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4753 N. Broadway, Suite 410 Chicago, IL 60640, refugeeone.org

Liaisons: Nathan Brown and Catherine Guthrie

RefugeeOne creates opportunities for refugees fleeing war, terror and persecution to build new lives of safety, dignity, and self-reliance. RefugeeOne provides a full range of services to refugees brought to the United States by the U.S. State Department for resettlement in the Chicago metropolitan area. RefugeeOne helps these refugees secure housing, learn English, acclimate to American culture, develop computer and other skills, find jobs, obtain medical and other care, access the public school system for their children, obtain care for elderly family members, and apply for citizenship. Each year RefugeeOne welcomes over 500 refugees–approximately 35% of all refugees resettled in the Chicago area. In the past, the U.S. saw major resettlements of refugees from Eastern Europe, Vietnam, the former Yugoslavia, and various African countries. The majority of refugees currently being resettled in the U.S. and by RefugeeOne are:

Iraqis who assisted the U.S. military, and those who have fled persecution
Burmese who have fled the violence of the junta of Myanmar
Bhutanese who have fled “ethnic cleansing”

Saint Leonard’s Ministries

2100 West Warren Blvd.  Chicago, IL 60612, slministries.org

Liaison: Connor Kasey

The mission of St. Leonard’s Ministries is to provide a residential and supportive setting in which men and women recently released from prison can lead productive and whole lives. Residents are provided with an array of program services designed to assist them as they make the transition to successful, independent living. During their stay, residents are helped to reassess value systems, to re-order priorities and to develop socially and legally acceptable patterns of behavior. St. Leonard’s Ministries, currently led by Bob Dougherty, originated in the mid-1950s through the support of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago and the vision of its founder, Father James Jones. The agency has gradually expanded to include separately dedicated interim housing and services for men and for women, housing and services for men who complete the St. Leonard’s House program as well as education and employment training programs.

St. Leonard’s works with the Adler School of Professional Psychology in the delivery of specialized program services and has a mentoring program in place. Its Michael Barlow Center addresses employment and educational concerns of program participants and a segment of the larger formerly incarcerated community. St. Leonard’s has grown to a force of 62 employees, caring for approximately 400 men and women yearly as they move from the despair of post-prison trauma to meaningful lives.

Sarah’s Circle

4750 N. Sheridan, Suite 220, Chicago, IL 60640, sarahs-circle.org

Liaison: Julianna Harris

Sarah’s Circle is an agency dedicated to serving women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Located in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago, Sarah’s Circle operates a daytime services center that provides food, clothing, laundry and shower facilities, and multiple communication services. Additionally, the agency provides permanent supportive housing, case management, and clinical services. Sarah’s Circle has been serving women for thirty years, and is not only a well-established agency, but one of the few remaining agencies focused on comprehensive services for women who are homeless. Each year, Sarah’s Circle serves over 650 women, provides 26,000 meals, and distributes over 5,000 pieces of clothing, and much, much more.
A unique aspect of Sarah’s is the multiple ways to volunteer. Volunteers are very welcome at Sarah’s! Please see the website for different types of volunteer opportunities.

Tutoring Chicago

2145 N. Halsted, Chicago, IL 60614, tutoringchicago.org

Liaisons: Linda Ball and Cheryl Del Campo

Tutoring Chicago develops a foundation for life-long learning by providing free 0ne-to-one tutoring and mentoring to economically disadvantaged children. Their major programs are SMART (Social Skills, Math, Attitude/Attendance, Reading, Technology) and LIT (Literacy Intensive Tutoring).

Urban Initiatives

650 W Lake St, Ste #340 Chicago, IL 60661, urbaninitiatives.org

Liaisons: Phil Andrew and Ben Rodman

Urban Initiatives’ mission is to empower Chicago’s underserved children to adopt healthy lifestyles, improve their academic performance, and build strong character through sports-based youth development programs. Urban Initiatives is currently serving 23 underserved Chicago communities.


P.O. Box 95615, Palatine, IL 60095, wingsprogram.com
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Liaisons: Gail Pascus and John Podjasek

Established in 1985, the WINGS agency provides a pathway to independence for people whose lives have been disrupted by domestic violence. WINGS provides all of the tools and supports needed to ensure that families have what they need to move towards safety, independence, and self-sufficiency by providing clients with safe housing, life skills training, job training, and job search support.

Youth & Opportunity United (Y.O.U.)

1027 Sherman Avenue, Evanston, IL 60202, youthopportunity.org

Liaisons: Kathryn Freemond and Nancy Johnson

Youth Organization Umbrella, Inc. (Y.O.U.) is a youth service agency. They reach out to young people ages 10-18 and their families in response to their ever-changing needs for support, guidance, and advocacy. It is their goal that all young people acquire the skills, self-confidence and opportunity to participate fully, freely and responsibly in the life of the community.

It also provides social services which include individual tutoring, after school programs, individual, group, and family counseling, educational support, social development, crisis intervention, street outreach, and delinquency prevention.

Y.O.U. serves Evanston for the majority of its programs and New Trier, Northfield, Niles, and Main Township for mediation. The Mediation program provides an alternative to juvenile offenders who have committed non-violent crimes.

YWCA Evanston/North Shore

1215 Church Street, Evanston, IL 60201, ywca-ens.org
Liaisons: Pam Mjoseth and Barbara Wood

The YWCA in Evanston provides the only comprehensive residential domestic violence program in the northeastern Chicago metropolitan area. The YWCA programs focus on girls’ leadership and domestic violence services. Working towards young women’s leadership, the YWCA sponsors “StandUp Girls” a leadership development program for girls entering high school. The Domestic Violence Program is composed of crisis intervention, emergency shelter, transitional housing, community-based services (walk-in counseling), legal advocacy, violence prevention, and community advocacy and education. Crisis intervention runs a 24-hour crisis line for domestic abuse victims. Emergency shelter is provided at Mary Lou’s place, which is a 32-bed residential facility that provides emergency shelter for women and children for up to 90 days. After spending 30 days in emergency shelter, women are able to apply to the Transitional Housing Program, which operates a limited number of apartment units.

Women come to the YWCA in times of crisis, as survivors of domestic violence. They come for career counseling, for leadership development, and for financial literacy.

Additional support by donating or shopping at the resale store in Wilmette, YWCA Shop for Good

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