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Caring Together, Living Better (CTLB)

Caring Together, Living Better (CTLB)

West suburban faith and community based organizations provide services to support low-income African-American and Latinx caregivers.

Program Mission

CTLB was designed to support caregivers where they feel most comfortable, in their faith-based communities. Often individuals engaging in caregiving duties do not self-identify as caregivers and therefore, do not seek services in a formal setting. Research shows this to be especially true of African American and Latino populations. Therefore, it is critical that we meet caregivers where they are and serve them in a culturally humble, supportive manner.

Program History

Caring Together, Living Better (CTLB) began in 2009 with a grant from the Weinberg Foundation. The Program is a grassroots partnership supporting caregivers in low income and diverse communities in the south and western suburbs of Chicago. Since its inception, CTLB has relied on grant-based funding and most recently federal CARES Act monies to support the daily operations of the programs and funding provided to each of our partners.

Our program started in the south suburbs with 7 partner churches and 3 partner community organizations: South Suburban Senior Services of Catholic Charities, CJE Senior Life, Metropolitan Senior Services, Kizer Memorial Church of God in Christ, Valley Kingdom Ministries, Victory Christian Assembly Baptist Church, Word Made Flesh Worship Center, Shekinah Chapel Lutheran Church, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, and Covenant United Church of Christ. After 4 years these partners became self-sufficient and began offering their caregiver programs independently.

How CTLB Can Help You

CTLB programs help improve health literacy by offering workshops on chronic disease management and support groups where caregivers can talk about their health challenges in a safe and supportive environment which can lead to increased knowledge of health issues and ways to seek care in their community.

Our partners offer programs such as Caregiver Paint Night, Caregiver Cafes, volunteer respite services, transportation, virtual activity nights, friendly phone visiting, food distribution, and more. Since program inception over 1,000 caregivers have received support from CTLB. Notably, our CTLB partners drastically shifted their program plans in wake of COVID-19 to provide life sustaining support to their community members.

Caring Together, Living Better offers a valuable service to caregivers who may not be reached through traditional programming. Our goal is to continue to provide support and guidance to our partners to help them find sustainable ways to continue to offer programing that best supports the caregivers in their communities.

Current Partners and Locations

In 2013, the CTLB program was replicated in our western suburbs and targeted churches and community organizations serving African American and Latino populations in underserved areas including Cicero, Maywood, and Bellwood.

Our current CTLB partners are: Cicero Area Project, Latino Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorder Alliance, Community Development Corporation of Bellwood, Neighborhood United Methodist Church, Rock of Ages Baptist Church, and Quinn Center of St. Eulalia. If you are interested in learning more about each sites programs and services please find contact information and web links below.


Neighborhood United Methodist Church

1817 Washington Blvd.
Maywood, IL 60153

Saint Eulalia Parish/Quinn Center of Saint Eulalia

1832 S. 8th Ave.
Maywood, IL 60153

Rock of Ages Baptist Church

1309 Madison St.
Maywood, IL 60153

Please contact Sis. Gwen Haney, (708)344-0704, for information about this program.


Cicero Area Project

5243 W. 25th St.
Cicero, IL 60804

Latino Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders Alliance

6112 W Cermak Road
Cicero, IL 60804


Community Development Corporation of Bellwood

3100 St. Charles Road
Bellwood, IL 60104

For more information on CTLB west suburban activities, call or email Wendy De Leon at AgeOptions: (708)383-0258; Wendy.DeLeon@AgeOptions.org .

For updates and additional information on CTLB partner activities, visit the Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Caring2gether