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Effingham Freedom House
11009 East Us Hwy 40
Effingham, IL 62401
Effingham freedom House is brand new to the Effingham area. It is mainly a men's homeless shelter with plans to build 6 family cabins to help serve women and children too. Effingham Freedom House is part of Enduring Freedom Ministries (EFM). The homeless shelter has 3 programs to be able to be a hand up instead of a hand out: The first is The Transiant Stay. Because of the 2 interstates meeting in Effingham there are a lot of people traveling through that get stranded. We help them for a couple days. The next is Fresh Start. This is a 30 day stay for guests to get their mind focused on change. To allow them to see if Effingham Freedom House is a good fit for them and if so then they can enroll in the 3rd program: Second Chance. Second Chance has no stay limitations and is free as with everything at Effingham Freedom House. We help the guest with getting their life back. We are a Christ centered shelter. Not only will our guests get to know our Lord and Savior but we provide vocational classes, G.E.D classes, cooking classes, money management classes, and we serve the community by running a food/clothing pantry. The guests look for work and once the job is secured we work with realtors in the area to get them an apartment. EFM fully stocks the apartment with everything a person needs to get started.
American Red Cross Rock River Chapter - Nancy J. Smith Homeless Shelter - CLOSED
809 Cedar St.
Rockford, IL 61102
This shelter has CLOSED -

Emergency Shelter Night Only. The Red Cross operates a year round 48-bed congregate shelter with supportive services such as medical care, mental health intervention, and substance abuse outreach provided by Crusader Clinic.

7:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m
Check in time is from
7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Breakthrough Urban Ministries
402 N St Louis Ave
Chicago, IL 60624
(773) 346-1785
Emergency Shelter for men and women. Call for details.
Catholic Urban Programs Holy Angels Shelter
1410 North 37 St
East St Louis, IL 62204
o fulfill the mission of CUP, the purpose of Holy Angels Shelter is to provide shelter, support services, and transitional case management for citizens in the Metro East.  The staff strives to identify the needs, as well as the holistic care and concerns of women, men, and children who are caught in the temporary web of poverty and homelessness or are recovering from some catastrophic experience that rendered them without a stable living situation.
Our ministry has a threefold approach
1. Prevention: Offering rental and/or mortgage assistance in order to prevent the family from becoming homeless; offering an assessment prior to an eviction that may stave off homelessness.
2. Residential  service: Offering women and children housing at Holy Angels for 6 to 9 weeks while giving the necessary case management and social services needed to secure employment,  income,  housing options,  or referrals  for  short term  counseling  to  secure  long  term  housing
3. After care service: Follow-up case management and care for a minimum  of  six  months  to those  families  who  have left  the  shelter  and  are  once  more  beginning  to  live independently.  These services address housing, education, health, childcare, and employment issues that may be challenges as the family starts over.
Christian Family Care Center
2209 3rd ave
Rock Island, IL 61201
We operate a 24/7 Crisis Hotline that primarily receives calls from those who are homeless, those in danger of being beaten or killed, and those contemplating suicide.
If you or someone you know is in any kind of danger, please don't hesitate to give us a call at 309.788.2273. We have resources readily available and will be able to assist you in any way that we can.
We have both a men's rescue mission providing meals, clothing, and housing as well as a women and children's domestic violence shelter.

We primarily provide care to residents of the Quad Cities, but we also have taken in individuals from other states and even other countries.
We serve:
Homeless individuals
Victims of Domestic Violence
Victims of Sexual Assault
Children and Adolescents
Individuals struggling with mental illness
Men and Women transitioning out of prison

The Rescue Mission provides shelter for homeless men. Our facility is an alcohol and drug free environment. Although many of our residents are recovering from substance abuse, not every man who stays with us is a drug addict or an alcoholic. Many of our men suffer from mental health issues, some are developmentally challenged, and some have recently been released from jail or prison. Many of our men have experienced hard times--loss of a job, health issues, divorce, etc. All are experiencing circumstances beyond their control and desperately want their lives to return to normal.
Residents have access to skill-building groups, job searches, personal counseling, and case management. They can attend chapel services nightly, meditate daily and participate in Bible studies each week night.

Community Meals
We provide three meals a day most days, not only for our residents but also for any hungry person who comes to our door. Last year we served well over 60,000 meals to the community.
Here is our schedule:
Breakfast: Daily at 6:30 a.m.
Lunch: Monday Friday at 12:15 p.m.
Dinner: Daily at 6:30 p.m.
Connections for the Homeless - Evanston
1458 Chicago Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201
847-424-0945 ext 15
Can serve up to 12 men and 8 women.
Intakes are by appointment only by calling 847-424-0945 ext. 15.
Clients must arrive by 7 p.m. and depart by 7 a.m.
Lockers are available for people to keep their belongings during the day.
Homeless women with kids and families should phone 847-424-0945 ext 15.

Since 1984, Connections has helped thousands of people to achieve stable housing. We believe that every individual has a right to community and that stable housing is part of that right. We believe that communities that house and empower all their members are stronger, more sustainable, and better places for everyone to live.
In addition to housing, we provide supportive services that "meet people where they're at" and help them move toward self-sufficiency.
Danville Rescue Mission
834 N. Bowman Avenue
Danville, IL 61834
9:30 am to 4:00 pm on
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
(Saturday mornings during the winter)

General services are:
- Shelter for homeless men.
- Two meals a day to the public,
- New Life Discipleship program (Bible based rehab program).

New Life Discipleship Program

The New Life Discipleship Program is a three phase, seven month drug/alcohol residential Christian discipleship and recovery program. The last three months is a transitional phase into the community.
All applicants will be considered to their particular circumstance and their ability to benefit from what the New Life Residential Discipleship and Recovery Program has to offer.
Applicant will have a desire to learn and grow in the Word of God.
Be at least 18 years of age.
Have a sincere desire to complete six months in the discipleship training program.
Inform staff of probation or parole status if applicable and of any present medical conditions.
Be able to speak, read and write English.
Agree to a two week probationary period.
Referral by a pastor or chaplain.
Deborah's Place
2822 West Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60612
Shelter and supportive housing for women only.

Safe Haven

Dolores’s Safe Haven provides a safe and supportive environment for fifteen women with severe mental illness who have been chronically homeless. These women are considered the hardest to house. Staff reach out and engage women to offer services that result in stable housing and increased quality of life.

Permanent Housing

Deborah’s Place offers permanent supportive housing for women in all three of our locations. In addition, more than 50 units of scattered-site housing throughout Chicago offer safety and independence for women. Each of our residents receives personalized support from a case manager, as well as access to Learning Centers, health services, and employment assistance.

All three permanent housing programs are staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Interim Housing

Teresa’s Interim Housing is a ten-bed, 120-day interim housing program providing a safe, structured community. Women and staff work together to meet goals such as stable housing, employment, family reunification, and improved health.
Freeport Area Church Cooperative
514 S. Chicago Ave.
Freeport, IL 61032
Our mission is to provide emergency food, clothing, and shelter to those in need in northwest Illinois and to empower those we serve with the tools, resources, and hope needed to improve their quality of life.

FACC is a not-for-profit organization in Freeport, IL. We are a cooperative effort of 26 local churches. FACC has a nine member board of directors. Dean Wright is the executive director of the organization.

The Freeport Area Church Cooperative is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide emergency food, clothing, and shelter to those in need in northwest Illinois and to empower those we serve.
Galesburg Rescue Mission and Women's Shelter Home
435 E. Third Street
Galesburg, IL 61402
Emergency Shelter for Men and Women.

Services Provided For The Community
    Providing shelter, food and clothing all free of charge, to needy men, women and their children.
    Food Boxes, furniture distribution and clothing giveaways with a Clothing Day Service usually on the first and third Wednesdays at 1:30 pm.
    Counseling for individuals and families.
    Discipleship support groups for those with addictive behaviors.
    Programs for civic and church groups.
    Free noon meal (except Sunday)

WE ARE A COMMUNITY SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCY offering hope for the homeless, hungry, poor, needy, addicted, mentally challenged, victims of domestic violence, ex-prisoners, lonely and lost. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, handicap, race, color, religion, nationality or ethnic origin.
Greater Peoria Interfaith Hospitality Network
11612 N Brownshire Lane
Dunlap, IL 61525
need phone number
Emergency Shelter
Hilda\'s Place Transitional Shelter
1458 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 424-0945
Hilda's Place Transitional Shelter Hilda's Place is our transitional shelter for qualified single men and women for whom permanent housing is not yet available. Hilda's Place has room for 20 participants, who typically remain at Hilda's Place for 3 months before moving into their own housing.

Hilda's is not an emergency shelter. If you would like to apply, call our Chicago Ave. office, extension 10, and schedule an intake appointment.
His Glory Christian Outreach
209 South State Street
Belvidere, IL 61008
Clothing or Vouchers Outreach Services
Home Sweet Home Mission - Billy Shelper Center HSHM Main Campus
303 East Oakland Avenue
Bloomington, IL 61701
We are open 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

We serve men, women and children under 18 accompanied with a parent. Overnight services, food, clothing and case management. Worship services, classes and other activities are available. Contact us or visit our website for complete details.

Vocational/Educational classes
Case management

We feed whoever needs a nice hot meal, whoever needs a hug, pray for whoever needs prayer , provide safe shelter for whoever needs to rest, and we offer a way out.
Hope in Christ Ministries
1515 S. 14th Street
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
Available 24/7 No children under 3yrs. old Must go thru the police station short term stay
Broadway Youth Center
4009 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60613
Free services for homeless and LGBTQ youth age 12-24.

Hours of Operation: Drop-In Programming Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

A safe and affirming space for youth to receive hot meals, showers, laundry, clothing, and get sleep and participate in youth development workshops. Youth Case Management Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00am -7:00pm

Help with public benefits, transportation, Governement ID, housing Medical and Testing, Youth Walk-in Clinic Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

HIV/STI/Pregnancy testing and treatment as well as same-day access to birth control, HIV prevention medication, hormones, and primary care.

