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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Sarah’s Circle provides a full continuum of services for women, including housing, life necessities, and supportive services, to help them permanently end their homelessness.
Program Services Phone: 773.728.1991 (Services, volunteer opportunities, in-kind donations)
Interim Housing Program: 773.751.7475 (questions regarding bed availability, etc.)
Administrative Phone: 773.728.1014 (Donations, all other inquiries)
The Woman’s Club of Evanston, founded in 1889, is a nonprofit organization of over 400 women from the North Shore and Chicago dedicated to community service, philanthropic work and friendship. Annual events are: Holiday Bazaar (November), Annual Benefit Dinner and Revue Show (March), Dreams Delivered (April), and Spring Benefit (May). Supports many local social service agencies with donations and volunteer service. Clubhouse, 1702 Chicago Ave., at the corner of Church Street and Chicago Avenue, is available for rentals.
Retreats for Women: “The vision of the Women’s Circle is to discover a deeper connection to our selves, to recognize the gifts that women embody, to enrich all of our relationships and to become more mindfully active in our communities”
YWCA Evanston/North Shore is a social justice organization working in the areas of racial justice and civil rights, women’s empowerment and economic advancement, and health and safety of women and girls. Learn more about YWCA programs and services below:
Domestic Violence Services: www.ywca-ens.org/what-we-do/domestic-violence-program
Relationship Violence Prevention: www.ywca-ens.org/what-we-do/violence-prevention
Women’s Economic Empowerment: www.ywca-ens.org/what-we-do/womens-empowerment
Racial Justice Initiatives: www.ywca-ens.org/what-we-do/racial-justice
Flying Fish Aquatics: www.ywca-ens.org/what-we-do/flying-fish-aquatics
24-hour hotline for domestic abuse victims: 847-864-8780 or (toll free) 877-718-1868.
This comprehensive domestic violence program provides crisis intervention, emergency assistance and shelter, transitional housing, legal advocacy, community-based services, violence prevention and outreach and education. All services are offered free of charge.
Toll Free Crisis and Referral Line: 877-718-1868; Crisis and Referral Line: 847-864-8780
Mary Lou’s Place 32-bed residential shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. The only criteria for admission is that the individual or family is fleeing from a dangerous situation. They can stay for up to 90 days; transitional housing services are then available.
For donations of hygiene, household items, non-perishable foods, and diapers, contact 847-864-8445.
Chicago Lawyers’ Committee was founded in 1969 as a group of civil rights lawyers and advocates working to secure racial equity and economic opportunity for all. Our vision is to root out and dismantle deeply entrenched systems of discrimination, racism, and economic oppression by using the power of the law to give voice to those most impacted by these civil rights issues. Areas of assistance include:
- Education Equity
- Equitable Community Development and Housing
- Legal Help for Nonprofits and Small Businesses
- Voting Rights and Civic Empowerment
Howard Brown Health Center exists to eliminate the disparities in health care experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people through research, education and the provision of services that promote health and wellness. Howard Brown provides the following:
Alternative Insemination (AI) Program
Broadway Youth Center
Insurance Enrollment Assistance
Trans & Nonbinary Health Women’s Health
Community Testing Sites & Outreach Services
Howard Brown Health Express Linkage To Care
Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
Services for HIV+ Women and Youth
Sexual and Reproductive Health Clinic
In Power: The Sexual Harm Response Program
Intimate Partner Violence
Substance Use & Abuse
Support Groups and Workshops
Online contact form: https://howardbrown.org/contact-us/