• Metropolitan Family Services – Programs focusing on academic achievement and social and emotional development among children, youth and families to foster success in life. Helping parents, especially younger parents, prepare for the challenges of parenting ensures that children are cared for, nurtured and experience a future of promise and opportunity.

  • Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development - The Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development (GOECD) leads the state's initiatives to create an integrated system of quality, early learning and development programs to help give all Illinois children a strong educational foundation before they begin kindergarten.

  • Birth to Five Illinois – A statewide and regional infrastructure that works to amplify input from communities in the development of policies and funding priorities and the mobilize communities to build and sustain equitable access to inclusive, high-quality early childhood services for all children and families in the state of Illinois.

  • Illinois Action for Children – Connects families with child care and other programs while also advocating for a stronger early childhood care system throughout the state.

  • Erikson Institute Center for Children and Families - Providing support services for families and children using evidence-based behavioral and emotional treatments.

  • DHS Division of Early Childhood - Administers community-based prevention and intervention programs to strengthen capacity of children, adolescents, women and men to make healthy decisions, utilize support systems, access opportunities, and achieve self-sufficiency.

  • Onward Neighborhood House - Adult education and affordable child care rank among the community’s greatest needs. Onward House is a comprehensive Adult Education providers in Belmont Cragin and one of the major providers of high-quality Early Childhood Education.

  • Christopher House – Utilizes a unique model that combines a continuum of personalized education and immersive family support, which extend well beyond the classroom, including Parent School and After School.

  • Chicago Early Learning – A partnership of Chicago Public Schools, the City of Chicago, and Chicago Department of Family and Support Services for enrolling infants and toddlers in preschool, Early Head Start and other programs.

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Domestic violence resources and contacts

  • Michelle Pernini, MSW, LCSW

    Senior Domestic Violence Director Mujeres Latinas en Acción

    773-890-7671| This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    mujereslatinasenaccion.org 

 

  • Neli Vazquez Rowland

    President & Co-Founder A Safe Haven Foundation

    2750 West Roosevelt Road

    Chicago, IL 60608 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    www.ASafeHaven.org

 

  • Loren Gutierrez | she/her/hers

    Managing Attorney | Safety & Family Practice Group Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services

    101 N. Wacker Dr., Ste. 1700 | Chicago, IL 60606

    p: 312-771-8846 (direct) | f: 312-986-4016 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    www.laschicago.org

 

  • Olivia Farrell, MPP | she/her/hers

    Director of Policy, Advocacy, and Research The Network: Advocating Against Domestic Violence

    1 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1630

    Chicago, IL 60601

    p: 312.527.0730 ext. 238 | f: 312.527.0733 e: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    www.the-network.org

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Want to double check whose district you reside in? Look up your elected officials on the State Board of Elections website.

Intersted in learning more about the 20th District? Check out this fact sheet on housing statistics in our community. 

Food resources

  • Irving Park Community Food Pantry - open every Wednesday morning from 9 a.m. to noon and on the second Tuesday night of every month from 6 to 7 p.m..
  • DHS - Emergency Food Program - The Emergency Food Program is a USDA food commodities program administered by the Illinois Department of Human Services with distribution through regional food banks.
  • Greater Chicago Food Depository - Citywide food pantry resources per zip code as well as assistance with SNAP ( Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)  and medical benefits Other resources: Job training, children, older adult and veteran programs

Housing resources

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  • Presidents’ Alliance on Education and Immigration - An alliance of American colleges and universities dedicated to increasing public understanding of h ow immigration policies and practices impact our students, campuses and communities.
  • UndocuWiki - A resource for students seeking higher education opportunities that provides a secure and credible source of information regarding financial aid, college application information, and student clubs/organizations dedicated to undocumented students in Illinois.
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Mental health and wellness

  • Resources for navigating trauma – Resources for children, teens and adults following community tragedies.
  • Hope for the Day – Organization focusing on proactive suicide prevention and mental health education
  • NAMI Chicago - educates to fight stigma and discrimination, fiercely advocates for the Chicago community, and shares hope, connection and expertise with people on their mental health journey

Family health

  • Rincon Family Services -Comprehensive treatments and prevention services for families struggling with addiction, court mandated services and after school care.
  • Metropolitan Family Services - services designed to strengthen families to their fullest potential. Programs and services include economic stability, education, emotional wellness and self-legal empowerment for domestic violence cases, family and elder law as well as housing and consumer issues.
  • Erie Family Health Center - COVID Tests and Vaccines, Adult, Senior and Children’s Health, Dental, prenatal, Reproductive health, and HIV/AIDs Care.
  • Illinois Unidos - Information on COVID-19 resources including health and vaccinations, housing, food and more. All information is available in English and Spanish.
  • State of Illinois Coronavirus Response - Information on COVID vaccines, testing, and data from the State of Illinois. 
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Springfield, IL 62706
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Chicago, IL 60618
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