Decatur Catholic Charities

Serves Macon, Moultrie and Shelby counties

Area Director: Marie Rademacher
Office Manager: Pam Cearlock

247 West Prairie
Decatur, IL 62523
(217) 428-3458
Fax: (217) 428-4415 

Resale Store
2705 North Water St.
Decatur, IL 62523
217-428-3458, ext. 236



The 14th annual WSOY Food Drive held on Friday, Oct. 9, set an astounding new record of 1,271,080 pounds of food/dollars collected. Thank you to all who volunteered and donated to the event! The fall community effort began in 2002 with the collection of 35,000 pounds of food and the event has grown substantially over the years.

Last October, the community of Decatur pulled together for the 13th annual WSOY Community Food Drive and raised over 1 million pounds of food and money to help restock the shelves of the Decatur Catholic Charities’ food pantry. The fall community effort began in 2002 with the collection of 35,000 pounds of food and the event has grown substantially over the years.


Local Services

Food Pantry: Our Food Pantry staff (distributing 10 hours weekly) provides thousands of free bags of nutritional food to families and individuals facing food insecurity.

Mobile Food Pantry: Through the hunger relief effort, our refrigerated Mobile Food Pantry truck delivers a two-week supply of food to pre-registered individuals and families in rural communities throughout our services areas of Macon, Moultrie and Shelby Counties

Resale Store: Our Resale Store sells donated merchandise at nominal costs to the general public, in addition to the thousands of dollars of clothing provided free of charge to needy individuals and families with a referral.

MedAssist: Our MedAssist program aids individuals in securing hundreds of free or low cost maintenance prescriptions valued in the thousands of dollars.

Senior Health Insurance Program: Our Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) is a free counseling service sponsored by the Illinois Department of Aging. We provide you with information you need to make educated decisions regarding Medicare, Medicaid and the Marketplace.

Dental Voucher Program: Our Dental Voucher Program, developed by HSHS St. Mary's Hospital and Decatur Catholic Charities, helps individuals find appropriate care for adults who need emergency tooth extractions. Those who qualify also will find relief from the burden of paying for emergency dental and oral surgery services.

Legal Services: Our Legal Services helps people with little to no income in obtaining pro bono legal assistance from area lawyers in specialized fields while also providing guidance to our clients in order to get the assistance they need right now.

Counseling: Our licensed therapists provide affordable Counseling to individuals, couples and families. Insurances are accepted and evening appointments are available.

Student Assistance Program: Our Student Assistance Program counselor servicing grades K-12 is on staff to assist area Catholic Schools.

Meals on Wheels: Our Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver thousands of warm, nutritious meals to hundreds of homebound seniors.

Faith in Action: Our Faith in Action volunteers assist homebound elderly with a variety of requested tasks aimed at assuring independence.

Strong for Life: Our Strong for Life program matches homebound elderly with volunteers who teach strengthening/balancing exercises designed by physical therapists to improve overall health independence.

Matter of Balance: Our Matter of Balance program is a fall prevention program designed to help those who have a history or fear of falling.

Eldercare Options: Our Eldercare Options program accepts referrals of seniors to determine the status of living independently versus assisted living. Contacts with community resources are made. When necessary, guardianship is legally pursued.

Elderly Guardianship: Our Elderly Guardianship program indicates that we have been named guardian of a person and as case managers, make all decisions for our wards. We serve as family for 90-100 wards regularly.

Advisory Board Members

Mark McLeod Kyle Talleur, President Kylee Roney, Vice President Jerry Dawson Lynn McElroy
Ken Hendriksen Natalie Beck Jesica Willcut Terri Kuhle Farah Mahmood
Lori Stone Melverta Wilkins Gretchen Murphy, Treasurer Janet Ernst Jessica Ashmore
Rockanne Wilkerson Karen Barding Barbara McElroy Laura Birschbach Scott Bundy