Community Resources

We believe that all families have a right to fair and just opportunities to be as healthy as possible. 

We know that not all patients' and families' circumstances are the same and can change over time due to varying factors. Social and demographic hardships, including income changes, education and literacy challenges, employment and working conditions, and physical environments greatly affect our health and sense of well-being.

We are committed to providing resources that can assist our patients and families in times of need and encourage a conversation with our doctors and social worker to find ways to relieve challenging issues that negatively impact an ability to maintain and provide a healthy environment in the home and beyond.

Below you can find information on resources available to promote and protect your family's health:    

Please feel free to share these community resources with anyone you know who may be in need. 

Baby Goods
Grant a Wish
  • Baby clothing, blankets, food, diapers, strollers, high-chairs, and more.
  • Provides a food assistance program, holiday gift program, and school program.
  • 773-454-8352
St. Mary's Baby Closet
  • Baby items for newborns through 5 years old.
  • Podcast for new parents and families.
  • 847-870-8181
National Diaper Bank Network
  • Providing diapers to those in need.
  • Call 2-1-1 and ask for local diaper availability:
    • Local Diaper Bank location (nearest to Lakeview Peds): SHARE OUR SPACE - 3800 N Milwuakee Ave
Project Sweet Peas
  • Support for all familes with a baby in the NICU or experiencing the loss of an infant.
  • Food and fuel assistance for time spent at hospital, care packages and gifts, emotional support.

Caregiver Education and Work
Illinois Childcare and Employment Programs
  • Illinois Department of Human Services: Access to affordable, quality childcare programs 
  • Illinois workNet: Training opportunities, workshops, and career coaching resources. 
Lakeview Employment Group
  • Employment support for those going through challenges such as homelessness or chronic unemployment and youth 18-24
  • Located in Lakeview Lutheran Church - 835 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60613
  • 773-988-3958
IDES
  • Research, sign up for, and manage unemployment benefits
  • Illinois JobLink
  • Veteran services
  • Chicago office- Lincoln Square | 2444 W Lawrence 
  • 217-558-0401 for In-Person appointment

Financial Resource Strain
TANF
  • Cash, SNAP, and medical assistance
  • 217-785-3300, Toll Free # 800-843-6154
  • To qualify you must be pregnant or have a child under 18

LIHEAP - Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

  • Assistance in payment of home energy services like heating

IL Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity


Illinois Department of Human Services
IDHS Helpline: (800) 843-6154
Chicago Chesed Fund
  • Interest free loans, job assistance, eviction prevention, education assistance, car repairs, budgeting assistance
  • Other programs:
    • Fertility assistance, mental health assistance, material goods such as clothing, appliances, and toiletries
  • 847-679-7799
Cradles to Crayons
  • Provides material goods such as clothes, books, and shoes to children living in poverty.
Care for Real
  • Care for Real provides food for neighbors to prepare more than 1.62 million meals each year and, in addition, offers a free clothes closet,  a pet food pantry and support services.
  • Locations:
    • 5339 N Sheridan - Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9am-12pm & Saturday 9am-1pm
    • 1525 W Morse - Tuesday 12-2pm
    • 6921 W Morse - Tuesday 12-2pm
    • 6921 N Ashland - Thursday 4-6pm
  • Also offer pop-up pantries and other events, check their website for more information.
  • Salvation Army
  • Job training, food pantry, adult rehabilitation and addiction programs, Head Start and Early Start programs, and after school programs
  • 312-492-6803
Lakeview & Lincoln Park Mutual Aid - Support for food, prescription pick-ups, caregiving, medical supplies, and other material goods. Apply for aid on website. Contact: lakeviewmutualaid@gmail.com

Uptown & Buena Park Solidarity Network - pro-actively shares resources, ideas and emotional support in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Roscoe Village North Center Mutual Aid - a non-partisan neighborhood organization dedicated to meeting the needs of our community members through the COVID-19 crisis and beyond

Wicker Park - Bucktown Mutual Aid - supports the community in fulfilling  immediate essential needs: wpbmutualaid@gmail.com

Avondale Mutual Aid - provides food, medicine and support to the residents of Avondale. Website available in Spanish and English.

Lincoln Square - Ravenswood Solidarity Network - provides services for employment & public benefits, food, mental health, domestic violence, and access to additional mutual aid networks.

