welcome Michael Heroldt and Shivonnia Dickson to discuss the many ways that WIC Centers strengthen individuals, families and communities in Chicago.
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