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Bundled Blessings Diaper Pantry
Address: First United Methodist Church, 516 Church St., Evanston IL 60201
Contact: Bundled Blessings Committee Co-Chairs: Janet Winslow and Krys Juleen Committee Members: Sue Hagedorn, Beth Lindley, and Diane Pieterse
Description: Bundled Blessings makes monthly distributions of diapers to six social service agencies in the Evanston area, and has diaper drop-off barrels in five locations throughout Evanston and one in Morton Grove.
Notes: Bundled Blessings has partnerships with the following agencies who receive diapers on a monthly basis:

* The Infant Welfare Society of Evanston, ETHS Teen Baby Nursery, 2010 Dewey, Evanston
* Connections for the Homeless, Family Residence Program, 2121 Dewey, Evanston
* The Family Advocacy Center at Family Focus, 2010 Dewey, Evanston
* Childcare Network of Evanston, 1335 Dodge, Evanston
* Y.O.U. Street Outreach Program, 1027 Sherman, Evanston
* Erie Health Care Center, 1285 Hartrey, Evanston

Additionally, diapers can be left in diaper drop-off barrels at the following locations:

1. First United Methodist Church, 516 Church St. Evanston,
2. Total Child Center, 516 Church St. Evanston, (2nd floor)
3. Spex Optical, 2000 Central Street and 522 Dempster Street, Evanston
4. School for Little Children, 1427 Chicago Avenue, Evanston
5. St. Luke's Covenant Church, 9233 Shermer Road, Morton Grove
6. Unitarian Church of Evanston, 1330 Ridge Ave., Evanston
7. Schwartzhoff Cleaners, 600 Oakston St., Evanston
Updated 9/1/2015
Business and Professional People for the Public Interest
Address: 25 East Washington Street, Suite 1515,Chicago, IL 60602
Contact: Nicholas J. Brunick, President
Phone: 312-641-5570
Fax: 312-641-5454
Description: 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.

Updated 9/1/2015
Address: 113 Custer Ave., Evanston IL 60202
Phone: 847-970-1010
Fax: 847-425-3607
Description: 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
Notes: 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.
Updated 9/22/2015
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago
Address: Archdioscese - 835 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611
Mailing Address: Catholic Charities - 2601 West Marquette Road, Chicago IL 60629
Contact: Monsignor Michael M. Boland, Administrator and CEO
E-mail: Contact Form
Phone: 312-655-7700 (Catholic Charities) and 312-534-8200 (Archdiocese)
Parent Org.: Archdiocese of Chicago
Description: 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.
Updated 2/27/2015
CEDA/Neighbors at Work
Address: 2010 Dewey Ave., Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: 847-328-5166
Fax: 847-328-9262
Description: Over forty programs and services are offered in the areas of child and family development, health and nutrition services, senior citizen programs, economic development, employment and job training, housing services, education services and community development.
Located on the lower level of Family Focus.
Notes: 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.
Updated 9/29/2015
Center for Concern
Address: 1580 N. Northwest Highway, Suite 310 Park Ridge, Illinois 60068-0453
Phone: 847-823-0453
Fax: 847-824-8437
Description: The Center of Concern was founded in 1978 by five women who realized that there was a need for social services for seniors in the Maine Township area. The Center is an independent, not-for-profit social service agency, with a special focus on assisting families as they cope with aging spouses and parents.
Updated 9/29/2015
City of Evanston Human Relations Commission
Address: 2100 Ridge Avenue, Suite 1500, Evanston, IL 60201
Contact: Oscar Nurillo, Assistant City Manager
Phone: 847- 866-2936
Parent Org.: City of Evanston
Description: The purpose of the Human Relations Commission shall be to foster, encourage and stimulate the improvement of human relations among and between citizens of all races, colors, creeds, national origins, sexes, ages, familial status, marital status, religions, physical/mental disabilities, "sexual orientation" (as defined in Section 5-5-6 of this Code), and economic and educational levels so as to provide all individuals with an equal opportunity to grow, participate and share to the best of their ability in our economic, educational, political, social and judicial systems.
Updated 11/5/2015
Mailing Address: 2121 Dewey Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201-3021 or 1458 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201-3021
Contact: Betty A. Bogg, Executive Director
Phone: 847- 475-7070 Ext. 100
Fax: 847-864-6558
Description: Connections for the Homeless works to prevent homelessness and provides housing, employment and supportive services to move individuals and families out of homelessness into permanent housing and stable lives.
Offers financial literacy classes.
EntryPoint - Street outreach and drop-in linking homeless people with shelter and supportive services. Access to telephones, computers, showers, laundry and more. Basic healthcare, medical screening and checkups are provided by a part-time nurse and volunteer physicians.
Hilda's Place - 1458 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60201, Transitional shelter with supportive services for adults.
Housing - 847-475-7070, ext. 140. Long-term supportive housing for those with a physical disability or mental illness.
Notes: Volunteer Opportunities
Updated 4/26/2016
Evanston General Assistance
Address: 2100 Ridge Ave. Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: 311 or 847-448-4311
Parent Org.: City of Evanston
Description: 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.
Notes: 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
Updated 5/11/2016
Faith in Action
Mailing Address: 2120 Lincoln Ave. Evanston, IL 60201 (St. Matthew's Church)
Contact: Harriet Brandt, coordinator
Phone: Main: (847) 902-0320; 847-869-4850 (for St. Matthew's Church)
Fax: 847-869-4701
Description: 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.
Updated 5/17/2016
HIRCULES (Health Information Resource Centers Using Libraries in Evanston and Skokie)
Description: HIRCULES (Health Information Resource Centers Using Libraries in Evanston and Skokie) Health Hub. Stop by the Hub in the Evanston Public Library lobby on Wednesdays 3-6pm and Sundays 1-4pm to get connected to reliable health information and local health resources!
Updated 5/27/2016
Howard Area Community Center
Address: 7648 N. Paulina, Chicago, IL 60626
Contact: Bruce Rasey, Executive Director
Phone: 773-262-6622
Fax: 773-262-6645
Description: Mission is to assist low-income individuals and families stabilize their lives and become effective community members.
Notes: Programs offered: Head Start and Early Head Start, adult basic education and GED preparation, ESL, Computer Clubhouse, youth programs and alternative high school (Howard Area Leadership Academy), Employment Resource Center, seniors activity and discussion club, various social service and health programs.

