The Center for Family Building, an Illinois and Indiana licensed nonprofit adoption agency, assists couples and individuals in all steps of the adoption process. The staff consists of professional counselors who offer a safe, caring atmosphere for birthparents as well as adoptive families. All counseling services are free to pregnant women considering adoption.
Support for survivors of domestic violence and their non-abusive family members. Located in Rogers Park but serves Evanston residents. Provides comprehensive services including crisis support, individual/family/group counseling, children’s counseling, court advocacy at the Chicago Domestic Violence Courthouse and at the Rolling Meadows Courthouse, and prevention education.
Scholarship residential program that serves academically talented and financially in-need youth from middle school through high school.
Support continues for Scholars financially, emotionally and otherwise through college and into career entry.
Provides children with long-term adult relationships and positive mentoring.
Funded exclusively through private sector donations.
Bundled Blessings makes monthly distributions of diapers to twelve social service agencies in the Evanston area, and has diaper drop-off barrels in five locations throughout Evanston and one in Morton Grove.
Locations accepting public donations include:
1. First United Methodist Church of Evanston
516 Church Street, Evanston
2. Little Beans Café
430 Asbury Avenue, Evanston
3. Evanston Public Library (located in the children’s area)
1703 Orrington Avenue, Evanston
CarePoint delivers social services to marginalized and underprivileged populations acutely affected by HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis and STDs, substance abuse, incarceration, homelessness and youth at risk.
Hours: Weekdays 10am-4pm
Evanston COPE provides assistance to Evanston families with immediate needs related to sustenance, safety, and shelter through a network of volunteers in the Evanston school district. Through each school, COPE enables families to have access to: groceries and cooking classes,
beds and other furniture, funds for basic needs, services opportunities for family growth and community education and skills training.
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.
CEDA offers a variety of programs and services in the areas of community and economic development, education, emergency assistance, employment and training, energy conservation and services, health and nutrition, and housing.
State association that builds public support for addressing the needs of children and families and improving the delivery of social services to the abused, neglected, and troubled children, youth and families of Illinois.
Offers a wide range of services to families affected by child sexual abuse, including counseling, support and survivors groups, crisis intervention and case management.
All-volunteer organization conducts winter community basketball program for high school students at Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center. Registration in November, ten-week game schedule starts in early January with playoffs in March. 16 teams.
A national organization serving those touched by adoption and adoption issues. The focus is on birthparents, but adoptees, adoptive parents, and professionals are also welcomed. At this time there is no CUB Search and Support group in Evanston.
However, by calling the number above, help and information or referrals are given to inquirers on an individual basis.
With our deep history in adoption as our foundation, The Cradle advances the well-being of children by compassionately delivering exceptional education, guidance and lifelong support to build, preserve and strengthen their families. The Cradle also offers Adoption Learning Partners (ALP), an online training platform for prospective adoptive parents and adoption professionals.
Non-profit created in memory of Dajae Coleman, an ETHS freshman, who was shot in Evanston in September 2012. DC3F offers programs that motivate the youth and instill positive values that help guide them such as homework help and tutoring to Evanston Pride Feeder Basketball Program participants.
The Dajae Coleman Achievement Award recognizes two Evanston Township High School freshman students, chosen by Humanities teachers, for their leadership capabilities and ability to honor the values articulated by Dajae’s life and ethics. Winners of the Award receive $1000 scholarships to be applied toward their post-secondary education.
Purpose is to establish, maintain and encourage high cultural, intellectual moral standards among its members, to engage in public service programs, and to promote and encourage achievement in education by granting scholarships to high school graduates from the Evanston area.
Youth programs: Delta Academy, Delta Gems and EMBODI.
Evanston Scholars is a non-profit organization that improves college access and success for a diverse group of ambitious, underserved Evanston students, starting with the college admissions process and continuing until graduation. The comprehensive, six-year program offers workshops, mentors, SAT/ACT prep, and college counseling to students lacking financial, academic, family and/or community resources.
