Government Services. Community Resources. Nonprofit Organizations directory; Help for, Media/Funders connections.
Hunger issues. Health Delivery. Ending Homelessness, Affordable Housing. Good Neighbor page: opportunities, wise ways for you to help. News from Co-laborers in Our Community.
Condos and Coops Committee. Arts and Cultural Providers and Venues. Education Resources. Public Safety. CAPS. Disabilities. Religious Directory. Some health/personal development fairs, lectures: in Citizen Calendar.
There is a wide array of safety tips and hotline numbers in Public Safety.

Help-Line: resources and help available in the community and beyond

A service of Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference and its community service website, www.hydepark.org. Always in progress—suggestions welcome. Join HPKCC. Your support builds a quality community that cares for its residents, and helps expand this site.

New area bulletin board for orgs. and drives to post their services- hydeparkhelps.org.

Access to government and utility help including legal, human services.
Note: The City of Chicago has a new $6 million set aside for citizens heating needs. 311.
The scoop on welfare today- see the Ending Homelessness/Affordability page.
Be sure to see the tips in the Public Safety page.
Be sure to consult, when on line a new resources finder at http://www.SouthSideHealth.org.

OPEN DATA ONE-STOP: http://www.MetroChicagoData.org. Find Chicago, Cook, and Illinois services/facilities/agencies, offices/info sites of officials, approved homecare providers, check register, map of restaurants and inspections, public health data, crimes, gov't officials/workers salaries, vendors and contracts. According to The Daily Whale, the site organizes data sets into categories consisting of: housing and property; economic development; education; environment; government administration; ethics; health and human services; public safety; tax and revenue; and transportation. Also included on the website are newly created data sets. These features include: an interactive map of the area's hospitals, clinics and other healthcare facilities that are operated by the city, county or state; a directory of government buildings and facilities in metro Chicago; and tax, permits, investment incentives and regulation data for businesses.

Announcements, seminars, meetings, opportunities etc.

Summer jobs for youth. For information on or to volunteer with a local group mentoring and linking kids for summer jobs, contact LaKeisha Hamilton lilkee@umich.edu
Spencer Bibbs pencer_bibbs@yahoo.com

Want to know where/why the power's out? https://www.comed.com/_layouts/comedsp/OutageMap.aspx
Report street lights out. http://311request.cityofchicago.org/reports/new?service_id=4ffa9f2d6018277d400000c8

Hyde Park-Kenwood Food Pantry 1169 E. 56th St. (at Hyde Park Union Church- 56th building). Every Saturday 10-1:30 pm. Groceries once every 4 weeks per person living Cottage to the Lake, 39th to 60th. Case manager available. 773 363-6063.
(Volunteers please count on 9:30-12 and be able to climb stairs with grocery boxes. Groups up to 6 min. age 12. Vol. coorinator Jan Decenbach jdeckenbach@press.uchicago.edu 773 702-7034.)

United Church of Hyde Park- last Saturday Breakfast for the Hungry 9-10 am. 1448 E. 53rd St. Other chrches on other Saturdays.


Building on the successful elements of the national 100K Initiative, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, in conjunction with the University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement and other partners, will host the Washington Park Job and Resource Fair on Friday, January 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Washington Park Field House, 5531 S. King Dr. The event is designed for 18 to 24 year olds who are not in school or are in school part-time. It will consist of job readiness workshops, on-site pre-screening, employer interviews, job applications/assistance, and support job resources.
There will be interviews for more than 250 open positions in a range of fields. Please help us spread the word about this event.

As of January 6, 2015 the UC student's (but public) exchange marketplace is back up. https://marketplace.uchicago.edu/.

