Catholic Charities fulfills the Church’s role in the mission of charity to anyone in need by providing compassionate, competent and professional services that strengthen and support individuals, families and communities based on the value and dignity of human life.
The Law Offices of Chicago-Kent is a teaching law firm with a dual mission—to provide high-quality clinical education to more than 150 student interns and externs who enroll each semester, and to deliver outstanding and competitively priced legal services to our clients.
We offer client legal services in the following practice areas - please note that all of the attorneys charge legal fees for their services:
Criminal Defense Litigation
Plaintiffs Employment Discrimination
Civil Rights Litigation
Vaccine Injury Law
Our office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Equip for Equality is an independent, private, not-for-profit organization designated by the Governor in 1985 to implement the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) System in Illinois. The mission of Equip for Equality is to advance the human and civil rights of children and adults with disabilities in Illinois. It is the only statewide, cross-disability, comprehensive advocacy organization providing self-advocacy assistance, legal services, and disability rights education while also engaging in public policy and legislative advocacy and conducting abuse investigations and other oversight activities. Equip for Equality provides free legal services and self-advocacy assistance to people with disabilities in the areas of discrimination, assistive technology, special education, guardianship defense, abuse and neglect, and community integration. Equip for Equality provides self-advocacy training to people with disabilities and family members on topics including the Americans with Disabilities Act, employment, transportation, voting, Ticket to Work, special education and guardianship.
To report abuse, neglect or exploitation to authorities, click here.
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Information source for consumer frauds and scams, recalled products, filing a consumer complaint, reporting identity theft, getting your free credit reports, registering for the Do Not Call list, and other consumer issues.
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.
Professional staff briefly assess needs, send literature and write referrals for a range of services such as case management, Long-Term Care Ombudsman program, legal services, transportation, employment and nutrition services .
Free legal aid for low income people in Cook County. Legal Aid Chicago offers a range of legal services in five main areas of law:
Family and Safety
House & Apartment
Money & Debt
Work & Employment Rights
Health, Disability & Basic Needs
LEGAL AID CHICAGO CLINICS
Legal Aid Chicago partners with volunteer attorneys and community organizations to offer free community-based legal clinics throughout the city of Chicago. Learn more about our upcoming walk-in clinics by calling 312-423-5938.
LEGAL AID CHICAGO COURT-BASED HELP DESKS
Legal Aid Chicago partners with volunteer attorneys and community organizations to offer free help desks inside the federal and municipal courthouses. Learn more about our help desks here.
Formerly Sprau Advocate Group. Helps seniors in Chicago and the Chicago suburbs maintain their independence by assisting them with household and daily money management, insurance claims, records organization, tax issues. Services are available on an hourly or a per project basis.
Professional association of attorneys dedicated to improving the quality of legal services provided to seniors and people with special needs. Elderlaw Membership Directory can be used for referrals.
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.
The Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission protects the rights and promotes the welfare of persons with disabilities. By providing legal representation, investigating complaints of rights violations and providing state guardianship for Illinois' population with disabilities, the Commission has given voice to those who have previously gone unheard.
Through the Illinois Department on Aging, the state long term care ombudsman protects and promotes the rights and quality of life for people who reside in long term care facilities (nursing homes). This is done through regional ombudsmen who have a hands–on working relationship with the residents and staff of the facilities within their program areas.
For more information on the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, contact...
the Illinois Department on Aging Senior HelpLine;
a Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program;
a Regional Home and Community Ombudsman Program.
For more information on the Pioneer Approach to Long Term Care and the Illinois Long Term Care Ombudsman program, see also:
Publications related to the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues (not Social Security taxes). It is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people who have little or no income; and it provides cash to meet basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter.
Eligibility Criteria: Take the online Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool linked at www.ssa.gov to see if you are eligible for SSI. Low income adults over 65 are eligible even if not disabled. Disabled adults with substantial work experience are eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD).
Hours of Operation: 8:30 am-5:00 pm
Wisdom Eldercare provides home care and care management services, including the following live-in and hourly caregiver support services: personal care; assistance with bathing and dressing; nutritious meal preparation; grocery shopping; light housekeeping and laundry; medication reminders; escort to medical appointments; Alzheimer’s care; individualized daily activities; structured daily routine; written care plans; regular on-site caregiver supervision; socialization and companionship; hospice care support.