Collects and distributes school clothing to children in need enrolled in District 65 schools. Parents may apply for services through their school’s health clerk, social worker or principal. Clothing donations accepted. Volunteers needed for variety of positions.
Offers family support programs, literacy programs and parenting programs, as well as vocational, health and social programs for pre-teens, teens and teen parents, and their adult families.
Family Advocacy Center provides comprehensive services and resources for families in need and specialized services are available for those families who are currently involved with DCFS and other child welfare agencies. Contact Vanessa Allen-Graves, 847-475-7570 x15.
A family-centered organization in the North of Howard neighborhood that seeks to build and strengthen the community through programs that support personal growth and leadership.
Family Connections– after-school program, ages 5-12
Teen Boys and Teen Girls– Brothers of New Directions (BOND) (high school) and Brothers on the Move (BOM) (middle school), Sisters of Strength (14-19) and Sisters of Unity (11-13)
Evening Tutoring is available.
Family Promise Chicago North Shore provides services for homeless families in transition, helping them get back into permanent and sustainable housing and employment. The program serves 3-4 families for approximately 90 days or less. Families are provided with meals, hygiene supplies, and other necessities to help them get back on their feet. Volunteers provide and share a family style meal, play with children, help with homework and stay overnight with families. The Family Promise Day Center is based in Evanston with partner congregations throughout the north shore suburbs.
The Harbour is a community based agency providing essential services to homeless, runaway, locked out and neglected adolescent girls ages 12-21 primarily in the north suburbs and northwest suburbs of Cook County. Also offers a transitional living program for girls aged 16-21, providing housing for up to a year.
Howard Area Community Center is a social service agency that provides affordable and free education, employment, and health assistance programs for the greater Rogers Park area. HACC has four sites: the Main Center, the Youth Center, the Employment Resource Center, and the Sheila Reynolds Berner Family Center. All of our services and location addresses are on the website at www.howardarea.org/
The Illinois Attorney General Office Crime Victim Services Division offers programs to support victims and families of violent crime in order to help them meet their challenges and regain peace of mind. These programs include:
The Illinois Crime Victim Compensation Program, the Domestic Violence Fund, the Violent Crime Victim Assistance (VCVA) Program, the Automated Victim Notification (AVN) System, the Statewide Victim Assistance Program, the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program, and the Illinois Victim Assistance Academy. Other resources include workshops, training & conferences, downloadable resources, and links.
For more information, visit the website at http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/victims.
Illinois Child Support Service, a division of the Illinois Department of Health and Family Services assists with child support service applications, collecting child support, establishing paternity and other issues related to child support.
Assists parents and children to function at their highest level. Offers classes and programs to enhance parenting skills, and on dealing with divorce.
1703 Orrington Ave., Evanston, IL 60201
Services for job seekers and employers. Job seekers can meet with career counselors for skills evaluations, use public computers to search for jobs, attend a variety of job searching and skills development workshops, apply for funding for approved training and educational programs, and more.
Monday-Friday: 10 am – 6 pm
Other location: Oakton Community College: MEC Building, 1616 Golf Road, Room 106 (847-376-7279) Hours: M-F 8:30am-4:30pm
Founded in 1913, the non-profit oversees 2 full-day child care nurseries: Baby Toddler Nursery for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old and Teen Baby Nursery full-day child care for infants and toddlers whose parents attend Evanston Township High School, located in the Family Focus Building. Caseworkers make weekly visits to the 70 families enrolled in the Family Support Program to connect parents with resources, help them cope with their child’s development and understand that they are their child’s first teacher.
INFANT, Inc. solicits donations for the purchase of baby formula at the lowest available cost and delivers it promptly to food pantries and to shelters for the homeless. The formula is distributed at the discretion of their directors, who are knowledgeable in their
communities and professional in the administration of their programs. Their distribution policies are non-sectarian. INFANT, Inc. delivers to 60+ agencies throughout the city and in some suburbs for their emergency formula needs. They also deliver layettes to moms in shelters.