Re: affordable units in Vue 53 (Dec. 10 2015). Friends, I understand that nearly all the one bedroom affordable apartments in Vue53 are now spoken for. So if you are interested in a two bedroom at $970/month you had better act fast. I still don't know the rates for the 13 apartments that will be available for households earning roughly between $40,000 to $52,000, but you can also ask them about that. See the required documents below. Pat Wilcoxen.
Friends and Neighbors,
The Leasing Center for Vue53 is scheduled to open November 30th at 1453 E. 53rd St. (Hours: 8:30 - 4:00). They will be accepting applications for occupancy in the Fall of 2016. This may seem far away, but remember that City Hyde Park filled their waiting list of affordable apartments within a few weeks of opening it. So please alert those you know who may be interested, especially seniors who are looking for an elevator building. The information below is only for households with income below 60% of the Area Median Income. That means income below $30,420 for a household of 1 person, $34,800 for two, and $39,120 for three. There will be 27 apartments available at this income level. There will be an additional 13 apartments available for households with incomes up to 80% AMI, (roughly $40,000-$52,000), but they have not yet set the rates for those. I will share that info when it is set.
The management company will provide Internet and Cable TV. The tenant will establish their own electric account. Gas for the property will be billed to each unit on a Residential Billing System, to cover the heat.
Applications for affordable units, including a non-refundable check or money order for $50 made out to Vue53, must be done at the Leasing Center because applicants must also bring the following:
Two most current pay check stubs or proof of income for all household residents over 18 yrs. of age.
Income Affidavit for all household members over 18.
Most current signed Income Tax Return or IRS Letter 1722
Bank Statements for previous 60 days from date of application.
Verification of Employment, completed by a third party (if employed).
The staff in the Leasing Center will assist in completing the application forms.

Now for the rents: Studio $763/month, 1 bedroom $809/month, 2 bedroom $970/month. I know these seem high to all of us, but they are under the current average for elevator buildings in Hyde Park. (And some of us reach the point that we need elevator buildings.) I'll let you discover for yourselves what rent will be on the market rate apartments. Pat Wilcoxen

Are you winter-ready? summer-ready> visit ready.gov.

741 Collaborative is a nonprofit coaltion that puts employers in touch with qualified persons seeking employment. It now has a brnch on 47th St.

(Chicago) Hyde Park Village

Helping people age successfully in place
Telephone:
•The office--773-363-1933. Website incl. calendar- http://www.chpv.org
•Susan Alitto--773-752-6587 or 773-485-3643 or salitto@gmail.com
•Sammie Dortch--773-643-5101 or sdortchassociates@gmail.com, or sdortch@ccc.edu
Office: Chicago Hyde Park Village, 5500 S. Woodlawn, 2nd floor, Chicago, IL 60637 (in Augustana Lutheran Church)

Drop In program 2nd and 4th Weds unless by a holiday at Augustana Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn.

chicagoflushots.org.

Lower cost energy solar installations offered.

The city of Chicago has teamed up with San Francisco-based Vote Solar and Chicago-based Environmental Law and Policy Center to speed up rooftop solar installations in Chicago through 2014 summer at 25% under market rate. Funding comes from a World Wildlife Fund grant and is contracted with the two nfp's listed above. A committee led by Vote Solar selected Juhl Renewable Energy Systems, Microgrid Solar, Ailey Solar and Kapital Electric to do the installations under financing to homeowners through Admirals Bank. Cost to the homeowner varies according to installation size but should be $3.49 per watt. REGISTER at mygroupenergy.com/solarchicago.

Here's how to contact 311 electronically and have request tracked: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/311.html .

Nearest warming/cooling shelter- 4314 S. Cottage Grove, 312-747-2300.

Need help with utility payments? Jane Addams Resource Corporation, Income Support Specialist can provide support to income-eligible households through the LIHEAP Energy Assistance Program.

LIHEAP is designed to assist low-income households pay for winter energy services. This is done in the form of one-time payments to utility companies that are applied directly to the house holds energy bills. To schedule an appointment, please contact: Jessica Newsome via email or 773.751.7113.

