Access Living is a cross-disability organization governed and staffed by a majority of people with disabilities.
Access Living fosters the dignity, pride and self-esteem of people with disabilities and enhances the options available to them so they may choose and maintain individualized and satisfying lifestyles.
To this end, Access Living offers peer-oriented independent living services; public education, awareness and development; individualized and systemic advocacy; and enforcement of civil rights on behalf of people with disabilities.
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.
AgeOptions, the Area Agency on Aging of Suburban Cook County, plans, advocates, coordinates and funds services for older persons and their families in suburban Cook County.
A free service that answers civil (not criminal) legal questions for low-income residents of Illinois. After logging in to the website, answer a few questions to see if you qualify to use this service. Those who qualify can ask volunteer attorneys a specific question about your civil legal issue. You’ll receive an email telling you when your question receives a response, and then can log back in to see the response to your question and ask more questions.
The ACLU of Illinois provides legal assistance to residents of Illinois whose civil liberties or civil rights have been violated. The website states that “The ACLU of Illinois solely takes cases where the incident occurred in the state of Illinois, or cases involving residents of Illinois. The organization is not a provider of general legal services; it only litigates cases where there has been a violation of a person’s civil rights, primarily by the government. We do not practice criminal law or generally take cases where rights have been violated by a private entity. After receiving your request, it may take up to two weeks to receive a response from the Intake Department. As such, if your case is extremely time-sensitive, you may wish to consult a private attorney. The ACLU of Illinois cannot provide legal advice unless the organization has accepted your case. The receipt of and/or response to your inquiry does not indicate the acceptance of your case. “
Serving people with disabilities, behavioral health needs, and people who are Deaf, DeafBlind, or Hard of Hearing through a variety of programs. Provides services to people with disabilities throughout the Chicago area. Employment services, day programs, residential support, audiology service, and other social services.
Best Buddies Illinois is dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment. Program links disabled and non-disabled friends at the middle school, high school, college and adult level.
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.
Bluhm Legal Clinic is staffed by Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law students, under the supervision of experienced faculty members. There are 14 centers, addressing a variety of legal issues, many of which accept cases at low or no cost, if the case is accepted by the Clinic. The Centers include the Appellate Advocacy Center, Bartlit Center for Trial Advocacy, Center for Criminal Defense, Center for Externships, Center for International Human Rights, Center on Negotiation and Mediation, Center on Wrongful Convictions, Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth, Children and Family Justice Center, Civil Litigation Center, Entrepreneurship Law Center, Environmental Advocacy Center, Investor Protection Center, MacArthur Justice Center, and Prison Reentry Strategies.
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
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.
The Great Room Kitchen
Campus Kitchen coordinates donations of unserved dining hall food, prepares and delivers meals to area social service agencies, low-income seniors and families, and provides service learning opportunities for Northwestern students. Currently preparing and delivering 750 meals per week, Campus Kitchens also welcomes volunteers not associated with Northwestern University.
Caption First serves individuals and organizations by providing high-quality communication access, converting the spoken word into the written word, any time and anywhere. Focusing on the dignity of individuals and the success of their clients.
The Career & Networking Center came into being as the result of a multiphase grassroots effort to address the concerns of the underemployed and unemployed in our community. Beginning in 1992, a Naperville United Way Community Needs Assessment revealed the number one concern of our local citizens was unemployment and underemployment. As a result, the Community Career Center opened its doors in September 1996 to assist individuals in developing the tools and resources needed to conduct a successful job search and return to work.
Today the Career & Networking Center provides a supportive and professional setting where individuals can conduct a productive and successful job search, receive career-enhancing, professional development advice and build their professional network. An expert group of human resource and other business professionals are available for individual consultation to assist individuals in setting reasonable goals and implementing strategies that meet their specific needs. Perhaps, one of the unique features about the Center is the coaching appointments, which include: resume writing, networking, interviewing skills, job search strategy, career exploration, brand development, and necessary computer skills. Programs and services are available without geographic restrictions.
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
Specializes in counseling for women.
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.
The CARPLS Legal Aid Hotline helps thousands of low-income families find answers to everyday legal problems including housing, employment, education, consumer debt, divorce, guardianships, estates, injuries to person or property, public benefits, health care and more. Whatever the legal problem, CARPLS’ experienced attorneys can help clients better understand their rights and the remedies available to them under the law. Our attorneys do not represent clients in court. If in-court representation is required, the CARPLS attorneys will assist with a referral to an appropriate full-service legal aid agency if one is available. The Hotline service is free to low-income residents of Cook County. The CARPLS’ Hotline is open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM, and on Monday and Wednesday evenings until 7:30 PM.
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.
Assistance to individuals, couples and families in the treatment of trauma, domestic and family violence, child and adult sexual abuse, addiction, compulsion, self-injurious behavior, and severe emotional and behavioral disorders. Therapeutic process based on a unique treatment, The Collaborative Stage Model (CSM)
Professional trainings, workshops and consultations for mental health clinicians, educators and the general community.
A nonprofit organization which provides legal services to low-income residents of Cook County, Illinois who are either elderly or who have permanent disabilities.
CDEL volunteer attorneys represent eligible individuals with a broad range of civil legal matters, including: Powers of Attorney, Guardianship, Wills & Probate, Landlord/Tenant, Collections, Special Education, Real Estate & Mortgage Foreclosure, Family Law, Financial Elder Abuse, Family Law, ADA Discrimination, and Consumer Fraud.
Assists professional counselors and clinicians in the learning, teaching and research of the natural system theory of the family developed by Dr. Murray Bowen. Workshops, seminars and lectures are held throughout the year.
A not-for-profit organization that helps individuals with disabilities and their families develop the “skills and opportunities to realize full lives.”
Maintains Evanston Township High School’s Transition House which helps students who have credits to graduate acquire life-skills.
The Center on Deafness is dedicated to serving children and adults who are deaf or hearing impaired with accompanying developmental delay and/or mental illness to reach their highest potential by providing educational, vocational, mental health, and residential services in therapeutic, community-based environments.
