To reach out in Christian love to the people of Southern Illinois,
to assist people in meeting their basic needs, and
to foster changes in self and in society that promote justice and human dignity.
A federation of 11 ministries in over 20 locations, serving the 28 southernmost counties in the State of Illinois.
Seven of these counties are the very poorest in the State of Illinois.
Serves children, single parents, intact families, seniors, immigrants, unwed mothers, the unemployed, the homeless, the working poor, the homebound, the incarcerated, the illiterate, rural residents, family farmers, urban residents, and the malnourished.
Does not serve only Catholics; poverty does not discriminate, and neither do we. Friends need not be Catholic to work, volunteer or support our mission.
Believes that we are called to action by our baptism, not because we hope to attract converts through our ministries.