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.
St. Gianna Baby Pantry
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.
Clients are welcome by appointment only. Please contact Peggy Berry.
Donate your gently used baby items Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Catholic Charities Warehouse (located in the Bessette Center at the old SHARE FOOD building).
- 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: Newborn, 5 & 6 months)
- Blankets (receiving and crib-size)
- Clothing for fall and winter (new or gently used)
- undershirts for boys and girls sizes 24 months to 2T
- New or gently used story and picture books
Wish List (Additional Items)
- Diapers (any size)
- Baby bath items
- 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.
- Prenatal Education
- Postnatal Education
- Parenting Skills Classes
- Assistance with ongoing infant needs up to 2 yrs
- Assistance with infant Diapers Guidance
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. To donate or volunteer call 309-637-0288.
Location: 1825 NE Adams (located in the Bessette Center at the old SHARE FOOD Building)
Days & Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 – 11:30 am
Please bring ID
St. Joseph Furniture Bank, 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.
Furniture is obtained through referral’s only. Call the St. Vincent DePaul helpline at 309-677-7696
If you have furniture that is not being used please consider donating it to Catholic Charities’ St. Joseph’s Furniture Bank. All furniture and appliances can be dropped off at the Catholic Charities Warehouse (located in the Bessette Center at the old SHARE FOOD building), 1825 NE Adams Street on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Monetary donations are always accepted as well.
Bessette Lunch Kitchen
Another way to ease the burden of hunger, is to provide a healthy brown bag lunch to anyone. No questions asked.
Location: 1825 NE Adams (located in the Bessette Center)
Days & Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
No ID required
Volunteers are needed for food prep starting at 9:30 am on Mondays and Wedensdays.
Donations of canned good are accepted on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00-4:00 pm.
An outreach program for the elderly offering in-home counseling and volunteer assistance is available to serve those in Champaign & Piatt Counties.
Good Samaritan Program
The Good Samaritan program offers free in-home counseling and volunteer helpers for chores and transportation and is available to residents in the Champaign area. There is also a full-time counselor available to address needs such as grief, loss and disease, issues that often affect seniors.
St. Patrick Church in Tolono hosts a monthly potluck lunch providing important social opportunities for folks who might otherwise feel isolated. Potlucks are scheduled for the first Wednesday of every month at 11:30 am. Anyone age 55 and over is welcome! Please contact Kim McAvoy to see what activity is also planned during the potluck or if you have any questions.
How can you help?
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.