Updated 1/27/2014
Interfaith Action of Evanston
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1414, Evanston, IL 60204-1414
Contact: Sue Murphy, Administrative Director
Phone: 847-475-1150
Description: 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.
Notes: 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 Cold Shelter: When the temperature reaches 5 degrees Fahrenheit Interfaith Action and Connections for the Homeless partner to open St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Evanston at 1004 Greenwood St. from 8:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., providing warm drinks and a safe place to sleep out of the cold.
Updated 2/17/2014
Metropolitan Family Services, Evanston/Skokie Valley Center
Address: 820 Davis Street, Suite 218 | Evanston, Illinois 60201; 5210 Main Street | Skokie, Illinois 60077
Contact: A. Fernando Freire, Executive Director
Phone: 847-425-7500
Fax: 847-676-8135
Parent Org.: Metropolitan Family Services
Description: 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.
Notes: Serving Evanston, Skokie, Niles, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, and Golf.
Updated 5/10/2016
Random Acts of Flowers Chicago
Address: 2000 Greenleaf Street, Suite 5, Evanston, IL
Contact: Andrea Lutz, Director of Mission Fulfillment
Phone: 847-430-4751
Fax: 847-430-4752
Parent Org.: Random Acts of Flowers
Description: 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.
Updated 12/22/2015
Salvation Army, Evanston Corps
Address: 1403 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL 60201
Mailing Address: PO Box 171
Contact: Latoya Johnson (Social Worker)
Phone: 847- 866-9770
Fax: 847- 866-9784
Parent Org.: Salvation Army International
Description: Offers a variety of social services targeted toward low income families and individuals.

Emergency Service Schedule: Food Pantry: Friday 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Utilities, Rental/Mortgage Assistance- By Appointment Only

Monday: Prayer Chain - 6:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Wednesday: Prayer Meeting - 6:00 p.m. Bible Study - 6:30 p.m. Women's Club- 7:30 p.m. Men's Club - 7:30 p.m. Fellowship Meal
Notes: Counseling: Christian counseling, substance abuse counseling.
Food Assistance: Food vouchers (redeemable at Jewel on Chicago Avenue), canned goods and clothing vouchers for the needy.
Housing: Rent and utilities assistance (when funds are available).
After School Program:
For children ages 5 - 13, Monday - Friday between 3pm to 6pm. Transportation from Evanston schools,snack and homework assistance provided for a monthly fee. Extended care may be available.
Character Building Program:
Adventure Corps (boys ages 6-12),Sunbeams (girls 6-11),Girls Guards (girls 12-18) and Teen Reflection Cell Group (a drop-in time for teens 13-18). Meets Fridays 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Youth Music Program:
Activities for youth include Singing Company (ages 6-10),Junior Choir (ages 10-17),Junior Band (ages 13 and older) and Instructional Band (ages 6-15)
Summer Day Camp:
A day camp is offered for 8 weeks during the summer for children ages 5-12, between 7:30 am - 5:45pm, Monday through Friday.

