Our Core Purpose

Episcopal Charities and Community Services brings to a broken world the hope for lasting change, rooted in Episcopal vision, faith, and experience, and expressed through collective community efforts.

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Save-the-Date November 3, 2017

Join hundreds of like-minded friends from across the Diocese on this special night as we raise critically important funding to make Episcopal Charities' life-changing ministries possible.

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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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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 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.

"Faith, Public Life, and Citizenship: Building Healthy Community"

On April 3rd Episcopal Charities and Community Services was pleased to host Dr. Luke Bretherton as the keynote speaker for the 2017 Annual Conference. A record number of board members, senior staff, and volunteers participated in the Conference, representing 39 different not-for-profit organizations from across the entire Episcopal Diocese of Chicago.

Dr. Bretherton challenged participants to:
  • build healthy 'community' is the key to a long-term, systemic impact on today's serious social problems,
  • explore ways every organization can partner in effecting change in - and through - the communities they serve, and
  • consider the unique role of faith-based institutions in sustaining healthy community by engaging local leadership.
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    Dr. Bretherton's presentation also helped articulate key aspects of Episcopal Charities' recently approved strategic plan that focuses on the role of faith-based institutions in our common, public life.

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    This leadership conference is an annual offering of Episcopal Charities and Community Services through its Capacity Building Program. For more than 10 years, this program has helped our grantees (ministry partners), other not-for-profit organizations, church congregations, and others to better fulfill their mission through stronger governing boards, increased fundraising, and more effective communication.