Family

Contact Person
Bill Brenner
Description

This group is open to people going through divorce, separation or, in general, through the challenging transition from couplehood to being on one’s own.

Public Notes

Meeting times and dates are announced on the website.

Organization Name
Address
Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster Street, Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Jelani Summers
Phone Number
847-448-8254
Fax
847-328-2026
Description

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.

Contact Person
Alan Sanders
Phone Number
773-562-2925
Parent Organization
Description

Cub Scouts from Oakton Elementary School (Pack 916), Pope John XXIII School (Pack 918), Washington Elementary School (Pack 927) and Dawes Elementary School (Pack 932) join together for fun, service, learning and character-building activities.

Public Notes

Boys in grades 1-5. There are 2-3 den meetings per month and one monthly pack meeting for all age groups during the school year; one monthly pack activity takes place during the summer.

Address
2010 Dewey Avenue
Evanston, IL
60201
Contact Person
Colette Allen, Center Director, Evanston
Phone Number
847-475-7570
Fax
847-475-7590
Parent Organization
Description

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.

Address
840 Dodge Ave, Evanston IL
60202
Contact Email
Phone Number
847.864.3721
Description

North Shore Senior Center’s Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program, which is operated and overseen by staff in our Niles Senior & Family Services Office, provides information and assistance for older adults who are raising young children.

Through this program, seniors can receive emotional support, parenting education, respite and financial counseling/assistance while they navigate the challenges of raising their grandchildren.

Participants meet monthly at the Levy Senior Center in Evanston. The meetings include a healthy meal and separate activities for the grandchildren, whose parents are absent for many reasons, including incarceration, addiction and mental health issues.

Case managers on staff at North Shore Senior Center’s Niles Senior & Family Services Office act as program facilitators. Guest speakers are often invited to address such topics as discipline, promoting educational achievement, teen dating and understanding social media.

Organization Name
Contact Person
Eileen O’Farrell Smith, Director
Phone Number
773-325-9388
Description

Resource center providing educational support, mentoring, community, and formation for interfaith and interchurch families, and the clergy and religious communities that serve them.

Special community offered include: Hebrew Naming and Baptism for children, “Under 5’s” for parents of young children to share examples and be role models, The Union School for children
beginning in Kindergarten (Sunday mornings from 10:45-11:45am), and interfaith masses, Shabbats, and weddings.

Contact Email
Phone Number
847-440-4977
Parent Organization
Description

International organization helps mothers breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education and promotes a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.

Organization Name
Address
300 Dodge Ave., Evanston, IL
60202
Contact Person
Leslie Wilson
Phone Number
847- 448-8250
Fax
847-869-6183
Description

Variety of programs geared for ages 55 and over. Programs include health/exercise, dance, sports, arts, trips, and concerts.
Hours: 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Fitness Room For Levy Center members,hours are Mon.-Fri.,7am to 9pm; Saturday and Sunday 9am to 2pm. For non-members,hours are Mon.-Fri., 7am-9am and 5-9pm; Sat. and Sun.9am-2pm.

Address
355 Ridge Avenue, Evanston IL
60202
Phone Number
773.665.3605
Parent Organization
Description

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.

Public Notes

Created in November 2011 through the combination of 2 nonprofit Catholic health systems, Provena Health and Resurrection Health Care, Presence Health is now the largest Catholic health system based in Illinois.

Organization Name
Description

Moms support group for mothers of twins, triplets and other multiples, located in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Meet monthly on the first Wed. evening in members’ homes. Semi-annual resale occurs in the Fall and Spring, usually in September/October and March/April at the Unitarian Church of Evanston.

Organization Name
Address
P.O. Box 6471, Evanston, IL
60204-6471
Contact Person
Cathy Key-Payne and Wendy Weaver, Co-Founders
Description

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.

Organization Name
Description

An independent, non-sectarian, non-profit organization for parents with young children offering playgroups, lectures, a babysitting co-op, various social groups, a newsletter, and special events.

Also listed on Meetup.com

Organization Name
Address
P.O. Box 6335 Evanston, IL
60204
Contact Person
Rhonda Present
Contact Email
Phone Number
847-864-4838
Description

Organization supporting and advocating for Illinois working parents and grandparents.

Address
31 Wellington Ave, Mundelein, IL
60060
Contact Person
Lucia Norris, President
Phone Number
224-489-5121
Fax
224-778-5027
Description

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.

Public Notes

Meets monthly. Southeast Evanston Parents Association (“SEPA) is a grassroots not for profit organization made up of adults concerned about families in the community. SEPA’s mission is to have the best housing, schools, recreation, childcare, and out of school activities for all students. SEPA’s purpose is to render aid to poor students, including supply of books and other materials. Additionally, SEPA plans to provide training and support for parents of students in the community to help the students thrive in school. This help will come in the form of training seminars to assist parents in becoming involved in their children’s education; in creating a conducive learning environment at home; training seminars to help parents learn how to help their children in their studies; and help to families to prevent any obstacles in the home that could deter from the child’s learning. .

Organization Name
Address
Evanston Vocational School:
2101 Dempster
Evanston, IL 60201

Administrative Offices:
P.O. Box 63
South Holland, IL 60473
60201
Contact Person
Glenn Spoolstra
Phone Number
708-331-3301 x102
Description

Chicagoland Prison Outreach exists to ministers to those who have been incarcerated, and their families by providing chaplaincy services, Vocational training, food assistance, compassionate products such as school supplies, Thanksgiving baskets, and Christmas gifts for the children. The goal of Chicagoland Prison Outreach is to build relationships with those that have been incarcerated to help restore them to society, and assist their families during the transition. We also provide trauma coaching/counseling to support both those that are incarcerated, and their families. This process will help to reduce recidivism.

Organization Name
Address
3080 West Lake Avenue, Glenview, IL
60026
Contact Person
Lizzy Appleby
Phone Number
847.724.2620 x121
Description

The Pride Youth Program offers social, support, and leadership programming for more than 250 LGBTQ+ youth ages 4-24 and their families from across Chicago’s northern suburbs. Our prideCONNECT, prideSUPPORT, and prideLEAD programs offer a variety of opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender youth, and youth who are questioning their sexual and/or gender identities to build relationships, get support, and lead their communities. The Pride Youth Program is guided by our core values: inclusion, hope, non-punitive accountability, partnership, and responsiveness.

Upcoming events and crisis resources available here.

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