Employment

Career Search Resources
1703 Orrington Avenue, Evanston IL
60201
Kathleen Lanigan
847-448-8642
847-866-0313
Evanston Public Library

Evanston Public Library’s portal for sources on resume and cover letter writing, the interview process, job banks, occupational descriptions and salaries.

CarePoint
113 Custer Ave., Evanston IL
60202
847-970-1010
847-425-3607

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

Advocacy: information, guidance and referrals for obtaining social services of all kinds
HIV testing and prevention: confidential and anonymous free HIV rapid tests and HIV risk reduction counseling, safer sex supplies, offered on site and through outreach.
Harm reduction: outreach to intravenous drug users, which includes syringe exchange, hepatitis and HIV risk reduction counseling, Naloxone overdose prevention training, safer sex supplies.
Hepatitis C testing and prevention: confidential and anonymous hepatitis C testing and viral hepatitis risk reduction counseling
Job center: computers, telephone access and job search skills training for the homeless, formerly incarcerated, residents of halfway homes and other clients.
Access to Recovery: substance abuse counseling and transportation assistance (CTA passes) for formerly incarcerated men and women on probation or parole.
Youth at risk: academic tutoring, drug prevention education, safer sex education, free enrollment for Chicago Park District sports programs and referrals for other social services.
Services to clients on probation, parole and in the criminal justice system.

CEDA/Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, Inc.
2010 Dewey Ave, Lower Level
60201
http://www.cedaorg.net/
Terrie Campbell
webmaster@cedaorg.net
(312) 782-CEDA (2332) or (312) 446-9228 (WIC)

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.

The CEDA Regional Community Service Center in Evanston offers Family Support and Community Engagement (FSACE) and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) programs.

Several programs for people in need, including housing and employment counseling, financial counseling, home repair services and registration for the WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) program which provides nutrition for pregnant women and children under 5.

Curt’s Cafe
2922 Central Street, Evanston, IL
60201
http://curtscafe.org
Susan Trieschmann, Executive Director
847-868-8385

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.

Dress for Success-Chicago
70 E Lake St, Ste 900, Chicago IL
60601
Wendy Wilkins, Executive Director
312.527.0925

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.

Evanston General Assistance
2100 Ridge Ave. Evanston, IL
60201
311 or 847-448-4311
City of Evanston

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.

Programs & Services Provided
• Job Club
• Independent Documented Job Search
• Work Site Training Program
• 50/50 Work Program
• Adult Basic Education and GED Preparation
• Counseling Services
• Access-To-Care Services
• Coast-2-Coast Prescription Drug Program
• Medical Assistance
• Notary on site

Evanston ReBuilding Warehouse
2101 W. Dempster Street, Evanston, IL
60202
Lou Dickson, Executive Director
847-864-9246

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.

Executive Network Group of Greater Chicago
600 Hart Road, Suite 118, Barrington, IL
60010
http://www.engchgo.org/
Chris Campbell
director@engchgo.org
847-304-4157

Networking organization for upper income individuals ($100k+) who are in job search.

Meetings are normally on the second Thursday of each month at the Arlington Heights Public Library from 12:30 to 4:30 with a guest speaker, announcements and three :30 minute networking sessions. The group also runs 7 Job Search Work Teams around Chicagoland and monthly skills workshops.

Hospitality Center for the Homeless
1509 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL
60201
Sue Murphy, Administrative Director
847-475-1150

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.

 

Howard Area Community Center
7648 N. Paulina, Chicago, IL
60626
Bruce Rasey, Executive Director
info@howardarea.org
773-262-6622
773-262-6645

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/

Illinois Bureau of Blind Services
Illinois Department of Human Services, Office of Customer Support and Services, 100 South Grand Avenue East, 2nd Floor, Springfield, Illinois
62762
1-800-843-6154; 1-800-447-6404 (TTY)

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 Worker’s Compensation Commission
100 W Randolph St Suite 8-200 Chicago, IL 60601
60601
http://www.iwcc.il.gov/
(312) 814-6611

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.

Illinois WorkNet Center
Evanston Public Library, 3rd Floor
1703 Orrington Ave., Evanston, IL 60201
60201
Angela Lopez, Program Manager
847-448-8649
National Able Network

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.