The Moran Center’s attorneys and social workers provide integrated legal and social work services to address the critical needs of Evanston youth and their families. The Moran Center’s services are free to qualifying individuals. Our Expungement & Sealing Help Desk at the Skokie Courthouse serves any individual with a Cook County criminal record, regardless of age or income. For all other programs, participants must be (1) 26 or younger (or a parent of someone 26 or younger), (2) at or below 80% of poverty as determined by HUD, and (3) reside within the City of Evanston or attend school in Evanston.
We believe all children and their families deserve quality legal representation regardless of their ability to pay. Our talented, experienced legal team advocates for children and their families to ensure they have equal access to justice in:
- Juvenile Court;
- Criminal Court;
- Clearing Criminal Records (youth and adults) through the Moran Center’s Expungement & Sealing Help Desk; and
- Civil Legal Proceedings through the Moran Center’s School-Based Civil Legal Clinic.
Our legal representation is combined with social work services for a non-traditional approach that leverages the request for legal assistance to help youth and their families address social and emotional challenges at home, in school, or in social interaction with others. Our social workers provide outreach, case management, short-term crisis intervention, and individual counseling.
5150 W. Golf Rd., Skokie, IL
JCFS Chicago, a non-profit social service agency, offers expert, individualized help to support people of all ages and abilities as they strive to live successfully in their community. Our services enhance social-emotional well-being for adults, children, teen and families.
The Juvenile Justice Initiative (JJI) is a non-profit, statewide coalition of state and local organizations, advocacy groups, legal educators, practitioners, community service providers, and child advocates supported by private donations from foundations and individuals/entities.
JJI’s mission is to transform the juvenile justice system in Illinois by reducing reliance on confinement, enhancing fairness for all youth, and developing an adequate range of community-based resources.
Lawrence Hall is a not-for-profit child welfare agency established to assist at-risk youth and their families through a seamless delivery of services designed to develop the self-worth, knowledge, and skills they need to lead independent and productive lives.
Services at the center and in the home are provided for enrolled families. Services include monthly play sessions for families of children with disabilities ages 0-6. Annual fee is $200 and a sliding scale is available. Also offers a toy-lending library for children with disabilities and their families.
AblePlay offers parents and educators ratings and reviews of toys for special needs children.
Non-profit promotes literacy among young people through reading and poetry writing. Weekly book groups led by professionals provide a safe place where young people can develop literacy, communication, and critical thinking skills. Family Literacy programs inspire young parents to read to their children.
Sponsors training programs for schools, libraries, and agencies interested in developing book groups for young people.
Sports, fitness, and wellness programs for preschoolers through senior citizens. Offers daycare and after school enrichment programs, summer camps, tutoring, dance classes and music lessons, American Red Cross courses, swimming and a variety of sports programs. Active volunteer program.
Birthday party rentals.
Preschool/Daycare Child Care center, preschool music, swimming, kindergarten readiness
Youth/Teens trips, tutoring and mentoring, special programming
Summer Day Camps
Provides: community care program, hot meal program, senior opportunities and services, citizenship and immigration help, computer training, outreach and interpretation, light and heat energy assistance, English as a second language, youth program, and a summer youth program.
Adult Protective Services provides support to seniors and adults with disabilities and investigates any allegations of abuse or neglect. Counseling & Family Services: A variety of counseling programs offered for families, individuals, and youth, case management, linkage to legal aid and support groups. Child & Adolescent Mental Health: A program that promotes psychological, social and emotional development through individual, family, community support and linkage to psychiatric services. Family Support and Prevention: A program for Evanston residents that enhancing parenting skills and family functioning. Adoption Preservation: A program that offers home-based services for adoptive and subsidized guardianship families. Parenting Fundamentals: An evidenced-based parenting course that gives parents the skills to help their children live fulfilling and productive lives.