If you are looking for a lawyer in Cook County or one of the surrounding counties, the Chicago Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service has over 300 prescreened, qualified lawyers experienced in almost every area of law. The service can refer you to attorneys experienced in over 40 areas of law, including the following:
– Domestic Relations (including divorce, custody, support and other family law matters);
– Personal Injury (including auto accidents, slip and falls, products liability, wrongful death, malpractice and other types of injury cases);
– Estate Planning (including will drafting, trusts, probate and will contests);
– Real Estate (including buying or selling real estate, foreclosure defense, and landlord-tenant issues);
– Employment Law (including wrongful termination, harassment and discrimination); and
– Numerous other areas of law.
If you meet with the lawyer you are referred to, the lawyer will collect $30 at the initial consultation. Any other fees should be negotiated directly with the lawyer prior to the meeting.
You can also speak to a lawyer for free on the 3rd Saturday of every month, with the CBA’s Call-A-Lawyer program. Call (312) 554-2001 from 9 a.m. to 12:00 noon on the program dates to speak to a volunteer Lawyer Referral Service attorney for general legal advice and self-help strategies.
See website for after-hours lawyers available on call for Criminal Defense, Domestic Relations/Family Law, and Personal Injury.
Harm Reduction is an alternative to traditional all or nothing approaches to “addiction” treatment. Harm Reduction is based on humane, rational, and evidence based models of therapy. As such, it recognizes that a strict 12 Step or Disease model doesn’t apply meaningfully to all people. It does recognize that we and our sources of unhappiness are complex and involve work, home, significant relationships, emotional experiences including trauma, and our means of coping on a daily basis.
We are here to help reduce the negative impact of drugs, alcohol, gambling, self injury, and the like on individuals, their families and communities.
Offering a wide array of programs and services to the Chicago metropolitan area’s Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing community: audiology clinic, hearing aid bank, amplified phone demonstration program, calendar of social and cultural events, social services, domestic violence, victim assistance, interpreter referral, and youth programs.
The Chicago Legal Clinic is a not-for-profit organization which offers low cost legal services on a sliding-scale, based on ability to pay, to residents of Cook County. Services available in English and Spanish at several Chicago neighborhood locations.
Programs and Services and Legal assistance: adoption, bankruptcy, child custody and support, debt elimination, divorce, employment, environmental issues, guardianship, immigration, landlord-tenant, real estate transactions, Social Security benefits, traffic accidents, wills and probate, worker compensation.
The Chicago Lighthouse is well regarded nationally as a model agency for the wide range of programs provided to make a comprehensive, wrap-around menu of services that address an individual’s changing needs across a lifetime. Through world-class programs in rehabilitation, education, employment and independent living, we improve the quality of life for individuals of all ages every single day.
Eligibility Requirements: Persons who are blind or visually impaired.
Understanding the unique needs and challenges of each patient is at the core of our approach to low vision rehabilitation at the Forsythe Center. During your comprehensive low vision examination, a specially trained optometrist will examine your eyes and provide more information about your specific eye condition. After the evaluation, our team of experts will recommend an individualized rehabilitation plan that may include recommendations for vision devices, technology and/or supplementary Lighthouse services.
To schedule an appointment, please contact our Low Vision Clinic at (312) 997-3686. Please see our clinic locations to schedule an appointment near you.
CVLS is an organization of over 3,000 volunteer attorneys who donate free legal services to thousands of low-income Chicagoans. Our services are free, accessible and real.
With 22 legal clinics across the Chicago area, hosted evenings and weekends at community organizations and churches, where you can talk with an attorney about your legal problem, CVLS works to ensure that everyone has access to justice, not just those who can afford it.
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.
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 programs (including Head Start/Early Head Start) designed for children 0-5 and their families, teachers and caregivers. Offers programs for children of all abilities, low income families and children at risk of not succeeding in school. Maintains a Guide to Early Childhood Resources in Evanston.
Offers a wide range of services to families affected by child sexual abuse, including counseling, support and survivors groups, crisis intervention and case management.
The City of Evanston is committed to the principle that persons with disabilities enjoy full access to all public meetings, city building, program or service the City of Evanston offers. No-one can be denied access to a city activity based on their disability. Anyone needing mobility or communication access assistance should contact the Disabled Services Specialist or the Office of Facilities Management 48 hours in advance of the meeting or event; the numbers to call are 311 (from within Evanston) or 847-448-4311 (outside Evanston or cell phone).
File an ADA service request to request services such as a sign language interpreter for a program or event. The Parks, Recreation & Community Service Department has an Inclusion Specialist who will call you within 2 business days of your request for a call back.
In order to protect and promote the public health, safety, and welfare of the residents, the City Council establishes a Housing and Homelessness Commission (“Commission”) to provide for the planning, expansion, maintenance, conservation and rehabilitation of Evanston’s housing stock. The Commission shall also work to maintain and expand affordable housing for Evanston’s low, moderate, and middle income residents. The Commission will be responsive to needs for change in housing related matters to maintain a diverse residential environment throughout the community and to combat homelessness. The Commission will provide recommendations on funding and policies to carry out City Council priorities related to housing and homelessness. (Ord. No. 94-O-17 , § 2, 12-11-2017)
# OF MEMBERS: Nine (9) members.
QUALIFICATIONS: The Commission consists of nine (9) members who serve without compensation and are residents of the City of Evanston. In appointing new members to the Commission, the Mayor will consider knowledge, familiarity, and/or experience with local housing issues, homelessness and affordable housing issues, different housing populations in Evanston including seniors, the different types of housing stock in Evanston, renter and homeowner housing issues, and housing development and financing for public and private sectors. At least one (1) member of the Commission must be an alderman. All members must be residents of the City of Evanston.
TERM: 3 years, may serve a second term.
MEETING DATE: First Thursday of every month, at 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, Room 2402
REPORTS TO: Planning and Development Committee
The police department is committed to a Partnership with the Evanston community, serving it professionally and lawfully. All members of the department strive to enhance this Partnership with the community and to solve problems as part of his or her daily tasks, recognizing that maintenance of the highest standards of ethics and integrity is imperative for the continued improvement of local policing in Evanston. The Evanston Police Department is committed to fostering values that serve a diverse population and its needs.
In addition to its focus on the Partnership, the department esteems the following values for its members:
• Professionalism in upholding the law
• An organizational climate of trust and respect
• Respect for tradition while encouraging an atmosphere that allows for innovation and change
The police department is committed to a Partnership with the Evanston community, serving it professionally and lawfully. All members of the department strive to enhance this Partnership with the community and to solve problems as part of his or her daily tasks, recognizing that maintenance of the highest standards of ethics and integrity is imperative for the continued improvement of local policing in Evanston. The Evanston Police Department is committed to fostering values that serve a diverse population and its needs.
