African American Men of Unity (AAMOU)

​Provides mentoring, rite of passage, leadership development, cultural connection, manhood/womanhood (adulthood) training, life skills, job/career readiness and social and emotional well-being to at risk youth ages 7-21.​ 

​Member of Project Safe Aurora. More information about Project Safe Aurora is available here: https://kanehealth.com/Pages/Violence-Prevention.aspx​​

Free gun locks available for pick-up: To schedule a pick-up, email ricky1rodgers@aamou.org or call 630-606-1910

Website: https://aamou.org/
Address: 712 S. River Street, Suite H, Aurora, IL 60506
Phone: 630-606-1910
Eligibility: Youth of all Racial/Ethnic backgrounds that desire positive role modeling and mentorship
Insurance: Services funded through grants, school districts, or private foundation and/or sliding fee scale
Language: English
Association For Individual Development (AID)

B​​ehavioral health services including mental health outpatient (adult and children), supervised living, supported living, community support team, victims services and 24-hour crisis line.​

​In addition to other services, AID recently opened The Living Room, a mental health crisis alternative for adults. It is a comfortable, non-clinical space that offers an alternative to hospital emergency rooms for those experiencing stressful and anxiety-provoking situations (psychiatric emergencies) so that they can be resolved without more intensive intervention. 

The Living Room is open 3-8pm Monday-Thursday at Association for Individual Development, 1240 N. Highland Avenue, Aurora, IL. No appointment needed. 

More information on this program: www.the-association.org


Website: https://www.aidcares.org/
Address: 309 Indian Trail, Aurora, IL 60506
Phone: 630-966-4000
Eligibility: BH-mental health diagnosis. Victims Services, victim of a crime and/or trauma.
Insurance: Medicaid
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Aurora Financial Empowerment Center

​The Aurora Financial Empowerment Center (FEC) vision is to enhance the quality of life of all Aurora area household residents. The mission is to promote financial wellness through counseling, education and access to support services.  

The FEC provides free, individual financial counseling services to low- and moderate-income residents to help families and individuals become more financially stable. High-quality counseling, provided by The Neighbor Project, is offered in-person or virtually, and services are multi-lingual to address the needs of the diverse Aurora community.  

Counselors help clients establish a credit history or improve their credit score, develop financial goals, and create savings and debt reduction plans. Counselors may also review banking products from different financial institutions to help people determine what products and institutions are the best fit for their needs. ​

Website: https://www.aurora-il.org/2067/Financial-Empowerment-Center
Address: 712 S River St. Aurora
Phone: 630-256-4558
Eligibility: All services are free
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Boys & Girls Club of Elgin

​The Boys & Girls Club of Elgin is an after-school and out-of-school based youth enrichment program with elementary, middle, and high school locations across Kane County. We provide full meals, safe spaces, and caring adults who deliver programming rooted in the arts, sports, recreation, health & wellness, academic success, social emotional learning, social justice, service & leadership, and college & career readiness.​

Website: https://www.bgcelgin.org/
Address: 355 Dundee Avenue, Elgin, IL 60120
Phone: (847) 608-5017
Eligibility: We serve our youth and their families in Kane County from Kindergarten through High School in Channing, McKinley, Ronald O'Neal, Garfield, Harriet Gifford, Huff, Lowrie, Century Oaks, Coleman, Highland, Hillcrest, and Washington Elementary Schools; Abbott
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Challenge II Change

​Challenge II Change provides a safe and comprehensive inside and outside of prison model. We empower participants that are at high risk of becoming system impacted, to challenge and overcome automatic beliefs and use practical strategies II change or modify their behavior. Thus resulting in more positive feelings, which in turn lead to more positive thoughts. Creating safer communities one Challenge at a time. 


