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Churches and Family Services of Illinois.

Operating across the state of Illinois are a variety of churches that offer family services. The charity organizations works with local parishes, non-profits, and other agencies to help the poor, veterans, Hispanics, and unemployed. The primary focus is on basic needs such as food, preventing homelessness, and clothing. More details, as well as information on places to apply, are below.

Locate free food and clothes

Clothing and food distribution is for the low income and unemployed. The charity tries to feed and clothe families in the state. Food pantries and clothing banks can help meet the most basic needs of clients, and everything is passed out for free. Several sites are operated by the charity and volunteers. Not only will the locations offer basic needs, but people who come to distribution sites and pantries are assisted in identifying barriers and overcoming challenges. Get help in accessing resources and other assistance programs that promote self-sufficiency. Some examples of the centers are.

  • Chicago Uptown Ministry Food Pantry, 4720 North Sheridan Rd., Chicago, 773-271-3760
  • Hardin County, 200 A County Road, call 618-576-9023
  • Grace Lutheran Church, 2759 S. Karlov Ave., Chicago, dial 773-277-330

Thrift stores and Nice Twice Resale Shops sell low cost items to the public. Families with limited incomes can purchase used toys, household goods, clothes and other items at low cost. All proceeds and money from the shops are used to fund local services and financial programs provided by a local church. Emergency needs can be met as well.

  • Mt. Vernon, 800 S. 45th St., Wells Bypass, dial (618) 242-9306
  • Waterloo, Nice Twice at the Depot, 518 Park St., telephone (618) 939-0311





Immigrant programs

Assistance and Outreach for Hispanics includes food, job search assistance, housing, clothing, and more. Specialists can help deal with landlords, help people new to the area and Chicago build a new life for yourself and your family in Little Village. The program is very flexible in how it operates. The services are really extensive. This is really the same as the fact is that human needs in the community are unlimited as well. More examples are.

  • Referrals and information on services and government benefits.
  • Basic needs such as clothing, food, employment and medical care, and help in finding safe shelter for the homeless.
  • Tutoring and parenting classes are offered in partnership with the local Chicago Public Schools.
  • Assistance from volunteers.
  • There are apps for transferring money overseas to families or loved ones.
  • The main program is operated at Grace Lutheran Church, 2759 S. Karlov Ave., Chicago, call (773) 277-7330.





Financial help

Help for veterans in Illinois is offered by Churches and their Family Services. They provide housing, basic needs, and more in partnership with groups such as D&O Properties, a Central Illinois-based company as well as Decatur Housing Authority. While assistance is wide ranging, a main goal of the agency is to provide low income housing to those who have served in the military as well as their families.

There are dozens of housing units for veterans available in the program, including apartments and homes. Some of those that apply for the housing program are male veterans who are either on disability, have had their unemployment benefits run or maybe are waiting for disability claims to be processed by the government.

Churches and Family Services of Illinois will help qualified veterans and their immediate families in other ways as well. They may receive food, clothing, and information on permanent housing. This will include information on possible rental assistance programs as well when they are ready to move into their own home.

There is also the possibility for financial help for low income families from church family services in Illinois. This will be for anyone in crisis, whether a single mom or dad, elderly person, teen, or someone else. Rent, car repairs, home improvements, and other aid is offered. Find a list of other churches that help the needy near you.

Find Family Services from Illinois churches

There are churches around the region. Note resources vary by location, they often run out of funds, and not everyone will qualify for aid. For the latest information, dial a 211 service.

-Addison, Lutherbrook Child and Adolescent Center. Address is 343 W. Lake Street, Addison, Illinois 60101, 630-543-6900
-Lutherbrook Academy West, 329 W. Lake St., Addison, IL 60101, telephone 630-628-1467
-Seegers Center, 333 W. Lake St., Addison, Illinois 60101, 630-543-5170
-Belvidere is at 925 Belvidere Rd., Belvidere, IL 61008, phone 800-363-LCFS
-6701 S. Kostner Avenue, Chicago, IL 60652, main phone 773-753-0600
-Chicago Uptown Ministry, 4720 North Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60640, main phone (773) 271-3760. There is a food pantry, English as a Second Language classes and more.
-Grace Lutheran Church, 2759 S. Karlov Ave., Chicago, IL  60623, main phone 773-277-7330. Programs include Employment Assistance and Community Referrals.
-188 Industrial Drive, Suite 206, Elmhurst, IL 60126, 630-628-6448
-2175 Oneida St., Joliet, IL 60435, 815-409-4440
-150 N. Schuyler Ave., Suite 200, Kankakee, Illinois 60901, call 815-929-1970
-7620 Madison Street, River Forest, IL 60305, telephone: 708-771-7180
-1102 W. Hamilton, Bloomington, IL 61704, 800-363-LCFS





-1620 S. Taylorville Rd., Decatur, IL 62521, call 217-428-8380
-Springfield LCFS center is at 431 S. Grand Avenue West, Springfield, IL 62704, call 217-544-4631
-400 S. Grand Avenue West, Springfield, IL 62704, 217-523-4725
-Belleville is at 317 West Main Street, Belleville, Illinois 62220. Call 618-234-8904 for intake.
-Unity Lutheran Church, 4200 Caseyville Ave., East St. Louis, Illinois 62204, phone 618-875-9117
-200 A County Road, Hardin, IL 62047, telephone 618-576-9023. Runs food and clothing distribution program.
-800 S. 45th Street, Wells Bypass, Mt. Vernon, Illinois 62864, call 618-242-3284
-Nice Twice Resale Shop, 800 S. 45th Street, Wells Bypass, Mt. Vernon, IL, 62864, main phone 618-242-9306
-Southern Thirty Adolescent Center is located at 17077 N. Illinois Highway 37, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864, phone 618-242-2238
-1107 N. Market, Sparta, IL 62286, call 618-443-2228
-Camp Wartburg, 5705 LRC Road, Waterloo, IL 62298, telephone 618-939-7715
-Nice Twice at the Depot, 518 Park St., Waterloo, Illinois 62298, 618-939-0311

By Jon McNamara

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