In addition to its focus on the Partnership, the department esteems the following values for its members:
• Professionalism in upholding the law
• An organizational climate of trust and respect
• Respect for tradition while encouraging an atmosphere that allows for innovation and change.
Victim Services provides social services to crime victims and witnesses and to residents seeking social service assistance in non-crime situations.
Additionally services provided include:
- Crisis Intervention Counseling, Information and Resources for Crime Victims and Witnesses
- Medical Advocacy for Sexual Assaults, Domestic Violence and Physical Abuse cases.
- Referrals or Assistance in obtaining Orders of Protection
Court Advocacy to assist victims and witnesses through the criminal justice system, including status on court dates and meetings with State’s Attorney
- Assist Domestic Violence Victims with Warning Signs of Domestic Violence, Safety Planning and provide Shelter Referrals.
- Assist eligible Victims with filing for Monetary Reimbursement under the Illinois Crime Victims Compensation Act
- Personal Advocacy such as interceding with employers so that Victims and Witnesses may attend court and intervening with medical billing issues related to injuries sustained during crime
- Legal Resources and Referrals regarding Domestic Violence & Custody Issues
The City Clerk attends all City Council meetings and produces the official minutes of all City sponsored meetings. All ordinances and resolutions are processed through this office and kept as permanent records in the municipal library. The municipal code is updated throughout the year by ordinances that amend the code. The Clerk is the custodian of books, records, and papers of the City of Evanston. The City Clerk is the only full-time elected official.
The City Clerk provides many important services to Evanston residents. Premier among the office’s programs is its election services, with its primary goal to provide the greatest convenience to voting. The Clerk’s Office is responsible for all matters involving elections, and the Clerk is the local election official. Evanston residents can register to vote in the Clerk’s Office. The Clerk’s election duties include, but are not limited to, voter registration and re-registration, receiving nominating petitions, and supplying absentee ballot request applications.
The Clerk is the custodian of the City and Township Seal and affixes its impression on documents when required. By state statute, the Clerk is the keeper of the City’s records which includes minutes and ordinances, distributing, publishing and providing security for legal documents such as ordinances, resolutions, proclamations, agreements and minutes of the City Council meetings.
The Clerk is also involved in the verification and distribution of temporary handicapped parking placards. All petitions and communications addressed to the City Council are received by the Clerk and communicated by the Clerk at Council meetings. The Clerk also issues notices of regular and special meetings of the City Council.
Those interested in obtaining information from the City Clerk’s office may request it by filing a Freedom of Information Act request either by phone, email, fax or in person. Citizens can also obtain FOID (Firearm Owner Identification) Card applications from the Clerk’s office as well. All of the services that have been mentioned are available Monday thru Friday from 8:30 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. The Clerk’s Office is closed on weekends and established recognized Holidays.
The Self Help Center has links to resources for self-represented (pro se) litigants appearing before the Circuit Court of Cook County. Topics include:
- Finding An Attorney, Family, Juvenile, Adoption and Name Change
- Criminal Cases and Traffic Offenses
- Lawsuits, Injuries, Small Claims and Debts
- Going to Court
- Self Help Resources in and around the Daley Center
- Wills, Probate, Estates and Guardianship
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.
400 Central Avenue, #111, Highland Park, IL 60035
This non-profit organization develops and provides affordable housing in Evanston, both rental and ownership, to people who are income eligible . If you are interested in applying for affordable housing in Evanston, please contact our office at 847-263-7478. There is a lot of information on our website– http://www.cpahousing.org — including pictures of available properties.
To submit a pre-application for affordable rentals, click here: http://cpahousing.org/cpah-rental-pre-application/
6050 N. California
Compuplay is the name of a Lekotek program that provides computer based play with assistive technology, iPads, Wii and Xbox Kinect. This program is specifically designed for children with disabilities by the National Lekotek Center. Please note that not all Lekoteks have Compuplay programs and equipment varies by site with those that do. For children with disabilities, the computer provides endless opportunities for expression, skill development and independence.
In addition to motivating software programs, Lekotek uses adapted equipment such as enlarged keypads and track balls, toys and other props.
Many Lekotek centers offer software lending libraries, which allow families to borrow pieces of interactive software for use on their home computers.
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.
Connections for the Homeless serves and catalyzes our community to end homelessness, one person at a time.
Prevention: Short-term financial assistance for individuals and families at-risk of losing their home.
Community & Shelter: Overnight shelter for male-identifying adults and access to comprehensive services. Site-based outreach services for people who are homeless to access basic necessities including showers, laundry, storage, food, clothing, and an on-site health clinic.
Housing: Transitional housing for youth and families experiencing housing insecurity. Permanent housing and rapid rehousing for individuals and families who are homeless. All participants have access to comprehensive services.
Cook County Public Law Library
The public can access the law library catalog online, access self-help legal resources, conduct legal research online, view Cook County Ordinances online, contact reference staff for assistance with legal research, or visit the law library to access electronic resources such as Westlaw and Lexis, and to visit the library’s Self-Help Web Center. Main Branch (Chicago) Hours: M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Open Sat: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for attorneys presenting a current ARDC card and current photo ID, and for litigants presenting official court papers stamped within a year and current photo ID. Sun: Closed.
See also: Skokie Branch:
5600 Old Orchard Road
Skokie, IL 60077
Telephone: (847) 470-7298
Hours: M-F: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (closed for lunch 1-2 PM during COVID); Sat-Sun: Closed
The Public Defender is appointed by the judge when an individual is not able to afford an attorney (55 ILCS 5/3-4006). A Public Defender should be available to individuals at the time of the first court appearance. The Public Defender provides legal representation in the areas of criminal, misdemeanor, juvenile justice, child protection, paternity, appeals, post-conviction and traffic cases.
Also has a link to an Inmate Locator, to help find where someone is being held.
The CSH-Illinois office works with public and private partners throughout the state to increase the availability of supportive housing for persons who are homeless. Since 1992, CSH Illinois has committed more than $21.6 million in grants, loans and consultant services to 158 projects that developed 8,624 units of supportive housing.
