Lent 2015

Lent traditionally is a season marked by prayer, devotion, and acts of service.  Over the next 40 days, these shared disciplines will help us bring a message of hope to thousands of women, men, children, and families across our Diocese.

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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 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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Effective Answers For Today’s Issues

Episcopal Charities provides an effective response to many of today's serious social issues. One minis- try partner, Youth Guidance, is proven to reduce violence among young inner-city men by 40%.

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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

Changing Communities, One Life At A Time

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, helping turn despair to hope.

W2C Waukegan to College is our newest program that today is creating a college-going culture by turning the dream of a college education - and a brighter future - into a reality for more than 80 deserving students from Waukegan High School and their families.

Waukegan to College's multi-faceted services help families who are committed to creating brighter futures for their children by providing them with a unique variety of resources to help their children get on and stay on the path to college. Since its founding in 2009, Waukegan to College has grown to serve 220% more students and their families!

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2015 ECCS Ministry Partner
Grants Increase to $670,000

[Chicago, IL] -- "At at time when the work of our ministry partners is needed by more people than ever in our Diocese," said the Rev. Patti Snickenberger (St. Lawrence, Libertyville), Chair of the Evaluation and Allocations Committee, "Episcopal Charities will grant $670,000 to support their life-changing ministries.  Apart from a few smaller grants intended to help agencies complete strategic planning, these grants are unrestricted, providing the valuable resources each agency needs to ensure excellence in their programming, the resources needed to develop new intiatives, and otherwise to help them where needed most."

"Our own generosity is made possible by the generosity of donors across the Diocese who make their support of Episcopal Charities a priority in their stewardship," says Georgianna Gleason, Executive Director.  "Their gifts help make more work possible by our ministry partners while providing the resources Episcopal Charities needs to help them secure a future where they can fully live out their mission."

"One way we can do this," says Otto Reinsich, Director of Organizational Development, "is through our Capacity Building Program, a program designed to complement our grant making by working alongside our ministry partners to provide the resources they need to strengthent their governing boards, increase their fundraising, and better communicate their life-changing work."

Over the past decade Episcopal Charities granted more than $7 million to its ministry partners, one reason it is the premiere resource for public ministry in the Diocese of Chicago.

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