Women's Programs also available, including sewing and Zumba groups

Updated 8/5/2015
Sarah Severson Photography
Contact: Sarah Severson
Phone: 847-707-7132
Description: Sarah Severson Photography is an Evanston children and family photographer who also provides discounted services for non-profit organizations in the area and donates complimentary photo sessions each year for charity auctions that support and strengthen Evanston families.

Updated 8/5/2015
Solidarity Bridge
Address: 1577 Florence Ave Evanston, Illinois 60201
Contact: Ann Rhomberg, Exexcutive Director
Phone: 847-328-7748
Fax: 847-574-7491
Description: Christian mission supports four primary programs - General Surgery, Gynecological Surgery, Heart Surgery, and Neurosurgery - serving the poor year-round through local surgeons. Medical mission trips support these programs and focus on bringing US doctors and nurses to Bolivia and Paraguay to train and equip the local medical community to better serve their citizens. Additionally, once a year, Multi-specialty Medical Mission Trip brings clinical and surgical US doctors and nurses to heal those living in poverty in Bolivia.
Notes: In a spirit of mutuality, we build a healthier future for the people of Bolivia and Paraguay through domestic and international partnerships. We train and equip their medical communities, empowering them to provide high-complexity surgery and other health care for those living in poverty.
Updated 7/22/2015
Southeast Evanston Parents Association
Mailing Address: 31 Wellington Ave, Mundelein, IL 60060
Contact: Lucia Norris, President
Phone: 224-489-5121
Fax: 224-778-5027
Description: SOUTHEAST EVANSTON PARENTS ASSOCIATION (SEPA) was founded in August 1996, by a group of mostly single low-income parents wanting to make a difference in their lives and lives of their children, and the Evanston community. This not for profit grassroots organization determined to challenge parents, schools and their local government.
Notes: Meets monthly. Southeast Evanston Parents Association (“SEPA) is a grassroots not for profit organization made up of adults concerned about families in the community. SEPA's mission is to have the best housing, schools, recreation, childcare, and out of school activities for all students. SEPA's purpose is to render aid to poor students, including supply of books and other materials. Additionally, SEPA plans to provide training and support for parents of students in the community to help the students thrive in school. This help will come in the form of training seminars to assist parents in becoming involved in their children's education; in creating a conducive learning environment at home; training seminars to help parents learn how to help their children in their studies; and help to families to prevent any obstacles in the home that could deter from the child's learning. .
Updated 7/22/2015
The Pick
Address: 737 Reba Place (basement), Evanston, IL 60202
Phone: 847-869-0660
Parent Org.: Reba Place Church
Description: A free thrift store, offering free clothing, books and household items. Open every Saturday, 10 AM to 1 PM. Accepting donations during open hours only.
Notes: The Pick is a decades-old institution in South Evanston and serves all who come through its doors. youth and other volunteers learn work skills, build community, and gain confidence from serving their neighbors.
Updated 10/17/2015
Unitarian Church of Evanston
Address: 1330 Ridge Ave., Evanston, IL 60201
Contact: Rev. Bret Lortie (Senior Minister), Rev. Connie Grant
Phone: 847-864-1330
Fax: 847-864-1453
Parent Org.: Unitarian Universalist Association We have radical roots and a history as self-motivated spiritual people: we think for ourselves and recognize that life experience influences our beliefs more than anything.
Description: Welcome to the Unitarian Church of Evanston, a community of free faith and theological diversity. Our faith tradition is Unitarian Universalist. On any given Sunday you'll meet friends who find primary inspiration in a traditional faith (including, but not limited to, Christian, Jewish, Religious Humanist, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, or Earth-centered) or in some combination that guides them on their life journeys.
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Rev. Constance L. Grant, Minister for Lifespan Religious Education
Updated 4/23/2016
United Way of Metropolitan Chicago
Mailing Address: 333 S Wabash Ave., 30th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604
Contact: Gwen Sims
Phone: 312-906-2350
Fax: 312-876-0199
Parent Org.: United Way of Metropolitan Chicago
Description: United Way helps donors by channelling their gifts to organizations addressing Evanston's most pressing human needs; supports 30 member agencies in Evanston, including daycare, substance abuse programs, senior services, shelters, and family services.

Notes: As the largest private funder of human services in the region, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago understands that quality delivery of human services is critical to both serving our most vulnerable citizens, and to improving the economic future of our state.

Updated 7/1/2015
Veterans Center
Address: 1901 Howard St, Evanston, IL 60202
Contact: Betsy Tolbert, Team Leader
Phone: 847-332-1019 or 877-927-8387
Fax: 847-332-1024
Parent Org.: Veterans Administration
Description: Offers mental health and substance abuse counseling for veterans. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged.
Notes: Open 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday, but in an effort to better serve veterans and family members, upon request, Vet Centers will provide services after normal work hours and/or on weekends.
Updated 6/24/2015
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