Therapy: Monday, Thursday, Friday 11:00 AM -2PM for walk-in ; 3:00 PM 6:00 PM appointment only Same-day access to individual or group therapy GED/Vocation: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 11:00 AM 3:00PM and 5:00PM 7:00PM appointment only Free GED tutoring/testing, college applications, financial aid and employment support Evening Programming Fridays 5:00PM 7:00PM: F@B, a sexuality discussion group for all youth that focuses on education, fun, and ending stigma. Thursdays 5:00PM 7:00PM: TYRA: safe space for Trans and Gender Non-Conforming youth to connect and share skills.

Tuesdays 5:00PM- 7:00PM: WOOSAAHH (working on our spirits against anger hate and hostility): A program that engages the artistic self-expression and healing to transform harmful behavior. Mondays 5:00PM 7:00PM: In.Power*, an empowering support group for survivors of violence to build community and discover healing resources.

Transit: CTA-36 Broadway bus, CTA-80 Irving Park bus, CTA-151 Sheridan bus, Sheridan Red Line
The Boulevard
3465 W. Franklin Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60624
The Boulevard helps ill and injured homeless adults restore their lives.

The Boulevard provides medical respite care for homeless men and women in medical recovery. This 64-bed center on Chicago's West Side, offers interim housing and support to ill and injured homeless adults who would otherwise lack a stable and safe place to heal. As the only agency of its kind in Illinois, Interfaith House fills a critical gap in services for homeless individuals who have been discharged from area hospitals and emergency shelters and who require housing and support. The Boulevard also provides comprehensive psychological and social support services that are critical to helping homeless individuals return to health and to break the debilitating cycle of homelessness.

Unattached men and women who are homeless and being discharged from the hospital needing a short term placement (four to six weeks) in order to complete their recovery from a physical illness or injury. Interfaith House is not appropriate for patients requiring long term nursing home care.

Patients who can physically care for themselves (e.g. dress, bathe, self-ambulate, attend personal hygiene and take medication as prescribed), who no longer require bedside nursing care, can come to the dining room for meals, make their bed, and keep their living space neat. Interfaith House provides support to residents to complete their healing but it is not a medical treatment facility.

Patients who are mentally stable. Interfaith House is not a psychiatric treatment facility.

Patients who understand their care plan and can carry out the measures necessary to implement them with the help of Interfaith House staff, including compliance with medications and returning to their physicians for follow-up care.

Patients who are able to live in a communal environment, share a bedroom with four or five roommates, share meals in a common dining room with 64 residents, participate in educational sessions and group meetings (including AA and NA if appropriate) and follow Interfaith House conditions of residency.

Patients who will not use drugs or alcohol during their stay at Interfaith House.
Marion Ministerial Alliance
103 E Calvert
Marion, IL 62959
Emergency Shelter
Mental Health Center of Champaign / TIMES Center
70 East Washington
Champaign, IL 61820
Emergency Shelter Transitional Housing - Family
MorningStar Mission Ministries Inc.
350 East Washington Street
Joliet, IL 60433
Emergency Shelter
Mt. Vernon Rescue Mission
811 S. 10th Street
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
Emergency Shelter
Pacific Garden Mission
1458 S Canal St
Chicago, IL 60605
312 492-9410
Emergency Shelter. We serve the poor and homeless with the compassion of Christ. We minister to all within our limits with the transforming message of the Gospel.

For Homeless Men:

The Chicago men's homeless shelter division of Pacific Garden Mission is a constant haven for homeless men with nowhere else to turn.

Upon arrival, each man is interviewed by a counselor to determine his individual need. At the conclusion of the interview, he is provided with information regarding meals, overnight accommodations, and the possibility of obtaining clothing and medical assistance. He is then provided a shower, clean sleepwear, and a comfortable bunk in which to sleep.

For Homeless Women

Each lady is interviewed by a counselor to determine his individual need. At the conclusion of the interview, she is provided with information regarding meals, overnight accommodations, and the possibility of obtaining clothing and medical assistance. She is then provided a shower, clean sleepwear, and a comfortable bunk in which to sleep.

Peoria Rescue Mission
601 S. W. Adams
Peoria, IL 61652
Check In:
First time clients can check in 24/hours a day, 7 days a week.
After initial check-in, check in time is between the hours of 2:30-5:30 every day.

Reaching homeless men with the gospel of Jesus Christ, while providing for their physical needs with food, clothing, and shelter.
Services included:
Warm beds
Clean clothes
Hot showers
Medical care
Chapel services
Individual counseling
Long-term recovery program also available

Mission Facilities Include:
    82 bed dorm room
    Shower facilities 
    Kitchen/dining room
    Clothing room
    Day room - books, magazines, board games, etc.

Other Assistance Programs/Services
Victory Acres - A long-term restoration program for men designed to break them from their addictive lifestyles and help them develop the basic life skills needed to rejoin society as responsible men.
Women's Pregnancy Center - A pro life ministry providing services to women experiencing unplanned pregnancies or post-abortion trauma.
Barnabas Center - A Biblical counseling center committed to providing assistance to individuals, couples and families who are mentally, emotionally or spiritually discouraged.
Esther House - A long-term restoration program for women and their children that allows the residents to be freed from their damaging past and to work toward spiritual and emotional wholeness.
Respond Now
1439 Emerald Avenue
Chicago Heights, IL 60412
RESPOND NOW attempts to help all people who have a genuine need. We strive to provide our services in a manner that maintains dignity and choice. We treat our clients as individuals and maintain a supportive environment for individuals who require assistance. On a daily basis, some of the problems we address are:
Food - We provide the basic staples and non-perishable items including, if necessary, baby food and formula. Respond Now's major source of food is the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
Rent Assistance - We provide funds to avert eviction or for rental deposits to secure a lease.
Utilities - We provide funds to keep utilities (water, gas, electric) operating.
Temporary Lodging - We provide funds for local motels for families who have lost their homes through fire or eviction.
Clothing - We provide clean, used clothing donated by individuals or groups. We also provide funds for work shoes.
Transportation - We provide bus passes for clients to get to job interviews, clinics, public aid and social security appointments.
Furniture - We furnish, when available, donated beds, tables, chairs, etc. We also provide donated household items, when available.
Toiletries & Personal Hygiene Items - We furnish soap, detergent, disposable diapers, feminine hygiene products, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors & shaving cream.
Salvation Army - Marion
104 South Van Buren
Marion, IL 62959
Emergency Shelter
St. Sabina Young Adult Samaritan Program Transitional Housing
7909 S Racine Ave
Chicago, IL 60620
773 783-3760
We are a transitional housing for young adults between the ages of 18-35 and offer employment support, GED preparation, social services, financial education, and benefits support.
Shelter Care Ministries
412 N. Church Street
Rockford, IL 61103
Emergency shelter Transitional housing - Family.

The Jubilee Center
Provides Shelter: Five days a week, between the hours of 9:00 am and
3:30 pm, members find the doors open, the lights on and coffee brewing at The Jubilee Center. Jubilee staff greet members at the door and throughout the day provide advocacy, case management, intervention and, more importantly, a caring, nurturing environment of hospitality and welcome. Here, Jubilee Members find a family environment when mental illness has worn their family of origin down and exhausted scant resources.
Jubilee Center is an international designation given to faith-based programs that reflect the gospel of Matthew 25: 35 – 36. This verse says what we do for others, we do for Christ. Jubilee Centers are places of justice and promote peace and compassion for the marginalized people who are left out of the larger community conversation. Jubilee Center at Shelter Care began as an outreach ministry of Emmanuel Episcopal Church and is one of only 600 centers throughout the world. Jubilee is a day program for adults who suffer from a chronic mental illness and who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. In order to become a member of the center the person must have a diagnosis in the DSM IV.

CURRENTLY SHELTER CARE OFFERS THE FOLLOWING HOUSING PROGRAMS OPTIONS: Level One Housing: Emergency Shelter – 6 months – 10 two or three bedroom units Level Two Housing:
Transitional Housing
Up to 24 months
7 units

Permanent Supportive Housing
Family with Head of Household with a disability:  4 Units Permanent Supportive Housing
Family with Head of Household who is a Veteran:  4 units

Maya's House
MAYA’S House is a drop-in center for children under five whose families are homeless. The doors open at 8:00 am and close at 1:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Families come from Remedies, the domestic violence agency, Rockford Rescue Mission and other organizations where children are attached to the parents.
MAYA’S House is not a full-time day care, though it follows DCFS guidelines for staffing, is licensed by the Winnebago County Health Department and meets the city zoning requirements for child care programs.
Provide Shelter: MAYA’S House is a calm, pleasant, nurturing environment for children that supports the developmental needs of the growing child and recognizes the imprint poverty and homelessness often leave on children. (Children from families that are homeless experience serious mental illness at 3 times the rate of children who are housed.)
St. Martin de Porres House of Hope - For Women
6423 South Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60644
St Martin de Porres House of Hope is a private, non‐profit, faith based recovery home for homeless women who are affected by substance abuse. 

Intake is conducted as follows: Monday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

St. Martin de Porres House of Hope creates a safe, healing community where women and their children recover from substance abuse, trauma and mental illness. We serve homeless women and their children or grandchildren from inner city neighborhoods in Chicago and surrounding communities. All adult residents have an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol.

There are a number of programs tailored individually to each woman which enable her to achieve success.  Programs include:  individual, group and family counseling, health care, educational and life skills training for adults and pre-school children, personal development, music and spiritual direction.  Residents participate in AA / NA  meetings held within the St Martin de Porres HOH facility as well as AA / NA meetings held nearby.
The Ark
6450 N Califormia Avenue
Chicago, IL 60645
The Sarnoff Levin Residence provides up to 120 days of housing for the Jewish community, Kosher food and a complete array of supportive services for homeless families and individuals.

The primary goals of the program are to stabilize clients situations, minimize the trauma of homelessness, and ease the transition into stable or second-stage housing as efficiently and effectively as possible, drawing upon The ARK's wide array of services.

