Aid For Displaced Migrant Youth at Maryville

Dear St. Mary’s Friends,
A group of approximately 60 displaced migrant youth between the ages of 11 and 17 are being cared for by Catholic Charities at Maryville in Des Plaines. The average stay at Maryville is about a month and there is a frequent turnover, as new kids arrive and others leave. The staff at Maryville would appreciate donations for these youth since they arrive with only a few items of clothing in a plastic bag.
Items that are most needed are: socks, small Lego sets, soccer balls, jig saw puzzles, crayons, markers, coloring books, notebooks, pens, playing cards, and nail polish (the girls like to paint their nails). Backpacks would be especially welcome so that their few worldly possessions can be kept together. In addition, athletic shoes (Men’s sizes 6-10, Women’s sizes 4-7) and small Spanish Bibles are also appreciated as well as checks. Many of these items can be purchased at the Dollar Store. Checks can be made out to Maryville Academy with Immigrant Program in the memo line.

If you are interested in volunteering you must be available on a regular schedule or every weekend and must undergo a background check.

If you are inclined to contribute to these children, a large laundry basket has been placed in the Grauer Lounge for you to put your donation.

I plan to take the St. Mary’s donations to Maryville on Aug. 30. In addition, you may personally deliver your donation on Monday through Friday between 9 and 5. If you wish to go by yourself the administrative offices are located at 200 Mulcahey Drive, Suite 200.

The offices are at the main entrance and can be accessed off of Central, between River Road and Wolf Road, across from All Saints Cemetery. Look for a group of single story brick buildings with white trim and doors.

Catholic Charities has historically provided services to children who have arrived in the U.S. from other countries without an adult.

For questions, contact Dianne at