St. Anthony Family Center

Food Pantry & Soup Kitchen Serving the Hillsdale County Community

St. Anthony Family Center

People from many different walks of life come to the St. Anthony Family Center. Some are grandparents raising grandchildren, some are single moms or dads, some are elderly with no children to help them, some are homeless, some are young families and dad has lost his job. Most just cannot afford to feed themselves or families on their incomes. The government has cut food stamps many by as much as 60%. They may be working, but this devastates their income and they come seeking help. Many are embarrassed and do not want to ask for help. Many have never had to ask for help before and you can tell by the lack of eye contact and the anxiety and fear in their eyes wondering if we may not be able to help them. At the Family Center we give people hope and spiritual guidance. We offer prayer to everyone who enters our office and 99% of the time they want it! Some families have made comments that our Family Center has the kindest and most caring people they have met. We are hopeful that this reflects our Catholic faith. Without the compassion , prayers and gifts of the people in our parish we would not have this opportunity to spread “Jesus” to others. Thank you and God Bless you for all you have done this year to support St. Anthony Family Center.

Shelly Taylor | Director St. Anthony Family Center

Upcoming Events

All members of the community are welcome!
Community Supper at St. Anthony’s
Fri, Sep 27
Community Supper at St. Anthony’s
Community Supper at St. Anthony’s
Fri, Oct 25
Community Supper at St. Anthony’s
Community Supper at St. Anthony’s
Fri, Nov 22
Community Supper at St. Anthony’s

Family Center Happenings & Blessings

July 28, 2019
The Family Center has been busier than usual this past month.  Many, more new clients have strolled through our doors needing food assistance and of course prayer. These new friends are not familiar with our food pantry and how we operate; they are here of course, for food assistance. When I ask them if they would like prayer today, they first stare at me, then most the time the stare turns into a smile. They then respond with a "yes". I would like to share an example of blessings and answered prayers from one of our Clients. A couple of weeks ago, while shopping in Wal-Mart, one of our friends who frequents the Family Center approached me and said thank you for an answered prayer.  I had seen her in a few months before and had prayed for a health problem she was having, which had turned out to be O.K! She reminded me of the St. Lucy prayer card (St. Lucy is the patron saint of eye ailments)  I had given to her a year ago when she had an eye disease.  The remarkable thing is her eyes had been so much better after she prayed to St. Lucy and she is so grateful. She told me she still carried the card in her wallet and asked me if she should pray to her again, because she was having other health issues.  I told her I was sure that St. Lucy would like it if she did.   Next week, I will share an even bigger miracle of answered prayer that occurred in our Family Center.  God is always working, we just don't know his plan or why we have to suffer and go through so many trials. He knows and he promised, He would always be with us.  He said He would never forsake us and we can count on that.  Jesus, I trust in You.   Family Center Needs: We are in need of any personal items such as shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothpaste.  Maybe in your travels this summer you can find those hotel toiletries that are provided in your rooms. Those would be wonderful. Also, any overabundance of produce that gardeners would like to donate is always accepted. 
August 4, 2019
Our Family Center was filled again this week for lunch and even more so for our grocery distribution. Our reception room was overflowing as families gathered in to receive their food and of course their prayer!
If you recall, I promised another miracle story in this week's bulletin. This story is about a young woman who has suffered for a few years now. When I first met her, probably about 5 years ago, she was suffering with a life-long disease which she got after she had been exposed to some chemical. She had five young children at the time, along with a husband and she was struggling to make ends meet because he had lost his job while helping to take care of her and their family. She was so saddened at the fact that she couldn't be the mom she wanted to be because her health was so poor. Also, she felt her husband was getting tired of being dad and mom and being her caregiver. Over the next couple of years, her life became more stressful as her husband divorced her, and she became so depressed as her health continued to deteriorate. She began to get involved in heavy drugs and didn't care about life anymore. She spent time in jail, had her children taken from her, and had lost her home because of the drug problems and the not so good people she was now associating with. Her mother had taken her children into her home and was struggling with raising five children at the age of 60. Every time her mother had come into the Family Center over the last year or two we would pray hard for God to reach her daughter and touch her life. We asked for the Holy Spirit to fill her with His light and open her eyes to the truth. Her mother had felt it was impossible after her daughter had been in jail for the third time that she and the children were losing hope. Last week, I opened up the door to the reception area and guess who sat in one of our chairs with a big smile on her face? Yes, it was this woman. She said she was clean and on the road to recovery and had the children back with her. She gave me a big hug. The power of prayer is amazing. God has told us to pray without ceasing and we did. Nothing is impossible with God.
I want to thank each and every one of you who gave to the Food Bank Challenge. I finally received our award letter and am proud to say that the donations totaled $16,643.40. In addition to this money raised, the Food Bank contributes l0% match of the amount raised which was an additional $1664.34. This brings our grand total to $18,307.74 credited toward our account at the Food Bank. We spend $1,200.00 average each month on food from the Food Bank which makes our account very secure. Thanks for this effort to help our Family Center feed the many people we see. God Bless you all.
Contact / Location

Contact info

123, New Lenox, Chicago IL 60606

Gathering Times


8:00am, 9:15am, 11:00am

Events / Calendar