In the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 10, we hear the parable of the Good Samaritan. Jesus shares it with us as He is being tested by an expert of the law, who asks Jesus, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”

Jesus responds by saying that one must love God and love your neighbor as yourself. The man presses Jesus and asks Him, “And who is my neighbor?”

Here, Jesus shares the parable many of us are familiar with: the story of a man traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho, who is attacked by robbers, stripped of his clothes, beaten, and left for dead. First, a priest passes him by and does not help him. Then, a Levite does the same. Finally, a Samaritan comes to the man’s side and takes pity on him. He bandages his wounds and carries the man on his donkey to an inn. He leaves the innkeeper money and asks him to take care of the man, and says that he will return to cover all the expenses. At the closing of the story, Jesus tells the lawmaker to “Go and do likewise.”

Being a Good Samaritan is more than positive thoughts; it is positive action.
— Monsignor Boland

At Catholic Charities, we go and do likewise. Our mission is to be a Good Samaritan to all our neighbors in Cook and Lake counties. Since 1917, Catholic Charities has supported all who turn to us for assistance through services touching a broad array of human needs, bringing help and healing to those who need it most. We are committed to the communities we serve.

As part of our 100th Anniversary advertising campaign, we’ve posed the same question the law expert posed to Jesus: “Who is our neighbor?” The campaign encompasses the values and purpose that Catholic Charities has held for 100 years.

Are we not all travelers on the road from Jerusalem to Jericho? Today, that road goes through Chicago. Through the campaign, we hope to persuade more people to take positive action and donate to or volunteer with Catholic Charities, as well as generate agency awareness in our centennial year.

Every 30 seconds someone turns to Catholic Charities for help, and each time, a Good Samaritan of Catholic Charities – whether, staff, board member, donor, or volunteer – is there to help them. Catholic Charities is honored to serve the poor and vulnerable and we are grateful for those who stand with us as we treat those in need with the utmost dignity, respect, and compassion. We believe every individual who turns to us for help deserves it, regardless of background or belief. We are able to do it because of supporters like you. Being a “Good Samaritan” is more than positive thoughts; it is positive action.