With bright, clean rooms, nutritious meals and holiday celebrations, the Residence serves as a home away from home a source of shelter, support and the warmth of a caring Jewish community for 70 or more people each year. 
MELD at Trinity House Shelter
620 Kishwaukee Street
Rockford, IL 61104
Emergency homeless shelter for young moms, pregnant or parenting, between the ages of 17 and 21, and their children. MELD at Trinity House Homeless Shelter provides housing for homeless pregnant or parenting young mothers and their children. The shelter is located at 620 Kishwaukee Street.

Emergency beds for pregnant or parenting young mothers and their children
Must be homeless and between 16 and 21 years of age
120 day maximum stay
Comprehensive programming and services include:
Three daily nutritionally balanced meals
Needs assessment
Case management
Educational assessment
Life Skills Education
Parenting Education
Referral to mental health nd substance abuse resources
Referrals to primary health care services
A Safe Haven Foundation for Women and Children
2750 West Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608
A Safe Haven Foundation provides housing, and other services based on individualized assessment for men, women, women with children, youth, veterans and more with a focus on helping them achieve self-sufficiency. A Safe Haven is funded by public, private entities, insurance providers and individual donations.

A Safe Haven we help homeless people that are in sudden or chronic social and financial crisis address the root causes of their problems and we help them achieve sustainable self-sufficiency. For over 20 years we have provided individualized services. Our unique comprehensive and integrated model and specialized programs help thousands of people every year from the following populations in need:

Military Veterans
Women with Children
Youth (18-24 years old)
Non-violent Criminal Justice Impacted Populations including: Court Mandated Diversion, Pre-Trial and Ex-Offenders Single Adults

If you or someone you know, falls into any one of these categories, we can help. To learn more please call us at 773-435-8300 ask for 'intake' or email us at to learn more.
Wayside Cross Rescue Mission
215 E. New York Street
Aurora, IL 60505
Food Bank
Clara's House Shelter
1650 W 62nd St
Chicago, IL 60636
(773) 778-2811
Emergency Shelter. Clara’s House provides services to homeless and neglected women and children in the Englewood community.
Williamson County Family Crisis Center
514 North 18th Street
Herrin, IL 62948
Emergency Shelter Transitional Housing - Family
Family Promise Chicago North Shore
1417 Hinman
Evanston, IL 60201
Family Promise Chicago North Shore, Inc. (FPCNS) provides services for homeless families in transition. Our main focus is to help families with children in need get back into permanent and sustainable housing and employment. By working at our Day Center and through cooperating congregations we provide:

Temporary housing
Job placement counseling
assistance finding permanent housing
Access to services through our cooperating organizations

At Family Promise Chicago North Shore, we are dedicated to helping families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless get back on their feet and provide a stable lifestyle for their children.

Our main focus is to help our guest families get back into permanent and sustainable housing and employment as quickly as possible. When we help parents meet their basic needs and give them the opportunity to create a plan to get back on their feet, they can begin to realize their dreams of providing a better life for their children. This improves the lives of future generations and also changes our community for the better.
Heart House
300 Reagan Drive
Eureka, IL 61530
Heart House is a faith based not for profit homeless shelter for women and children(boys up to 14).

Heart House is a six room shelter for woman and her children who need to flee a domestic abuse or homelessness crisis situation.
It is our goal to assists our guests in gathering skills necessary to live healthy, independent, and productive lives. Together, guests and the case manager set attainable goals while continually accessing the need for support services and agency benefits such as food stamps, Medicaid, WIC, and housing.  
La Posada Family Shelter - Casa Central
3209 W. Evergreen
Chicago, IL 60651
(773) 782-8820
We provide interim housing for families experiencing homelessness.
70 homeless families receive housing and support services at La Posada each year, on their way to permanent housing.

La Posada seeks to place families who are experiencing homelessness on to independent and permanent housing within 120 days. The program strives to assist families in becoming self-sufficient so that they can obtain and maintain permanent housing.

La Posada is made unique by the comprehensive network of supportive services it offers, a factor which ensures maximum participation and a high success rate. The program provides program- related childcare, transportation vouchers, food. Supportive services include life skills education, counseling, nutrition education, and financial management to help families regain and sustain self-sufficiency.

Participants at La Posada also have access to the following services: counseling, nutrition education, domestic violence intervention, financial management, food, clothing, transportation, relocation assistance, and public assistance advocacy. Community partnerships for referrals to alcohol/drug treatment and medical services are coordinated through nearby community health centers and hospitals. In addition, monthly workshops help families deal with a variety of other concerns ranging from financial planning and legal related issues.
1550 Plainfield Road
Joliet, IL 60436
Groundwork Domestic Violence Program.
(815) 729-1228

Serving families since 1897. Dillard Harris Education Center, Exchange Club Center, Foster Care, Groundwork, Suzy's Caring Place, Partner Abuse Intervention & Sexual Assault Services Center. GACS is a member of the United Way.
Cornerstone Community Outreach
4628 N Clifton Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 271-8163
Primary Woman and Family Shelter. Single men, and women have programs with us but on a very limited basis. We provide job training, skills assessment, case workers, and hope to change. We also have several shelters in our organization.We accept large groups to volunteer.

Cornerstone Community Outreach offers shelter and services to homeless and low-income families and individuals through a variety of programs:

CCO Shelter Programs for Homeless Families

CCO Shelter Programs for Homeless Individuals

CCO Senior Services

CCO Services for Our Residents

CCO Services for Our Neighbors
The Family Living Center
510 N. 25th Street
East St Louis, IL 62205
Families only shelter.

A Transitional Housing Program For Families
Homeless families residing in emergency shelters or similar facilities for a minimum of 30 days must be referred by the social service agency assisting the family in this first step of the continuum of services.
Who can get help?
Homeless families with an adult head of household and dependent children age 17 or younger.   
An adult head of household is any male, female or married couple with legal guardianship of children in the family.
What are the family's responsibilities?
Families must participate in structured programs and services designed to help them achieve self-sufficiency.
Families must contribute 30% of their adjusted gross income for rent during residency.
What's the center like?
Constructed in 2000, The Family Living Center has fourteen apartments, a common room, computer lab, and laundry room.
Each apartment's furnishings include: Convertible Sofa Bed, Chair, Coffee table, End table, gas range, Refrigerator, Kitchen table and chairs, Plenty of cabinet space, Bunk beds, and Dresser
What Services are offered?
The Family Living Center provides comprehensive case management services for each family.  A Family Development plan is created with input from family members.  These plans guide professional staff in their work with each family. 
Families receive food vouchers when they enter the program.  Residents purchase and prepare their own meals.
Transportation and child care subsidies may be provided if family and/or community resources are insufficient to meet these needs.
Families who successfully complete the program can receive resource assistance for 6 months after leaving the center. 
The Family Living Center offers on-going training activities that meet the needs of each family member. 
    Other core activities offered through the Center include:
            * Life Skills Training
            * Parenting
            * Education/Vocation Resources
            * Finance and Budgeting Classes
            * Legal Aid Assistance
            * Housing Assistance
            * On-Site Youth and Adult Computer Classes
How long can families stay?
Housing and supportive services are provided for 18 months and can be extended for up to 24 months depending upon consumer's progress in the Program.

Franciscan Outreach
2715 W Harrison
Chicago, IL 60612
Franciscan Outreach provides a 257 bed shelter with separate men's and women's dorms that has been providing refuge for 30 years. The Shelter is located at 2715 W. Harrison Street on Chicago's West Side, just south of the I-290 expressway.

In 2012, at the urging of the City of Chicago, Franciscan Outreach assumed management of a 65-bed shelter at 200 S. Sacramento. Now known as Franciscan Annex, this space prevents vulnerable citizens from being turned back on to the streets.

At Franciscan House and Franciscan Annex, we provide all guests with:
    a bed that includes sheets, a blanket, and a pillow.
    a safe and drug-free environment
    supper and breakfast
    access to showers
    visits by health care personnel
    opportunities to meet with mental health workers
    opportunities to build a better life


We are assisted by full time volunteers who live in community at the Marquard Center. These volunteers spend an entire year working directly with the men and women we serve, including performing various shelter jobs at Franciscan House.

Franciscan House needs community volunteers each night to greet and serve supper to guests, as well as help with daily shelter logistics. If you are interested in volunteering some of your time at Franciscan House, check the Shelter Volunteer page to learn more.

Supporting the Shelter Facilities
We are always in need of soap, deodorant, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products and other personal items. Whether  you save them from a hotel stay or you buy them at the local store, these items are always appreciated. Our case managers provide our guests with vouchers to clothing distributors, so we do not usually accept clothing, except on rare occasions (such as winter coats, gloves, scarves, etc.) You can always check our Wish List to see what items are most needed.
South Suburban PADS SOUTH TIER
414 W. Lincoln Highway
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
Hours: Monday thru Thursday 9am to 5pm Friday, 9am until noon.

Our mission is to prevent and end homelessness. Key characteristics of SSPADS' model are interfaith partnerships, hospitality, compassion, service and dignity.

Emergency Shelter Network The ESN provides warm, secure overnight lodging, meals and hospitality at 28 local churches, ministries and synagogues throughout the region during the cold weather months. Shelter is provided between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. from October 1 to April 30. SSPADS has provided emergency overnight shelter in the south and southwest suburbs of Chicago since 1990 that includes socialization and support, a hot dinner, breakfast and sack lunch. Shelters are located within churches and synagogues throughout the south and southwest suburbs of Chicago. The ESN is managed and administered by SSPADS, but is coordinated and operated by a massive base of volunteers who staff the shelter sites during hours of operation. SSPADS contracts with bus services to transport participants every night from its supportive services center to the ESN sites and then return them back to the service center site every morning. Many then go to work, school, participate in case management, search for jobs, and go to medical and other appointments, among other activities.
Lincoln Park Community Services
600 W Fullerton Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 549-6111
Chicago homeless shelter for men and women.

