Rebuilding Together is a leading national nonprofit in safe and healthy housing with more than 40 years of experience. Together, with our corporate and community partners, we transform the lives of low-income homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes and revitalizing our communities. Rebuilding Together’s local affiliates and nearly 100,000 volunteers complete about 10,000 rebuild projects nationwide each year.
4753 N. Broadway, Suite 410 Chicago, IL 60640, www.refugeeone.org
RefugeeOne creates opportunities for refugees fleeing war, terror and persecution to build new lives of safety, dignity, and self-reliance. RefugeeOne provides a full range of services to refugees brought to the United States by the U.S. State Department for resettlement in the Chicago metropolitan area. RefugeeOne helps these refugees secure housing, learn English, acclimate to American culture, develop computer and other skills, find jobs, obtain medical and other care, access the public school system for their children, obtain care for elderly family members, and apply for citizenship. Each year RefugeeOne welcomes over 500 refugees–approximately 35% of all refugees resettled in the Chicago area. In the past, the U.S. saw major resettlements of refugees from Eastern Europe, Vietnam, the former Yugoslavia, and various African countries. The majority of refugees currently being resettled in the U.S. and by RefugeeOne are:
Iraqis who assisted the U.S. military, and those who have fled persecution
Burmese who have fled the violence of the junta of Myanmar
Bhutanese who have fled “ethnic cleansing”
St. Leonard’s Ministries
2100 West Warren Blvd. Chicago, IL 60612, www.slministries.org
The mission of St. Leonard’s Ministries is to provide a residential and supportive setting in which men and women recently released from prison can lead productive and whole lives. Residents are provided with an array of program services designed to assist them as they make the transition to successful, independent living. During their stay, residents are helped to reassess value systems, to re-order priorities and to develop socially and legally acceptable patterns of behavior. St. Leonard’s Ministries, currently led by Bob Dougherty, originated in the mid-1950s through the support of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago and the vision of its founder, Father James Jones. The agency has gradually expanded to include separately dedicated interim housing and services for men and for women, housing and services for men who complete the St. Leonard’s House program as well as education and employment training programs.
St. Leonard’s works with the Adler School of Professional Psychology in the delivery of specialized program services and has a mentoring program in place. Its Michael Barlow Center addresses employment and educational concerns of program participants and a segment of the larger formerly incarcerated community. St. Leonard’s has grown to a force of 62 employees, caring for approximately 400 men and women yearly as they move from the despair of post-prison trauma to meaningful lives.
Samaritan Counseling Center
690 Oak Street Winnetka, IL 60093, www.northshoresamaritan.org
Samaritan Counseling Center offers professional compassionate therapeutic counseling for those in our community that are experiencing difficult situations that include: marital relationships, loss and grief, transition, depression, divorce, anxiety, substance abuse, family relationships and job loss. What makes the Samaritan Counseling Center unique is the ability of our professional therapists to integrate a person’s faith into the healing process, treating the whole person – mind, body and spirit.
The Samaritan Counseling Center has been serving the north shore for 41 years, with offices in Libertyville, Lake Forest, Winnetka, Wilmette, Evanston and the Chicago Loop. Our counseling services, for those without insurance, are provided on a sliding fee scale that is based on income and family size, assuring that our services are available to all of our community members. The Samaritan Counseling Center offers education and support programs on a variety of subjects, designed to support communities, congregations and clergy. For further inquiry, please contact us at (847) 446-6955.
4750 N. Sheridan, Suite 220 Chicago, IL 60640, www.sarahs-circle.org
Sarah’s Circle is an agency dedicated to serving women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Located in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago, Sarah’s Circle operates a daytime services center that provides food, clothing, laundry and shower facilities, and multiple communication services. Additionally, the agency provides permanent supportive housing, case management, and clinical services. Sarah’s Circle has been serving women for thirty years, and is not only a well-established agency, but one of the few remaining agencies focused on comprehensive services for women who are homeless. Each year, Sarah’s Circle serves over 650 women, provides 26,000 meals, and distributes over 5,000 pieces of clothing, and much, much more.
A unique aspect of Sarah’s is the multiple ways to volunteer. Volunteers are very welcome at Sarah’s! Please see the website for different types of volunteer opportunities.
