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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.

Illinois Small Business Administration
The Illinois office of the Small Business Administration. Find support and resources for business owners including workshops, grants, and more.

Illinois SBA COVID Resources
The SBA will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

Forest Park Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber of Commerce is working hard to help and promote small businesses in Forest Park.

Forest Park Strong
A website featuring local businesses and resources. for employers
Tools for business owners and entrepreneurs to manage their business, their employees, and find resources on registrations, licenses, and permits.   

CDC Recommendations for employers to prevent to acute respiratory illnesses
Questions?  Call Illinois’ COVID-19 Hotline at 1.800.889.3931 or email


Emergency Small Business Grants and Loans Assistance

Small Business COVID-19 Relief Program

Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund 

Illinois Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program

Facebook Small Business Grant Program  

Freelancers Relief Fund

Amazon’s Neighborhood Small Business Relief Fund

JPMorgan Chase’s Entrepreneurs of Color Fund

Childcare Provider Search for Essential Workers
Parents whose jobs have been deemed essential and are in need of emergency child care can search for providers at

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.

Hephzibah Children’s Association
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.

Child Abuse & Neglect Hotline: 800-252-2873

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

DCFS Child Abuse Hotline:  800-25 ABUSE (Illinois)

Families for Freedom Deportation Hotline: 646-290-5551

The Trevor Project (crisis prevention for LGBTQ teens and new adults 13-24):  866-488-7386

LGBT National Help Center Youth Hotline:  800-246-7743

Hephzibah Children’s Association
1144 Lake St., 5th Floor, 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 through a volunteer program.

New Moms
773-252-3253 x 128
405 S. Euclid 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.

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. 

Available Community Center Senior Services:

  • Assistance with grocery shopping needs
  • Food delivery if needed

Find a Local Food Bank

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.*  

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)
309 Harrison St. # 100, Oak Park, IL 60304

The Primo Center for Women and Children
Homeless Shelter
4241 W Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL 60624

Community Center
115 N Parkside Ave, Chicago, IL 60644

Alcohol and Drug Abuse: 800-234-0420  

Alcoholics Anonymous: 800-371-1475

CARES Line (SASS): 800-345-9049  

Child Abuse, National: 800-422-4453  

Crisis Center of South Suburbia: 708-429-7233  

Crisis Counseling, General: 847-228-6400  

Crisis Counseling, Teens: 847-228-8996

Crisis Counseling, Children: 847-228-5437  

DCFS Hotline: 800-252-2873  

Domestic Violence – General: 800-799-7233  

Domestic Violence Hotline-Chicago: 800-603-4357  

Homeless Hotline:  800-654-8595  

Sexual Assault, General (RAINN): 800-656-4673  

Sexual Assault Hotline – Chicago: 888-293-2080  

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255  

Police, Fire, or Medical Emergency: 911

Runaway Switchboard: 800-786-2929  

Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860  

Trevor Hotline/ Gay Youth: 866-488-7386

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.

Department of Labor COVID-19 Resources
The U.S. Department of Labor has resources to help workers and employers prepare for the COVID-19 virus.

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Announces Help for Consumers Struggling to Make Payments on their Debts Due to the COVID-19 Crisis and Guidance for its Regulated Financial Sectors
A press release outlining the assistance the State of Illinois is providing to help residents with loans, rent, mortgages, VA loans, student loans, vehicle repossession, and debt collections.

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.

COVID-19 & Unemployment Benefit FAQ
Answers to your basic questions about applying for unemployment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

Goodwill Workforce Connection Center

Goodwill offers online job resources and classes.

Federal Stimulus & Unemployment FAQ from IDES

How to Apply for Unemployment Benefits- Chicago Sun-Times

Illinois WorkNet: Find Laid Off Worker Resources

CBS: Chicago Area Companies Who Are Hiring


Library Resources for Job Seekers
The Library offers FPPL library card holders free access to This resources offers hundreds of classes including job seeking, resume writing, tech skills, and many more. Sign up for a virtual library card here

Getting Help Writing a Resume with a Resume Assistant on Word

Resume Makeover

Writing a Resume

Video Interview Tips

Preparing for the Interview

Universal Classes
The Library offers a variety of online courses from Universal Classes. All you need is a library card and internet access. Sign up for a virtual library card here

Career Coaching

Computer Basics


Google Docs

Interview Skills

Microsoft Word

Resume writing

The Library is here to help with activities and resources to support you and your family when you need it. Whether you are homeschooling, looking for additional enrichment for your kids, or looking for ways to combat boredom, we have recommendations that you can explore. Learn more.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline:  800-273-7255

Veterans Crisis Line: 800-2738252

Illinois Helpline for Opiods & Other Substances: 833-2FINDHELP 

Alcohol and Drug Abuse: 800-234-0420  

Alcoholics Anonymous 800-371-1475

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration Treatment Finder  

Forest Park Public Library Social Work Intern

Riveredge Hospital
8311 Roosevelt Road, Forest Park IL 60130

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

Proviso Township Mental Health Commission

Emotional Support Text Line
The Illinois Department of Human Services’ Mental Health Division has launched a free-of-charge emotional support text line, Call4Calm, for Illinois residents experiencing stress and mental health issues related to COVID-19. Individuals who would like to speak with a mental health professional can text “TALK” to 5-5-2-0-2-0, or for Spanish, “HABLAR” to the same number: 5-5-2-0-2-0. Call4Calm is free to use, and individuals will remain anonymous. Once a resident sends a text to the hotline, within 24 hours they will receive a call from a counselor employed by a local community mental health center to provide support.

Manage Anxiety & Stress, from the CDC

Coronavirus Anxiety: 4 Ways to Cope with Fear, from PsychCentral 

American Psychological Association- Unmute your feelings
Ways to process your emotions and protect your mental health. 

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

Library Resources

Online Meditation Course through
Learn meditation and mental clarity exercises to help you manage stress through breathing exercises, visualizations, and loving kindness techniques. Free access with your FPPL card. Need a card? Go here.

The Great Courses: Masters of Mindfulness Kanopy
Your FPPL card gets you free access to The Great Courses through Kanopy. Access this course with multiple lessons from renowned specialists on mindfulness, its benefits and how to practice. Free access with your FPPL card. Need a card? Go here.