External Student Resources

The following external resources are available to College of DuPage students:

Joliet Catholic Charities

Joliet Catholic Charities provides housing and supportive services to homeless families and their children while they work toward permanent housing and a quality of life that supports their needs. The program represents a unique partnership which joins the participating family with the professional case management services of Catholic Charities and the loving support of local churches or community groups.

Phone: (630) 495-8008

DuPage Pads

DuPage Pads offers a variety of programs aimed to help those struggling with homelessness to get back on their feet. The services that they offer include: overnight housing, legal counseling, shower and laundry facilities, mailing addresses, Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, basic computer skills classes, career support, and more. Additionally, our Office of Student Registration Services offers a program in which students who are receiving the services of DuPage Pads may qualify for in-district tuition.

Phone: (630) 682-3846

360 Youth Services

360 Youth Services aims to help the youth of the community through substance use education, housing, counseling services and meals. They work specifically with teens and young adults, between the ages of 13 and 24, to help them transition to independence. Additionally, they offer housing specifically for the LGBTQ+ community to offer them a safe and affirming place to live.

Phone: (630) 961-2992 extension 1168

Bridge Communities

The Bridge Communities provides free transitional housing for qualifying families in DuPage County. This program is geared toward providing a safe housing environment for homeless adults with at least one minor child.

Phone: (630) 545-0610

Email: intake@bridgecommunities.org

Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans

Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans aims to provide veterans and their families with housing and supportive services that lead to self-sufficiency. The organization provides transitional housing, affordable housing, permanent supportive housing, supportive services for veterans and families, and veterans employment program. Additionally, they provide a commissary, which provides access to clothing, household goods, hygiene products, furniture, appliances and more.

Phone: (630) 871-8387

Email: natalie@mshv.org

Mutual Ground

Mutual Ground helps victims of domestic violence and sexual assault free of charge. The services include an emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis hotline, counseling and more.

Domestic Violence Hotline: (630) 897-0080

Sexual Violence Hotline: (630) 897-8383

Humanitarian Service Project

The Humanitarian Service Project operates three programs to fulfill its mission of alleviating the burdens of poverty: the Children's Project, the Senior Citizen Project and the Christmas Offering. These programs provide groceries to alleviate food insecurity. They also provide gifts for low-income families and seniors for birthdays and holidays.

Phone: (630) 221-8340

Email: hsp@hsp.agency

Loaves & Fishes

Loaves & Fishes provides food and support services to struggling families in the DuPage County area. The goal of the organization is to provide families with the resources they need to overcome barriers, improve their lives and become self-sufficient.

Phone: (630) 355-3662

People's Resource Center

People's Resource Center community exists to respond to basic human needs, promote dignity and justice, and create a future of hope and opportunity for the residents of DuPage County through discovering and sharing personal and community resources. The organization provides nutritious food and other basic necessities like clothes and rent assistance for people facing tough times.

Phone: (630) 682-5402

Neighborhood Food Pantries

Neighborhood Food Pantries aims to effectively distribute food and emergency assistance in Northwest DuPage through community and faith parternships, collaborations, volunteer efforts and ongoing fundraising.

Phone: (630) 375-7185

Email: info@neighborhoodfp.org

Highpoint Church Care Center

Highpoint Church Care Center provides Drive-Up Care Centers to allow those in need to receive a bag filled with household toiletries and groceries. Additionally, the organization runs a mobile food pantry on Saturdays.

West Suburban Community Pantry

West Suburban Community Pantry provides food for a well-balanced and healthy diet for eligible households twice per month. In addition to the basic needs for food, West Suburban Community Pantry supplies personal care items, paper goods and cleaning supplies.

Phone: (630) 512-9921

Food Pantry Map

The Food Pantry map provides helpful information for residents in need of food assistance. It provides the location, eligibility, services hours and contact information for every food pantry in DuPage.

Worknet DuPage

Worknet DuPage offers a variety of programs and initiatives to help qualifying individuals through scholarships, paid internship, on-the-job training, and more. The goal of this program is to help individuals get back in to the workforce by providing professional coaching, skills training, resume reviews, workshops and much more.

Phone: (630) 955-2030

Metropolitan Family Services

Metropolitan Family Services provides a wide variety of programs and services designed to strengthen families and help them realize their full potential.

Metropolitan provides assistance in economic stability, education, emotional wellness and empowerment.

Phone: (312) 986-4000

Northwestern Medical Group

The College of DuPage has a partnership with the Student Assistance Program through Northwestern Medical Group. With a referral from the Dean of Students, an individual may be able to access a variety of services to help with various issues, including financial and legal problems, addictions, school-related conflicts and family and relationship issues. Individuals who think they may benefit from this program should reach out to the Dean of Students.