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.
Not-for-profit coffee shop serving light breakfasts and lunches. Employees are at-risk Evanston youth, ages 15-22, who want to take steps towards a positive future and learn skills leading to employment in the food service field. Students are tutored in computer literacy, food history, job readiness techniques, GED subjects and more.
From 3pm. to 10 pm., Mon.-Sat., the space becomes Just 8 Pizzeria, serving artisan pizzas and gourmet cookies for dine in or delivery.
Living Room is a large space adjoining the cafe that may be reserved for group meetings or parties.
Variety of volunteer opportunities.
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.
Volunteer dentists and specialists serve eligible patients who are without income or low income, and are elderly, permanently disabled or qualify as medically fragile. Application.
Dress for Success Worldwide – Central serves job-ready women by referral only from Chicago non-profit organizations including domestic violence agencies, homeless shelters and job-training programs. Provides each woman with a business suit when she has a job interview. Volunteers assist women one-on-one with resume enhancements, cover letter development, mock interviews and job search strategies. Volunteers are also needed for development activities and assisting with merchandise donations and sorting.
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.
Faith-based not-for-profit which develops affordable housing for low and moderate income Evanston residents. Works to obtain subsidies for down payment and mortgage assistance; advocates for affordable housing. Actively supports City of Evanston’s sustainable housing program. Live evanston. rentals and home buyers. Also referrals to other local organizations.
Provides both consultation and workshops for those interested in exploring the practice of narrative therapy for individuals, families, institutions, and communities. Narrative therapy involves facilitating experience of new stories–narratives that are more empowering, more satisfying, and give hope for better futures.
The General Assistance Program is a locally administered program by the City of Evanston which is mandated by the State of Illinois and funded by the tax payers of Evanston. The City of Evanston General Assistance Program provides assistance (up to $500.00 monthly) to persons who are not eligible for any other state or federal financial assistance programs and who do not have income or resources to provide for their basis needs. The goals of the City General Assistance program is to prepare and assist individuals with becoming employment ready and is accomplished through various different programs administered by the City.
Non-profit which promotes reduction of waste in landfills through sustainable deconstruction and renovation building practices. Contractors, building owners and residents may donate used or surplus construction materials which can be purchased for reuse at reduced prices by local residents and contractors. Revenue from the sales funds workforce job training and community education.
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.
An interfaith volunteer program of trained volunteers providing free supportive services to frail, chronically ill, disabled, and lonely individuals of any age or economic status.
Services provided by Faith in Action include: Friendly visiting; shopping assistance; light housework/chores; transportation; telephone assistance; reading and listening.
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 non-profit mental health system dedicated to strengthening and healing families, couples, children and adolescents, and individuals through a range of counseling and psychotherapy services. As an independent affiliate of Northwestern University, offers two Master’s degrees (Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy) and conducts ongoing clinical research.
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.
If you are the parent or family member of a child with a disability, age birth to 22, our job is provide your family with information, resources, support, and training that allows you to help your child meet his or her educational goals.
• Learn about your rights and responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
• Make informed decisions about your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP)
• Obtain appropriate services for your child
• Communicate more effectively with school professionals
• Come together with other parents who share your concerns and desires to make a difference
• Learn more about Early Intervention and transition services
• Effect positive change in your child’s school
Eligibility Criteria: Parents of a child with a disability, age birth to 22
Fee Policy: No contribution is too small to help support the goals of the Family Resource Center on Disabilities and the families who we serve.
Intake Process: Call or email for more information
Provides free legal assistance to Migrant and seasonal workers, Landscaping workers, horticultural workers, Agricultural workers, Greenhouse workers, and Nursery workers in Illinois. (Abogados para Trabajadores Agricolas y Jardineros.) FLAP’s mission is to improve working conditions for migrant and seasonal workers in the agricultural and landscaping industries in Illinois. FLAP carries out this mission through: Litigation, Outreach and Community Legal Education.
Among the many violations that our clients are exposed to are:
– Nonpayment of wages (“wage theft”)
– Denial of overtime wage rates
– Illegal pesticide exposure
– Hazardous housing
– Unsanitary working conditions
– Illegal deductions from wages [for visa, travel, housing, equipment and uniform expenses] No client documentation necessary.
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.
FindLaw is a free online resource that provides legal information, lawyer profiles and a community to help you make legal decisions.
Worship is at 10:30 a.m. all year. From September to early June, we worship in the sanctuary, and during the summer 10:30 a.m. worship moves to air-conditioned Tittle Chapel.
Worship in the Park is an informal, come-as-you-are summer worship service at 9:00 a.m. in Lunt Park, just a block away.
Soup Kitchen: Thursdays at 6:00 p.m.
The Total Child, Preschool and Childcare Center, 847-864-7100.
Bundled Blessings, a diaper pantry collecting diapers and supplying them to local families in need through partnerships with local social service agencies.
Gather is a drop-in art and playspace in downtown Evanston for parents and children through age 8. Hours for open play are Monday through Friday 9am – 3pm, Sat and Sun 9am – 12pm. In addition, we have registered music and language classes during and after open play hours – Classes and events. Parents with pre-walkers can relax in a private room with comfy couches, soft toys, books and puzzles and complimentary coffee, tea and water. Monthly guest artist exhibits featuring the work of Illinois artists. Pricing. Available for private events.
Greenwood Care,licensed by the State of Illinois and approved for Medicaid, Medicaid Pending and many private insurances, is an Intermediate Care Facility with 145 beds for the chronically mentally ill. Treats patients with a variety of mental illnesses in downtown, residential housing setting.
124-bed, sub-acute rehabilitation and skilled care facility; offers speech, physical and occupational therapies. Short term care following hospital stay.
525 Custer Ave., Evanston
Assists persons, recently released from prison, adjust to community life. Counseling, assessments, social and employment-related training.
Builds and rehabs homes in the neighborhoods of Evanston and Chicagoland; seeks to educate about the value of decent and affordable housing.
The mission of the group is to strengthen and organize members and friends of the Haitian community to make positive contributions towards the creation of a stable, peaceful and prosperous Haiti. Conducts Haiti relief efforts. Haitian Congress PAC works towards a fully integrated partnership between Haitians within Haiti and those who are citizens of other countries. This partnership is a vital link to the sustainable development of Haiti.
