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Business and Professional People for the Public Interest
Address: 25 East Washington Street, Suite 1515,Chicago, IL 60602
Contact: Steven A. Kersten, President
E-mail: info@bpichicago.org
Phone: 312-641-5570
Fax: 312-641-5454
Description: Founded in 1969, this public charity consists of a staff of lawyers and policy specialists who use legal and policy research, advocacy, organizing, litigation and collaboration with non-profits, business, community and governmental organizations to improve Affordable Housing, Public Housing, Public Education and Political Reform.


Updated 10/15/2012
 
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago
Address: 835 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611
Contact: Monsignor Michael M. Boland, Administrator and CEO
E-mail: Contact Form
Phone: 312-655-7700
Parent Org.: Archdiocese of Chicago
Description: Oversees more than 150 programs in Cook and Lake counties, serving families and individuals of all ages. Service Programs. Evanston residents are not limited to, but may first contact North Region, 1717 Rand Rd., Des Plaines, IL, 847-376-2121.
Updated 2/26/2014
 
CEDA/Neighbors at Work
Address: 2010 Dewey Ave., Evanston, IL 60201
E-mail: webmaster@cedaorg.net
Phone: 847-328-5166
Fax: 847-328-9262
Description: Over forty programs and services are offered in the areas of child and family development, health and nutrition services, senior citizen programs, economic development, employment and job training, housing services, education services and community development.
Located on the lower level of Family Focus.
Notes: Several programs for people in need, including housing and employment counseling, financial counseling, home repair services and registration for the WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) program which provides nutrition for pregnant women and children under 5.
Updated 1/23/2012
 
City of Evanston Human Relations Commission
Address: 2100 Ridge Avenue, Suite 1500, Evanston, IL 60201
Contact: Marty Lyons, Assistant City Manager
Phone: 847- 866-2936
Parent Org.: City of Evanston
Description: The purpose of the Human Relations Commission shall be to foster, encourage and stimulate the improvement of human relations among and between all citizens of Evanston.
Updated 3/5/2012
 
Connections
Mailing Address: 2121 Dewey Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201-3021 or 1458 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201-3021
Contact: Paul Selden, Executive Director
E-mail: info@cfthinc.org
Phone: 847- 475-7070 Ext. 100
Fax: 847-864-6558
Description: Connections for the Homeless works to prevent homelessness and provides housing, employment and supportive services to move individuals and families out of homelessness into permanent housing and stable lives.
Offers financial literacy classes.
Programs:
EntryPoint - Street outreach and drop-in linking homeless people with shelter and supportive services, 847-424-0945,ex. 411. Access to locker storage, telephones, computers, showers, laundry and more. Basic healthcare, medical screening and checkups are provided by a part-time nurse and volunteer physicians.
Hilda's Place - 1458 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60201, 847-424-0945, ext. 15, Transitional shelter with supportive services for adult men and women.
Housing Program - 2010 Dewey, Evanston, IL 60201, 847-475-7070, ext. 140, Transitional apartments for families with children. Permanent supportive housing for those with a physical disability or mental illness.
Notes: Prevention Services - Security deposits, rent, mortgage and utility assistance can be provided when funds are available. The intake process begins by calling 847-475-7070 ext. 140.
Employment Program - Job-readiness training, counseling, job club and job development.
Project 20 outreach program helps chronically homeless people find housing and receive healthcare.
Volunteer Opportunities
Updated 7/3/2013
 
Evanston Township General Assistance
Address: 1910 Main St., Evanston, IL 60202
E-mail: mail@townofevanston.com
Phone: 847-475-4481
Fax: 847-475-4572
Description: GED preparation classes coordinated through Oakton Community College; "Job Club" meets M, W and Fri from 9-11 am.; assists applicants with finding jobs, preparing for interviews, writing resumes and other employment-related issues. These services are available to job seekers during regular business hours: Mon-Fri., 8:30-4:30. Referrals to local agencies for substance abuse services and temporary financial assistance to eligible applicants.
Updated 6/25/2012
 
Howard Area Community Center
Address: 7648 N. Paulina, Chicago, IL 60626
Contact: Bruce Rasey, Executive Director
E-mail: info@howardarea.org
Phone: 773-262-6622
Fax: 773-262-6645
Description: Mission is to assist low-income individuals and families stabilize their lives and become effective community members.
Notes: Programs offered: Head Start and Early Head Start, adult basic education and GED preparation, ESL, Computer Clubhouse, youth programs and alternative high school (Howard Area Leadership Academy), Employment Resource Center, seniors activity and discussion club, various social service and health programs.

