Through prayer, relationship-building and sharing of resources, the Wheaton Franciscans collaborate with organizations whose mission and priorities are similar to ours. We focus primarily on the following areas: care of creation; health and dental in underserved areas; refugees and immigrants; women and children in vulnerable situations; and other purposes that align with our values. We are currently connected to nearly 100 organizations.
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Casa Esperanza Community Center
Melrose Park, IL
Founded in 1994, Casa Esperanza Community Center at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel provides comprehensive services to achieve a safe and supportive community where individuals and families can reach their fullest potential. Their mission is to help residents overcome the cycle of poverty and homelessness by providing a safe, stable home and a caring community. Their programming offers opportunities for personal, social and professional development. This fosters independence, helping women achieve self-sufficiency through counseling, holistic workshops and skills-based training. Their programs support immigrants, underserved, and high-need non-English speakers.