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We believe that learning about our history, learning about others, and learning about ourselves are important explorations. Systemic racism undermines our society. We must all work to foster new social structures based on respect, inclusion, and justice.

Here is a list of some of the resources available to address issues of systemic racism, white supremacy, and privilege.

State of IL Domestic Violence Help Line: 877-863-6338

Rape Crisis Hotline: 888-293-2080

RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network) Hotline:  800-656 HOPE

Sarah’s Inn
309 Harrison St # 100, Oak Park, IL 60304
708-386-4225 (24-hour crisis line)
708-792-3120 (text line)

Illinois Coalition against Domestic Violence

Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network

Children’s Mental Health CARES Line 800-345-9049
Screening, Assessment, and Support Services

Child Abuse & Neglect Hotline: 800-252-2873

National Runaway Safeline: 800-786-2929 (RUN-AWAY)

DCFS Child Abuse Hotline:  800-252-2873 (25ABUSE)

Families for Freedom Deportation Hotline: 646-290-5551

Hephzibah Children’s Association
946 North Blvd, Oak Park, IL 60301
Helps strengthen and stabilize families that are experiencing crisis or stress, alleviate short term financial crisis, assist with enrichment activities for children and tutoring and respite services. Hephzibah offers a day care program for children grades K-5 after school, on school holidays and during the summer months. After-School Day Care is provided.

New Moms
773-252-3253 x 128
206 Chicago Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302
This organization helps young mothers (ages 18-24) and their children with support needed to break out of an ongoing cycle of poverty, homelessness, and dependence. New Moms offers free parent education workshops with free childcare that cover a wide range of early childhood parenting topics.

West Cook YMCA
Y-Kids: DCFS-licensed before and after-school recreation program for children grades K-6. Y-Kids Before & After-School program is now held at St. John Lutheran Church located at 305 Circle Ave., Forest Park, IL.

Cluster Tutoring
Cluster Tutoring provides free one-to-one tutoring to more than 100 students. Each tutor is matched with a student and the pair works together during the school year to prepare for a successful academic career.

Find a Local Food Bank

The Greater Chicago Food Depository 773-247-3663

Beyond Hunger
Provides 13 zip codes across Cook County, including portions of Chicago and its near-west Suburbs. Service offerings include food, resources, knowledge, and skills people need to live healthy, active lives. 

St Bernadine’s and Society of St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry
7246 W Harrison, Forest Park IL

Howard Mohr Community Center Food Pantry
7640 Jackson Blvd, Forest Park, IL
The Food Pantry at the Howard Mohr Community Center is open Monday to Friday from 7:30 am-3:30 pm for curbside delivery of foods to FP residents in need.  Please call ahead, so they can prepare for you: 708-771-7737.

They will receive donations in the same way: call ahead, then connect curbside: 708-771-7737 They are accepting donations in food and monetary donations. 

Little Free Pantry at the Forest Park Public Library
7555 Jackson Blvd, Forest Park, IL
Anyone at anytime can take items from the Little Free Pantry. We hope it will be stocked with food and things people need like non-perishable food items and toiletry items, such as bars, canned goods (pop tops are best), proteins, personal care items, new socks, etc. We are not collecting razors, chemicals, clothing, homemade items, or unsealed or opened food. If you have a question, please ask in the library or email us at

*If you need to pick up groceries please consider dropping things in our Little Free Pantry on your way home.*  

ACCESS Melrose Park Family Health Center
8321 W. North Avenue, Melrose Park, IL 60160

Cook County Health – North Riverside Health Center (formerly Cicero)
1800 S. Harlem Ave., Suite A, North Riverside, IL 60546

PCC Family Health Centers
14 Lake St., Oak Park, IL 60302

  • PCC has 14 health centers located throughout the West Side of Chicago and near west suburbs
  • Offers primary care, behavioral healthcare, and dental services

STD/HIV Testing at Loyola School-Based Health Center
807 S. 1st Ave., Maywood, IL (Proviso East – Room 86B)

  • For Proviso students only. Students are not required to provide insurance, and all services are of no cost.

Free Condoms
Cook County Department of Public Health
7556 W. Jackson Blvd, Forest Park, IL 60130

Chicago Homeless Hotline

Homeless Prevention Call Center

Housing Forward
Housing Forward provides rental assistance, short term stabilization, and services to resolve financial or rental housing crisis situations.
6634 W. Roosevelt Rd., Oak Park, IL 60304

Emergency Shelter Locations
Housing Forward provides overnight shelters that include dinner, breakfast, and a sack lunch to go.
708-338-1724 or toll-free 888-338-1744 (Monday through Friday 9 am – 5 pm)

Sarah’s Inn
Sarah’s Inn offers intervention services, individual advocacy, counseling, support and education groups, life skills development, legal advocacy, and art therapy for domestic violence victims.
708-386-4225 (24-hour crisis line)
708-792-3120 (text line)
1547 Circle Ave, Forest Park, IL 60130

Shower Up Chicago
Shower Up Chicago offers free hygiene care and hot showers to unhoused people in the community at the Forest Park Blue Line station on Thursday’s from 8pm-10:30pm. View their calendar.

