Our Programs

Wednesday Dinners

Every Wednesday, a nutritious meal, donated by our partner restaurants and supporters, is provided to 130 guests in the diningroom at Catholic Charities, in downtown Chicago.

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Social Services

The Chicago Help Initiative serves much more than food. We also provide our guests with access to an array of free social services.

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Arts and Culture

We host regular outings for a group of our guests to some of the finest cultural and entertainment venues Chicago has to offer.

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Adult Learning

Our trained education volunteers provide on-one-one tutoring to our guests on a variety of subjects such as computer skills, reading, writing, math, GED preparation and books club. 

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Jobs Club

We provide job listings, resources to job training and referrals, and a weekly jobs club for our guests who want to brush up their skills and re-enter the workforce.

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New Foundations

The New Foundations program enables guests at our weekly meals to apply for Medicaid and SNAP benefits, get placed on the city’s housing lists, qualify for a free cell phone, obtain a new State ID, and apply for rental and utility assistance.

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Did you know?


of the people we serve are military service veterans.

A lot of people don’t have shelter, food, clothing. They need help. And they get it here.”