Catholic Charities, the donation center for the Diocese of Joliet is full of goods with no place to go.
The Giving Tree, located at 3016 S. State St. in Lockport, is up for sale, according to development manager Stephanie Ambrose. This means Catholic Charities will lose its lease on July 1, she said.
Ambrose said The Giving Tree has rented out the 3,000 square foot space for at least 10 years.
“We have less than 60 days to vacate the property,” Ambrose said.
The Giving Tree is a place where eligible customers of Catholic charities can “purchase” free clothing, household items and other personal items with vouchers, Ambrose said.
“Maybe someone is being relocated from the shelter,” Ambrose said. “When we relocate them, they can bring the voucher to the donation center to get the things they need for free.”
The donation center is also a resource for eligible customers of Catholic charities to get toys for children during the holidays, Ambrose said.
“The program started as an emergency clothes closet in the Dawn Shelter basement,” Ambrose said. “And it just became a donation center that serves our entire program, where we’re able to provide items to everyone in all seven counties of the diocese…it would be a shame if the program closed.”
But the high cost of rent in Will County is concerning, she said. Catholic Charities is hoping someone in the community might have a space to rent in the Joliet area, she said.
They also hope the landlord could rent to Catholic charities at a reasonable or reduced rate, which is also tax-deductible, Ambrose said, since Catholic Charities is nonprofit.
In the meantime, The Giving Tree is not accepting donations for the months of May and June, according to the Catholic Charities website.
Anyone interested in renting from The Giving Tree should contact Maggie Snow [email protected]
For more information, visit catholiccharitiesjoliet.org/ways-to-give/the-giving-tree.