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.
Resource organization serving children, teens and young adults with autism. With offices in Park Ridge and Evanston, Have Dreams offers individualized after-school programs, vocational, life skills and transition to employment programs, along with diagnostic and family support services. Our continuum of services support individuals from early childhood through adulthood, and offer a broad range of programs to serve the full range of the autism spectrum. Programs for children and teens include Special Olympics, Technology Club and a nationally recognized Film & Multimedia camp. Transition to adult services include Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism at Northwestern University and Have Dreams Academy, as well as a variety of programs that focus on developing critical soft skills for employment, internship experiences and life skills. Have Dreams also provides best-practice autism training for professionals and individual, in-home and school consultative services.
Assistance with U.S. citizenship, family member immigration, refugee and resettlement services.
Citizenship Preparation Programs.
North Suburban Office: 5150 W Golf Rd, Skokie, IL 60077, 847-568-5200 .
Hillside Food Pantry serves patrons who live in surrounding area of church, 2727 Crawford Ave.(Northwest Evanston, Skokie, Evanston, Wilmette, Chicago).
The pantry is located at the east side of the church parking lot, 2727 Crawford Ave.. Open Wednesdays 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Clients may come once a week. Arrive no earlier than half an hour before opening.
Provides services for the homeless at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, including employment counseling, spiritual guidance, nutritious snacks, medical, mental health and educational referrals. Facilities may be used for grooming.
Mon-Fri 7-11 a.m.
Promotes the emotional and mental health of children, teenagers, adults, and their families through in home psychotherapy. Focus on treating children and youth who experience attachment- and trauma-related problems.
HOW employs a holistic approach to combating homelessness in Chicago. The agency has a number of Programs and Services to ensure program participants achieve housing stability and economic independence.
HODC is committed to expanding housing opportunities in Chicago’s northern suburbs. As a nonprofit, community-based organization, HODC develops and manages affordable homes for low- and moderate-income households. HODC also offers first-time homebuyer counseling and educational presentations on affordable housing issues.
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/
Helps people with disabilities locate products and services to help with daily living activities; tuition assistance for qualified applicants to attend community college to obtain an an associate’s degree or a technical certificate. Home ownership support for eligible homebuyers.
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.
State of Illinois Dept. of Human Services/Dept. of Rehabilitation Services offers programs for adults with visual impairments to enable them to work and participate fully in family and community life. Includes vocational rehabilitation, independent living skills instruction, and a business enterprise program.
Hotline:800-843-6154, V/TTY: 800-447-6404, web: http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=32305
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.
Educates and organizes immigrant and refugee communities to assert their rights; promotes citizenship and civic participation; monitors, analyzes, and advocates on immigrant-related issues; and, informs the general public about the contributions of immigrants and refugees.
Immigrant Family Resource Program Contact List.
Provides medical assistance for children and adults, financial assistance for adults with children, and food stamps. Receives applications for Cash, SNAP, and Medical Assistance by fax, mail or in person.
122 S. Michigan Ave, 7th and 20th Floors, Chicago, IL 60603
File a complaint to the Illinois Department of Public Health regarding quality of care issues, such as allegations of actual or potential harm to patients, patient rights, infection control, and medication errors. Click here for the complaint form.
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Complaints are limited to hospitals, home health agencies, hospices, end-stage renal dialysis units, ambulatory surgical treatment centers, rural health clinics, critical access hospitals, clinical laboratories (CLIA), outpatient physical therapy, portable X-ray services, community mental health centers, accredited mental health centers (only Medicare Certified), comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facilities, Free Standing Emergency centers, alternative health care delivery and health maintenance organizations (HMOs).
DHS’s Division of Rehabilitation Services is the state’s lead agency serving individuals with disabilities. DRS works in partnership with people with disabilities and their families to assist them in making informed choices to achieve full community participation through employment, education, and independent living opportunities.
Find a list of all Chicago-area rehabilitation offices here.
Toll-free, 24-hour, statewide hotline for reporting suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation of people with disabilities ages 18-59 and seniors living in Illinois.
The Adult Protective Services Program is locally coordinated through 45 provider agencies, which are designated by the regional Area Agency on Aging and the Department on Aging. Case workers from these agencies conduct investigations and work with adults with disabilities and seniors in resolving abusive situations. All abuse caseworkers are trained and certified by the Department.
401 South Clinton Chicago, Illinois 60607
Illinois’ Medical Assistance Programs, consisting of Medicaid and numerous other medical programs, cover children, parents or relatives caring for children, pregnant women, veterans, seniors, persons who are blind, and persons with disabilities.
Division of Medical Programs Directory
Evanston Public Library partners with Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO) as a Legal Self-Help Center.
A legal self-help center is a place where you can learn about the law, your legal rights, and how to go to court. If you have a legal issue, you can come to the Evanston Public Library to:
- use a computer for free,
- search online for answers to your legal questions,
- chat online with legal navigators,
- find and prepare court forms,
- get referrals for additional legal assistance, and
- get other help navigating the ILAO website and services.
ILAO is an independent nonprofit organization that provides web-based legal help and information for lower-income Illinoisans.
The Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living is the statewide association representing the 22 Centers for Independent Living (CILs) in Illinois. INCIL is an authoritative source of information about the accomplishments and needs of Illinois CILs and about issues, services and legislation most critical to promote independent living for all persons with disabilities.
Assists parents and children to function at their highest level. Offers classes and programs to enhance parenting skills, and on dealing with divorce.
Secretary of State facilities are not authorized to issue Persons with Disabilities License Plates or permanent parking placards. Disability license plates and permanent placards may only be issued through the Springfield office.
The Secretary of State’s Office issues the following plates and placards: Disabled Parking Placards: four types of parking placards: Meter-exempt permanent placards; non-meter exempt permanent placards; temporary placards; organization placards; and Disability License Plates.
Eligibility Requirements: Persons with disabilities who are authorized for special parking placards or license plates by a registered physician.
Fee Policy: Call 217-782-2709 for more information.
Intake Process: Call the Springfield Secretary of State’s Office for registration and requirements.
The Illinois Spina Bifida Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to improve the quality of life of children, adults, and families living with spina bifida.
The Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice has approved standardized forms (available at the link), which are required to be accepted in all Illinois courts, in the following areas:
- Expungement and Sealing
- Fee Waiver
- Financial Affidavit Suite
- Interpreter Request
- Mortgage Foreclosure
- Name Change
- Proof of Delivery
The Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center (ITBOC) provides library service to individuals who are unable to read regular print due to a visual or physical impairment. ITBOC serves all of Illinois (outside of the city of Chicago) as part of the state and national network of Talking Book and Braille Service libraries. Program features:
* Digital audio and braille books and magazines mailed to the patron’s home or available for download.
* Easy to use digital players loaned to patrons to listen to talking book materials.
* Service is tax supported, so there’s no out-of-pocket expense, even for postage.
* More than 84,000 titles available for adults and children, across all genres including bestsellers and non-fiction.
* Reader Advisors available to assist with ordering books and reading selection.
* BARD Mobile apps to download audio and braille books to iOS, Android, and Kindle devices.
Eligibility Criteria: People who are unable to read or use standard printed material due to a temporary or permanent visual, physical, or reading disability.
Fee Policy: There is no charge for the service.
Intake Process: Applications available upon request or via website.
Hours of Service: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm
Public information on the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. For fee schedule information, go to the “Frequently Asked Medical Questions” web page at http://www.iwcc.il.gov/faqmed.htm.
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
Impact provides comprehensive housing, clinical, and employment services for low-income adults living with mental illness. Services are long-term, individualized, and include: permanent supportive housing; individual therapy and counseling; psychiatric and nursing services; one-on-one employment support.
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.
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.
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 Shelter: The Emergency Overnight Shelter is open every
night from mid November through March, at 6 different faith communities,
from 9pm to 7am.
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 mission of Joining Forces for Affordable Housing is to advocate for affordable housing solutions by partnering with organizations that support people in need in North Suburban Cook County.
– We engage human services agencies and other organizations that serve people in need to mobilize their constituents to take action.
– We build on research and advocacy efforts that already exist—helping to expand their reach and their impact through our membership.
– We provide opportunities for individuals and organizations to learn about affordable housing and participate in advocacy at multiple levels.
– We seek to build awareness and support for affordable housing to pave the way for change.
Provides shelter and services to homeless persons and persons at risk of becoming homeless in suburban Cook County. The Hope Day Center is a day resource center which offers a wide range of free services.
PADS Shelter Program provides hospitality, food, and overnight emergency shelter to the homeless between October 1 and April 30, seven days a week (including holidays).
Pathways Housing Readiness Program prepares people to become housing ready, while providing referrals and placement and follow-up services.
An organization that reaches out to women of all ages and backgrounds who want to volunteer their services, meet other like minded women, and learn more about the non-profit sector. Operates Thrift House, a resale shop located at 920 Chicago Avenue in Evanston, which support a variety of community projects. A signature project is Fitting Futures. This project works to outfit women with the skills and apparel needed in today’s job market.
A Just Harvest’s Community Kitchen serves dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the weekends and national holidays. The Producemobile stops on the third Monday of every month(except January)from 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Northside P.O.W.E.R. works on issues that address the causes of hunger and poverty and recruits and trains community leaders.
Genesis Project seeks to create meaningful employment and economic opportunities for the community.
The Chicago Bar Foundation Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP) is a network of independent lawyers who are committed to making quality legal services accessible and affordable for regular people by using set fees, offering flexible representation options, and leveraging technology to increase efficiency.
Lawyers in the JEP currently assist clients in the following areas:
- Family Law – including divorce, spousal support, child support, custody, visitation and orders of protection
- Landlord/Tenant – including eviction proceedings and security deposit claims
- Consumer Law – including debt collection issues, consumer disputes and Chapter 7 bankruptcy
- Estate Law – including wills, probate and guardianships
- Employment Law – including discrimination and wage claims
- Small Business/Non-profit – including business formation, contracts and intellectual property issues
- Real Property Law – including foreclosure proceedings and real estate purchase/sale
- Criminal – felonies and misdemeanors, traffic tickets, license suspensions and ordinance violations
- Immigration Law – including visas, residency, naturalization, family-based applications, deportation, and asylum
- Social security disability
- Education law
- Personal injury defense
- And more!
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.
Free tax preparation and college financial aid form (FAFSA) assistance for low-income families and individuals, in communities throughout the Chicago area and suburban locations, by appointment. Tax help sessions are held at the Evanston Public Library.
(Formerly Center for Economic Progress.)
Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.
The Midwest Regional Office accepts Help Desk calls at any time during business hours (M-F 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.).Lambda Legal’s Help Desk staff respond directly to those who are seeking legal information and assistance with discrimination related to sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and HIV status.
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.
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.
At Legal Council, our programs serve individuals and families facing barriers due to chronic, disabling, and stigmatizing health and social conditions. All of our work combines direct representation, education, and advocacy across the city, state, and nation.
Individual Legal Representation: We provide free, expert legal assistance to low income individuals. We help clients with the following issues:
Child health | Confidentiality & testing | Debt collection | Discrimination | Education plans | Employment | Future planning | Health screenings | Immigration | Insurance | Lead poisoning | Public benefits and much more. Get help now.
EDUCATION AND TRAININGS
In addition to legal counsel and representation to clients in need, our multilingual staff offers free training, technical assistance, and educational programs to service providers, case managers, social workers, agency administrators, physicians, attorneys, educators, student groups, and members of the general public.
If you would like to request a training or technical assistance for your group (in English or Spanish), contact our main office at 312-427-8990 or submit a request. Our staff will be happy to work with you to develop tools that best meet the needs and interests of your group.
LII is a not-for-profit group that provides open access to legal materials online. Resources include federal law, the Constitution, U.S. Code, the Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.), Supreme Court cases, Federal Rules, State law resources, State statutes by topic, Uniform Commercial Code (U.C.C.), Uniform Laws, World legal resources, and the Wex Legal Encyclopedia, which explains legal terms and topics.
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.
70 E. Lake Street Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60601
701 Lee Street #700
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors include counseling, assistance with employment, immigration, referrals, and free legal services. Legal services are available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Hindi, Urdu, Korean, Russian and Polish.
Legal, financial, and emotional counseling, workshops, seminars and support groups for women going through or considering divorce.
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.
