Located on Chicago’s south side, St. Francis DePaula Shelter is one of Catholic Charities’ two interim housing shelters serving families who have unexpectedly become homeless. Generally, a family spends three or four months at St. Francis DePaula. During that time, they receive intensive case management services where each family works with a case manager to create a plan, identify goals, develop life and parenting skills and find job opportunities and other necessary resources. For each family, the ultimate goal is permanent housing and self-sufficiency — but that can only happen after their immediate needs of food and shelter are addressed!
St. Francis DePaula Shelter is capable of serving 14 families at one time. Last fiscal year (July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2011), St. Francis DePaula Shelter provided an astounding 16,092 nights of stay and 48,282 meals to 338 parents and children. Located in a former convent that was built in the late 1920s, St. Francis DePaula Shelter has been in continuous operation 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, year round since 1984 causing significant wear and tear. Fortunately, the Shelter is currently undergoing a renovation of the common areas of the facility, including the kitchen and dining room. That is where you come in!!! We have set up a registry on Target.com where you can go online and purchase items needed for the new kitchen and dining room. These needy families should feel at home . . . even when they don’t have one. The Registry is simple: (1) Go to Target.com; (2) Click on TargetLists; (3) Enter the first name “Christina” and the last name “Brotto”; (4) Start shopping. All of your purchases will be delivered to the Parish Center. When the Shelter remodel is complete, we will arrange to have all of the purchases delivered to the Shelter.
If you have any questions, please contact Christina Brotto at (630)920-2203 or firstname.lastname@example.org.