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Mercy Housing

Mercy Housing is dedicated to providing affordable housing to women and mothers throughout the country. In Chicago, the organization runs the Miriam Apartments, a 66-unit, affordable housing complex for women in need. If you want to apply for help through Miriam Apartments, call them directly at 773-273-6700 to inquire about availability and eligibility requirements.

Chicago Chesed Fund

The Chicago Chesed Fund offers a variety of programs that provide one-time or reoccurring assistance to Jewish households in need. The Single Mothers Assistance Program offers financial assistance to single mothers who are working, but still struggling. Other programs provide help with food, clothing and rental assistance. Since the organization helps families facing a crisis, the response time is only a few hours after making a request for aid. To determine if you're eligible for the Single Mother Assistance Program or any other programs, call 847-679-7799.

The Chicago Firman’s Family Case Management Program is for pregnant women and infants up to 1 year of age. Although the program doesn't provide direct financial aid, it helps you find other types of assistance for yourself and your baby. The program assists with:

  • Prenatal and postnatal care

  • Scheduling appointments and getting healthcare referrals

  • Registering for health care for you and your child

  • Immunization requirements

  • Help applying for public assistance benefits 

  • Referrals for other programs available from the state or non-profit organizations

The School-Age Program provides childcare services to at-risk children ages 6 to 12. Offerings include various enrichment activities, clubs and events to promote learning and encourage parental involvement.

Call 773-373-3400 for information on either of these programs.

One Million Degrees

One Million Degrees is a non-profit organization that provides community-college scholarships to low-income college students in Chicago, which can help single parents take the courses they need to advance in their careers and better support their families. In addition to receiving tuition assistance, students also get a stipend each semester to help pay for child care, books and any other expenses. Visit OneMillionDegrees.org to apply.

Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities is one of the largest non-profit organizations in Florida. The charity helps people going through a temporary financial hardship or emergency. Assistance programs are available to provide food, clothing and employment services. Emergency prevention services are available for people facing an eviction or foreclosure. In an effort to prevent homelessness in Florida, the charity provides referrals to housing programs and rental assistance. Although anyone struggling can apply for rental assistance, priority often is given to seniors, disabled and households with children.

St. Vincent De Paul

The Society of St. Vincent De Paul has locations statewide. The SVDP Parish Conferences extend financial assistance to help the needy with basic needs. Specific programs available may vary by location. For example, in Hillsborough County assistance is available for food, clothing, medication, gasoline, bus passes, utilities and rent. In Miami, SVDP developed subsidized rental apartments to offer reduced rent for low-income residents.

Jewish Family Services

Jewish Family Services has locations throughout Florida. The charity's aim is to help families in need, regardless of religious affiliation. JFS offers emergency financial assistance to help with basic needs, including rent. Since the assistance is only temporary, The Family Stabilization Program can help you achieve long-term self sufficiency. The program provides free supportive services to help with employment and money management.

United Way's 211

The United Way's 211 service provides free information and referrals to local programs that can help pay your rent. You can dial 211 or search the online database for help near you. The referrals include private organizations, churches and charities. For example, in Brevard County, the South Brevard Sharing Center offers rent assistance since government programs are not available in that area. In Orlando, the Orange County Crisis Assistance Programs provides a one-time rent payment for emergencies.

