Catholic Charities: All about help and just about everywhere. Catholic Charities is in your neighborhood. With more than 168 programs at 157 locations across Cook and Lake counties, we help people of all races and religions move toward empowerment and self-sufficiency. Last year we brought more than 870,000 parents, children, seniors and individuals help during the hardest times of their lives.
Only 8 cents of every dollar donated goes toward our administrative expenses; the rest goes directly to help clients. While Catholic Charities raises funds separately from the Archdiocese of Chicago, we serve as the social service arm of the church. When clients seek help from Catholic Charities— whether for emergency assistance or for another type of help—they enter into a network with services that range from counseling to job training to immunization linkage.
(description excerpt taken from http://www.catholiccharities.net/index.php?id=49)