Rental Assistance Resources in IL

The Eviction Moratorium in the state of Illinois has been extended until April 3, 2021, which allows those impacted by COVID-19 to remain in their residences despite late and missed payments. Just this week, the CDC has signed an extension on the agency’s moratorium on evictions through June 30, further preventing the eviction of tenants who are unable to make rental payments.

Click here to read the full CDC Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions to Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19

We know from talking to the many that reach out to SVdP Chicago for rental and utility bill assistance, that missed payments are piling up and a looming crisis hangs over the heads of many as they attempt to keep current with household bills while working to catch up with late rent balances. “About 42% of Illinois residents are behind in their rent due to COVID,” said Karla Chrobak of CARPLS, a Chicago-based legal aid organization. “We’re talking millions of dollars of back rent, millions.”

In Suburban Cook County there is financial help available to assist renters now. Applications are now open for the Cook County Emergency Rental Assistance program. It pays up to $15,000 to help cover 12 months of missed rent and utilities payments and up to 3 months of future rent payments. Payments will be made directly to the landlord and utility company. The deadline to apply has been extended and applications now open until April 9 at 5:00 pm.

Click here for the online application and more details

Sometime in April or May, the state of Illinois expects to open up its Emergency Rental Assistance program where renters can apply up to $25,000. Same for Chicago residents, who will have their own program with no financial cap.   Click here for Illinois rental assistance resources
All programs are run like a lottery system and an application is not a guarantee. We are hoping these current and forthcoming resources can be of use to the friends in need SVdP Chicago Council, Districts, and Conferences serve.

Virtual Conversation – Human Trafficking: The Pandemic No One Is Talking About

Taking place on Friday, April 9, 2021, join others via Zoom for this important forum hosted by Catholic Charities South/Southwest Regional Services and the Institute for Politics, Public Service, and Social Justice at Governors State University.
To attend via Zoom, click here.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Institute for Politics, Public Service, and Social Justice at Governors State University invite you to attend a virtual conversation on April 9, 2021, addressing human trafficking.
Human trafficking has left no part of the world untouched, and Chicagoland is no exception. Our vulnerability stems in part from our location in the middle of the country and having modes of transportation (highway, rail, air, and water) that allow for limitless movement of people. Additionally, the unevenness of our social landscapes, enclaves of impoverishment, and significant populations of at-risk groups such as youths, school dropouts, runaways, and undocumented workers, offer enticements for human traffickers.
This discussion highlights initiatives human trafficking agencies are currently engaged in:
Naomi’s House – Amanda Bagnall
New Name – Anne Polencheck
Rahab’s Daughters – Sharmila Wijeyakumar
Refuge for Women – Chicago – Karen Schultz
Selah Freedom – Kara Thompson
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago – Hilda Bahena, Legal Assistance Department Director
Moderator – David Deeds

Spring Honey Baked Ham Fundraiser

Make It A Picture Perfect Spring Celebration with Honey Baked Ham Gift Cards!

You can purchase gift cards to Honey Baked Ham this Easter season and give back to St. Vincent de Paul Chicago! Honey Baked Ham offers more than just their signature delicious glazed ham, they also have Family Meals, Honey Baked Turkeys, Sides, and Desserts.  Take the stress out of your celebration meal and order from Honey Baked Ham!

Click here to be directed to HoneyBaked Ham Company’s website to purchase.  You can use your HoneyBaked Gift Card to shop online or in-store at any HoneyBaked location nationwide. And the most satisfying part? 20% of your purchase goes directly to support SVdP Chicago and help our neighbors in need!

Purchase your gift cards and then use them to place your order online!

Shipping demand is high…. but good news! Our products ship frozen. Get your Honey Baked Ham delivered early this year & thaw 48 hours before your celebration.
Learn more about shipping products directly


Donation Drive Events – Updated for 2021

The 2021 Donation Drive Schedule has been released! Take note of the drive that works best for you and mark your calendar!

If you would like to schedule a Donation Drive for your local community, please click here to contact us via email
or call Karen at 773-779-6700 x111