Logan Square Mutual Aid - provides services for employment & public benefits, food, housing, healthcare, immigration, childcare, mental health, domestic violence, and legal advice.
USPS Order form: free at home tests shipped to your house, 4 tests per household per month
- Shipping begins mid January
DollarFor.Org Platform
  • Organization that will help you apply for and manage charity care with a non-profit hopsital and manage your bills, or will help you manage bills and medical debt at any hospital 
  • Any hospital with a non-profit designation is required to provide certain amounts of "charity care" each year to low income families
    • If you are just starting admisssion: ask to speak to a billing representative or case manager to apply for charity care right away
    • If you have already been to the hospital: You can still apply to be considered for charity care, call the hospital to inquire about applying or see next link on Dollarfor.org for assistance 
  • Chicago Non- Profit Hospitals:
    • Advocate Illinois Masonic and Advocate Trinity Hospitals
    • AMITA Health Ressurection Medical Center
    • Community First Medical Center
    • Holy Cross Hospital
    • Loretto Hospital
    • Mercy Hospital and Medical Center
    • Methodist Hospital of Chicago
    • Mt Sinai Hospital Medical Center
    • Northwegian-American Hospital
    • Northwestern Memorial Hospital
    • Jackson Park Hospital
    • Presence Saint Joseph, and Presence Saint Mary and Elizabeth Hospitals
    • Roseland Community Hospital
    • RUSH University Medical Center
    • South Shore Hospital
    • Swedish Hospital
    • Saint Anthony Hospital
    • St Bernard Hospital
    • Thorek Memorial Hospital
    • University of Chicago Medical Center
Link to list of Illinois Hospitals with designation

Food Insecurity
IL Application for Benefits Eligibility (SNAP, WIC, and Application Assistance)
 
Lakeview Pantry Provides the Following Services:
  • Two food pantry locations in Chicago (Sheridan and La Casa Norte)
  • Online market and home delivery services
  • Social support staff to assist with public benefits, mental health services, and more
  • Health and Hope Program providing nutritious meals to low-income patients being treated at Illinois Masonic and Swedish Hospitals
Eat. Move. Save. - Find Food Illinois
  • Has an interactive map with food banks and grocery stores that accept WIC and SNAP
  • Tips for healthy recipes that save you money
  • Join the Healthy Texts program to get a message with healthy tips and fun exercises each week!
CPS Grab & Go Meal Sites Locator Tool
  • Used to provide meal support to students learning remotely during COVID-19, now mostly used for providing occasional meals to eligible families during in-person learning
  • Mon- Fri: 8am-1pm
  • For more information or questions contact familyservices@cps.edu
Chicago Chesed Fund
  • All-diet food pantry and HaPlate Kosher food pantry
  • 847-679-7799
Lakeview / Lincoln Park Mutual Aid
Care For Real
  • Care for Real provides food for neighbors to prepare more than 1.62 million meals each year and, in addition, offers a free clothes closet,  a pet food pantry and support services.
  • Have regular hours, also hold pop-up pantries and other events :
    • 5339 N Sheridan
      • Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9am-12pm
      • Saturday 9am-1pm
    • 1545 W Morse
      • Tuesday 12-2 pm
    • 6921 W Morse 
      • Tuesday 12-2 pm
    • 6921 N Ashland 
      • Thursday 4-6 pm

Health Insurance
Housing Instability
Illinois Housing Development Authority
Rentervention
  • Online virtual assistance to help connect you with resources to find emergency housing
  • Help with eviction cases, negotiate with landlords, and manage other housing issues
Rental Payment Assistance
Chicago Temple Salvation Army
  • Homeless prevention & emergency assistance programs, Mobile feeding & homeless outreach, Shield of Hope program helping families in crisis, and Senior living programs
  • 312-492-6803
Holsten Human Capital Development
  • Housing services for seniors and those experiencing homelessness
  • Community building, workforce development, and family works programs
  • 312-274-9144
European American Association
  • Energy and utility assistance directly to vendor
  • Rent must cost 30% of house, must apply with proof of current bills
  • 773-342-5533
The Night Ministry
  • Housing, healthcare, and human connection to those experiencing homelessness and extreme poverty
  • Youth engagement and Early Intervention for youth up to 21 and support servcies for all ages
  • 773-784-9000, 1735 N Ashland Suite 2000
The Well of Mercy
  • Focus on housing, shelter services 
  • Support for single parents caught in cycles of abuse or poverty

LGBTQ+ Services
Lurie Children's Gender Development Program
  • Gender identity services accepting new patients up to age 22, seeing patients through age 25. 
    • Gender expansive or gender non-conforming children and adolescents 
    • Gender-questioning youth
    • Transgender and gender-fluid youth
  • Call 1-800-KIDS-DOC to request initial appointment (1-800-543-7362)
Howard Brown Health Center
  • Multiple locations offering services specifically targeted for youth.
  • Expert care to the LGBTQ+ community and their allies, looking to eliminate gaps in care for these individuals.
  • 4025 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago IL, 60613- Main Location
  • 773-388-1600
CALOR - provides holistic planning and coordination of health services to Latinos at risk of or living with HIV/AIDS and/or other disabilities, to empower them to live and work in the community.
  • Programs
    • Housing for Persons with AIDS program (HOPWA)
    • Prevention program with testing and PrEP services
    • Pharmacy
    • Disability Services Program
  • Mon-Fri, 9-5: 3201 W North Ave, Chicago, IL, 60651
Center on Halsted Youth Program - creates a safe and confidential environment for young people ages 13–24 who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, who are questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity, or who are straight allies (LGBTQIA).
  • Programs:
    • Youth programming Tues-Sat in the afternoons
    • Adult Ally services
    • Teen Hangs on Zoom
    • Individual case management
    • Grab and Go meals on Wednesdays
  • Become a member by calling at 773-472-6469, ext 437 or by emailing at youthrsvp@centeronhalsted.org