LPCS Waiting List
There is a waiting list for Lincoln Park Community Services. After completing an intake appointment, a person will have their name placed on the waiting list and they will be asked to call each week until there is space available in the program. Once admitted, there is no time limit for length of stay, as long as an individual is making progress toward their goals and following all rules and requirements.
To join the waiting list for the Interim Housing Community at LPCS individuals must attend our Community Engagement Program (CEP) held on Sunday afternoons. At CEP there are LPCS intake appointments as well as basic services. CEP is held each Sunday at St. Paul's UCC at 645 W. Fullerton beginning at 1:30 pm, except for holidays. Please line up for entry to CEP by the tall black iron gate

The Lincoln Park Community Shelter (LPCS) is comprehensive social service agency serving adult men and women who are experiencing homelessness. Located in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood, the LPCS has been providing shelter and other basic needs to our homeless neighbors for 25 years. Today, the LPCS provides interim housing, meals, and a targeted array of social services to over 300 people each year.

Interim Housing Community

The Interim Housing Community serves up to 35 guests each night year-round - 24 men and 11 women. In addition to meals and safe living space, the Interim Housing Community provides storage space, showers, and laundry facilities for guests. The average length of stay is three months, although there is no time limit as long as guests are making progress toward their goals. Last year, the LPCS provided safe, structured interim housing and three nutritious meals per day to over 260 guests.

Referral Information:

There is a waiting list for this program. After completing an intake appointment, a person's name will be placed on the waiting list and s/he will be asked to call each week until there is space available in the program. Once admitted, there is no time limit to length of stay, as long as a person is making progress toward goals and following all rules and requirements.

To schedule an intake appointment, call (toll-free) 1-877-204-5624 on Monday at 10 am to 12 noon . All of our intakes take place the following Saturday at our Community Engagement Program.
Stopping Women Abuse Now, Inc. (SWAN)
P. O. Box 176
Olney, IL 62450
we accept men, women and families. meals provided. on site casemanagers. provide referrals for counseling. assistance with employment skills and search, life skills groups, etc.
Peru Pads
1320 Menards Dr.
Peru, IL 61354
This is an emergency shelter for men, women, and children providing some case management to local resources.

IVPADS opens Sept 1st and closes May 31st yearly.
Open 7 days a week from 5pm to 9pm daily during the months above.

24 beds
3 meals a day
Community Crisis Center Domestic Violence Shelter
P.O. Box 1390
Elgin, IL 60121
Domestic Violence and Homeless Shelter Whether you need safety due to a domestic violence situation or find yourself without housing due to an economic crisis, the Community Crisis Center can help. We provide emergency shelter for women and their children needing a safe place to stay. Our 40-bed shelter provides services to women and their children. In addition, we provide meals, professional case management, counseling and material assistance. Everyone deserves to have a safe place to sleep, eat, and plan. A case manager will work with you while you are here to help resolve your situation. Feel free to phone our 24 hour hotline.
Ottawa PADS
1120 Canal Street
Ottawa, IL 61350
This is an Emergency shelter for men, women, and children that provides some case management to local resources.
Shelter opens Open August 15th - May 31st. Check In is 5 to 7pm, Hot dinner served approximately 6:30pm, Breakfast served until 9am, Bagged Lunches distributed for the day when shelter is closed from 9am-5pm.

53 beds
3 meals a day
Individual service plans designed by clients and staff.
Educational programs
Hope In Christ Ministries
1515 S. 14th Street
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
Short term shelter. No children under 3 years . Food pantry every 3rd Saturday 10am-12 noon.
Open Door Outreach Center
2633 w Thomas
Chicago, IL 60622
Homeless Intake 1-312-754-9600 ex 3.
Open door outreach center, shelter transitional housing.
Good Samaritan Ministries
701 S. Marion
Carbondale, IL 62901
Emergency Shelter and Soup Kitchen open to the public 7 days a week!
Contact Ministries Emergency Shelter
1100 East Adams
Springfield, IL 62703
The Homeless Shelter provides immediate relief to women with children. In addition to shelter, we provide life's basic needs food, clothing, personal care items, laundry facilities, transportation, and telephones to make appointments. Supportive services provided include employment assistance, budgeting, family literacy, parenting classes, tutoring, and case management with a goal of finding and maintaining permanent housing. Referrals are made for daycare, treatment centers, adult education, and other mainstream resources. We also work with District 186 to make sure that school-age children are attending classes.
Hesed House
659 River St
Aurora, IL 60506
A not-for-profit coalition of religious ministries serving the very poor in the Fox Valley area. A center for ministries providing services to poor and homeless persons.

PADS Emergency Shelter
Public Action To Deliver Shelter
The PADS Overnight Emergency Shelter is the second largest shelter in the State of Illinois. Each night, an average of 175 men, women and children line up outside the doors of Hesed House seeking a place to sleep, shower, do laundry, eat a meal, find medical and legal assistance and other life sustaining services.
The PADS program at Hesed House serves as a model for other similar agencies in the Western Suburbs and across the nation. The PADS Overnight Emergency Shelter operates from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., every night of the year. Over 70 faith based communities with teams of volunteers provide food and serve meals, and oversee the shelter dining room, store, laundry facilities, lockers and four sleeping areas. Volunteers also make sack lunches and breakfasts to serve guests as they depart for work or other destinations in the morning.
The men's sleeping area accommodates 88 sleeping mats. After 9:30 pm, additional mats are placed in our double duty dining room. Several other smaller sleeping areas provide mats and volunteer oversight for single women, women with children, single fathers and families with special needs. The PADS Overnight Emergency Shelter will typically house 5 to 10 children per night.
While in the PADS shelter, guests may sign up for Case Management services, assistance in finding housing, identification, employment training, medical and legal assistance as well as obtaining veterans benefits.
PADS Overnight Emergency Shelter does not turn anyone away (other than people listed as sex offenders involved with children) for a night. Longer stays are generally limited to those with ties to our service area.
Our basic rules are simple: while a guest is in PADS, he/she may not possess drugs, alcohol or weapons. Violence, threats and profanity are not tolerated.

Transitional Living Community
TLC is a temporary dormitory style home to 52 individuals and families who are between homelessness and returning to an independent life and aggressively working toward self improvement and independence (by developing skills to manage a household and maintain employment, learning sound money management and savings practices, honing parenting skills and much more).  Our recent grant award from B of A Community (Bank of America) will help us reach this goal by providing shelter, food and the services needed for those that stay at our Transitional Living Community.  Last year, 110 residents stayed in TLC.  Of those that completed the program, 87% returned to independent living.  We'd like to thank Bank of America for their continued support of our mission.

Hesed House is the second largest shelter in the State of Illinois, and the largest shelter outside of the city of Chicago. With the help of professional staff, alliances with outside agencies and 6,000 volunteers from 70 area churches, almost one thousand individuals (including 188 children) are served each year through Hesed Houses shelter and three housing programs. Hesed House sees 16 newly homeless individuals each week thats one new homeless individual every 8 1/2 hours. Hesed House strives to get 16 or 17 individuals out of homelessness each week. Between 155 and 207 individuals are given shelter and meals each night.
The Harbour
1440 Renaissance Drive Suite 240
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Shelter and transitional housing for youth

The Harbour is a state licensed facility and provides emergency shelter to young women between the ages of 12 and 20 years of age. Crisis line is open 24/7. Text for help: shelter to 77948
 We are committed to offering services rooted in the belief that youth must have their basic needs met before they can begin to build a promising future for themselves.
Kendall County PADS
1204 Deer St
Yorkville, IL 60560
Kendall County Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) is dedicated to providing temporary, safe shelter and nourishing food to the men, women, and children within Kendall County who are homeless or in need.

Shelter Sites:
Sunday: Cross Lutheran Church - Yorkville
Monday: Yorkville Congregational United Church of Christ
Tuesday: Harvest New Beginnings Church - Oswego
Wednesday: United Methodist Church of Plano
Thursday: Trinity Church United Methodist - Yorkville
Friday: Church of the Good Shepherd UMC - Oswego
Saturday: St. Lukes Lutheran Church - Montgomery
Please visit the PADS website for full detailed information.
Oaklawn Pads - South Suburban PADS NORTH TIER
10037 South Ridgeland Avenue
Oak lawn, IL 60453
Hours: Monday thru Thursday 7am to 7pm. Friday until noon.

Our mission is to prevent and end homelessness. Key characteristics of SSPADS model are interfaith partnerships, hospitality, compassion, service and dignity.

Emergency Shelter Network
The ESN provides warm, secure overnight lodging, meals and hospitality at 28 local churches, ministries and synagogues throughout the region during the cold weather months. Shelter is provided between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. from October 1 to April 30. SSPADS has provided emergency overnight shelter in the south and southwest suburbs of Chicago since 1990 that includes socialization and support, a hot dinner, breakfast and sack lunch. Shelters are located within churches and synagogues throughout the south and southwest suburbs of Chicago. The ESN is managed and administered by SSPADS, but is coordinated and operated by a massive base of volunteers who staff the shelter sites during hours of operation. SSPADS contracts with bus services to transport participants every night from its supportive services center to the ESN sites and then return them back to the service center site every morning. Many then go to work, school, participate in case management, search for jobs, and go to medical and other appointments, among other activities.

Twin Cities PADS
111 East 29th Street
Sterling, IL 61081
We have served the Sterling-Rock Falls community for over 20 years. We offer 3 meals, women's facilities, men's facilities and family facilities. We are also a soup kitchen.
Primo Center For Women And Children
4241 West Washington Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60624
(773) 722-0544
A 120-day transitional shelter located on the west side of Chicago for women and children.
Lifeboat Alliance - Family Shelter
1717 Jefferson St
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
Mission Statement: To Be a Christian Ministry of Shelter Resources & Support for the homeless.
Our Vision: We shall offer a home to the homeless providing temporary refuge from life's storms, be it shelter from the elements, basic necessities, safety, tools of self rescue, and to share the love of christ to those in need.