Old Mill CreekMARCH 20 & 21St. Raphael the Archangel40000 N. Route 4560046
FlossmoreMARCH 20 & 21Infant Jesus of Prague1131 Douglas Ave.60422
PalatineAPRIL 10 & 11St. Theresa433 Bernton Street60067
WestchesterAPRIL 17 & 18Divine Providence - New Shoe/Sock Drive2550 Mayfair Avenue60154
Oak LawnMAY 22 & 23St. Catherine of Alexandria4100 W. 107th Street60453
ChicagoMAY 29 & 30St. Rene Goupil6949 W. 63rd Place60638
Oak ParkJUNE 5 & 6St. Edmunds188 S. Oak Park Avenue60302
NilesJUNE 5 & 6St. John Brebeuf8305 N. Harlem60714
Orland ParkJUNE 12 & 13St. Francis of Assisi15050 S. Wolf Road60467
Orland ParkJUNE 12 & 13St. Michaels Church14300 West Avenue60462
EvanstonJUNE 19 & 20St. Mary1012 Lake St.60201
MundeleinJULY 24 & 25Santa Maria del Popolo116 N. Lake Street60060
ChicagoJULY 31 & AUGUST 1St. Monica5136 N. Nottingham60656
ChicagoAUGUST 7 & 8St. Symphorosa6135 S. Austin60638
Orland ParkSEPTEMBER 11 & 12St. Francis of Assisi15050 S. Wolf Road60467
Palos HeightsSEPTEMBER 11 & 12Incarnation5757 W. 127th Street60463
Oak LawnSEPTEMBER 25 & 26St. Catherine of Alexandria4100 W. 107th Street60453
ChicagoSEPTEMBER 25 & 26Queen of the Universe7114 S. Hamlin Avenue60629
EvanstonOCTOBER 2 & 3St. Joan of Arc9248 N. Lawndale Ave60203
La GrangeOCTOBER 2 & 3St. Cletus600 W. 55th Street60525
Orland ParkOCTOBER 2 & 3St. Michaels Church14300 West Avenue60462
ChicagoOCTOBER 9 & 10St. Daniel the Prophet5300 S. Natoma60638
ChicagoOCTOBER 9 & 10St. Constance5856 W. Anslie St.60630
Oak ParkOCTOBER 16 & 17St. Edmunds188 S. Oak Park Avenue60302
Old Mill CreekOCTOBER 16 & 17St. Raphael the Archangel40000 N. Route 4560046
PalatineOCTOBER 16 & 17St. Theresa433 Bernton Street60067
WestchesterOCTOBER 23 & 24Divine Providence2550 Mayfair Avenue60154
ChicagoNOVEMBER 6 & 7St. Rene Goupil6949 W. 63rd Place60638
ChicagoNOVEMBER 6 & 7Christ The King9235 S. Hamilton Avenue60643
North RiversideNOVEMBER 6 & 7Mater Christi2431 S. 10th Avenue60546


When you donate with SVdP Chicago, you change lives! Used clothing, household goods, furniture no longer needed, old craft supplies, new items that were never worn, gifts we could not use but forgot to return.  They make a difference every day!

Our thrift stores serve as the destination for receiving, processing, and selling those donations.  Our prices are low so that those looking to find quality goods on a tight budget can be provided for.  Those that are struggling and have come to us for help, when qualified, receive a voucher to shop our stores at no cost, with dignity and respect.  We do not group items as other thrift stores do.  All items are available to all that need, every day! We also provide jobs and skill training, giving those who need the opportunity the most possibilities of a better tomorrow.  SVdP Chicago works with local organizations to help provide needed items such as, blankets and clothing to BEDS and other homeless shelters, baby items for mothers in need, and school supplies for low income families.  Blankets and towels not suitable for use can find a home at a local animal shelter.
At the end of the day, after the light bill is paid and our basic costs for operating our stores are covered, proceeds from your donations are used to support our volunteer led programs that help those in need in Lake and Cook Counties. With over 33 food pantries, community dinners and food trucks, we fulfill the need for those who are food insecure. Whether it is assisting a family with utility bills, medical bills, rent, groceries, or helping a homeless family have a place to sleep, the Society is there! 

SVdP Chicago Host Virtual Top Hat Variety Show on Sunday, April 18, 2021! Share your talent, become a sponsor, or donate today!

On Sunday, April 18, 2021, our SVdP Chicago Council is having its first-time ever, Top Hat Variety Show! It has been a difficult year for many of us and this is an opportunity for all of the Council’s Vincentians to come together for an afternoon. This virtual event will feature entertainment by our very own talented members, highlights of our Conferences’ charitable works during the pandemic, and prize-winning games and raffle. The primary focus for our Top Hat Variety Show is to provide a fun, entertaining opportunity for members to connect with one another and to keep up the camaraderie that was built at our past in-person events going strong! Let’s celebrate hope for the future and give thanks for the many rays of sunlight that peeked through this past year. Register to attend the event here!     Learn how you can become an event sponsor click here!         Make a donation!

SVdP Chicago Council is hosting the Top Hat Variety Show to raise funds to support the Districts, Conferences, and Vincentian programs that help local friends in need. The impact of COVID-19 has greatly increased the number of individuals and families seeking assistance for food, clothing, rental payments, utility bill payments, and medication/medical financial support. We are experiencing a surge in the volume of calls coming into the Council’s central office that do not fall within the jurisdiction of a conference. The Eviction Moratorium in the state of Illinois has recently been extended until April 3, 2021, which allows those impacted by COVID-19 to remain in their residences despite late and missed payments. However, we know that missed payments are piling up and a looming crisis hangs over the heads of many as they attempt to keep current with household bills while working to catch up with late rent balances.

This is one of the many examples of how SVdP Chicago will be in demand to provide support to our friends in need this spring and summer. Looking forward into 2021, SVdP Chicago would also like to invest in establishing two food banks to serve the Chicagoland area and help make a difference in the fight against hunger. Funds raised for the Top Hat Variety Show will not be used towards operational or administrative expenses for the Chicago Council.

