In partnership with churches and charities, Cathedral Center (now known as ReVive Center for Housing and Healing) may be able to provide emergency assistance to the less fortunate. The non-profit organization offers services such as a thrift store and housing resources in an effort to help people facing poverty and the less fortunate.
Two of the focuses of the programs offered are around homeless and hunger prevention. So to this end, there may be shelter, funds for paying rental expenses, or maybe a free box of food passed out. However, another goal is to on ending the cycle of poverty and homelessness, and to this end, staff from Cathedral Center or its partners can refer clients to job centers or other self-sufficiency resources in Cook County. Some of the main services, either offered directly by ReVive Center or its partners, are below.
A food pantry as well as on site center use a combination of free hot meals, including around the holidays, or emergency boxes of food. There is help for individuals and families as well as senior citizens who are going through difficult transitions. Food can also help the unemployed, or people facing a one time, short term crisis. There are also hot lunches for the homeless in Chicago Illinois.
Some families need clothing for work, school or even to keep warm during colder months. This expense can often prevent people from acquiring the food or other items they need, so clothing closets in Cook County may have winter coats, bed linens, kitchenware, school uniforms for children, and more for those in need. An additional program was put into place with partners provides and delivers monthly groceries or hot meals to seniors who are shut-ins or that may be living on fixed incomes.
Volunteers from churches and the non-profit Cathedral Center sort thousands of donated items each week to the less fortunate and working poor, and local businesses (maybe even Wal-Mart) generously donate new clothing. Items such as uniforms for children and sports equipment are set aside for low-income groups from the region.
Free thanksgiving and Christmas Baskets are coordinated by many churches and local charities. Locations will distribute food along with gifts or small toys for children for Christmas. The majority the baskets passed out in the city of Chicago region are sponsored by various civic groups and individuals, and volunteers are donated to assemble the baskets and pass them out too.
A Second Hand Thrift Store sells items such as children's toys, clothing, appliances, beds, and more. The money raised from ReVive Center for Housing and Healing at this location will be used to fund their homeless prevention programs, of which many people, including single moms, from across Chicago benefit from.
Caseworkers from Cathedral Center can assist with referrals to shelters or transitional centers in the case of homelessness or imminent eviction. When funding is available, clients who are behind on their rent can receive everything from grants for paying those costs to a no-interest loans for rental expenses.
However, all funding is limited and often depends on donation levels and other factors. Therefore more than likely tenants will get referrals to local shelter or more affordable homes or apartments to live in. Or there may be some form of payment plan or mediation that can take place between the tenant and their landlord on finding a solution. The goal is to help families and children to remain living in their homes.
Any rent or utility bill help is typically one-time, emergency only. Funds will be provided only after verification of the client’s address, income/expense information, ID, household members, and family composition. There will also be a negotiation with the landlord. In some cases, but even more rare, will be assistance for security deposits. Please note there is no guarantee of assistance.
The charity also runs some low income apartments and transitional housing units in Cook County. They include the Cressey House (which is an option for permanent supportive housing) as well as the Royalton Hotel, which is a low income unit. Both Cathedral Center locations are meant to provide the formerly homeless and struggling families with some form of lodging, and to get people off the streets or out of shelters.
Community Resource Centers across the area connect people with resources, even including government assistance, that can help people meet basic needs such as housing, food, medical care, transportation, and more. Volunteers from locations will try to ensure the client is self-sufficient, and if this includes a ride to a job interview, they will make an effort to arrange that.
Agencies in Cook County will arrange one on one employment support to clients. This can also include group classes to housing program or WorkFirst participants. This is another self-sufficiency solution, and classes include interview skills, workplace communication, resume and cover letter writing, on site cultural awareness, and there is also a free computer lab for job search.
The main address for Cathedral Center, or the new name of the agency which is the ReVive Center for Housing and Healing, is at 1668 W. Ogden Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60612. Call (312) 997-2222.
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