Serving Evanston, Skokie, Niles, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, and Golf.
Are you a new mother looking for additional emotional support? Do you have questions about your baby’s development? Join the Mom Network, a weekly support group for new mothers that provides parenting support and information. Topics covered in the weekly meetings are determined by participants and typically include “the baby blues,” fatigue, feeding issues and more. Free to attend; maximum of 20 attendees. For more information and to register, please call 773.665.3605.
Non-profit community group’s mission is to improve the quality of life for African American males in the Evanston Community by strengthening family structure, improving the social economic, spiritual and educational conditions that affect the African American male. The outcome would be an end of the killing, violence and incarceration among young African American males in the Evanston Community.
Mentoring Programs and Healing Hearts, a bereavement support group.
The Night Ministry operates in Chicago’s neighborhoods, providing basic self-care supplies, free, immediate healthcare to homeless youth and adults, emergency and transitional housing and supportive services for youth, referrals to other agencies, and a continuum of outreach services.
Offering professional nanny placement services, for families and nannies who value quality and professionalism in childcare. Office hours: 9 AM to 4 PM.
The Bridges Early Childhood and Adolescent Program serves the needs of children and adolescents, insured and uninsured children between the ages of 3 and 17 who have been diagnosed with, or are at risk for mental illness, or emotional, behavioral and/or developmental delay.
Juvenile Division, 2245 W. Ogden Ave., 4th floor, Chicago, IL 60612
The Office of the Cook County Public Guardian represents those persons routinely ignored by society. We have three divisions devoted to championing for the rights of children and adults. In our Juvenile Division, we act as lawyers for abused and neglected children. In our Adult Guardianship Division, we act as guardian for adults with disabilities and their estates. Our third division, the Domestic Relations Division, focuses on representing children in highly contested custody cases.
Treatment for drug dependency and addiction. Extensive substance abuse prevention counseling for adults and youth.
Youth early intervention program for at-risk teens, outpatient program for teens who meet the diagnostic criteria for substance abuse diagnosis, and intensive treatment program for teens struggling with substance abuse and addiction.
Individualized treatment plan for young adults and adults struggling with substance abuse and addiction.
Specialized treatment for older adults with alcohol, prescription and/or illegal drug misuse or abuse problems.
For more information, contact Christine McCall, Clinical Director, 847-492-1778, email@example.com
Project SOAR is a one on one Mentoring Program that matches boys and girls ages 7-16 in need of emotional support and guidance with responsible adult role models who provide positive and stable relationships. The Mentor spends 3-4 hours per week with their mentee and there is a 1 year committment. Children are referred from schools, police department, other social agencies and the Y staff while the mentors are caring adults from the community and Northwestern University.
As mentors, adults are encouraged to be a friend and provide a stable, caring relationship with a younger person. Together they’ll also participate in group activities like bowling, skiing, camping, and sporting events.
Rainbows for All Children (Rainbows) is dedicated to being the premier source of support for all youth as they navigate grief and heal from loss, whether from death, divorce, deployment, or other trauma. Rainbows fosters awareness that youth require support to heal. We nurture a community of effective Rainbows-trained Facilitators, supported with a repository of resources designed to guide youth in their grieving process.
The Recyclery Collective is an educational bike shop that promotes sustainability by giving access to tools, skills, and opportunities for collaboration. We envision a diverse, resilient neighborhood filled with knowledgeable, self-reliant cyclists.
We rely on volunteers to repair bikes, table events, and keep everything going! The best way to get started is join our Volunteer Orientation 6pm on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month. Please RSVP via firstname.lastname@example.org. No prior bike mechanic skills required!
Used Bike Sales: We sell used bikes at our shop on Saturdays, 10am –noon, and seasonally on Wednesdays, 6-8pm (April – Sept).
Classes: We teach bicycle maintenance through our introductory Tune-Up Class and our more advanced Overhaul Class.
