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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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.

Thank You for Joining the
57th Annual Bishop's Ball

On Friday, November 4th, join hundreds of like-minded friends from across the Diocese of Chicago celebrated the work of Episcopal Charities at the 57th Annual Bishop's Ball.

This was their opportunity to make a difference as they 'came together to make great things happen' by raising critical funding for the programs and ministries of Episcopal Charities and Community Services.

This year we were pleased to welcome and honor two special guests: 

The Rt. Rev. Katherine Jefferts Schori
Former Presiding Bishop, The Episcopal Church

The Rev. S. James Steen
Director of Ministries, Diocese of Chicago (retired)

This year's event again was held at Chicago's elegant J.W. Marriott Hotel [181 W Adams] and featured an exciting live and silent auction, delicious seasonal dinner, and dancing until midnight with the Joe Lill Orchestra.

 For more information about next year's event at Chicago's Ritz Carlton, please contact:

Michael Cleavenger
Senior Director of Development