Member of Project Safe Aurora. More information about Project Safe Aurora is available here: https://kanehealth.com/Pages/Violence-Prevention.aspx​

Website: https://challengeiichange.org/
Address: 31 W. Downer Place, Aurora, IL 60506
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Chinese Mutual Aid Association

​Community Care Program (In-home services), Adult Education Programs, ESL, Healthcare Bridge/ABE class, Citizenship Services, Case Management, Workforce Development. Social Services. Illinois Welcome Center​

Website: https://www.chinesemutualaid.org/
Address: 164 Division St. Suite 307, Elgin, IL 60120
Phone: 847-289-1138
Eligibility: Residents of Kane, DuPage, and Cook County
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Language: Spanish, Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, Napali, Cambodian and more
City of Aurora-Financial Empowerment Center

​Free 1-on-1 Professional Financial Coaching as a Public Service to all Greater Aurora Residents​

Website: https://www.cityofaurorafec.org/
Address: 712 South River Street, Aurora, IL 60505
Phone: 630-256-4552
Eligibility: Age 18 & over who has a question related to finances i.e. budgeting, how to open bank accounts; increase savings; establish/improve credit scores; reduce debt; access to emergency support services such as food pantries, rental assistance, utility assist
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Language: 250+ world languages
Defy Ventures

​Defy Ventures is a nonprofit with a vision to cut recidivism in half by leveraging entrepreneurship to increase economic opportunity and transform lives. Defy's programs are helping currently and formerly incarcerated people defy the odds by providing pathways to employment, entrepreneurship, and a successful reentry.  Defy has free Entrepreneurship Bootcamp classes that provide the educational foundation to start a small business. We couple the academic content with access to our executive volunteers who provide free mentoring and coaching. We also have a a free Business Accelerator for justice impacted individuals who complete the Bootcamp and desire to scale their business. At the end of the Business Accelerator, individuals can pitch their idea for start-up funding from Defy.


Website: https://defyventures.org/
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Phone: 1-800-680-6343
Eligibility: The Bootcamp is for individuals 18+ who are justice impacted and have achieved reentry stability (housed and working).
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Footprints to Recovery

​Substance use disorder/dual diagnosis, including medical detoxification, residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient programming. Programming includes group therapy, individual counseling, case management, and medical services. We also have a separate licensed recovery home as an option for alternative housing for patients attending outpatient clinical services in a safe environment. ​


Website: https://footprintstorecovery.com/addiction-treatment-locations/illinois/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=gmb
Address: 411 W River Road, Elgin, IL 60123
Phone: 224-347-4001
Eligibility: Our program is an option for anyone 18 years and older with a primary substance use diagnosis. We accept patients on MAT, including but not limited to, buprenorphine products, Methadone, and Vivitrol.
Insurance: Tricare, Humana, Veteran's Affairs, OON Insurance, Payment plans
Language: English
IDHS Division of Rehabilitation Services

DHS's Division of Rehabilitation Services is the state's lead agency serving individuals with disabilities. DRS works in partnership with people with disabilities and their families to assist them in making informed choices to achieve full community participation through employment, education, and independent living opportunities.

Website: https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=29736
Address: 888 South Edgelawn Drive, Suite 1771 Aurora, IL 60506; 452 N McLean Blvd, Suite 200 Elgin, IL 60123
Phone: Aurora (877) 581-3690; Elgin (847) 931-2360
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IL Department of Employment Security-Veteran's Division

 DVOP specialists provide Intensive Employment Services utilizing a Case Management approach to eligible Veterans with Significant Barriers to Employment (SBE) – which includes age (18-24 years old), VA-Service Connected Disability Rating, Homelessness, Recent Military Discharge combined with at least 27 weeks of unemployment, formerly incarcerated, lack of GED or high school diploma, and living at or below the poverty Level – to assist them in obtaining their employment goal. ​​​

Website: https://ides.illinois.gov/jobs-workforce/veterans/resources.html
Address: 2 Smoke Tree Plaza, North Aurora, IL 60542
Phone: 630-844-8466
Eligibility: Veterans w/Significant Barriers to Employment (SBE) 18-24 years old, VA-Service Connected Disability Rating, homeless, recent military discharge at least 27 weeks of unemployment, formerly incarcerated, no GED/high school diploma, at/below poverty level
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Kane County Sheriff's Office

​The Kane County Sheriff's Office special victims unit serves the unincorporated area of Kane County. The special victims unit umbrellas senior services, serious crimes against minors, domestic violence and sexual assault victims. The SVU focuses on investigating crimes, as well as offers social work support for community members in need of services. These services include: mental health support, substance use, juvenile complaints, hoarding, homelessness, veteran assistance, and any case requiring social services. ​​

Website: https://www.kanesheriff.com/
Address: 37W755 IL Route 38, St. Charles, IL 60175
Phone: 630-444-3374
Eligibility: Must be located in unincorporated Kane County.
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Leaders in Transformational Education (LITE)

Opportunity Youth are ages 16 - 24 who face challenges in completing school and gaining a foothold into employment. During high rates of unemployment, youth employment takes the longest to recover with slow growth in jobs offering advancement. 

