For A More Abundant Life

Episcopal Charities brings a message of hope to people from all walks of life in the Diocese of Chicago who thought abundant life was not meant for them.

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When You Care Enough to Help

When you come to Episcopal Charities to make a difference in someone’s life, the life that changes may be your own.

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The Julian Year

Our newest program is preparing a new generation of leadership that is bringing change to the world through the church. Julians' spiritual development happens in intentional community while they serve the world through meaningful internships.

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When The Life That Changes Is Your Own

For more than 50 years God has worked through Episcopal Charities to transform lives.

People come here from all walks of life to make a difference in the lives of others.  Their compassionate, generous acts of service offered through our programs and ministry partners help turn despair to hope for thousands of people living in the shadows of society across the Diocese of Chicago.

As people come to Episcopal Charities in order to serve others, however, many discover meaning and joy when they find their own life transformed in the process.

Are you looking for a life-changing opportunity?  If so, you are in the right place. 

Learn more about how God changes lives - including our own - through Episcopal Charities' ministries and giving opportunities.

"If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday."
                                                             -- Isaiah 58:10

New Ventures: Change for Communities by Communities

Episcopal Charities' New Ventures expands its better-known grant making program by launching innovative programs that reach far beyond basic social services; they change communities through a time-intensive organizing process that helps identify and develop new leadership, continually seeks out the most pressing issues, and moves into action on the important issues identified by each community.

Episcopal Charities' financial and leadership participation in our current New Venture - the Fox Valley Initiative - supports a growing broad-based group of non-partisan, everyday citizens dedicated to resolving pressing social problems facing our communities in Aurora, Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, and Elgin.

Community-identified issues explored by the Initiative include:

  • Access to mental health care & support
  • Expansion of law enforcement crisis intervention training, county mental health court, and case management post incarceration re-entry services for persons with mental illness
  • Affordable & Supportive Housing
  • Several sites are being reviewed as possible locations for affordable housing
  • Education
  • Expansion & creation of early intervention behavior health programs

Click here to learn more about New Ventures and programs like, the Fox River Valley Initiative.

Save-The-Date: May 17th
2016 ECCS Annual Conference

On May 17th join representatives from diverse not-for-profit organizations across the Diocese of Chicago at the Omni Hotel (Chicago) for Episcopal Charities' 2016 Annual Conference. This year's format is brand new:
an executive lunch meeting (11:45 am - 1:00 pm) followed by optional roundtable discussions from 1:00 - 2:00 pm.

Our speakers will be Mike Gecan and former Illinois state senator Steve Rauschenberger. Together they will help us better understand our state's current fiscal crisis, providing a broad overview of the current situation but, more importantly, strategies for existing in the after-effects which will be with us for a long time.

As always, this event is free and is specifically designed for:
- Executive Directors/CEOs
- Board Members
- Key Staff Members

Reservations are required and can be made via email: click here for reservations

For more information about the Annual Conference, please contact:
Otto Reinisch
Director, Organizational Development