Urban Dolorosa is an anti-violence and community/victim healing faith based collaboration here at Hyde Park Union Church, Rev. Susan Johnson.

HPKCC Youth Programs Database.(hydepark.org/schools)
Larger Afterschool providers database.

Call Hyde Park Neighborhood Club about a full suite of services and programs for youth. 773 643-4062More in Collaborers in the Community and Neighborhood Club programs page.

ld. Burns announces:

Small Accessible Repairs for Seniors (SARFS). The Small Accessible Repairs for Seniors (SARFS) provides enabling devices and limited home improvements at no cost to the homeowner or tenant for senior citizens through out Chicago. The SARFS Program is free:

Services are provided by the Partners in Community Building Inc. contracted by the City of Chicago Department of Housing and Economic Development, and can include the following repairs:


• Weather-stripping, caulking of doors
• Repair or replacement of door
• Floor, wall and ceiling repair
• Installation of smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers
• Installation in the bathroom of grab bars, vanity, tub surround, accessible raised
toilet, hand-held showerhead
• Installation of accessible faucet handles
• make available a shower bench for bathtub
• Installation or repair of railings (interior or exterior)
• Construction of a wheelchair accessible ramp, widening of doors (not all agencies)
• Repair of (interior or exterior) steps
• replace kitchen base wall and sink cabinetry (accessible height if needed)


On-site inspections will be done to determine services needed.

Applicants shall be at least 60 years of age. Qualified recipients can be a homeowner or renter. The building must be 1 to 4 units to be eligible for repairs through the Small Accessible Repairs for Seniors (SARFS). PICB Inc serves Seniors with low income who live in the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Wards. When a renter makes an application, the landlord shall certify that he or she is the owner where the applicant resides, and give permission for repairs to be done under the SARFS Program and will not increase the rent as a result (SARFS) improvements.


You can apply directly with: Norman Long (312) 328-0873
Partners In Community Building, Inc.
3424 S. State Street, Ste. 1A8 - 1
Chicago, Illinois 60616
Norman’s Office Hours are: 9am-5pm Monday, Tues, Thursday & Friday

Attn. to those who need to apply for insurance with a previous condition:

YouTube Video About Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP)

This video from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services presents an overview of the PCIP online application, information about what to expect, and what information you should have on hand when you are ready to apply online. PCIP makes health insurance available to people who have had a problem getting insurance due to a pre-existing condition. Find out if there's a PCIP in available in your state.
This information was recently added to Disability.gov. To learn more visit https://www.disability.gov/health/health_care/finding_health_care. (In par. near bottom of page.

 

61 and Bronzeville farmers markets offer SNAP and LINKS discounts. For Bronzeville contact Yvette Kelly (773) 268-7232, Email: bronzevillemarket@gmail.com Website: www.qcdc.org.

Need to file because of recent flood damage? Use http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/oem/provdrs/emerg_mang/alerts/2010/jul/flood_assistance.html

Find out about upcoming weatherization opportunities in the Affordable Housing page,

CHA seeks to update and expand its wait list of those who seek Section 8 housing. Contact them.

Facing electric service disconnection (received notice)? Helping Hand provides immediate relief-- you pay 50 percent of outstanding balance now. Only sign up period is March 1-31 2010 by calling 1-888-806-CARE (2273) (have ID, bill, payment means, and proof of hardship handy) or attend an informational fair.

Beware of a scam whereby someone sends a check for subletting an apartment-- for more than the deposit and expecting you to wire them the "excess."!!!!!! Another scam has people soliciting on the street supposedly for the Neighborhood Club.

Cards are available to get prescription discounts. Contact ward offices.

Watch for news of big, savvy fairs on foreclosures and on jobs.

Friends of the Forest Preserves has internship positions open for those over 18. If interested, contact Veronica Kyle before applying at 312-733-4640.

The Chamber of Commerce hosts how to and how to avoid seminars, often on 3rd Wednesdays noon at Chant. And watch for periodic health and jobs fairs. The chamber has moved to 5501 S. Everett.