Freecyclery: Volunteers fix bikes, which we then donate to those in need. Volunteer Hours are on Tuesdays, noon-5pm, and on Fridays, 5-8pm.
Open Shop: Use our tools to fix your own bike, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7-9pm, and Saturdays, 1-5pm,
Youth Programs: We teach youth bicycle maintenance, safe commuting skills, and environmental awareness. Youth Open Shop is held on Mondays, 4-6pm.
The Rice Child + Family Center provides residential care and treatment for children, ages 8-15, diagnosed with severe emotional, behavioral and mental health problems. The center’s goal is to return these children to a loving family. Therapy is conducted in individual and group settings, and includes social skills training, counseling, and psychiatric intervention.
All of the services provided by the Rice Child + Family Center are administered in-house to about 50 children. The facility includes a medical clinic, group therapy classrooms, special education facilities and an art therapy area.
Provides educational, residential, vocational and a range of support services to children and adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in north Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Two residential adult homes are Shore Homes East-Buehler House, located in Evanston, an Intermediate Care Facility for the Developmentally Disabled (ICF-DD) and Shore Homes West, located in Skokie, a Community Living Facility (CLF). Several Community Integrated Living Arrangements (CILA) and Supported Living Arrangements (SLA) sites are located in Evanston and Skokie.
SOUTHEAST EVANSTON PARENTS ASSOCIATION (SEPA) was founded in August 1996, by a group of mostly single low-income parents wanting to make a difference in their lives and lives of their children, and the Evanston community. This not for profit grassroots organization determined to challenge parents, schools and their local government.
St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church boasts a mission, traditions and historical roots dating back 135 years to Evanston’s first century and a history of devotion and worship.
Tuesday Intercessory Prayer 11:30am
Wednesday Morning Prayer 10:00am
Wednesday Bible Study 10:30am
Friday Centering Prayer 7:30am
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly Food Stamps) helps low-income people and families buy the food they need for good health.
Benefits are provided on the Illinois Link Card – an electronic card that is accepted at most grocery stores. The program is managed by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the United States Department of Agriculture. The Department of Human Services administers the program in Illinois.
Eligibility guidelines on webpage. SNAP program also functions as an agricultural subsidy and can be used at some farmer’s markets. Most local grocers accept SNAP except for heated food. Can be used for caffeinated beverages but not alcohol or tobacco.
The Fund donates scholarships to public school children from families with limited financial resources for quality, fee-based summer programs. The Fund also sponsors Ted Fund Tuesdaysa weekly tutoring and mentoring program for adults and children, grades 3-6, on Tuesdays, 7-8:30 pm. at the YMCA.
Oasis Summer Day Camp
A free thrift store, offering free clothing, books and household items. Open every Saturday, 10 AM to 1 PM. Accepting donations during open hours only.
The Pick is a decades-old institution in South Evanston and serves all who come through its doors. youth and other volunteers learn work skills, build community, and gain confidence from serving their neighbors.
Teen drop-in center in Wilmette, supervised by staff trained to communicate with teens, to assess their needs, and to create programs that enhance skills and promote growth toward becoming responsible adults. Evanston teens are welcome. Offers youth counseling, chat sessions, study nights, music and recreational programs.
Hours are Tuesday-Thursday: 4:00-8:00 pm
Friday: 4:00-9:00 pm
Saturday: 7:00-9:00 pm
Nonprofit corporation working to significantly reduce illiteracy, unemployment, youth gang activity, drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence and homelessness.
Youth have vastly different opportunity sets based on their income, race, culture, gender identity, and sexual orientation. These gaps in opportunity prevent many youth from realizing their fullest potential.
