Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet
Provides homelessness prevention, transitional housing, services for veterans, and senior services.
Central Illinois
Kathleen Langdon, Director of Development and Communications
Jennifer Wick, Director of Aging and Disability Services


Adult Protective Services & Hotline

Offers trained and caring professionals to help determine the services most needed to stop neglect and abuse; protect the person who has suffered abuse and/or neglect, and assist the individual in the healing process. Intervention for the abuser is also provided. In addition to abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation reports, Catholic Charities also take reports of self-neglect for individuals 60 and older and persons with disabilities (ages 18-59). Calls of concern about individuals who are not taking care of themselves or who are living in unsafe environments can also be made to Catholic Charities by calling 815-933-7791 OR to the 24-hour hotline: 866-800-1409.

Aging Information and Assistance

Providing information about the many services and benefits available to older adults. Client advocacy and intervention are also offered.

Case Management Services

Offering frail, older adults and their families assistance as they assess the need for care and coordinate an overall plan of services to maximize the older person's independence in the home. Areas examined include medical care and supervision; home maintenance; personal care assistance; emergency response systems; financial needs; and living arrangements. Caregiver Program provides information, advocacy and services to caregivers and grandparents raising grandchildren that help them adjust to caregiving roles and fill gaps in services or resources. Services include caregiver support groups, educational opportunities, respite, counseling and limited financial assistance.

Family Caregiver Services

Offers in-person, by phone or email assistance in identifying services and benefits available to your loved one or service to help the caregiver themselves. Services include funding for: respite care, gap-filling and legal support. Also available are caregiver counseling, monthly support groups and periodic educational workshops for caregivers. Monthly support groups meet the first Wednesday of every month from noon to 1:15. A light lunch is provided. Please call the Catholic Charities office for location.

Grandparents or Other Older Relatives Raising Children

Offers in-person, by phone or email assistance in identifying services and benefits available. Services include funding for: respite care, gap-filling and legal support. Also available are counseling and periodic educational workshops for older relatives raising the children of other family members.

Healthy Aging Programs

Evidence-based health programs offer proven ways to promote health and prevent disease. Many of the programs are social which is beneficial to overall mental health. Programs include Bingocize, A Matter of Balance, Chronic Disease Self Management. Other Educational and Health Promotion classes are available.

Home Delivered Meals

Catholic Charities provides intake and eligibility determination for this program. Eligible recipients must be senior adults homebound due to illness, injury or lack of accommodations for meal preparation.

Homeless Prevention Services

Provides short term financial assistance and supportive services to prevent homelessness and rehouse homeless individuals and families. Services are available on a limited basis.

Horizons Joint Transitional Housing and Rapid Rehousing Program

Provides temporary housing for homeless families with children. Families work toward goals including permanent housing. This program is designed to maximize a family's self-sufficiency.

Long-term Care Ombudsman Program

Provides advocacy and support for residents of long-term care facilities. Provides education about resident rights and related information to residents, community members, long-term care facility staff, and legislative representatives. Acts at the direction of the resident to resolve their concerns or complaints.

Medicaid Application Assistance

Medicaid application assistance is provided for older adults aged 60+ or individuals aged 18-59 who are disabled. If no other services with Catholic Charities are pursued, any follow-up needed after the application has been submitted would be the responsibility of the individual who applied.

Money Management Program

The Money Management Program is provided through the help of volunteers specially trained and screened assist senior adults with their basic money management needs. Seniors can gain assistance in developing an appropriate budget, sorting mail, bill paying, and balancing a checkbook. Two levels of services are provided: bill payer and representative payee. Volunteer activity and accounts are monitored on a regular basis and limited client fund insurance is provided by AARP.

Senior Companion Program

Offers adults, 55+, the opportunity to support and interact with their lonely and isolated peers. Senior Companions earn a modest tax-free stipend and generally volunteer 20 hours per week.

Supportive Services for Veteran's Families

This program assists veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Available services include case management, employment and education assistance, and locating housing or helping with paying rent arrearages or security deposits. Each program participant is linked with the US Department of Veteran Affairs to gauge eligibility for additional VA benefits and services.

Telephone Reassurance

Provides brief telephone-based socialization to isolated older adults who may benefit from some personal contact throughout the week. Benefits include increased socialization, decreased isolation and the peace of mind that having someone familiar checking in can bring. Volunteer opportunities are also available.


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Last Updated: 12/19/2022 at 08:35 PM