People interested in joining the Lifeboat Alliance Family must be pre screened at any local church or agency. After passing the background check, the individual comes to Lifeboat and is administered a drug screening.

The intake consists of a very detailed application process gathering history of employment, medical, family, and housing information. Together, with a caseworker, the guest sets goals in order to help them succeed in transitioning out of Lifeboat.
Oasis Day Center
243 W Cerro Gordo St
Decatur, IL 62522
(217) 422-3940
Homeless day center. Open 7 days a week and on holidays, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Call for more details.
Dupage PADS Overnight Housing Assistance Program
705 West Liberty
Wheaton, IL 60187
The Interim Housing Program offers men, women, and children a safe environment. The spirit of hospitality is a priority, as well as respect for each person.

Locations around DuPage County

The Interim (Overnight) Housing Program is housed in different churches and congregations each night of the week on a seasonal basis.

From October - April, three sites are open each night with a maximum bed capacity of 140.

During May - September, one shelter site was open on most nights with a maximum bed capacity of 65.

The Interim Housing Sites are staffed primarily with volunteers, and each site has a PADS staff member present or on call at all times during the times the site is open. Staff and Volunteers provide dinner, breakfast, and a bag lunch; sleeping space; and support activities.

daily schedule

The Interim (Overnight) Housing Sites open nightly at 7:00 p.m. (No one under 18 years of age are permitted in the shelters without a parent or legal guardian.)

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. the guests can relax and enjoy dinner. After dinner, time is allotted for guests to work with Case Managers.
9:00 - 10:00 p.m. is quiet time and at 10:00 p.m. sleep begins.
6:00 - 6:45 a.m. breakfast is served
7:00 a.m. the Interim (Overnight) Housing Sites close
The L.A.M. House Transitional Home
6739 S. Green
Chicago, IL 60621
Men's only Transitional Housing. We have beds available, 2 per room for $125 weekly. Large and very clean rooms, nice secure area, big backyard.
You Can Make It - Family Shelter
5050-5052 S. laflin
Chicago, IL 60609
Since 2001 YCMI has been providing shelter and meals for homeless individuals and families with an emphasis on emergency shelters. Building upon our original foundation for providing basic shelter, we have expanded to include supportive services through community and other collaborations as well as some in-house support. We have also converted to Interim Shelter beds allowing for extended stay to accommodate the stability that is needed. In order to produce rapid housing results, we have increased our outreach to community and other partners who are adding to our availability of wrap around services.

Programs and Services:

Interim House for Women and Children
Provided extended stay shelter to increase stabilization and transition to permanent housing.
the homeless
the economically distressed
the most forgotten

Emergency Shelter for Men
providing shelter and support services

Outreach for Men offering services and support for

the addict
the alcoholic
the downtrodden

rekindling faith toward God, and teaching men
new skills, and returning them to society.

Other Services Provided onsite and through partnerships

    Life Skills Development
    Family and Individual Counseling
    Job Skills Training
    Substance Abuse Services
God's Shelter of Love
929 North Union Street
Decatur, IL 62522
God's Shelter of Love is Decatur's oldest homeless shelter. We serve married couples and single women; with or without children. For quite some time, we have been accepting women released from prison. Our goal is to help people become self-sufficient citizens. Our residents are not given a time limit on their stay at the shelter. Each person is allowed to progress at their own pace. They have many rules to follow and must complete daily chores. They are required to look for work. There is no cost to the residents to stay at the shelter. They are permitted to use their own discretionary funds for personal use, transportation, etc. The balance of their earnings is saved until they are ready to leave our shelter.
Virtue House
2225 S. Franklin Street
Decatur, IL 2521
VIRTUE House wants to provide shelter for women, 18 to 25 years old, who are continuing in their recovery from a life-controlling issue such as drug or alcohol addiction, an abusive relationship, or parole. We have found that many people who recover from these situations often find themselves with no place to go in order to get started on the right track. Unfortunately, many young women return to familiar surroundings and find themselves re-entering the cycle of addiction and abuse, rather than overcoming because they have no skills and no safe place to learn independence. VIRTUE House wants to not only house these women, but also to teach them life skills such as cooking, cleaning, managing their finances, getting out of debt and seeking employment or further education. Our hope is that by the time a young lady has completed her stay at VIRTUE House, she will have learned to care for herself, so that she will not have to return to a life of hopelessness and dependency on others.
Salvation Army Decatur
229 W. Main Street
Decatur, IL 62522
(217) 428-4672
The Salvation Army in Decature IL provides an emergency shelter for single men. Contact for full details.
Water Street Mission
758 N. Water Street
Decatur, IL 62523
(217) 424-2381
Homeless shelter and services for single men. Call for details.
A Little Bit of Heaven Homeless Mens Overnight Shelter
11321 South Wentworth Ave
Chicago, IL 60628
Shelter for single males.

A Little Bit of Heaven is a 50 plus bed facility that has been in existence since 2001. Located on Chicago’s far south side, A Little Bit of Heaven assist homeless men in the Chicagoland area, surrounding suburbs and from out-of-state. Each participant is given a safe, clean environment, hot nutritional meals, clothing and personal hygiene items as well as 24 hour security.
At A Little Bit of Heaven which also provides case management services and referrals for job training/placement, medical/mental health, and substance abuse counseling. Additional services include community outreach and client assistance with vital documents such as birth certificates, state identification and other special needs that are handled on a case-by-case basis.
Joshua Ministries Shelter
200 S Sacramento Blvd, suite 400
Chicago, IL 60612
(773) 533-0254
Homeless Shelter For Men The overnight shelter operates 365 days a year, providing shelter and a meal for 60 men per night, on a first come first come basis.
Catholic Charities Daybreak Center
611 East Cass Street
Joliet, IL 60432
Daybreak Center operates 24-hours a day, 365 days a year and provides emergency housing, and supportive services to individuals and families who are homeless. Some participants in the program are in need of short-term housing, as a result of a situational crisis. Others need support services as they work to reestablish permanent housing.
Homelessness prevention services are also provided to individuals and families who are at risk of losing their homes.
(Youth under the age of 18 are not admitted except when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.)

At Daybreak Center We Offer
    A safe and clean environment
    Comprehensive case management, coordination and assisted access of community resources
    Educational assessments, services and assistance enrolling in educational classes (GED and ESL English as a second language)
    Employment assessments, programs and access to employment search office equipment
    Healthy living workshops
    Group support meetings
    Depending on limited available resources, individuals and families may also apply for financial assistance for rent or a mortgage, temporary housing, food, utilities, prescriptions, transportation and other miscellaneous needs
    Referrals and access to HELP Food Pantry
    Closed A.A. meetings at 4:00 pm Friday, non-smoking, open to the public
    N.A. meetings at 8:00 pm Wednesday, non-smoking, open to the public

Shepherds Table
Feeding members of the community who are hungry and unable to provide for themselves by offering a free mid-day meal. Shepherds Table is also used as a warming and cooling center during extreme weather. To volunteer at Shepherds Table, contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 815-774-4663 x3138.
New Beginnings Permanent Supportive Housing
New Beginnings is a permanent housing program that provides a safe living environment to chronically homeless and disabled men.  Clients reside in an independent living setting.  All tenants must meet eligibility criteria.  This program is limited to availability of housing.
    At least 18 years-old
    Have an income (tenants pay 30% for rent)
    Fit the HUD definition of chronically homeless
    Must have a documented disability
Marys' Mission
642 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
Waukegan, IL 60085
We provide transitional housing for men and women who are physically able to take care of themselves receiving a pension or on disability (SSI). We have 25 beds, food and phone are also included. We use a sliding scale for rent starting at $500.00 a month and lower based on amount of income. We are a 501 c 3 facility. Pleas call us at your convienence to let us know your position with refering clients to Marys' Mission.
The Night Ministry - Open Door Shelter
1110 N. Noble Street
Chicago, IL 60622
Youth housing programs build relationships with and provide housing and age-appropriate supportive services program to homeless youth who are not wards of the state, ages 14-20, and their children, to help residents achieve self-sufficiency.

120-day Interim Housing Program at Open Door Youth Shelter - West Town

Transitional Living Program at Open Door Youth Shelter - West Town

Response-Ability Pregnant & Parenting Program at Open Door Youth Shelter - Lakeview
Inner Peace Corp
Southwest area
Chicago, IL 60629
We are a not for profit women's recover home and shelter. We take pride in our recovery and promote a sisterhood atmosphere. We a very different from most shelters because we make it our home. There is no time limit for stay and we accept limited income from women and up to two children. Intake and calls only on Monday's and Friday's 9am to 1pm
Carpenter's Place
1149 Railroad Avenue
Rockford, IL 61104
Office Hours:
Monday Friday 8 a.m. 4:30 p.m.

Carpenter's Place provides the tools necessary for rebuilding the lives of the homeless. Inspired by Christ's compassion, we offer direction with accountability to people with broken lives, helping them find peace with God, themselves, and their communities. We are open to the community Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 3:30.

Supportive Transitional Housing
The main CP transitional housing program occupies a 12-unit apartment building composed of one-bedroom apartments. This program is funded by HUD through the Mayor's Homeless Task Force on Homelessness.
Participants in this program reside in a 12-unit, one bedroom apartment building, and may remain up to two years. There are two participants per unit. Participants share the apartment with a roommate to increase accountability and to avoid isolating behavior and loneliness. The number of participants at any point in time will be between 18 and 22.
This project is located in a healthy community neighborhood, on the bus route, close to shopping, hospital, addiction and mental health services, educational, employment, spiritual, and recreational opportunities.
A full time, Case Manager is responsible for the well-being and continued progress of current participants as well as for participants transitioning into or out of the program. The project's Case Manager assumes the primary role of relationship building and case management, including periodic assessment, monitoring, and advocacy for participants. The Case Manager meets weekly with all participants one-on-one, and holds group meetings for all program participants a minimum of once per week. Individual inspections of all rooms is performed weekly.

Woman's Housing Program
A housing and support services program for homeless women that have demonstrated a commitment to positive life changes.