Debt Relief Stimulus Eligibility Form.
Connecting Americans with ethical solutions for Credit and Mortgage Crisis, listed under America’s Consumer Bill of Rights.

Understanding the effects that a nationwide recession can impose on the People of America can sometimes be difficult and disheartening.

In the search for a solution to overcome credit card debt and mortgage crisis, many Americans are falling into Bankruptcy and losing their homes. If you are having difficulty making payments to your unsecured debt obligations or your current home mortgage payment, fill out the stimulus pre-approval form at:

http://gov-usdebtstimulus.info/ From administration@gov-usdebtstimulus.info.

Only less than 200,000 Americans received financial assistance in 2009, with a Bill that required billions of dollars to support. Many more are still in need of assistance. See if you qualify for assistance.

 

Summer jobs are available to youth in partnership with the city, agencies/businesses.... Read print in pdf.

From: Youth Ready Chicago Youth Ready Chicago
[mailto:YouthReadyChicago@cityofchicago.org]
Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2009 1:07 PM
To: YouthReadyChicago@cityofchicago.org
Subject: Hire youth under the Economic Stimulus

Dear Business Leader,

Mayor Daley's Youth Ready Chicago provides individuals, ages 14-24, the
opportunity to obtain apprenticeships, internships and jobs that will bridge
their classroom experiences and possible career choices. This summer, the
Youth Ready Chicago program will provide up to 7,300 youth between the ages
of 14 and 24 with a government-subsidized paid work experience. The
Department of Family and Support Services (FSS) is seeking applications from
qualified non-profit organizations, public-sector employers, local
government and faith-based organizations to serve as hubs and work sites for
the Youth Ready Chicago program.

Youth Ready Chicago will operate through a system of hubs and work sites.
Hubs will provide operational and administrative oversight of the program
including paying all youth associated with that hub. Work sites will be
assigned to a hub and will provide youth with jobs in the community and
supervise them. Hubs must complete and submit a Request for Proposal (RFP)
and a HUB application by April 13th, 2009. You can obtain the applications
by downloading them from two locations at www.youthreadychicago.org or
www.cityofchicago.org/fss.

If your organization is interested in being a work site for Youth Ready
Chicago, please visit our web site at
http://www.youthreadychicago.org/employers/Work_Sites.html and email the
following information to youthreadychicago@cityofchicago.org.

-Organization Name
-Organization Address
-Contact Name & Title
-Contact Phone
-Job Description
-Number of Youth Positions Available

Please e-mail www.youthreadychicago.org for additional questions or view the
attached PDF for more information.

The City of Chicago is also offering a Community Services Block Grant Scholarship for college and vocational students.

JOB READINESS PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH WITH DISABILITIES 2010-2011- FLYER

Getting ready for jobs- seminars and fairs- King Community Center, 4314 S. Cottage Grove. In April 2010 available jobs includes Dr. Pepper, FedEx, Mercy, Ill Dept. Transportation, Southwest Airlines, Metra an a lot more. Call 773 538-5627 at Mid South Workforce Center.

Chicago Children and Youth Services (CYS) is a division of City of Chicago Family and Support Services. Sections using partnerships in conjunction with schools to provide internships, jobs incl. summer, and other learning experiences for ages 6-18 in sports and recreation, arts, personal development and careers are tied to 6 Regional Consortium Centers (RCC) and 6 Youth Career Development Centers (YCDC) in the offices of the six CPS regions (pres. in high schools; none near Hyde Park). There is a web guide to resources in Job Resources for Youth and Youth Ready Summer Jobs Program. Start with http://www.cityofchicago.org, search departments Children and Youth Services.