Veterans Assistance Commission of DuPage

The Veterans Assistance Commission of DuPage provides emergency financial assistance to veterans. The types of assistance offered include: mortgage and rent assistance, utility payment assistance, emergency medical expenses and food expenses.

Phone: (630) 407-5655

Illinois Department of Employment Security

The Illinois Department of Employment Security provides employment services to employers and job seekers throughout the state. Additionally, the department administers the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. Unemployment claims can be filed by visiting their website.

Phone: (800) 244-5631

DuPage County Health Department

The DuPage County Health Department provides a variety of resources for qualifying individuals and families in DuPage County. This includes a dental clinic, substance use treatment, immunization services and behavioral health services.

Phone: (630) 682-7400

Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides a life-saving resource to help those enduring a mental health crisis. They provide emergency support during these times via a phone call or online chat. These crisis centers are able to provide support in a variety of languages and methods to cater to a wide variety of individuals.

Phone: (800) 273-8255

Spanish Phone: (800) 628-9454

Hard of Hearing Phone: (800) 799-4889

Veterans Crisis Line: (800) 273-8255

Disaster Distress Helpline: (800) 985-5990

Veterans Crisis Line Chat: 838255

Online Chat: suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat

Domestic Violence Hotline

For those who are victims or survivors of domestic violence, help is available at the National Domestic Violence Hotline. If you are dealing with a domestic violence crisis, you can call the hotline directly to speak confidentially with an advocate. If it is not safe to talk, the National Domestic Violence Hotline has an online chat feature that is available 24/7.

Phone: (800) 799-7233

Hard of Hearing Phone: (800) 787-3224

Online Chat: thehotline.org/help/

Veterans Affairs

The Department of Veterans Affairs has a network of Veteran Centers around the country to cater to the mental health needs of veterans and their families. They offer a range of counseling services for re-adjustment, post traumatic stress disorder, drug and alcohol assessments and referrals for suicide prevention.

Phone: (877) 927-8387

National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI DuPage's mission is to provide support, advocacy and education in order to improve the quality of life of individuals with mental illnesses and their families.

The organization provides support programs, social & recreation programs, education programs, supported employment and workshops.

Phone: (630) 752-0066

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers a Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator, which is a confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the United States for substance use/addiction and/or mental health problems.

DuPage County Health Department Crisis Phone Support

The DuPage County Crisis Hotline is available 24/7, 365 days per year. Callers can expect staff to provide support and guidance to manage the crisis, explore options and provide other resources that may further assist them in resolving the crisis.

Phone: (630) 627-1700

Make the Connection

Make the Connection is an organization that provides resources and support to help Veterans manage and confront the issues they may have and find solutions for improving their lives. The organization provides resources to aid with transitioning from service, alcohol or drug problems, PTSD, death of family or friends and more.

Tiny Boots Program

The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs has partnered with YWCA Metropolitan Chicago and the Federal VA to create the Tiny Boots Program. This program aims to provide free child care to eligible veterans to allow them to attend scheduled medical appointments, counseling sessions or job interviews.

Phone: (630) 580-3199

Email: tinyboots@ywcachicago.org

DuPage County Community Resource Information System

The DuPage County Community Resource Information System provides a listing of resources in a variety of topics, including housing, disaster services, food, transportation, clothing, legal services and more.

Website: dupagecris.org

Spanish Community Center

The Spanish Community Center helps to improve the quality of life for Latinos, immigrants and low income people through educational and social services. The organization provides services including bilingual childcare, citizenship and immigration services, social services, and a food pantry.

Phone: (815) 727-3683

Sharing Connections

Sharing Connections aims to make sure everyone has a table to eat at and a bed to sleep in. This organization provides gently used furniture, household items and clothing with families needing assistance. Sharing connections works closely with social workers, counselors, case managers and family crisis workers to provide the requested materials for a specific family or individual. The organization also provides an application to apply for help directly.

Safe Place For Pets

Safe Place For Pets provides information regarding on-site housing and off-site housing for people and pets who need a safe escape from domestic violence.

Prairie State Legal Services

Prairie State Legal Services is an organization that offers free legal services for low income persons and those age 60 and over who have serious civil legal problems and need legal help to solve them. The organization aims to ensure equal access to justice and fair treatment under the law by providing legal advice and representation, advocacy, education and outreach that serve to protect basic  human needs and enforce or uphold rights.

Phone: (630) 690-2130

Toll Free Phone: (800) 690-2130

DuPage County Department of Community Services

DuPage County Department of Community Services aims to provide and support programs, services and partnerships that keep people safe in their homes, environments and relationships; provide connections between those in need and the resources that support them; and help residents escape poverty, maintain independence and achieve economic self- sufficiency. The department offers resources in clothing, education, food, health, wellness, housing and more.

Last updated: Dec. 8, 2020