Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria, is a ministry inspired by Christ’s love and care, committed to serve Christ’s Mystical Body by upholding the dignity of each person and serving each individual as we would serve Christ Himself, advocating for a just and compassionate society according to our Catholic Social Teachings of the Church; and encouraging others to join us in fulfilling our mission.


Adoption Records

For all records inquiries including post-adoption records contact Suzie Meismer at 309-966-0385.

Help Line

(309) 677-7696

St. Gianna Baby Pantry

Bessette Center in the Catholic Charities Warehouse
1825 NE Adams, Peoria

This pantry offers clothing, formula, diapers, and other basic baby supplies to families.  Baby items provided are based on the donations received from the community.  On just one day in July 385 diapers, 16 packages of wipes, and 9 containers of formula, as well as clothes, blankets, crib sheets, lotion, baby wash, shampoo, were distributed.  The need is so great that additional appointment times have been added.  Your help is needed to help assure that the necessary supplies are not depleted.

In Need?
Clients are welcome by appointment only
Please call 309-637-0288

Donate your gently used baby items Monday, Wednesday, or Friday from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Bessette Center in the Catholic Charities Warehouse or Monday-Friday from 8:30 am-4:30 pm at the Spalding Pastoral Center (419 NE Madison Avenue, Peoria).

  • Arrange for a baby necessity drive at your church or business and fill a baby crib
  • Volunteer your time at the pantry
  • Refer someone who is in need of our services
  • Have a party, but instead of gifts for yourself, ask friends to donate to a child in need
  • Donate items from our wish list
  • Monetary donations are always accepted as well

Wish List (Low Inventory)

  • Diapers (Sizes: 4, 5, 6)
  • Pull-Ups (any size)
  • Baby wipes
  • Baby wash
  • Formula
  • Blankets (receiving and crib-size)
  • New or gently used story and picture books

Wish List (Additional Items)

  • Diapers (any size)
  • Baby bath items (lotion, shampoo, powder)
  • Newborn clothing
  • Baby coats/blankets
  • Jarred baby food and cereals
  • Baby lotion
  • Baby wash
  • Baby shampoo

“Choose life that your children may live.” – Deuteronomy 30:19  

Guardian Angel Outreach for Mothers, Streator

This is a parish ministry established by Immaculate Conception, St. Anthony, and St. Stephen parishes in collaboration with Catholic Charities.  Our outreach assists at-risk mothers and their infants from conception through the first two years of the baby’s life.  Our doors are open to assist all women facing new-life issues from the city of Streator, IL and surrounding communities.  Individuals will find a safe and caring environment with dedicated volunteers and staff.

How are Individuals Served?
Individuals in need will find a safe and caring environment when facing one of the greatest challenges of their lives.  A full time Registered Nurse provides education along with support from volunteers.  Guardian Angel Outreach for Mothers partners with Catholic Charities and other health professionals and agencies for supportive services and referrals when needed.

Services Provided

  • Prenatal Education
  • Postnatal Education
  • Parenting Skills Classes
  • Assistance with ongoing infant needs up to 2 yrs
  • Assistance with infant Diapers Guidance

Contact Information

Sharon Warfield
405 S Illinois Street
Streator, IL 61364
(815) 672-4567
Hours: Monday and Friday, 12:00 - 4:00 pm

Food Pantries

Bessette Center in the Catholic Charities Warehouse
1825 NE Adams, Peoria

The issue of hunger in America is a growing concern. Currently, more than 16% of children go to bed without food. To ease this pain we have partnered with Peoria Area Food Bank, as well as Midwestern Food Bank to help supply the Catholic Charities Food Bank on NE Adams Street in Peoria. Adults must present a photo ID and may receive assistance monthly.

In Need:
Days & Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 – 11:30 am
Please bring ID

Seeking additional volunteers to help with distribution on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from 9:30-11:30 am. Also seeking volunteers to help restock inventory on Wednesdays from 1:00-4:00 pm (must be able to do heavy lifting).
If interested, please submit the online volunteer request below.

Donations of canned good and non-perishable foods are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Bessette Center in the Catholic Charities Warehouse.

Tolono Food Pantry (Located in St. Patrick parish hall)
212 E. Washington Street
Tolono, IL 61880

Providing help and creating hope for those in need in Champaign County.

In Need:
Days & Hours: Monday 5:00-6:30 pm & Friday 9:00-10:30 am

 St. Joseph Furniture Bank, Peoria

Bessette Center in the Catholic Charities Warehouse
1825 NE Adams, Peoria

The purpose of the furniture bank is to provide furniture and appliances to people who cannot afford to purchase items on their own. Gently used furniture and working appliances will be available to people in need.  Catholic Charities in Peoria currently works together with area St. Vincent de Paul conferences to determine the need and make referrals.

In Need?
Furniture is obtained through referral’s only from area churches and/or social service agencies.

Referring Agency
Download Referral Form

Completed Referral Forms should be emailed to or mailed to
St. Joseph Furniture Bank
1825 NE Adams, Peoria, IL 61603

If you have furniture that is not being used please consider donating it to the St. Joseph’s Furniture Bank. All furniture can be dropped off at the Catholic Charities Warehouse on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.  Monetary donations are always accepted as well.

