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Special Population Group Resources

The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) has identified special population groups who have been historically underserved. This list includes College of DuPage and local area resources, divided into special population groups for easier access.

For a more comprehensive list of additional local area resources, visit DuPageCRIS.org.

  • College of DuPage Fuel Pantry: Provides food for members of the campus community who may be food insecure.
  • College of DuPage Office of Financial Aid: Provides a range of services that help bridge the gap between the financial resources of students and their families and the cost of education. 
  • First United Methodist Church Elmhurst Clothing Center: Provides clothing and small household goods at no cost to those in need.
  • Glen Ellyn Food Pantry: Provides free groceries. 
  • Glen Ellyn Walk-In Ministry: Services include Automobile Insurance Payment Assistance, Automotive Repair and Maintenance, Food Vouchers, Gas Money, Prescription Expense Assistance, Transportation Expense Assistance, Utility Service Payment Assistance. 
  • Hope’s Front Door: Provides assistance with public benefit applications, budget counseling, food, transportation expense, clothing, employment support services, and the coordination of access to prescription and health care services. 
  • Illinois Department of Human Services: Processes applications and interviews for the state funded medical, food, and cash assistance programs.
  • Peoples Resource Center: Services include Adult Basic Education, Arts and Crafts Instruction, Computer and Related Technology Classes, Employment Preparation, Food Pantries, Food Stamps/SNAP Applications, Job Finding Assistance, Rental Deposit Assistance, Rent Payment Assistance. 

  • College of DuPage Center for Access and Accommodations: Provides equality of education opportunities for eligible students with disabilities including access, accommodations, and coordination of support services.
  • AbilityLinks: Online searchable database of employers and job opportunities, programs, and services for persons with disabilities.
  • Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services: Assists people with disabilities and their families with making informed choices in employment, education, and independent living opportunities.
  • Ray Graham Association: Provides services to those with disabilities through residential, education, supported employment, behavioral, physical, speech and occupational therapies, behavioral intervention/counseling, transportation assistance, and respite care programs. 

  • National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity: Fundamental to NAPE’s mission is the development of education and workforce development programs that expand career opportunities for men and women, especially in high-skill, high-wage nontraditional career fields.
  • WorkNet DuPage Career Center: Provides various employment, career, and job search services to job seekers and business in DuPage County.

  • Teen Parent Connection: Supports youth mothers and fathers through support groups, parent education, and pregnancy services.
  • YWCA Child Care Assistance Program: Manages the state funded Child Care Assistance program for DuPage and Kane Counties to help low-income families pay for childcare. 

  • College of DuPage Career Services: Offers a variety of job search resources for students, alumni, and community residents. 
  • Career and Networking Center: Offers job coaching on Career Exploration, Job Search Strategy, Resume Review, Networking, Interviewing practice, and LinkedIn support. 
  • Goodwill Workforce Connection Center: Offers job search assistance including resume and cover letter assistance, job postings, a chance to meet with local employers who are hiring, workshops on resumes, interviewing, and basic computer skills, computer and internet access and telephone, fax, and email access. 
  • Illinois Department of Employment Security: Services include State Unemployment Insurance, Veteran Employment Programs. 
  • Peoples Resource Center: Services include Adult Basic Education, Arts and Crafts Instruction, Computer and Related Technology Classes, Employment Preparation, Food Pantries, Food Stamps/SNAP Applications, Job Finding Assistance, Rental Deposit Assistance, Rent Payment Assistance. 
  • Poised for Success: Provides, at no charge, interview and work appropriate clothing to women, on assistance, in the job market, by way of an agency referral program. 
  • WorkNet DuPage Career Center: Provides various employment, career, and job search services to job seekers and business in DuPage County. 

  • College of DuPage English Language Acquisition: Provides free English Language Acquisition classes to develop conversation, listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. 
  • World Relief DuPage: English as a Second Language, Immigrant/Refugee Employment Programs, Immigration/Naturalization Legal Services, Information and Referral, Life Skills Education, Refugee Resettlement Services.

  • College of DuPage Veterans Services: Provide services and supports for Veteran students and their families. 
  • Illinois Joining Forces: Connects military service members, veterans and their families with community resources through their Care Coordination Center. 
  • eBenefits: Provides Service Members, Veterans, their families, and authorized caregivers with a single sign-on, central access point to benefits information online, including pensions, education, housing and healthcare benefits. 

Contact Information

Adela Meitz, MS LCPC, Workforce Development and Student Resource Specialist
Workforce Development Services
2525 Cabot Drive, Suite 302
Lisle, Illinois 60532
(630) 942-2389