SVdP Chicago has been reaching out in our local communities throughout Cook and Lake counties for over 168 years. We have the experience of being a force of good throughout times of war, global pandemics, economic crises, and social changes. Our volunteers serve with hearts full of love and compassion and the Society helps anyone regardless of race, religion, political association, or gender.

  • We’ve fed countless in need in Chicago and the suburban communities through our food pantries, holiday meal baskets, community dinners, and other local events.
  • We’ve clothed the homeless, struggling young families, and Veterans trying to make it during rough patches in their lives.
  • We’ve housed those on the brink or in the midst of homelessness through referrals to shelters, locating affordable housing, or paying rent during a short-term set-back. And we’ve continually offered hope to the most vulnerable in our communities when they’ve no place else to turn.

With your support and generous donation, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Chicago and our dedicated volunteer members can take action against poverty, and together we will continue making a difference in our local communities!

Donate today, click here to be directed to our secure, online give partner Network for Good.

Congratulations to SVdP Vice President Mike Syslo!

We have some amazingly good news to share today! SVdP Chicago is proud to congratulate our Council Vice President, Mike Syslo, on being named the Chairperson of the National Governance Committee! This role is a reflection of the effort and commitment Mike has given to The Society and we wish him great success as he begins this new chapter in his Vincentian journey.  Never fear, he will still remain our Vice President and we are most grateful for that. God bless you Mike for your good works and service!

Ozanam Orientation – March 22, 23, & 24. Registration Now Open!

SVdP Chicago is hosting a New and Improved Ozanam Orientation on March 22, 23, and 24, 2021. It is a 3-part webinar series that will begin at 6:30 pm each evening. End times: 3/22- 8:45 pm, 3/23- 8:50 pm, 3/24-8:10 pm

In order to get credit for attending this required program, you must attend all three parts. You may attend one or two of the parts now and pick up the rest at a later date. This is a virtual interactive presentation rather than in-person training and requires your attendance through the use of a computer, iPad, Smartphone, or like device. To participate, you cannot attend simply by telephone (landline) because you must see the presentation as well as hear it. Additional Information will be sent when you register.

Who should attend?
– New members – to learn who we are, what we are about, and how you can help to transform our culture.
– Existing members – to get reacquainted with how you can help to transform our culture.

What Will Be Discussed?
– As a Member, Do You Know Your Title?
– What is Our History?
– What is Vincentian Spirituality?
– What are SVdP’s Cultural Beliefs?
– What are SVdP’s Key Results?
– What is SVdP Culture?
– How You Can Help Transform SVdP?
– Do You Understand Poverty?
– Why do we make Home Visits?

Register Today! Email Mike Syslo at with your Name, Conference, District, Phone, Home Address, and Email Address. Additional information will be sent to you via email after you register.

40 Items – 40 Days Lenten Challenge

We LOVE this idea! It’s the 40 Days, 40 Items Challenge. Here’s the deal:  Instead of giving up something for Lent – the 40 days and 40 items challenge is a way of giving back. Each day of Lent, remove one item from your home, which you don’t use or wear anymore, and place it in a bag.  It can be clothing items, shoes, boots, accessories, household items, small kitchen appliances, kitchen utensils, cups/plates/bowls, blankets, sheets, electronics, furniture, toys, and more!
Our Thrift Stores are NOT able to accept Mattresses, Organs, and Pianos. 

At the end of Lent, donate these items to SVdP Libertyville or Orland Park Thrift Stores.
Click here for store hours and contact information. 
Did you fill more than 1 bag? We have all heard if something doesn’t bring you Joy or get used after 1 year of owning it to donate.  Now is your chance to organize, declutter, and give back to help others.
Your donations will be shared with our Friends in Need!
Are you up for the Challenge?  Start Today!

Leyden Township Town Hall Clothing Donations a Success! Thank You!

We asked for your help to help those displaced and needing clothing after a motel fire in Melrose Park.  Your response blew us away! We are incredibly grateful to everyone who came out in cold, snowy conditions to donate.  

On hand was Melissa, with Leyden Township, Jim P. – SVdP Chicago Disaster Coordinator, Dennis – our SVdP Driver, and Harry O. (not pictured because he was taking all the photos!) –  SVdP President

Dennis, Jim, and Melissa On-Site to Accept Donations


All donations were processed and sorted by our Libertyville Thrift Store Staff and Volunteers and made ready for distribution to the 47 adults and 2 children in need.

Your donations are very much appreciated, thank you for answering the call and helping our neighbors in need!

Critical Call for Clothing Donations – Sat. 2/13 10AM-3PM at Leyden Township Town Hall

We are reaching out with a critical call for Clothing Donations Only this Saturday.  SVdP Chicago Disaster Services is involved with assisting 46 adults and 2 children who have been displaced due to a fire earlier this week.

Our SVdP Chicago truck will be answering the call for need this Saturday, February 13th.
It will be located at the Leyden Township Town Hall Parking Lot
2501 N Mannheim Rd. Franklin Park, IL, 60131
from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm to accept clothing donations only.

Your donations are very much appreciated, thank you for helping our neighbors in need!