Wish List

  • Couches (new or gently used)
  • Dressers
  • Dinettes
  • Desks
  • Chairs
  • Tables

(Cannot accept appliances, mattresses, or televisions.)

St. Andre Bessette Lunch Kitchen

Bessette Center in the Catholic Charities Warehouse
1825 NE Adams, Peoria

Another way to ease the burden of hunger, is to provide a healthy brown bag lunch to anyone.  No questions asked. No ID required.

In Need?
Days & Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm


Volunteers are needed for food prep starting at 9:30 am on Mondays and Wednesdays.
If interested, please submit an online volunteer request below.

Donations of canned good and non-perishable foods are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Bessette Center in the Catholic Charities Warehouse.

Gardeners and Hunters Help Feed the Hungry!  Donate your excess garden produce or your processed meat. Call 309-637-0288 or email for more information. 

Good Samaritan Program

These services are available to residents in the Champaign area and nearby rural areas.

The Good Samaritan program offers free in-home or office-based counseling.  Contact professional counselor Eileen Mathy for assistance.

The "Caring Companions" part of this program matches volunteers with senior citizens who need help with chores, errands, or transportation.  Contact Kim McAvoy for assistance or to volunteer.

Eileen Mathy

Kim McAvoy


Senior Potlucks

St. Patrick Church in Tolono hosts a monthly potluck lunch which is followed by entertainment, a speaker, or bingo.  Potlucks are scheduled for the second Wednesday of every month at 11:30 am.  Anyone age 55 and over is welcome! Please contact Kim McAvoy to see what activity is planned during the potluck or if you have any questions.

Kim McAvoy


St. Nicholas Van: Charity on Wheels

St. Nicolas Mobile Pantry is a ministry of Catholic Charities that serves those in need in the Diocese of Peoria. The individuals will be given items such as blankets, towels, book bags, school supplies, socks, gloves, canes, gift cards and non-perishable food. These items may change on a monthly basis based on need and what is donated.

The ministry also has a spiritual dimension. Individuals will always receive a religious item such as a bible, a rosary, or a holy card. We will take their prayer requests and offer masses in their regions. The ministry will also offer prayer to them at the parish in the form of praying a rosary, a chaplet, or simply praying a vocal prayer with them.

The director, Sr. Michelle will drive to each location with the items on Tuesdays. A case manager will travel to meet with those that request case management services with the director. It will be stocked by volunteers on Fridays and Mondays. The items given will be those donated.

In Need?
Persons in need or Parishes (on behalf of those in need) should submit a Request Form.

Request For Services Form

Download and Mail
Mail to:
St. Nicholas Mobile Pantry
419 NE Madison Avenue
Peoria, IL 61603

To donate items for the Mobile Pantry, please contact Sr. Michelle Fernandez, SCTJM, at  For a list of items we need please look at our "wish list" by clicking here: Wish List

Items may also be dropped off on Wednesdays from 10am to 2pm at the Family Resources Center 415 NE Monroe St., Peoria, IL 61602

Monetary donations are always accepted as well.

Christmas Program

Families from around the entire diocese benefit from the annual Christmas program.  Every year families are provided with some basic needs and items to help them live with dignity. In 2018 families from Bloomington, Champaign, Danville, Depue, East Moline, Henry, Lacon, LaSalle, Ottawa, Peoria, Tolono, Moline, Rantoul, Rock Island, Spring Valley, Tonica and Urbana benefited from this program.  We gave out non-stick frying pans, towels, sheets, shampoo, toys for the kids and much more.  Please help to make this program a success this year.



Volunteers are always appreciated in October to help make gift tags for parishes around the diocese.  The greatest need for volunteers is with packing all of the gifts.  This gets really busy around the first week of December.  All of the packing days take place in Peoria.  Please contact us if you can help or submit an online volunteer request below.

If you do not have extra time on your hands maybe you would consider a donation of some items from the "wish list" on Amazon.  When purchasing items from the "wish list", they will be delivered directly to Catholic Charities.  You may also purchase similar items and drop them off at the address below.   As always, cash donations are welcome too and may be made online or mailed to Catholic Charities Christmas Program, 419 NE Madison Avenue, Peoria, IL 61603.


Backpack Program

Through the generosity of many donors, Catholic Charities is able to provide several backpacks filled with notebooks, pencils, pens, rulers, and much more to children in need around the diocese each summer before school.  In 2018, bags were distributed to children in LaSalle, the Quad Cities, Normal, Champaign, Galesburg, DePue, Rantoul, Canton and Peoria.

Sr. Michelle Fernandez/Julie Enzenberger

How can you make a difference?


Catholic Charities has always had a mission focused on the Corporal Works of Mercy: to feed the hungry, to give drink to the thirsty, to shelter the homeless, to clothe the naked, to visit and ransom the captive, and to visit the sick. Advocacy is also an important aspect of Catholic Charities mission.  We serve other individuals, meeting them where they are at, fostering an awareness, speaking out, and encouraging others to do the same.

Catholic Charities is currently on the lookout for people (or groups) who would like to offer their time, talent and skills to volunteer. Please submit this form below indicating your are of interest.

Thank you and may God bless you.


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We are ever grateful for your generous support. 
It is with your continuous 
prayers and assistance that we can continue to renew the lives of many.

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