Permanent Supportive Housing
This CP program received initial funding from HUD for a three-year period to provide Permanent Supported Housing for the Chronically Homeless. This project provides maximum flexibility in Permanent Supportive Housing options and Chronically Homeless participant mix to meet priorities as determined by the local Rockford, Winnebago, Boone Continuum of Care Gap analysis.
The project leases a mixture of available open market housing units consisting of twelve (12) one bedroom units that are utilized as Permanent Supportive Housing for Chronically Homeless adults.
This program allows for a focus on specific Chronically Homeless sub-populations in need in the community such as: persons with mental illness, substance abuse problems, or dual diagnosis; veterans; HIV/AIDS.
The program includes professional comprehensive and holistic Case Management services.

Veteran's Transitional Housing
Through a special Veteran's Administration program and private donations, CP was able to purchase a 3-bedroom brick ranch located in a northwest Rockford neighborhood for half the market price. This home provides transitional housing for three honorably discharged homeless Veterans, giving them a safe, secure place to call home, a place to get a fresh start and rebuild their lives here at home in Rockford, Illinois!
Mattoon Area PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter)
2017 Broadway Ave.
Mattoon, IL 61938
(217) 234-7237
Mattoon Area P.A.D.S. INC., a not for profit organization, provides safe and hospitable shelter, supportive services, and advocacy in order to assist homeless or at risk individuals and families to achieve a higher level of self sufficiency in collaboration with religious and community groups.

Program Aspects:
Emergency Shelter: Providing 30 days of shelter with extensions based on goal attainment.
Soup Kitchen: Serving three meals a day to anyone that is in need of food.
Case Management: We meet with each individual staying at our location minimally once a week to provide counseling, life coaching, and advocacy.
Day Program: Partnering with other community agencies, classes and volunteer opportunities are provided for those staying at the shelter to develop their workforce skills and increase their self-sufficiency.
Holy Angels Shelter
P.O. Box 3310
East St Louis, IL 62204
(618) 874-4079
The Catholic Urban Programs - Holy Angel Shelter provides shelter and supportive services to men women and children. Transitional shelter services are also provided.
More services:
Rental assistance
Residential services for women and children for 6 - 9 weeks.
After care services
Crisis Center for South Suburbia
P O Box 39
Tinley Park, IL 60477
Mission: The Crisis Center for South Suburbia is a non-profit community organization that provides emergency shelter and other essential services for individuals and families victimized by domestic violence and addresses the societal issues that contribute to domestic violence.

The agency offers a broad array of services including: 24-hour crisis hotline, emergency residential shelter, transitional housing, legal advocacy, hospital advocacy and emergency room crisis intervention services, adult and children's individual and group counseling, therapeutic intervention, family counseling, and individual and family case management. In addition to direct services to victims, the Crisis Center offers batterers' intervention and education, dating violence prevention and education, and outreach education and training for the community.
North Side Housing and Supportive Services
4410 N. Ravenswood, suite 101
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 244-6401
North Side Housing and Supportive Services is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 1983, serving men and women who are homeless or formerly homeless.

Provides an overnight shelter for men, ages 18 and older. The shelter Provides three meals a day. Offers therapy, and can refer clients for substance abuse treatment and job training. For admission either walk-in or call for a phone screening. Intake begins at 7:45 a.m. until space is full.

Our Supportive Housing Programs provides subsidized housing to 192 men and women who’ve experienced homelessness. All tenants are placed in safe, affordable housing in a number of communities with supportive services to bolster physical and mental healing, help increase income. We strive to place clients in quality housing, as opposed to housing that we would not live in ourselves. We served 182 clients in 2014.

Day Support Center: 4750 N. Sheridan, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60640
 Eligible individuals must have an annual income the does not exceed $14,712. Documentation will be requested. Clients are welcome to come in on any weekday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm to access the variety of services that are offered by our Center
PO Box 2035
La Grange, IL 60558
Our shelters open each night at 7pm and close the next morning at 7am.

BEDS PLUS provides:
- A safe place to sleep
- An evening meal (7:30 - 8:30 PM)
- Breakfast for overnight clients (5:30 - 6:30 AM)
- Case management services
- Other care available upon request

BEDS Plus provides emergency overnight shelter and comprehensive supportive services in southwest suburban Cook County, IL. BEDS provides housing, prevention and stabilization services for the community.
HRDI Women's Supportive Housing
33 E. 114th Street
Chicago, IL 60628
A HUD funded program that provides supportive housing and mental health services to 16 women over the age of 18 who are homeless
South Side Mission Shelter for Women and Children
1127 S Laramie St
Peoria, IL 61605
(309) 676-4604
The New Promise Center is a housing, social service, and spiritual enhancement ministry of South Side Mission for homeless women and women with children.

Typically, people come to us for two reasons:
A housing crisis could be caused by domestic violence, eviction, natural disaster, stranded, or loss of income or relationship.

An intentional need could be sought due to Department of Correction re-location, pre-treatment or post-treatment of drug/alcohol treatment, and restoration of family relationships.

The New Promise Center cares for these precious ladies and children through a structured program of progression, which can last up to 12 months. Each client has a case manager who assists her through up to four phases of residential care:
Making a Change
Living the Change
Securing the Change
Experiencing the Change

Clients should be pre-screened by telephone before intake, but walk-ins are welcomed. Proof of identification is required. Intake hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to noon, and 7:00-9:00 p.m. The client must be able to physically care for herself (and her children) and participate in the daily required activities.

The New Promise Center is inappropriate for persons who need assisted living, have severe or unattended psychological and medical needs, and active drug/alcohol use.
Safe Haven
217 W. 3rd Street
Mount Carmel, IL 62863
Safe Haven of Mt. Carmel Illinois, Inc. is a private (non-state funded) temporary Emergency Shelter for homeless women and their children in the greater Wabash County Area of Southeastern Illinois.

The following are requirements for individuals seeking temporary emergency shelter at Save Haven of Mount Carmel.

An applicant must be in one of the following categories:

A female over the age of 18.
A female over the 18 and her minor children under the age of 17.
An emancipated female minor with or .without children.
Salvation Army Shelter Quincy
501 Broadway St
Quincy, IL 62301
(217) 222-8655
Hours: 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. The Shelter is located across the street from the Salvation Army Kroc Community Center.

The new shelter area of the building can house up to 16 people with rooms dedicated to single men and women as well as families. The building also houses our Family Services operation & Food Pantry. This shelter is the only one within a 100 mile radius that serves this population.

During their stay, residents will be required to look for a job, if they are unemployed, save money to move into a place of their own, and meet with a caseworker on a regular basis. Our goal is to provide a comfortable, safe environment for our residents. Meals, laundry facilities, phone calls and other needed items are all provided for those staying in the shelter. A normal stay in the Emergency Shelter is 30 days, but could be longer or shorter depending on the client’s situation.

The Salvation Army Emergency Shelter serves the greater Adams County area as well as transients who have come to our community and find themselves in a homeless situation. It is the goal of our program to equip our residents with the knowledge and life skills training needed to find employment and suitable, affordable housing that they might become self-sufficient individuals.

Shelter Purpose
To provide services necessary to help remove existing barriers in the area of housing, employment, health care, and adequate nutrition
To make appropriate referrals to community resources/services in order to assist residents in their efforts to become more stable by obtaining housing, employment, training, etc.
To provide volunteer opportunities for members of the community
To create an environment based on respect for the inherent dignity and value for each person who comes to The Salvation Army Emergency Shelter for services
To provide assistance to residents in their efforts to identify and achieve personal goals and targets
To base all interactions with clients and the community within the moral and ethical framework established by The Salvation Army
The Good Samaritan House of Granite City
1825 Delmar Blvd.
Granite City, IL 62040
(618) 876-0607
The Good Samaritan House enriches the lives of homeless women and children by supporting them in a loving Christian environment. While providing safe and temporary housing, basic human needs and supportive services, the Good Samaritan House offers residents opportunities to enhance life skills, increase self-esteem and become self-sufficient.

Temporary Shelter
Good Samaritan House provides temporary shelter for up to ten women and their children who are facing homelessness. While in the shelter, residents participate in activities to build their self-sufficiency, self-esteem, and chance of succeeding in life.

Transitional House
Good Samaritan House's transitional housing program provides longer-term housing in nine single-family dwellings. These units are offered to women who have demonstrated self motivation in the shelter setting, depending on availability.
Salvation Army Booth House
114 East 5th
Alton, IL 62002
(314) 960-2532
Services: Provides residential housing. EMERGENCY SHELTER.

Housing for men, women and their children.
New Directions Heating and Cooling Center
100 S Fayette St
Jacksonville , IL 62650
217 271 1014
Overnight heating and cooling center, where homeless individuals and families can stay from 7:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m.

The purpose of the New Directions homeless warming and cooling center, is to assist displaced "homeless" persons in Jacksonville and the surrounding area with their emergency shelter related needs so they can become stable, functioning members of society.
Salvation Army Rust Transitional Center
235 Derby Street
Pekin, IL 61554
(309) 478-7878
This is a transitional living facility run by the Salvation Army. Provides for single men, single women, families. Provides shelter for about 30 individuals a night.

Meal and Case management are also provided. Call for more information on intake.

The Salvation Army's work in Pekin includes the Harold J. Rust Transitional Center, a shelter for families, single men, and women working towards independence. Each night we provide shelter to an average of 30 individuals.
This facility allows us to provide much needed shelter, meals and case management services designed to help the adult identify and work on the underlying causes of their homelessness.
Sarah\'s Circle
4838 N Sheridan Rd
Chicago, IL 60640
Sarah's Circle is a refuge for women who are homeless or in need of a safe space. By providing life necessities, housing, case management, clinical and social services, we encourage women to empower themselves by rebuilding both emotionally and physically; realizing their unique potential.

Sarah's Circle is able to offer services to unaccompanied adults who identify as women. Daytime Support Center The Daytime Support Center is a safe and welcoming community for any woman in need, whether street homeless, doubled up with friends or family, formerly homeless, struggling with domestic violence, or simply low-income and in need of community.