Loyola’s Business Law Clinic provides pro bono legal representation to Illinois for-profit businesses and not-for-profit organizations. Types of matters the Business Law Clinic handles include:
Entity formation counseling (i.e., choosing between C corporations, S corporations, benefit corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, joint ventures, and sole proprietorships)
Business formation instruction (i.e., incorporating, applying for federal tax-exemption 501(c)(3), registering as a charitable organization, submitting zoning applications, and applying for business licenses)
Financial and business growth counseling
Real estate matters (i.e., contracts and zoning)
Labor-related matters (i.e., employee contracts)
Document drafting and review (i.e., organizational, operational, and financial documents related to the business or organization)
While the legal services offered by the Business Law Clinic are at no cost, any filing fees are the responsibility of the client.
To apply to become a client, fill out form here.
The Civitas ChildLaw Clinic represents children in a variety of settings, focusing primarily on child protection (abuse and neglect) and high-conflict child custody disputes. Other areas of practice include education, immigration, delinquency, and international child abduction.
The Community Law Center Clinic serves clients whose main source of income is public assistance or SSI as well as those classified as the “working poor,” who are people struggling to meet their obligations even though they have jobs.
Cases handled by the clinic focus on family issues, landlord-tenant conflicts and benefit questions.
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
Delivers nutritious meals Monday through Saturday between 11:30a.m. and 1:00p.m. to the elderly, disabled and those unable to take care of their nutritional needs. Meals are delivered on holidays if requested. No age or income restrictions; fees are based on a sliding scale to accommodate clients on a limited income.
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.
The City has a 25% Minority-Owned, Women-Owned, and Evanston-based business participation goal for all contracts of $20,000 or more.
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.
MOSAIC (Members Of Society Acting In Cooperation) is a 13-member housing cooperative in Evanston, IL consisting largely of students, though non-students are also welcome. Through cooperative action, MOSAIC seeks to develop a diverse, inclusive community which inspires and empowers creative, conscious, sustainable living.
National Able Network, Inc. is a nonprofit agency working to serve families and communities by bringing together businesses and qualified job seekers of all ages, income and skill levels.
Services for Job Seekers: Career Counseling, Family & Financial Counseling, Resume & Interviewing Workshops, Computer Skills Training, Basic Skills Development, Full Service Resource Centers, Temporary & Permanent Placement, Targeted Job Fairs, Youth Programs, Community Network Referrals
Services for Employers: Job Needs Assessment & Customized Programs, Training/Prescreening Candidates, Certification Programs, Full-Time & Temporary Employees, Ongoing Assistance, Government Employment Programs, Subsidized Training & Employment Programs, Job Development Programs, Community Referral Services
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.
Trade association for homecare, hospice and home health agencies. Home Care/Hospice Agency Locator is a comprehensive database of more than 20,000 home care and hospice agencies, searchable by zip code.
The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) is dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.
NIJC provides pro bono legal services to these groups and advocates for policy reform and broad-based systemic change. Representation is limited to low-income immigrants.
NIJC provides free legal information at Chicago Immigration Court Helpdesk Monday-Thursday. (525 W Van Buren St #500, Chicago, IL 60607). Group Information Sessions take place in the waiting area of the Chicago Immigration Court on Monday through Thursday at 8:45 a.m. & 12:45 p.m. Individual Information Sessions take place in the pro bono room at the Chicago Immigration Court on Monday through Thursday at 9-11:45 a.m. & 1-3 p.m.
Languages: Spanish and French (Español, Français)
Detained Adults: Call on Tuesdays from 11am – 2pm CT
Telephone for detainees: 312-583-9721, Telephone for family members calling about a detainee: 773-672-6599
LGBT Individuals (detained and non-detained): Call on Wednesdays or Fridays from 10am – 12pm CT Telephone: 773-672-6551
Detention facility speed dial code: 565
Private non-profit organization in Chicago which provides residential support services for adults with developmental disabilities so that they may successfully live independently in their communities. Neighborhood Services provides 24-hour support for most of the individuals served, and intermittent support for those who live in their own homes.
Currently, Neighborhood Services assists individuals in northern and near west Cook County and Waukegan.
Not-for-profit organization providing recovery programs , supportive housing , supported employment and a holistic health and wellness program for people disabled by chronic mental illnesse in north and northwest metropolitan Chicago. Persons served are “members” who participate fully in their recovery.
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.
Combining efforts of two organizations, JJslist and Search Inc., No Boundaries helps persons with disabilities learn job and workplace skills. These include basic computer skills and communication skills, negotiating public transportation and soft skills such as appropriate workplace demeanor. For businesses, No Boundaries offers disability-awareness training. No Boundaries
is a private pay, tuition-based program. Sessions last 12-13 weeks.
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.
Evanston Civic Center
2100 Ridge Avenue, G-102
Evanston, IL 60201
Arlington Heights Office:
415 W. Golf Road, suite #47,
Arlington Heights IL 60005
Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault (Northwest CASA) is the only full service agency that provides free services to sexual assault survivors and their loved ones within the North and Northwest suburbs of Cook County.
Crisis intervention and counseling, legal and medical advocacy, education and prevention outreach programs.
24-hour Hotline 888-802-8890
Mailing: 375 East Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
A nonprofit, student-based clinical program affiliated with the Bluhm Legal Clinic. Provides affordable legal services to entrepreneurs, start-up companies and nonprofit organizations; offers affordable legal advice on incorporation, trademark registration, copyright protection, and contract review. Sponsors annual Entrepreneurship Conference.
Nurture is a non-profit organization that provides cooking, nutrition and wellness education through social service agencies serving low-income families and through schools. Gives participants slow cookers to speed the cooking process and educates families on preparing whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables. Provides recipes for delicious, nutritious meals costing $1.50 or less a serving. In 2012 Nurture programming reached over 7,000 children and parents. Program alumni are making healthier meals, increasing physical activity, and saving money on food. Nurture’s leadership manages over 130 volunteers, who donate over $500,000 worth of hours annually.
In Evanston, it partners with Junior League of Evanston-North Shore for hands-on cooking classes and Campus Kitchens of Northwestern University, which provides meals for for those in need and nutrition education, COPE,a community network of volunteers who are housed at individual Evanston schools and the Hillside Food Pantry.
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.