We utilize three strategies — Advance, Build, and Catalyze — to close this opportunity gap and prepare youth for post-secondary and life success. Across these strategies, we seek to build deep, caring relationships with youth, their families, and the community institutions around them. For all youth, Y.O.U. provides both academic support and enrichment programming. Academic support includes support with independent learning assignments, tutoring, goal setting, and social-emotional check-ins. Current enrichment programming includes a focus on team building, literacy, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math), and social justice. All of our clinical and outreach services, including counseling, case management, and our 24/7 youth housing hotline, have continued without interruption, primarily through virtual and telehealth models.
If you are under 22 and experiencing a housing-related crisis, please call 847.866.1200 x 1
Y.A.M- NFP is an organization created to help with the total development & growth of today’s youth. We provide leadership opportunities, social guidance, and support, as well as mentoring plus role models for youth within the Evanston community
Provides job readiness training, job placement, employment support and career counseling to help youth and young adults aged 14-25, particularly those who are at-risk, to gain employment.
Programs and Services. Programs serve two distinct populations: high school youth ages 14-25 and out-of-school youth (OSY) ages 18-25.
Out of school youth programs: No charge
* Ongoing Career Advising – Individual assistance, online job searches, resume development and support for online applications.
* Job Readiness training workshops begin every two weeks on Tuesday.
* Career Pathways program: multi-week skills specific training in high growth industries including Auto Maintenance, Culinary, Healthcare, Retail and other sectors.
* Other events: hiring events, job fairs, foundations in literacy and math classes, other
* Job placement and retention support
Evanston Township High School program: No charge
* Ongoing Career Advising – Individual assistance, online job searches, resume development and support for online applications
* Job Readiness training workshops throughout the school year.
* Job placements for seasonal and summer work
* Career Planning throughout high school
* Support for graduating seniors planning on pursuing jobs, training programs, apprenticeships, etc.
* Other events: hiring events, job fairs, foundations in literacy and math classes, other
YWCA Evanston/North Shore is a social justice organization working in the areas of racial justice and civil rights, women’s empowerment and economic advancement, and health and safety of women and girls. Learn more about YWCA programs and services below:
Domestic Violence Services: www.ywca-ens.org/what-we-do/domestic-violence-program
Relationship Violence Prevention: www.ywca-ens.org/what-we-do/violence-prevention
Women’s Economic Empowerment: www.ywca-ens.org/what-we-do/womens-empowerment
Racial Justice Initiatives: www.ywca-ens.org/what-we-do/racial-justice
Flying Fish Aquatics: www.ywca-ens.org/what-we-do/flying-fish-aquatics
24-hour hotline for domestic abuse victims: 847-864-8780 or (toll free) 877-718-1868.
This comprehensive domestic violence program provides crisis intervention, emergency assistance and shelter, transitional housing, legal advocacy, community-based services, violence prevention and outreach and education. All services are offered free of charge.
Toll Free Crisis and Referral Line: 877-718-1868; Crisis and Referral Line: 847-864-8780
Mary Lou’s Place 32-bed residential shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. The only criteria for admission is that the individual or family is fleeing from a dangerous situation. They can stay for up to 90 days; transitional housing services are then available.
For donations of hygiene, household items, non-perishable foods, and diapers, contact 847-864-8445.
Howard Brown Health Center exists to eliminate the disparities in health care experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people through research, education and the provision of services that promote health and wellness. Howard Brown provides the following:
Alternative Insemination (AI) Program
Broadway Youth Center
Insurance Enrollment Assistance
Trans & Nonbinary Health Women’s Health
Community Testing Sites & Outreach Services
Howard Brown Health Express Linkage To Care
Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
Services for HIV+ Women and Youth
Sexual and Reproductive Health Clinic
In Power: The Sexual Harm Response Program
Intimate Partner Violence
Substance Use & Abuse
Support Groups and Workshops
Online contact form: https://howardbrown.org/contact-us/
Since its beginnings, the Indo-American Center has welcomed people of any nationality or creed. The agency serves over 30,000 from over 35 countries people annually and provides comprehensive support through the following interrelated programs and services.
Cyriac D. Kappil Legal Clinic
Immigration & Citizenship