Services include basic necessities, such as food, bathrooms, showers, laundry, telephone, computers with internet access, and an address for mail; educational and general interest programming on a variety of topics; individualized case management; and housing coordination.

Clinical Services Group and individual clinical services to address trauma, domestic violence, mental illness, and other personal challenges are also provided at the Daytime Support Center. These services provide women with tools and support to move towards greater self-determination and empowerment, helping them recognize and build on the strengths they already have. Interim Housing Every day the Interim Housing Program provides 24-hour shelter, basic necessities, and supportive services to 50 women who are currently homeless. The goal of the program is to help women move into permanent housing as quickly as possible with intensive case management, housing coordination, and other services, and other individualized services tailored to the strengths and challenges of the individual.

Permanent Supportive Housing Sarah’s Circle provides Permanent Supportive Housing to women who have a disabling condition who have been chronically homeless. Some women in our programs were homeless for over a decade before being housed with Sarah’s Circle.

Each woman in the program is provided with a housing subsidy, intensive case management, and other individualized supportive services to help her improve her health, well-being, and self-sufficiency. This type of housing has been proven to improve outcomes for the most difficult to serve individuals and reduce public costs for jails, emergency rooms, and other crisis services.
Rockford Rescue Mission
715 West State Street
Rockford, IL 61102
(815) 965-5332
We provide emergency shelter, addiction recovery and 3 meals every day free of charge to anyone,not just those who are staying with us.

Men's Crisis Center
The Men's Crisis Center offers short-term housing for up to 130 homeless men and is located at 715 West State Street, and the entrance is located on the east side of the building off Rockton Avenue. The Center provides safe shelter, food and clothing, as well as case management, community resources and medical services. Check-in is immediately following dinner at 7 p.m.

Women's Crisis Center
The Women's Crisis Center allows the Mission to offer short-term housing for up to 48 homeless women and mothers with children and is located at 809 Cedar Street. The Center provides safe shelter, food and clothing, as well as case management, life-skills training, community resources and medical services.  We help coordinate services for children, including public schooling and emergency daycare.  Breakfast and lunch is available at the Mission's main facility, Hope Place, but dinner is provided at the Women's Crisis Center each evening. Check-in is at 6 p.m., and dinner is served at 7 p.m.
JOURNEYS - The Road Home
1140 E. Northwest Highway
Palatine, IL 60074
(847) 963-9163
Scattered Site Emergency Shelter Program serving the northwest suburban area of Cook County. Daycenter supportive services M-F 9am-4PM

At JOURNEYS | The Road Home, we serve people from all walks of life.  Homelessness does not discriminate and can be chronic or situational. It affects a variety of people including families with children, young adults, and senior citizens. The causes for homelessness can range from a lack of affordable housing to mental illness or chemical dependency. Family problems, domestic violence and abuse, disability, poverty and even a series of insurmountable bad luck can lead to homelessness. At Journeys, we work to provide intervention and support to address the root cause of homelessness, and lead people back to a stable environment.

HOPE Center
The HOPE Center is a day resource center that provides free services to the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless.

PADS Emergency Shelter Program
The goal of the PADS Emergency Shelter Program is to provide hospitality, food, and overnight emergency shelter to the homeless between October 1 and April 30, seven days a week (including holidays). PADS Emergency Shelter sites are open from 7:00 pm until 7:00 am. Guests may not arrive prior to 6:45 pm or later than 9:00 pm, and must depart prior to 7:00 am.

Pathway Housing Readiness Program
The shortage of affordable housing in northwest suburban Cook County was the driving force behind the creation of JOURNEYS’ Pathway Housing Readiness Program.
Roseland Christian Ministries Grow Program
10858 S. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60628
The G.R.O.W. program began in September 2013 for women who are recovering from addiction, recently released from incarceration, or without housing. The women have their own rooms at Roseland Christian Ministries for 18 months. During that time, they attend devotions, Bible study and regular Sunday worship services at Roseland Christian Reformed Church. Job training is provided at the 33 East Resale Shop. RCM staff and volunteers work with women to graduate from our program and find employment and housing.
Housing Forward
1851 S 9th St
Maywood, IL 60513
The shelter opens at 7:30 p.m. and closes at 6:45 a.m.
Clients, please do not arrive before 7 p.m., and be prepared to present photo ID.

The PADS Shelter accommodates 43-70 individuals nightly, depending on location. A lottery system is used when there are more clients than beds available.

Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Email or call 708.338.1724 ext. 228 (toll free 888.338.1744) for information.

1.Photo ID required. Individuals without an ID may stay one night and must report to the Support Center the following day.
2.The shelter is unable to serve unaccompanied youth (under 18) or registered sex offenders.
Victory House - For Women
13905 S. Atlantic
Riverdale, IL 60827
Our facility includes:
One bathroom
One living room/ dining room
One basement 90 day contract to be extended upon progress.

We are a non profit organization so we ask that the women who apply will help with fees as we pay lights, gas, water and for maintenance. We are not government funded.
Samaritan Well
not disclosed
Macomb, IL 61455
Domestic Violence Shelter

Office Hours:    3:30 am to 4:00 pm (Staff present at all hours)
Eligibility:    Women and their children who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless. Must be willing to establish and work on goals to become self-sufficient.

Transitional homeless program for single women and women with children. To be considered for the program, potential residents must contact the shelter directly and schedule a face to face meeting. Potential residents must be willing to follow program rules and guidelines. Residents must disclose criminal history and be able to pass a criminal background check. Rules will be explained at the face to face interview but may be viewed at the agency website.
La Casa Norte - Casa Corazon Emergency Beds Program
3533 W. North Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
Casa Corazon is La Casa Norte's youth engagement program that is comprised of a Drop-in Center and an Emergency Beds Program for youth experiencing homelessness. Casa Corazon is a Non-violent, safe space for clients from all race, religions, backgrounds and sexual orientations. Our Emergency Beds Program serves youth ages 18-24 and is open seven days a week, 365 days a year, with doors opening at 9pm. Our Emergency Beds staff provide dinner and breakfast, as well as access to a variety of resources. Logan Square - Northside location 1940 N. California, Chicago Back of the Yards - Southside location 1736 W. 47th Street, Chicago We also operate an emergency shelter for pregnant and parenting youth, ages 18-24 years old. Logan Square - Northside location 1942 N. California, Chicago
Mary Lou\'s Place - Domestic Violence Shelter
1215 Church St
Evanston, IL 60201
24-hour crisis line: 877-718-1868

32-bed residential facility. Women and children, including boys up to the age of 12, are able to access emergency shelter for up to 90 days. Mary Lou's Place is handicapped accessible. When a woman arrives at the Shelter, her immediate needs, as well as those of her children, are addressed. Provided a private room for her family, many of which have private bathrooms, residents are given clothing, bed linens and personal supplies.

During their stay, women’s advocates and children’s counselors provide daily individual and group counseling sessions, parent/child workshops, and specialized workshops such as health education, job readiness, and financial literacy. This important combination of emotional and practical support enables residents to access the resources and find within themselves the ability to achieve self-sufficiency.
Darkim Responsible Living for Women Inc Nfp
332 S Michigan Ave, Suite 1032
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 934-8203
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 9-5pm
Saturday/Sunday-not in public operation:
Our lines are periodically checked during weekends, please leave a voice message 0r a text message.
If any calls should need immediate attention, please dial 911 or 311 for further assistance.

Darkim is a transitional shelter for women, which aids wrap around services while providing temporary housing for women.

Darkim is operated on the South-side of Chicago. Our mission is to offer outreach programs and temporary housing for women. We provided women with a safe environment featuring all necessities that a home has to offer.  Darkim Responsible Living For Women Inc Nfp is focused on providing high-quality community service and advocacy  satisfaction.  Darkim is determine to change a woman's life, "One day at a time".

Our transitional services is a residential living environment for up to two years with extensions. Inside advocacy such as; recovery coaching , 12 step help groups, parenting sessions, individual counseling, group counseling, HIV testing which focuses on disease control, life skill educational groups, financial awareness, credit awareness and outside advocacy. 
Outreach Programs
We connect to professional outside programs such as Out patient programs (substance abuse) GED program, job training programs, mental health assistant programs, and low income housing programs. DRLW recognizes that each individual has their own need of recovery, and we approach each situation with benign advantages that both empowers their self- esteem and self- worth, allowing unification with families while living proactive in todays society. 

Emergency Services
Our emergency services allows homeless women that are in an uncontrollable situation to become immediately housed, if space is available, while catering to their immediate needs which are in most cases Chicago police referrals and domestic violence related and occasional disastrous situations. Emergency situations can become temporary residents.

Extended Services

Extended services can occur through court orders (which children are affected) and- or residents deciding to move into market renting as oppose to SRO's or low income housing. Our program is  up to two years.  However, additional time can be granted with DRLW approval.


Supportive Advantages

Housing, food, clothing, recovery coaching, structured living, 12 step philosophy groups that helps distinguish habitual behaviors, family support, alumni support, computer on site for resumes and cover letter building, internet job search, online school work assignments, hands on cooking that helps recreate socialism and confidence, a laundry area that supports the need of women who can't afford to go to public laundry mats along with transportation assistance to get their day started on their road to recovery. 
DRLW participate in parenting skilled programs for mothers who are court ordered or mothers who welcome the idea of becoming a better parent  for both themselves and their child/children. We also believe mothers interacting with their child/children helps both parent and child/children reestablish healthy communicative relationships. DRLW participate in weekend visits and overnight visits with age appropriate children.
In addition:
DRLW always  welcome new ideas from professional advocacy to help navigate the old concepts of helping homeless women please inquire with our link below or email: or call (773) 567-1317
Danville Rescue Mission
834 N. Bowman Ave.
Danville , IL 61832
217 446 7223
Our basic services are: shelter for homeless men. Two meals a day to the public, and New Life Discipleship program which is a Bible based rehab program.

