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Infant Welfare Society of Evanston, INC.

2200 Main Street, Evanston, IL 60202,
 www.iwse.org

Liaisons: Elizabeth Bigelow and Emily Tzur

The Infant Welfare Society is a 99-year-old agency serving the needs of the youngest, most vulnerable members of the Evanston and Northwest side communities. The center is located just east of McCormick Boulevard on Main Street in south Evanston. The Executive Director is Cass Wolfe. The volunteer contact is Jennifer Riskind. She may be contacted for additional information or to volunteer at (847) 491-9650. The Infant Welfare Society of Evanston provides the following services:

  • Full day child care for children 6 weeks to 3 years old for 70 children through Early Head Start, Subsidized Care, and Private Pay
  • Full day child care for children six weeks to three years old for 16 children who are parented by teenagers through Early Head Start
  • Family Support Services including prenatal groups, home visiting programs, parent training and support, developmental screening and assessment, therapeutic intervention and group sessions

The Josselyn Center

405 Central Avenue,
 Northfield, IL 60093, www.josselyn.org

Liaisons: Kathy Piepgras and Chris Stoll

The Josselyn Center is located at 405 Central Avenue in Northfield. The Center’s phone number is(847) 441-5600. The Josselyn Center’s mission statement is: “The Josselyn Center will provide the highest quality interdisciplinary mental health, substance abuse and related services for children, adolescents, adults and families without regard to their ability to pay as well as for organizations, corporations, and the community at large.”

Established in 1951 by Dr. Irene Josselyn and other concerned community leaders, The Josselyn Center continues to provide comprehensive and affordable outpatient mental health service to individuals of all ages who live, work or attend school in Kenilworth and other communities in the northern suburbs. We are the only resource on the North Shore that provides psychiatric assessment, intervention, and maintenance services, case management and referral services, and family and individual counseling, all on a sliding fee scale basis. In addition, we provide a wide range of therapeutic and support groups for children, adults and families. Our community programs include: the CLR Drop-in Center for adults with mental illness; Foundations for Wellness for school children in grades 1-8; and Camp NEEKA, a therapeutic summer day camp for children ages 8-12. We also provide a broad range of educational and mental health related programs for professionals and the general community.

Juvenile Protective Association

1707 North Halsted Street
 Chicago, IL 60614,
 www.juvenile.org

Liaisons: Melinda Hurley and Suzy Scherb

The Juvenile Protective Association (JPA) serves youth, family, and adults in the Chicago Metropolitan area. The non-for-profit organization offers child services in the form of early intervention for parents and young children. They provide a wide range of counseling modalities to meet the unique needs of each family, including counseling to work on parenting issues and to strengthen the parent-child relationship, couples counseling focusing on shared parenting challenges, individual therapy for parents to address mental health issues that inhibit optimal parenting and play therapy for children to address traumatic experiences. JPA has developed and implemented a systematic approach to measuring the effectiveness of family therapy in strengthening the adaptive family functioning.

JPA is also an advocacy group to support social policy and services that protect children and enhance their development and to ensure that best interests and constitutional rights are recognized for children and families. The program also offers professional education/technical assistance to train professionals in child welfare, early childhood and developmental psychology.

The Juvenile Protective Association is always looking for volunteers for their Board of Directors as well as their Auxiliary Board.

La Casa Norte

3533 W. North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647,  www.lacasanorte.org

Liaisons: Jeanne Ashmore and Lindy Blake

La Casa Norte’s mission is to serve youth and families who are confronting homelessness in the Chicago area. They provide access to stable housing and deliver comprehensive services that act as a catalyst to transform lives and the community. LCA provides emergency shelter, transitional housing and access to stable housing for youth, ages 16-25 and families confronting homelessness in Chicago. The support services include case management, therapy, nutrition education, emergency food/clothing/toiletries and referrals to a range of additional services. These include health care, substance abuse treatment, mental health services, child care, legal assistance, and employment readiness training and education.

Lawrence Hall

4833 N. Francisco Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60625, 
www.lawrencehall.org

Liaisons: Carol Hunt and Susan Underwood

Lawrence Hall Youth Services provides highly specialized and individualized care for children and adolescents with severe emotional and behavioral challenges due to trauma, abuse, and neglect. Each year, Lawrence Hall’s continuum of care offers a full array of services to nearly 1,000 children, adolescents, and their families through:

  • Fully accredited Therapeutic Day School and Diagnostic Education Program
  • Specialized, Traditional and Home-of-Relative Foster Care
  • Acute on-campus Residential Treatment, Family Community Homes, and Specialty Service Centers and
  • Transitional and Independent Living Programs for older adolescents

Throughout all of Lawrence Hall’s programs, youth benefit from clinical care, therapeutic recreation, art and music therapy and pastoral care to treat trauma and stabilize behavior. The seamless transition between levels of care within each program and across programs equips our youth with the tools and skills they need to set them on the path toward becoming proud, productive participants in society.

 

The Night Ministry

4711 Ravenswood Avenue, 
Chicago, IL 60640, www.thenightministry.org

Liaisons: Julie Danelik and Robin Roberts

The Night Ministry began in 1976, as a collaboration of 18 congregations of diverse faiths, who sought to address the lack of services for people who were homeless, precariously housed, or at-risk. Annually, we serve around 4,100 individuals with approximately 54,000 contacts through health outreach programs, and over 2,400 through youth shelter and services programs. Our office is located in Ravenswood: we have youth shelter locations in Lakeview and West Town; and our 38-foot Health Outreach Bus makes regular scheduled stops to: Humboldt Park, Lakeview, South Shore, Uptown, Wicker Park, and Pilsen.

The Night Ministry currently operates 4 programs: Open Door Youth Shelter West Town, Open Door Youth Shelter Lakeview, Response-Ability Pregnant and Parenting program (RAPPP), Youth Outreach, and Outreach and Health Ministry. The addition of the Night Ministry’s newest programs, bot the Transitional Living Program and RAPPP, has allowed us to double the number of beds for youth from 16 to 32. Our programs serve homeless youth and adults, working poor, uninsured/underinsured individuals, those who are seeking to learn their HIV status, and others who have fallen through the cracks of our social service systems. The Night Ministry values our continued partnership with Kenilworth Union Church.

 

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Northwestern Settlement

1400 W. Augusta Blvd., Chicago, IL 60622, www.nush.org

Liaison: Anne Gezon and Gina Gooden

Northwestern University Settlement was founded in 1891 to provide resources that empower its West Town neighbors to take personal responsibility for overcoming the obstacles of poverty and improving the quality of their lives. The Settlement operates on the principle of individual and family self-help and the philosophy that every person deserves to maximize his or her potential to be a productive member of society. Through more than 70 programs and services, the Settlement serves approximately 8,000 low income people each year in three key areas: assistance for the immediate short term crisis; knowledge, opportunities and support to break out of the cycle of poverty over the long term; and access to a network of additional programs and services