mhurst Yorkfield Food Pantry Services provided: Food Service Area: Elmhurst, Addison, Bensenville, Lombard, Oak Brook, Villa Park, Hillside, Berkeley Next to Yorkfield Presbyterian Church, 1083 S. York Rd., Elmhurst, IL 60126, 630-833-6600 Hours: Mon: 6:30-8 pm, Thur: 1-4 pm & 6:30-8 pm, Sat: 9:30-12:30 pm http://www.eypc.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=31&Itemid=343 Christian Congregation Church Children’s Hunger Fund Services provided: Food Service Area: Addison, Wood Dale & Itaska 224-688-2250 They drop off a box of food at your house on a weekly basis for a period of 3-4 months http://www.christiancongregationchurch.com/assistance.html HCS Family Services Services Provided: Food Service Area: Hinsdale, Burr Ridge, Clarendon Hills, Darien, Oakbrook, Westmont and Willowbrook 19 E. Chicago Avenue, Hinsdale, Illinois 60521, 630-323-2500 Hours: Mon, Wed & Fri: 9:30 am-12:30 pm http://www.hcsfamilyservices.org Messiah Baptist Church Food Pantry Services Provided: Food Service Area: Addison and neighboring communities 600 S. Villa Ave., Addison, IL, 630-832-3328 2 http://www.welcometomessiah.org/special_ministries/ Hours: the first Friday of every month from 8:30-9:30 am. Contact the church for other times. Salvation Army – Oakbrook Terrace Services provided: Food Service Area: DuPage County 1 S. 415 Summit, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181-3906 Contact: Jackie Mead, 630-629-3044 http://www.usc.salvationarmy.org/oakbrook First United Methodist Church 155 S. Mail St. Lombard, IL 60148 Phone: 630-627-2508 Hours: Mon, Wed. Friday: 9:00-12:00 Noon Can go twice a month. Request for diapers Sharing Connections: Furniture Community Service/non profit 5111 Chase Ave. Downers Grove, IL 60515 (630-971-0565) Community Table 220 S. Main St. Lombard, IL 60148 (630-693-0185) Time: 5:30 Free Meal, open to all. St. Pius Vincent De Paul Pantry 1025 E. Madison St. Lombard, IL 60148 Phone: 630-300-4353 Hours: Mon., Friday 9:00-12:00 noon Wed. 12:30 p.m.-2:30 PM 2nd and 4th Sat. 9-11:30 AM Can go once a month. St. Joseph Church Food Pantry Services Provided: Food Service Area: Addison 330 E. Fullerton Ave., Addison, IL, 630-279-6553 Offers a free bag of groceries each Wednesday. Open every Wednesday from 9-11 am. http://stjoeaddison.com/pantry The Outreach House – Walk-In Ministry of Lombard & Villa Park Services provided: food Service Area: Lombard and Villa Park 24 West Ash Street, Lombard, IL 60148, 630-693-0185 http://www.theoutreachhouse.org/foodassistance.html Food trucks arrive no later than 10 am on the third Saturday of the month. Must arrive proir to 10:15-10:30 for possible assistence. Lombard and Villa Park residents only. The Community Table is scheduled 5:30pm-7:00pm each Wednesday at the First Chuch of Lombard, UCC. Meal is free. Located at 220 S Main St., Lombard 3 Harvard Church 206 W. St. Charles Rd. Villa Park, IL 60282 Phone 630-834-2650 Food Pantry office@harvardchurch.org Fellowship Church of Carol Stream Food Pantry 130 Shawnee Dr. Carol Stream, IL 60188 630-688-1220 Saturday 12:00 noon-7:00 p.m. Mike Sutcliff (708-785-6304) Pantry Supervisor mikes@fellowshipchurch.info Use the back door by the parking lot and walk in and help yourself. MorningStar Mission Services provided: Meals, Resale store Service Area: Will and Kendall Counties 350 East Washington Street, Joliet, IL 60433-1150, 815-722-5780 http://www.morningstarmission.org/ Meals: Serve meals to the homeless and near homeless in the Joliet community at the East Side Café. Three meals a day Mon-Sat and two meals on Sunday. Resale Store: Treasure Chest I, 2221 West Jefferson St, Joliet, IL 60435, 815.725.6702 Treasure Chest II, 2571 East Lincoln Hwy., New Lenox, IL 60451 Store Hours, Mon-Fri 8 am to 8 pm, Saturday 9 am to 6 pm, Sunday 12 to 5 pm York Township Services provided: food, prescription assistence Service Area: York Township (most of Elmhurst, Villa Park and Lombard, all of Oakbrook Terrace and Oak Brook, as well as portions of Glen Ellyn, Westmont and Hinsdale) 1502 South Meyers Road, Lombard, IL 60148, 630-620-2400 Food Pantry: Mon-Fri 9-11 am; Tue & Thur: 1-3 pm; minimum 30 days between visits Prescription assistence: Coast2Coast Rx Card, a FREE prescription drug card http://www.yorktwsp.com Catholic Charities – Diocese of Joliet Services Provided: Food, clothing, prescription assistence, car repair Service Area: DuPage, Will, Grundy, Kendall, Kankakee, Ford, Iroquois Counties DuPage County Office: 26 West St. Charles Road, Lombard, IL 60148, 630-495-8008 Providing food vouchers, clothing and furniture vouchers, financial assistance for prescriptions, rent/mortgage, utility assistance and transportation assistence. http://www.cc-doj.org/ Illinois Department of Human Services Services provided: Emergency Food, SNAP/LINK card (formerly food stamps) Service Area: All of Illinois Emergency Food: provides food at no cost to help supplement the diets of needy low-income households http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=30366 SNAP/LINK card (formerly food stamps): Benefits are provided on the Illinois Link Card - an electronic card that is accepted at most grocery stores. http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=30371 To apply online: http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=33698


