Project Hope

Client Intake

Project Hope is Saint Anne’s local community outreach ministry.  Our mission is to provide emergency assistance to those individuals and families in our area facing crisis, regardless of faith.  Through timely intervention, we seek to restore hope, providing a catalyst for change and return to self-sufficiency.

Project Hope is committed to preserving the dignity of those in need, delivering the most direct and appropriate assistance to address the crisis at hand.  This assistance may come in the form of food, clothing, medical aid, transportation, shelter or utility support. Through an intake process, we advise and advocate for clients who will be served either directly through Project Hope or by referral to other area resources and facilities.

…..Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be satisfied…

Matthew 5:3-12

Every kindness builds hope!  We offer many flexible volunteer opportunities to fit busy schedules.  Whether it’s once a week, once per month or just once in a while, your volunteer efforts will make a real difference for those in crisis in our community.  In our service office, our mobile food pantry or our resale store, your efforts will strengthen one of the largest and most successful outreach programs in the diocese.  Adults, students grades 5+ and families are encouraged to explore the many service opportunities of Project Hope.

Contact: Sue Olafson

320 Franklin St.
Barrington, IL 60010

Client Intake

The heart of Project Hope is our ability to directly help individuals and families in crisis in the Barrington area through referral and emergency services.  The Project Hope office staff is comprised of volunteers that assist the Office Manager one or more days of a week (M-TH, 9 am-4pm, Fri, 9 am-3 pm).

320 Franklin St.
Barrington, IL 60010

Food Pantries

Project Hope provides three types of pantry support for area families in crisis.  Each offers volunteer opportunities for both adults and High School students.

Emergency Food Pantry—feeds walk-in clients during Project Hope business hours

Volunteer opportunities include sorting and shelving food, purchasing food and gift certificates with ministry funds, picking up orders., etc. (ongoing, flexible hours)

Mobile Food Pantry/Northern Illinois Food Bank (NIFB)  — feeds over 400 people in District 220

Volunteers greet families and unload and distribute food items one Thursday of each month from October through June.  Volunteers work from 3:30pm through final distribution (6pm or later). (one-time or short term commitment)

Local Food Pantry—feeds specific group of families once per month

Volunteers guide grocery selections on the last day of the month from 4 to 5pm. (one year commitment)

Holiday Programs

Project Hope delights in creating and implementing special programs for those in need, especially during the holidays.  Each provides an opportunity for short-term, seasonal volunteer commitments for adults, families and small groups.

Let Us Give Thanks

This Thanksgiving program provides beautiful dinners to our local food pantry families and others in need.  Volunteer opportunities include running food drives, purchasing and assembling complete Thanksgiving dinners or providing special décor or treats.

Please inquire before November 15th.

Hope for the Holidays

This Christmas program at Project Hope offers the opportunity for individuals or families to adopt a family in need, collect items for senior citizens, provide food for the food pantry or participate in the Sharing Tree.  Please inquire before Dec. 12th.

Feed My Lambs

This Easter program is focused on providing food for individuals and families in need.  Volunteer opportunities include running food drives, assembling Easter dinner baskets and providing special Easter Treats for children.  Please inquire prior to the start of Lent.

If you have any questions, please contact Sue Olafson at 847-381-5721 or

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