The Primo Center for Women and Children
6212 S Sangamon St, Chicago, IL 60621

Library WiFi Available Outside of Building
The Library WiFi will be available outside of the building. It can be accessed by anyone. We encourage social distancing if you decide to come to the Library and use the WiFi.

Public Access WiFi
Check out this map of available WiFi in Illinois.
District 91 and District 209 have resources for students to access the internet. Please contact your school if you need assistance.

Spectrum Internet Assist
High speed internet at an affordable price for qualifying households.

Affordable Internet Service Programs
Includes government programs and programs from internet providers.

Emergency Broadband Benefit program
A federal program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Connectify Hotspot
WiFi Hotspot Software for PC’s. One free option and two paid options with more comprehensive features.

5 Best Free WiFi Hotspot Software for Windows PC

Illinois Department of Employment Security
The Department of Employment Security is the premier provider of workforce services in Illinois. IDES supports economic growth and stability in Illinois by providing Employment Services to Illinois residents and employers, analyzing and disseminating essential Labor Market Information, and administering Unemployment Insurance programs.

Illinois Unemployment Insurance
Unemployment insurance is a state-operated insurance program designed to partially replace lost wages when you are out of work. Like fire, accident, health and other types of insurance, it is for an emergency: when you are temporarily or permanently out of a job, or if you work less than full time because of lack of work.

Use the Unemployment Benefits Finder to search in Illinois or other entities for job seekers

Illinois Worknet Job Finder

PLCCA: Proviso Leyden Council for Community Action (708) 450-3500
411 W Madison, Maywood, IL 60153
Courses on financial literacy and computer training, behavioral health resources, children and youth services, financial assistance for low income individuals and families, and assistance with seeking a job.

African American Christian Foundation 708-848-1700
6707 North Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302

Goodwill Workforce Connection Center 773-627-5777
1900 S. Harlem Ave., North Riverside, IL 60546

Housing Forward Employment Readiness 708-338-1724 ext. 301
6634 W. Roosevelt Road, 2nd Flr, Oak Park, IL 60304

New Moms Job Training 773-252-3253
206 Chicago Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302

Federal Stimulus & Unemployment FAQ from IDES

How to Apply for Unemployment Benefits- Chicago Sun-Times

Illinois WorkNet: Find Laid Off Worker Resources

Library Resources for Job Seekers

Illinois Courts recently launched a new product to help connect people to the information they need to represent themselves in a court case. Illinois Court Help is a free service from the Illinois Courts.

Call or text 833-411-1121 for court help (Monday through Friday 10 am – 2 pm)

The Trevor Project for LGBTQ Youth Hotline 866-488-7386

  • Text ‘START’ to 678-678 for confidential texting with a Trevor counselor, available 24/7

GLBT National Help Center Youth Talkline: 800-246-7743

GLBT National Hotline 888-843-4564

Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860

GLAAD Resource List

ACLU Youth & School Resource Library


Mental Health Services at Loyola School-Based Health Center
807 S. 1st Ave., Maywood, IL (Proviso East – Room 86B)

  • For Proviso students only. Students are not required to provide insurance, and all services are of no cost.

Riveredge Hospital
8311 Roosevelt Road, Forest Park, IL 60130

PCC Behavioral Health Care
14 Lake St., Oak Park, IL 60302
(additional centers located throughout near west suburbs)

Thrive Counseling Center
708-383-7500 (this is also their 24/7 crisis line)
120 S. Marion St., Oak Park, IL 60302

Proviso Township Mental Health Commission
4565 W. Harrison St., 3rd floor, Hillside, IL 60162

NAMI Metro Suburban
814 Harrison St. Oak Park, IL 60302

National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI)- Black Mental Health Resources
Mental health and wellness resources available for people of color. 

The Loveland Foundation- Therapy Fund
Find out about this organizations’ funding for Black women and girls nationally to receive therapy support. Black women and girls deserve access to healing, and that healing will impact generations. The Loveland Foundation is the official continuation of this effort

Substance Dependence

The Way Back Inn
104 Oak St., Maywood, IL 60153


Road Home Program – Center for Veterans 312-942-8387
1645 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60612

Illinois Senior Helpline 800-252-8966

Proviso Township – Senior Services  708-449-4307

Forest Park Community Center – Senior Services

Park District of Forest Park – Senior Programming

Aging Care Connections
Provides client-centered care that focuses on improving the quality of life for older adults by supporting their emotional, physical, mental, financial, and healthy living needs.

Elderwerks Educational Services 855-462-0100

  • Senior living coordination
  • Advocacy
  • Education
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