 Love Christian Clearing House Services provided: financial assistence for car repair Service Area: Addison, Darien, Lisle, Westmont, Bensenville, Downers Grove, Lombard, Willowbrook, Burr Ridge, Elmhurst, Oak Brook, Wood Dale, Clarendon Hills, Hinsdale, Oak Brook Terrace, Woodridge, Itasca, Villa Park May help with a car repair if the car is needed to drive to and from employment. P.O. Box 50, Clarendon Hills, IL 60514, 630-512-8665 Anne Marie Schuster, Executive Director, 630-512-8673, amschuster@love-cc.org http://www.love-cc.org/ Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed: 9:30-11:30 am & 1:30-3:30 pm, Thur: 9:30-11:30 am Household Items: Repeat Boutique Center, Next door to World Relief Center (Requirement, letter from pastor, name, age, gender) 1825 Wheaton, IL 6017 Saret Charitable Fund Services provided: transportation issues including car repairs Service Area: Western suburbs of Chicago P.O. Box 3440, Glen Ellyn, IL 60138 Contact Chana at 630-842-8876, chanabern@aol.com. Good Auto Mechanics A-Z Auto Repair 442 W. St. Charles Villa Park, Il 60181 Phone: 630-279-4114 7 Good Auto Mechanics 3D Complete Car Care 222 E. Roosevelt Lombard, IL 60148 Phone: 630-629-2800 3Dcare.com 8:00-3:00 p.m., Opens on Mon at 7:30 Say recommended by Ken Vander Wal COUNSELING / MENTORING / SUPPORT GROUPS The resources listed provide counseling services, support groups, parent mentoring programs, and rehab and recovery programs. Clinical Counseling Services ASPEN Clinical Counseling Service Counselor: Donna Rennard 45 S. Park Blvd. Suite 130, Glen Ellyn, IL 60108 (708-769-1547) Donna@aspencounseling.org http;//www.aspencounsel.orgcontact.html (See Jane Loerop for a Request Discount Sheet, if no insurance is available.) Alcorn & Allison Associates Services provided: Counseling Service area: serves everyone Counselor: Dave Hendricks 460 N. Main St. Suite 205, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137, 630-469-4699 x16 http://alcornandallison.com/ The Oasis Experience Services provided: Counseling, Personal coaching for transitions including divorce support Service area: serves everyone Counselor: Linda A. Lucatorto M. Ed. CPC Two Mid America Plaza, Suite 800, Oak Brook Terrace, IL 60181, 630-887-0374 www.oasisexperience.com Chicago Christian Counseling Center Services provided: Counseling Service area: serves everyone Counselor: Amy Stuart, Tues. 1:00-8:00 pm Counselor: Diane Kapp, Wed. 1:00-8:00 pm Offices are in the Lombard Christian Reformed Church 2020 Meyers Road, Lombard, IL 60148 Central Office: 708-845-5500, 800-361-6880 Walk into the mail door by the parking lot, and go right and wait in the conference room. The office is across the hall in the Pastor’s Study. www.chicagochristiancounseling.org Heritage Professional Associates Services provided: Counseling Service area: serves everyone 8 Providing Christian based counseling services Hinsdale office,120 East Ogden Ave., Suite 220, Hinsdale, Il 60521, 630-325-5300 Wheaton office, 1737 S. Naperville Rd., Suite 206, Wheaton IL 60187, 630-653-9700 http://www.heritageprofessional.com/ Meir Clinic Wheaton Christian Counseling Provides neuropsychological tests 2100 Manchester Rd. Ste 1510 Wheaton, IL 60187 Phone 630-653-1717 https://www.facebook.com/meirclinics Biblical Counseling Center Services provided: Counseling Service area: serves everyone DuPage Office, 27W140 Roosevelt Road, Suite 203, Winfield, Illinois 60190 847-398-7193 Ask for ext. 1219, Donna Harts No one is turned away. All topics addressed including struggling marriages/divorce counseling Child Care Provided www.biblicalcounselingcenter.org Catholic Charities – Diocese of Joliet Services Provided: counseling, support groups Service area: DuPage, Will, Grundy, Kendall, Kankakee, Ford, Iroquois Counties Hands of Hope Counseling Services: provides a range of therapeutic services. Services are provided to children, adolescents and adults and include individual, family, couples and child/adolescent counseling. Counseling Groups: offered for survivors of suicide, anger management, domestic violence, substance abuse, children’s groups For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 800-240-7011 Fee: Have reduced rates based on income and take insurance and Medicare Part B. DuPage County Location: 26 W. St. Charles Rd., Lombard, IL 60148, 630-495-8008 http://www.cc-doj.org/ Elgin Community Crisis Center Services Provided: Emergency shelter for women and children (domestic violence accepted) Service Area: Kane, Cook, serves everyone in cases of domestic violence P.O. Box 1390, Elgin, IL 60121 Crisis Line 847 697-2380 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year Business Line 847-742-4088 Crisis Intervention Services are provided to callers from the greater Chicago Metropolitan area seeking help with situations including Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Homelessness, Suicide, and many other crises. http://www.crisiscenter.org/ Hamdard Center Services provided: Counseling Service area: South Asian, Middle Eastern, and Bosnian Communities in Illinois. Provides Crisis intervention, Psychiatric evaluation, Medication monitoring, Mental Health Assessment, Education and Outreach, Individual, Couples and Family Therapy, Group Therapy, Case Management, Collaboration with schools, hospitals and social service agencies. 228 E. Lake Street, Addison, 630-835-1430 1542 W. Devon Avenue, Chicago, 773-465-4600