233 W. Jackson, Suite 520, Chicago, IL 60606, www.sparkprogram.org
Spark’s mission is to provide life-changing apprenticeships to youth in underserved communities. Spark partners with schools and workplaces to create engaging hands-on apprenticeships for 7th and 8th grade students. To create apprenticeships for the program’s students, Spark recruits volunteer mentors from the professional community.
Three Angels Children’s Relief
25876 The Old Road # 285, Stevenson Ranch, CA 91381, www.threeangelsrelief.org
Three Angels helps children in Haiti escape poverty through services for orphans and at-risk families including an elementary school, medical clinic, jobs programs and agricultural farm training. Three Angels educates more than 300 children in a Christian faith-based setting. The school is known for academic excellence and high graduation rate.
2145 N. Halsted, Chicago, IL 60614, www.tutoringchicago.org
Tutoring Chicago develops a foundation for life-long learning by providing free 0ne-to-one tutoring and mentoring to economically disadvantaged children. Their major programs are SMART (Social Skills, Math, Attitude/Attendance, Reading, Technology) and LIT (Literacy Intensive Tutoring).
Umoja Student Development Corporation
954 W. Washington Blvd. Suite 225 Chicago, IL 60607, www.umojacorporation.org
Umoja equips young people to succeed in college and confidently claim their future. Our mission is advanced by being an on-the-ground partner for schools and districts focused on ensuring every student graduates from high school equipped for college and career success. We achieve this by equipping teachers, staff and school leaders with the knowledge, skills and tools essential to increasing on-track and graduation rates, decreasing disciplinary infractions and increasing college enrollment.
650 W Lake St, Ste #340 Chicago, IL 60661, www.urbaninitiatives.org
Urban Initiatives’ mission is to empower Chicago’s underserved children to adopt healthy lifestyles, improve their academic performance, and build strong character through sports-based youth development programs. Urban Initiatives is currently serving 23 underserved Chicago communities.
1 North LaSalle Street, Suite 900, Chicago, IL 60602, www.youth-guidance.org
Youth Guidance creates and implements school-based programs that enable at-risk youth to overcome obstacles, focus on their education, and ultimately to succeed in school and in life. Youth Guidance works in Chicago public and charter schools from the northern border to the southern border and to the western border of the City. All Youth Guidance programming is outcome-driven, ensuring at-risk youth receive the services and supports needed to focus on their education and succeed at school and in life.
Youth & Opportunity United (Y.O.U.)
Youth Organization Umbrella, Inc. (Y.O.U.) is a youth service agency. They reach out to young people ages 10-18 and their families in response to their ever-changing needs for support, guidance, and advocacy. It is their goal that all young people acquire the skills, self-confidence and opportunity to participate fully, freely and responsibly in the life of the community.
It also provides social services which include individual tutoring, after school programs, individual, group, and family counseling, educational support, social development, crisis intervention, street outreach, and delinquency prevention.
Y.O.U. serves Evanston for the majority of its programs and New Trier, Northfield, Niles and Main Township for mediation. The Mediation program provides an alternative to juvenile offenders who have committed non-violent crimes.
YWCA Evanston/North Shore
1215 Church Street Evanston, IL 60201, www.ywca.org/evanston
The YWCA in Evanston provides the only comprehensive residential domestic violence program in the northeastern Chicago metropolitan area. The YWCA programs focus on girls’ leadership and domestic violence services. Working towards young womens’ leadership, the YWCA sponsors “StandUp Girls” a leadership development program for girls entering high school. The Domestic Violence Program is composed of crisis intervention, emergency shelter, transitional housing, community-based services (walk-in counseling), legal advocacy, violence prevention, and community advocacy and education. Crisis intervention runs a 24-hour crisis line for domestic abuse victims. Emergency shelter is provided at Mary Lou’s place, which is a 32-bed residential facility that provides emergency shelter for women and children for up to 90 days. After spending 30 days in emergency shelter, women are able to apply to the Transitional Housing Program, which operates a limited number of apartment units.
Women come to the YWCA in times of crisis, as survivors of domestic violence. They come for career counseling, for leadership development, and for financial literacy.