LITE creates experiential learning sessions for youth to gain skills and knowledge necessary to achieve self-sufficiency and upwardly mobile careers. Collaboration with partners ensures a comprehensive approach to meet needs and strengthen support networks.​​



Website: https://liteleaders.org/
Address: 31 W Downer Pl STE 101, Aurora, IL 60506
Phone: 331-256-5483
Eligibility: Ages 16-24+, resident of Kane County, attending school or dropout, working or not, parenting, ability to participate in program activities. Registration required on website.
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Midwest Asian Health Association

​Midwest Asian Health Association (MAHA)’s mission is to reduce health disparities for medically underserved, low-income populations in the Midwest through providing culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate services, which include community outreach education, screening and immunization, linkage to care, mental health services, and research and policy advocacy. To serve its mission, MAHA collaborates with community-based organizations, health care providers, academic institutions, public health departments, and volunteers.​

Website: https://maha-us.org/services/
Address: 4360 E. NEW YORK ST, ROOM #105, AURORA
Phone: 312-286-2486
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Language: Bengali, Chinese, Cantonese, English, Mandarin Chinese, Nepali, and Vietnamese
PADS of Elgin

Emergency homeless shelter for men, women and families serving Elgin, Rutland, Dundee and Hanover Townships. The shelter is open 24/7, 365 days/nights a year. We also provide comprehensive case management services to every guest.​

Website: https://www.padsofelgin.org/
Address: 1730 Berkley St, Elgin, IL 60123
Phone: 847-608-9744
Eligibility: Resident in our service area prior to being homeless or have community connection to service area, We cannot accept registered sex offenders. Referrals must have photo ID, proof of community connection, and negative COVID-19 test
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Quad County Urban League

​Academic achievement, job placement and training, equal access to employment, housing and cultural enrichment for low-income and displaced citizens. Help securing equal opportunities for all disadvantaged persons and people of color, including African Americans, women and disabled persons. Programs: Workforce development works by preparing workers with the skills necessary for a specific type of job. Home ownership; financial literacy workshops Specialized skills (i.e.: computer literacy) Small business navigation, Youth and Education programs focuses on empowering youth to earn their degree and certification to become employable.

Website: https://www.qcul.org/
Address: 1685 North Farnsworth Ave, Aurora, IL 60505
Phone: 630-851-2203
Eligibility: Vary based on program
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Senior Community Service Employment Program

NAPCA's senior community service employment program provides temporary part-time paid job training experience at local nonprofit and government agencies for mature adults.​


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Career coaching assistance with resume writing, interview skills, job search assistance. All participants earn the local minimum wage while enrolled. Culturally and linguistically appropriate services from multi-lingual program staff.

Email: bruce@napca.org






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Phone: 872-270-0871 or NAPCA SCSEP Helpline: 800-336-2722
Eligibility: 55 years of age or better,  currently unemployed or retired and interested in returning to the workforce, Low income (below 125% of federal poverty level), reside in Kane County
Insurance: All services are free.
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Shepherd's Heart at Chapelstreet Church

Shepherd's Heart at Chapelstreet Church is a full service food pantry offering social services in the areas of job coaching, budgeting, and limited financial assistance to those who qualify.​​

Website: https://chapelstreet.church/about/neighborhood-impact/giving/shepherds-heart-food-pantry/
Address: 2300 S. Street, Geneva, IL 60134
Phone: 630-232-7068
Eligibility: All can visit pantry and/or receive job coaching/budgeting help. For financial assistance: must live in the Tri-City area (St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia), be employed, and willing to provide paystubs/bank statements. Assistance paid directly to payee
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START Program

​Equips youth for life success. ​​START Program's vision is to be catapults for change, to be a constant hub and network for our youth.  They will be able to work well in a group, but not be afraid to stand alone when necessary.  They will be better equipped mentally.  They will make conscious decisions and better choices throughout life.  They will become more emotionally sound, learning to communicate constructively and effectively by having a platform to vent and release without being judged.  They will also become physically fit.  Exercise has been proven to relieve stress, to promote respect among peers, and also attack obesity head on.  We focus on community and youth development, violence prevention, building bridges for success, maintaining family structure and support systems, and more. 