Hours:
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

Jewish Vocational Service
Goldie Bachmann Luftig Building, 5150 Golf Rd., Skokie, IL
60077
http://jvschicago.org/
Melissa Fickling
info@jvschicago.org
847-568-5150; 855-INFO-JVS (855-463-6587) for all locations
312-553-5525

Counselors and coaches help professionals, career changers and mature workers with a wide range of employment services open to job seekers who are disabled, low income, homeless, ex offenders and high school dropouts. Offers training and education opportunities to job seekers and small business services to start ups and existing small businesses. Employer services include recruiting at no charge.

Just Harvest, A
A JUST HARVEST, 7649 N. Paulina St., Chicago, IL. 60626, Northside P.O.W.E.R., 7659 N. Paulina St., Chicago, IL
60626
Christine Wellman, Office Manager, 773- 262-2297, christine@ajustharvest.org
773- 262-2297
773- 262-7872

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.

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 608033, Chicago, IL 60626

Minority-Owned, Women-Owned, and Evanston Business Enterprises  Development Program
2100 Ridge Avenue, Evanston IL
60201
Lloyd Shepard, Business Development Coordinator
847-448-8078

The City has a 25% Minority-Owned, Women-Owned, and Evanston-based business participation goal for all contracts of $20,000 or more.

National Able Network
1703 Orrington Avenue #3, Evanston, IL
60201
Able Headquarters
able@nationalable.org
(847) 448-8649 Evanston locations; (855)-994-8300 national headquarters

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

No Boundaries
824 Dempster St., Evanston IL
60202
JJ Hanley
847-869-0000

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.

Over the Rainbow Corporation, The
2040 Brown Ave., Evanston, IL
60201
http://www.otrassn.org/
Eric Huffman, Executive Director
847-328-6633
847-328-1404

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.

United States Army Evanston Recruiting Station
1960 Dempster St., Evanston, IL
60201
847-869-0245
847-869-1212
U.S. Army

Open for recruiting Mon.- Thurs., 9-5; Fri, 9-3.

Work of Faith Ministries, Inc., A
7060 N. Clark St, Chicago, IL
60626
awofinc@gmail.com
872-216-7058

Nonprofit corporation working to significantly reduce illiteracy, unemployment, youth gang activity, drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence and homelessness.

Youth Job Center of Evanston, Inc.
1114 Church Street, Evanston, IL 60201
60201
Karen Tollenaar Demorest, Executive Director
847-864-5627
847-864-3098

Programs:
Provides job readiness training, job placement, employment support and career counseling to help youth and young adults aged 14-25, particularly those who are at-risk, to gain employment.
Programs and Services. Programs serve two distinct populations: high school youth ages 14-25 and out-of-school youth (OSY) ages 18-25.

Description:
Out of school youth programs: No charge
*       Ongoing Career Advising – Individual assistance, online job searches, resume development and support for online applications.
*       Job Readiness training workshops begin every two weeks on Tuesday.
*       Career Pathways program: multi-week skills specific training in high growth industries including Auto Maintenance, Culinary, Healthcare, Retail and other sectors.
*       Other events: hiring events, job fairs, foundations in literacy and math classes, other
*       Job placement and retention support
Evanston Township High School program: No charge
*       Ongoing Career Advising – Individual assistance, online job searches, resume development and support for online applications
*       Job Readiness training workshops throughout the school year.
*       Job placements for seasonal and summer work
*       Career Planning throughout high school
*       Support for graduating seniors planning on pursuing jobs, training programs, apprenticeships, etc.
*       Other events: hiring events, job fairs, foundations in literacy and math classes, other

Youth Organizations Umbrella (Y.O.U.)
1027 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL 60202
60202
Seth Green, Executive Director
info@youevanston.org
847-866-1200 ext. 244
847-866-9143

Agency provides academic, social and emotional development services to young people in a holistic approach to development. Year-round after school and summer enrichment programs have 3 components: academic enrichment, social development, and emotional support for young people, ages 11-21: After-School Enrichment Programs take place at eight Evanston schools and two neighborhood locations. Other programs are: Individual and family clinical counseling, Mentorship and Parental Engagement. as well as ongoing Special Initiatives.

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