Local Education and Enrichment Programs for Children
  • 826 CHI Available Programs
    • After School Writing Workshop
      • 4 days a week in Wicker Park location
      • Apply on website
    • Field Trips (Resuming January 2022)
      • Writing, acting, history, and other enrichment focused trips
      • For grades 1-12
      • Apply on website
St. Joseph's Services Youth Programs
  • Sites in Humboldt Park and Austin
  • Programs
    • After School Program
    • Beyond Basketball
    • Open Gym
    • Proffesional Advanced Internship Development
    • All-day Summer Camp
  • 773-278-0484
Casa Central Youth Programs
  • Bilingual Programs in Spanish and English
    • School Age Program (Ages 5-12)
    • Early Learning Academy (ages 2-5)
    • Individual and Family Services as well
  • info@casacentral.org, 773-645-2300

Safety and Environment
Chicago Department of Public Safety Assistance

National Domestic Violence Hotline

  • Call 1-800-799-7233 or TTY 1-800-787-3224
  • Online chat available as well

Connections for Abused Women and Children

  • Shelter services for women and children, counseling, advocacy, and help to build a long term plan
  • 24/7 hotline: 773-278-4566
  • Haymarket and Greenhouse shelters, and a hospital crisis intervention center
National Runaway Safeline
  • Information for youths and teens, as well as concerned adults
  • 24/7 crisis connection through call, online chat, or text
  • Chicago Location:
    • 3141 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL, 60657

Stress and Mental Health
Call4Calm
  • Anonymous and free 24/7 for help for those struggling with stress during COVID-19 
  • Text TALK for English or HABLAR for Spanish to 552020
  • If you prefer to speak on the phone you can call on the Illinois Warm Line at 866-359-7953
CDPH Mental Health Centers
  • Free teletherapy services during COVID-19
  • Connection to social support and peer networks through Zoom, WhatsApp, and HouseParty
  • Bilngual support services 
NAMI Chicago
  • NAMI Chicago promotes community wellness, strives to break down barriers to mental health care, and provides support and expertise for families, professionals and individuals in Chicago and beyond. 
  • Free and confidential helpline to call for yourself or someone you are concerned about
    • 833-NAMI-CHI (833-626-4244)
    • Monday- Friday: 9am-8pm and Sat and Sun: 9am-5pm
  • Services
    • Help you find and understand mental health treatment options
    • Connect you to housing, food, legal resources, and more
  • 1801 W Warner Ave Suite 202, Chicago, IL, 60613, info@namichicago.org
StepUp Website
  • StepUp for Mental Health's mission is “To educate, fight causes and change minds about mental health and its impact on families.”
  • Helpline, educational outreach, peer chats, provide small grants to families for basic needs, and hosting of small events and programs
  • 773-273-9422
Thresholds
  • Thresholds fights to transform the lives of people living with mental illnesses and substance use disorders. 
  • Services
    • Intensive Outreach for Mental Health
    • Workforce Development Program
    • Deaf Program
    • Veterans Program
    • Transitioning from Institutional Care
    • Integrated primary and behavioral healthcare
    • And many others
Hopeful Beginning's of St Mary's
  • Prenatal and postpartum counseling, adjusting to motherhood counseling, adoption planning
  • Provides Mom Talk virtual support group
Caris Pregnancy Counseling and Resources 
  • Programs Include:
    • C25 - Care to mothers and children 5 years and younger
    • Pregnancy counseling services
    • Mental health services

Transportation Needs
CTA Reduced Fare Program
  • Children ages 7-11, student reduced fare aged 7-20 (through high school), RTA reduced fare permits for seniors and individuals with disabilities 
  • Free ride program for qualifying riders:
    • Military Service Pass
    • Seniors ride free, 65+ (Must be a part of Aging Benefit's Access Program to qualify)
    • People with diabilities ride free (Must be a part of Aging Benefit's Access Program to qualify)
  • Info on how to apply for the Aging Benefit's Access Program

Contact Us

If you or someone you know would like to be contacted by our office regarding any of these resources or if you have questions or concerns about factors affecting family health and social well-being, please complete the form below and we will contact you within 48 hours.

If you have more immediate needs, please call the office and ask for the nurse. If you need immediate medicaIl attention please call 911. If you have a situation that requires the immediate attention of a physician, please call the office and press extension 1 to page the physician on call.