Open Communities’ mission is to educate, advocate and organize to promote just and inclusive communities in north suburban Chicago. We seek to eradicate housing discrimination, in all of its forms and against all persons, because of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, disability, familial status, or source of income. Quality housing is a human right; fair housing is the law.
To further our goal of promoting housing justice, Open Communities engages in activities that encourage fair housing practices, including landlord-tenant dispute resolution, foreclosure prevention counseling, community education, and advocacy to make our communities more welcoming for everyone.
Serving: Highwood, Highland Park, Deerfield, Northbrook, Glencoe, Northfield, Winnetka, Glenview, Kenilworth, Wilmette, Evanston, Skokie, Morton Grove, Park Ridge, Niles, Golf and Lincolnwood.
•Fair Housing Enforcement and Education
•Foreclosure & Predatory Lending Prevention
•Landlord/Tenant Complaint Investigation
Hours of Operations: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
Open Communities fights discrimination through Fair Housing education and advocacy; counsels local homeowners in Foreclosure Prevention; and works to create better living environments through its Landlord and Tenant Advice Program.
Open Communities trains and sends volunteers into the field to pose as home-seekers – renters or buyers. Volunteers submit factual reports of their experience to help determine if a pattern of discrimination exists. Individuals from all ethnic and racial groups are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information about becoming a Civil Right Investigator: 847-501-5760.
A non-profit arts and social service organization offering workshops, classes, exhibitions, and community outreach activities as means of bringing the creative process to individuals of all ages and backgrounds to inspire personal growth, interpersonal understanding, and social change. Community outreach programs include:
Art and Action free year-round after school and summer programs for 8-18 year-old at-risk youths, Art and Wellness a program for adults working towards maintaining mental health and personal growth and Art and Envisioning program which offers the OSP process as a tool for business, leadership, and decision-making.
Gallery 901 Exhibits of community artists and groups which celebrate the affirmative impact of the creative process, and which encourage positive social change.
Additional contacts: firstname.lastname@example.org(gallery exhibition and community outreach information)
Orchard Village is a nonprofit organization that partners with families and communities to optimize personal outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities with a community integrated approach.
In Evanston maintains the Hill Arboretum Apartments for individuals with physical disabilities. In the Chicago area, maintains seven affordable barrier free apartment communities for the physically disabled. The Business Resource Center is open to residents who wish to become employable and paid positions are offered through the Workforce Development Program.
550 W. Algonquin Road
Arlington Heights, IL
Pace provides suburban bus, call-n-ride and dial-a-ride services as well as regional ADA paratransit, vanpool and rideshare matching services for the residents of 284 municipalities in Cook, Will, DuPage, Kane, Lake and McHenry counties.
Educational therapist specializes in helping children, adolescents and young adults with learning and emotional problems.
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
at Center for Law and Social Work
4753 N Broadway St., Ste 632
Porchlight Counseling Services is a program of the Center for Law and Social Work, a Chicago not-for-profit organization. Porchlight exists to help college sexual assault survivors achieve healing and wholeness and to create a world in which a person’s life is not defined by the devastating experience of sexual assault. We provide counseling, educational workshops on campus, and other services to college students, regardless of gender, who were sexually assaulted during college. We also provide services to adults who are no longer in college but who were assaulted while they were in college or graduate school. Our goal is to provide high-quality counseling and services at no charge to the client. We aim to provide those services quickly in order to help the sexual assault survivor heal and get on with life. Our service area includes Chicago, Evanston, and Oak Park.
If you or someone you know is in need of services or would simply like to talk about what happened, please call 773-750-7077 or click here to fill out our online intake form.
Provides specialized classes, support groups, substance abuse, and mental health treatment programs. Provides specialized outpatient care for a wide range of behavioral problems, including:
– Mood disorders such as depression
– Bipolar disorder (manic depression)
– Serious and longer-term mental illness (SMI)
– Anxiety disorders, including panic attacks and post-traumatic stress
– Obsessive-compulsive disorders
– Anger management
– Eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia and overeating
– Addictive behaviors, including substance abuse and gambling
– Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Other comprehensive services include:
1. Outpatient mental health counseling and psychiatric treatment for adults, teens and children – including individual, couple, family and group therapy
2. Intensive outpatient program for teens to address emotional or behavioral challenges by improving their social skills, self-esteem, coping skills, communication and insight
3. Substance abuse treatment for adults and adolescents, including intensive outpatient treatment, DUI services, medication assisted treatment and HIV testing
4. Parenting classes and support groups
5. Mental health residential program for adults, including short-term, long-term and transitional housing
6. Crisis services with 24-hour crisis intervention and psychiatric pre-screening
7. Anger management programs for adults and adolescents
8. Domestic violence group for males and females
Most major insurance plans are accepted as well as Medicare and Medicaid. Discounted rates are available for those who qualify.
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.
Random Acts of Flowers recycles and repurposes flowers by engaging dedicated volunteer teams to deliver beautiful bouquets and moments of kindness to individuals in healthcare facilities across the country.
As a recycling “green” nonprofit organization run almost entirely by volunteers, Random Acts of Flowers is committed to nourishing the health of the environment, individuals, and the community.
Rebuilding Together’s mission is to rehabilitate and repair the homes of elderly, disabled or low-income people. Volunteers provide necessary repairs free of charge which may include home modifications, roofing, plumbing, and electrical repairs and/or improvements. National Rebuilding Day usually falls on the last Saturday of April.
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.
Not for profit community organization serving disabled persons and their families. The mission of Resources for Living, Inc. is to cultivate and promote respect for people with developmental disabilities by presenting opportunities for involvement in the community, providing support and accessibility in all cases for the person and his or her family, and creating learning environments wherein he or she may evolve and achieve full potential with dignity.
Volunteer advocacy group which promotes and supports restorative justice activities in the community such as Community Peace Circles. The Community Peace Circles facilitate peaceful dialogue to help promote mutual understanding and peaceful alternatives to violent responses among community members who are in conflict.Community Peace Circles work to bring all involved parties toward resolution through respectful and effective communication.
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.
Right at Home offers caregiving services for almost any family and practically any situation. Our in-home care lets loved ones enjoy healthy lives in the comfort of a familiar environment. We tailor our care to your unique situation through a Custom Care Plan.
Right at Home is a leader in the in-home senior care industry. Our trained caregivers provide quality in-home care for seniors and disabled adults who need some assistance to maintain their independence.