Free gun locks available for pick-up.  To schedule a pick-up, email: info@STARTprograms.org or call: 312-838-5200.

Website: https://startprograms.org/
Address: 550 2nd Ave., Aurora, IL 60505
Phone: 312-838-5200
Eligibility: Youth and families
Insurance: All programs are offered at no cost unless otherwise stated and all costs or fees are subject to be waived for families who cannot afford to pay.
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Summit Early Learning Center

​The Preschool Program at Summit School Early Learning Center is designed to provide a high quality preschool program that supports children who may be at risk of not progressing at a rate anticipated for potential success in kindergarten. Summit School Early Learning Center currently is awarded funding by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to provide a Preschool For All program, and the Department of Human Services (DHS) to provide a Title XX Program. These programs are offered at no cost to families.​​

Website: http://www.summitinc.org/elc-home
Address: 333 W. River Rd., Elgin, IL 60123
Phone: 847-468-0490
Eligibility: Preschool programming available for 3-5 year olds at risk for learning.
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The Neighbor Project: Steps to Home Ownership & Help for Homeowners

The Neighbor Project Homebuyer Education gets you the knowledge you’ll need to purchase—and keep—your home. We will walk with you through each step of the home buying process.  Common issues like home maintenance and financial management are covered in this HUD-approved housing counseling and education service among other topics, such as local grants and funding that can help with home repairs.  Our Foreclosure Prevention Service provides you with resources to prevent losing your home (like ILHAF Mortgage Assistance) and avoid possible foreclosure.​​

Website: https://neighborproject.us/
Address: 32 S. Broadway, Aurora, IL 60505
Phone: 630-906-9400
Eligibility: Our services are open to everyone. There are no requirements to receive counseling.  Our counselors will advise what resources are available and the requirements during counseling sessions.
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WorkNet Batavia

​WorkNet Batavia is the one-stop center serving the employment needs of jobs seekers and businesses in Kane, Kendall and DeKalb Counties​

Website: http://worknetbatavia.org/
Address: 143 First Street, Batavia, IL 60510
Phone: 630-762-2120
Eligibility: All job seekers, workers looking for funding for training for skills and businesses looking to hire
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World Relief Chicagoland

We provide newly arrived refugees and other immigrants with access to basic necessities and begin them on the journey to belonging through english classes, immigration legal services, employment services, and more. We equip churches and community members with the information they need to educate, advocate and take action on behalf of our immigrant neighbors. And we work to change systems and resulting injustices that marginalize refugees and other immigrants in the U.S. We connect churches and community members with immigrant families to foster transformative relationships, where both new and long-term community members flourish and find a sense of unity and belonging.   

Website: https://worldrelief.org/chicagoland/homepage/
Address: 73 S. LaSalle Street, Aurora
Phone: 630-906-9546
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YouthBuild Elgin

​Job training and educational opportunities for at-risk youth ages 16-24 who have previously dropped out of high school or may have graduated and would benefit from the programs. Youth learn vocational skills in construction, (onsite training, industry certifications, and career readiness skills, education; academic skills, GED Certification, and college readiness, leadership, coaching, community service, and Youth Voice and input. Youth also provide community service through the required construction or rehabilitation of affordable housing for low-income or homeless families in their own neighborhoods. YouthBuild Elgin is part of the Illinois YouthBuild Coalition, which works on behalf of Illinois’ YouthBuild programs to serve young adults across the state. Youth Build Elgin is also funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s YouthBuild program, which prepares workers for quality jobs and promotes the attainment of skills and knowledge necessary for success in a knowledge-based economy. ​

Website: https://youthbuild.org/
Address: 130 S. State  Street, Elgin, IL 60123
Phone: 847-742-3853
Eligibility:  Ages 16-24 on the date of enrollment, school dropout in need of high school diploma or equivalency, low-income, youth in foster care/youth offender/disabled youth/child of incarcerated parent/migrant youth, willing/able to participate in program
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Language: English