Updated 1/27/2014
 
Interfaith Action of Evanston
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1414, Evanston, IL 60204-1414
Contact: Sue Murphy, Administrative Director
E-mail: ia@interfaithactionofevanston.org
Phone: 847-475-1150
Description: An organization that links members of over 50 Evanston religious organizations and facilitates cooperative work for the hungry and homeless, interfaith dialogue and community building. Outreach projects include soup kitchens, warming centers and the Hospitality Center for the Homeless. Annual Vision-Keeper Dinner for members. Sponsors annual Evanston Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at various houses of worship.
Notes: Warming Centers are located in the facilities of member houses of worship and are staffed by volunteers. The Centers open in November and continue through March.
Hospitality Center for the Homeless located at St Mark's Episcopal Church, offers social services and referrals weekdays from 7-11 am.
Producemobile provides distribution of free produce on the second Tuesday of each month, from 9:30-11:30 am. at Robert Crown Center.
Soup Kitchens are run by teams of volunteers in several locations.
Overnight Emergency Cold Shelter: When the temperature reaches 5 degrees Fahrenheit Interfaith Action and Connections for the Homeless partner to open St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Evanston at 1004 Greenwood St. from 8:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., providing warm drinks and a safe place to sleep out of the cold.
Updated 2/17/2014
 
LIFT
Address: 4554 N. Broadway, Suite 329 , Chicago, IL 60640
Contact: Sol Anderson
E-mail: snanderson@liftcommunities.org
Phone: 773-303-0700
Fax: 773-303-0702
Parent Org.: LIFT
Description: Employment services: Creating/refining resumes and cover letters, interview skill-building, assisting with the job search process
Assists with screening and enrollment for public benefit programs
Quality referrals for legal assistance, child care, health and mental care
Open Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Assistance is free and one-on-one with no eligibility requirements.
Updated 1/20/2014
 
Metropolitan Family Services, Evanston/Skokie Valley Center
Address: 820 Davis Street, Suite 218 | Evanston, Illinois 60201; 5210 Main Street | Skokie, Illinois 60077
Contact: A. Fernando Freire, Executive Director
E-mail: freiref@metrofamily.org
Phone: 847-425-7400
Fax: 847-328-1295
Parent Org.: Metropolitan Family Services
Description: Adult Protective Services provides support to seniors and adults with disabilities and investigates any allegations of abuse or neglect. Counseling & Family Services: Counseling offered for families, individuals, and youth, child abuse prevention, case management, linkage to legal aid, and support groups.
Notes: Serving Evanston, Skokie, Niles, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, and Golf.
Updated 1/29/2014
 
Salvation Army, Evanston Corps
Address: 1403 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL 60201
Mailing Address: PO Box 171
Contact: Emmanuel & Colleen Michaud
Phone: 847- 866-9770
Fax: 847- 866-9784
Parent Org.: Salvation Army International
Notes: Counseling: Christian counseling, substance abuse counseling.
Food Assistance: Food vouchers (redeemable at Jewel on Chicago Avenue), canned goods and clothing vouchers for the needy.
Housing: Rent and utilities assistance (when funds are available).
After School Program:
For children ages 5 - 13, Monday - Friday between 3pm to 6pm. Transportation from Evanston schools,snack and homework assistance provided for a monthly fee. Extended care may be available.
Character Building Program:
Adventure Corps (boys ages 6-12),Sunbeams (girls 6-11),Girls Guards (girls 12-18) and Teen Reflection Cell Group (a drop-in time for teens 13-18). Meets Fridays 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Youth Music Program:
Activities for youth include Singing Company (ages 6-10),Junior Choir (ages 10-17),Junior Band (ages 13 and older) and Instructional Band (ages 6-15)
Summer Day Camp:
A day camp is offered for 8 weeks during the summer for children ages 5-12, between 7:30 am - 5:45pm, Monday through Friday.

Women's Programs also available, including sewing and Zumba groups



Updated 1/21/2014
 
Sarah Severson Photography
Contact: Sarah Severson
E-mail: seversonphotography@gmail.com
Phone: 847-707-7132
Description: Sarah Severson Photography is an Evanston children and family photographer who also provides discounted services for non-profit organizations in the area and donates complimentary photo sessions each year for charity auctions that support and strengthen Evanston families.


Updated 11/25/2013
 
Solidarity Bridge
Address: 1577 Florence Ave Evanston, Illinois 60201
E-mail: solidaritybridge.info@gmail.com
Phone: 847-328-7748
Fax: 847-574-7491
Description: Christian mission providing social services, health care, business skills, and educational assistance to poor communities in Bolivia. Supports the Wara Wara Sewing cooperative, a fair trade market for clothing produced by Bolivian workers. Needs volunteer missionaries with medical, teaching or entrepreneurial skills.
Updated 11/25/2013
 
United Way of Metropolitan Chicago
Mailing Address: 333 S Wabash Ave., 30th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604
Contact: Gwen Sims
Phone: 312-906-2350
Fax: 312-876-0199
Parent Org.: United Way of Metropolitan Chicago
Description: United Way helps donors by channelling their gifts to organizations addressing Evanston's most pressing human needs; supports 30 member agencies in Evanston, including daycare, substance abuse programs, senior services, shelters, and family services.

Updated 11/25/2013
 
Veterans Center
Address: 565 Howard St., Evanston, IL 60202
Phone: 847-332-1019
Fax: 847-332-1024
Parent Org.: Veterans Administration
Description: Offers mental health and substance abuse counseling for veterans. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged.
Notes: Open 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday, but in an effort to better serve veterans and family members, upon request, Vet Centers will provide services after normal work hours and/or on weekends.
Updated 7/22/2013
 
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