Shelter Check-in: 4pm.
Meals are served daily at 12:30 and 5:30 pm to the outside public. Sundays and Holidays one meal is served at 4 pm to the public. Regular meals served to transients and program men.

Men's emergency shelter. New Life Discipleship Program: Bible Based Recovery Program Coming soon Dayspring Women and Children shelter: emergency

DAYSPRING women and children's shelter
Emergency Shelter
Target opening January 1, 2017 
213 N. Bowman

Office Hours: 8:30am to Noon.

The Danville Rescue Mission is a Christian Ministry and service organization. It was established to represent Jesus Christ in the Greater Danville, Illinois area as it reaches out to the needy of this area. The Danville Rescue Mission relies on individual and church/organizational support. We do not receive government funding to preach the good news of Jesus Christ.

McHenry County PADS
14411 Kishwaukee Valley Road
Woodstock, IL 60098
McHenry County PADS is a program of Pioneer Center for Human Services, McHenry Countys provider of the broadest range of human services.

McHenry County PADS offers emergency and transitional housing coupled with support services in order to help individuals who have become homeless work toward becoming self-sufficient.

These support services enables individual to receive case management, access to vocational programs, life skills training, and counseling, as well as day-to-day services including access to showers, laundry facilities, transportation, computers and an address at which to receive mail. The program is specifically designed to address the root causes of homelessness and not just treat the symptoms.

The organization's Day Center is the first and only year-round daytime facility in McHenry County for homeless men, women and children. The Center provides an array of services including crisis intervention and case management, needs assessment along with benefits and documentation acquirement, coordination of services, an address to receive mail, lockers for temporary storage, hot meals, life skills building classes on budgeting, anger management, grooming, shopping and more, and job training and counseling. In addition, individuals who are working their way out of homelessness benefit from a stable living environment.

Our transitional home has the ability to host up to 20 homeless individuals who can stay at the home for up to two years. Occupants of the home may include single individuals, intact families and single parent families. The goal of transitional home is to build a homelike setting and provide the residents with the life skills needed to succeed. Skills taught include budgeting, goal planning, job training and time management. The layout of the home includes a community kitchen, living room, dining room, laundry facilities and a resource room that contains a computer used for job searches and research. Lack of reliable transportation is often a barrier to people working their way out of homelessness.

McHenry County PADS provides transportation assistance in two forms--travel vouchers, train tickets or bus passes can be provided to individuals that have access to public transportation.

In addition, two 15-passenger vans offer rides to the Day Center, emergency shelter sites, job interviews, social service agencies or medical appointments McHenry County PADS is open seven days a week from 7:00 am to 6:30 pm.  With transportation available every day.
Cairo Women's Shelter
P.O. Box 911
Cairo, IL 62914
Provides homeless shelter for only women and children who are victims of domestic violence for up to 2 weeks. Also offers legal advocacy, group and individual counseling and referrals.
Safe Harbor Homeless Services
611 W. Washington
Bloomington, IL 61701
Safe Harbor works with clients to identify barriers and move to self-sufficiency. We provide a safe and warm place to sleep, laundry facilities, breakfast and dinner and shower services.

Case management and referral helps clients achieve housing security. Safe harbor also assists in clothing and personal products provision.

Hours:  5:00 PM to 8:00 AM daily.
Believe shelter (Institution for women and kids)
9519 South Commercial Ave
Chicago, IL 60617
 50 bed program expanded IWTs services to include families headed by fathers and intact families due to the emergence of this as a major need since the economic downturn. Each year, Believe serves more than 200 women, children and men.
Oasis Women's Shelter
111 Market St
Alton, IL 62002
(618) 465-1978
Domestic Violence shelter for women or women with children.
Salvation Army Safe Harbor Shelter
208 N. Oak Street
Bloomington, IL 6170
(309) 829-7399
Hours: Residential: Everyday, 5:00 pm - 8:00 am.
Non residential: Everyday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Shelter for single men and/or women.

Day services and meals provided.

In order for the Safe Harbor staff to assist clients in need of services, it is expected that all individuals receiving Safe Harbor services will work, to the best of their abilities, to better their situation and seek more permanent housing as quickly as possible.  In working with case managers, residents address the root cause of their homelessness and work toward overcoming the underlying barrier.
Examples of services offered are: assistance in obtaining Bloomington Township General Assistance, Supplemental Security Income, veteran's benefits, providing or referring clients to programs which provide training for job counseling, life skills, parent training, budget counseling, AA/NA meetings, housing assistance, spiritual guidance, drug / alcohol treatment and mental health referrals.
Length of Stay
The length of stay for an individual will be 8 weeks beginning on the day one arrives.  The 8 week time frame continues even if the resident is not here.  This policy is in place so that we may continue to work with a resident to overcome homelessness.  If one is not here, we cannot help.  It is encouraged that residents stay as long as possible to develop the tools necessary to sustain independence.  Staying beyond 8 weeks may be approved through a case manager.  If an extension is not approved, you will not be eligible to return for a period of 3 months.  Exceptions are made on a case by case basis, if an individual is requesting to return.

Basic program requirements for all individuals who stay at Safe Harbor include: saving 75% of any income received or earned and applying for 10 jobs per week if one is not working or underemployed.

Safe Harbor works with clients to identify barriers and move toward self sufficiency. Safe Harbor provides a safe warm environment to sleep, storage of some personal belongings, breakfast and dinner (some people have meals that are not residents), shower and laundry facilities and case management services, including access and referral to local resources. Safe Harbor also provides clients with clothes and personal hygiene products when available.

Safe Harbor residents choose between three programs that accommodate their personal situation. Factors in program selection include: employment, decision to use case management and income. Length of client stay is determined by their program selection, as well as participation in case management services and compliance with Safe Harbor policies.
Lazarus House
214 Walnut St.
Saint Charles, IL 60174
Office Hours
Emergency Shelter
24 hrs

Monday - Saturday 9am 9pm
Sunday 1pm 9pm

Admin Office
Monday - Friday 8am 4pm

Monday - Thursday 9am 5:30pm
Friday 9am 3pm

Our mission is to offer guests connected to our communities, who are homeless or in need, hope for the future by providing hospitality, food, safe shelter, and education -tools for life. We strive to make certain that all who enter feel the love of Jesus. Our desire is to offer everyone who comes to our doors the opportunity for hope and a future. We give people a hand up, not a hand out.

Homeless Shelter
Our emergency housing offers a safe haven for persons in need. We are open 365 days/year, and shelter staff are available 24/7. The program provides:
    Warm bed
    Three meals every day
    Shower and laundry facilities
    Personal hygiene items
Day Center
Our Women & Children's Day Center, open 7 days per week, provides a safe, home-like daily living environment away from male Guests in the Lazarus House program. The Day center provides:
    Separate, enhanced space to allow women and children to focus on and more
    effectively achieve their goals
    Indoor and fenced outdoor play area and recreational space for children
    Additional bathroom facilities, including showers and a bath tub for children
    Classes specific to womens issues
    Individualized attention and support
Support Services
All Lazarus House Guests have access to:
    Case management and advocacy to address the problems that caused homelessness
    Referrals to external professional resources to address mental health, substance abuse, health or other issues
    GED and educational tutoring
    Life skills classes on topics such as budgeting and financial management, job readiness, goal planning, parenting
    Community clothes closet
    Health care (provided through FQHC clinics and a cooperative effort on the part of doctors, dentists, Tri City Health Partnership, and local funding assistance)
    Employment services
    Computer usage (monitored)
    Optional Bible studies and Sunday worship services

Transitional Housing
Center for Transitional Living
Sometimes people need extended support to help navigate the transition to independent living. Lazarus House offers a transitional housing program for individuals and families who have stayed at our shelter and are ready to begin living on their own.
The Center for Transitional Living offers dormitory-style bedrooms, including rooms designed for families to stay together. The Center also provides increased support services and a more specialized case management plan to address the unique problems a Guest may have and to help the Guest achieve permanent independence.

There is an interview process to enter the transitional housing program, and Guests are expected to make certain commitments to Lazarus House. The Center may not be right for every Guest. But for those who do stay here, it can open the door to long-term success.
We serve men, women and children who are connected to Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, and western rural Kane County by address, employment, school, or immediate family member. Click here to see a map of our service area.
PADS of Elgin
1730 Berkley Street
Elgin, IL 60123
The shelter opens nightly at 7:00 p.m. and closes each morning at 7:00 a.m. Each day PADS of Elgin operates a safe overnight emergency shelter, which provides a filling evening meal, breakfast, laundry/shower facilities as well as connections with support services, including mental health, housing, healthcare, recovery and education.

Winter Shelter Operation Hours
When temperatures outside dip to 15 degrees and below our shelter is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We work with Wayside Cross Ministries, a separate organization from PADS of Elgin, that operates a day program (Monday-Saturday) in the same building to ensure guests do not have to be outside in extreme weather conditions. The ability to be open 24/7 is only possible because of generous time and care given by volunteers, board members and staff to ensure coverage at all hours.

Services Provided
The shelter is staffed with trained site coordinators, case managers and volunteers. Mental health professionals and volunteer advocates are available to assist guests with basic needs and to connect them with additional services. Case management staff is currently available during business hours, M-F, 9am-4pm and every night of the week from 7 pm-9:30pm. We encourage those needing information on shelter services and requirements to first call the office and ask to speak with a case manager.
Wayside Cross Ministries Day Shelter
453 Fremont St
Elgin, IL 60120
(847) 695-4405
Day Shelter: Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with some programs running until 4 p.m. free daily lunch, laundry, showers and clothes. There's also Bible study for women and movies twice a week.
Dream Center Peoria
714 Hamilton Blvd
Peoria, IL 61603
(309) 676-3000
Provides a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week shelter for women, children and families.
This is a Faith Based program.

Free showers
Free meals
* Assistance Resources

The Village
2 year transitional housing resource for women, children and families.
Guides women to be self sufficient from homelessness.
Intense assistance is also provided during the 2 years.