In the past these programs have included "Freshman Connection," a Chicago Public Schools program which will help 18,500 8th graders make the transition to high school. The program features academic instruction in the morning and recreation activities in the afternoon at no cost to the students. It is held at the students’ destination high school, so it will give them a chance to become familiar with their new school and their new classmates. This program also includes 850 paid youth leadership positions.

CPS Bilingual Bridge Program for English Language Learners in grades 3, 6 and 8.

The Department of Children and Youth Services and the Chicago Housing Authority School and Career Readiness Program for young people under 15.

CYS and City Colleges partner to create the Manufacturing Readiness Program that will provide both classroom work and 50 summer jobs in the manufacturing industry.

CYS and the Mikva Challenge partner to create two youth councils that are focused on public policy. One will focus on safety and violence, the other on health.

CYS, CAPS and Clear Channel Radio have "Chicago Voices Against Violence."

NeighborSports was offered until 10 p.m. at 20 sites in high crime neighborhoods. And the Park District at least did keep 17 swimming pools open until 9 p.m.

After School Matters has offered 11,500 summer opportunities in its arts, science, sports, technology and communications programs, including new arts-based programs in three neighborhood parks and at Millennium Park -- About 6,100 of these After School Matters opportunities were paid apprenticeships or internships

More than 45,000 young people are expected to take part in the Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, and more than 3,700 to take part in programs sponsored by the Chicago Housing Authority.

The CTA partnered with CYS to hire 200 young people to work as part of their rail car appearance program.

CYS partnered with the CHA to provide job readiness training to 100 CHA teens.

The Police Department and CYS create summer jobs for youth that have been part of the Juvenile Intervention Support Center.

CYS partnered with CleanSlate Chicago to provide training and summer jobs beautifying our neighborhoods for 28 young people.

More city: City of Chicago Child Department of Children and Youth Services Community Development Block Grant 2007 partnerships and other partnerships. (Partnerships can be brought into middle and high schools). Contact: Daisy S. Lezama, Deputy Commissioner for Youth Services, DCYS, Goldblatt Bldg, 1615 W. Chicago, 60602, 312 743-0258, daisy.lezama@cityofchicago.org.

(Some partners in the area as of 2007)

Internships through city programs. See also After School Matters/Gallery 37.

And contests for scholarships, such as Chicago Climate Action Plan

Chicago Climate Action Plan video competition for school youth

Please share this exciting project with your students, colleagues, friends
and community:

The Chicago Climate Action Plan (CCAP) team has launched an innovative video
contest aimed at encouraging middle, high school, and college students in
the City of Chicago to submit creative, 90 second videos that illustrate how
they take part in one or more of the Plan's 35 mitigation or adaptation
actions of the CCAP. The CCAP is a comprehensive and detailed strategy that
outlines how the city will reduce its carbon footprint 25 percent by 2020
and 80 percent by 2050.

Beginning April 1, 2010 and continuing through April 12, 2010 students can
submit their videos individually or in teams
. Nine winners in three
categories will be announced on April 22—Earth Day—at Daley Plaza. First
place winners will receive $2,000; second place winners will receive $1000
and third place winners will receive $500 to be used for educational
purposes. Prizes are funded by a sponsorship from Abbott Fund.

Following the contest, from April 23-May 18, 2010, visitors to
www.chicagoclimateaction.org can take part in the Viewer’s Choice Award by
voting
on their favorite of the nine winning videos. On May 22, 2010, the
winner will be announced and receive an additional $500 towards their
education.

For the official rules, regulations and deadlines or to submit a video,
please visit *www.chicagoclimateaction.org.*

For more information, please contact Alison Saffold, Director of
Communications for the Chicago Climate Action Plan, Global Philanthropy
Partnership, at (312) 744-8908.
--
Alison H. Saffold, MPA, APR
Communications Director
Chicago Climate Action Plan
Global Philanthropy Partnership at Chicago Department of Environment
30 N. LaSalle Street, 25th Floor, Chicago, IL 60602-2575
Ph: 312.744.8908 Fax: 312.744.6451 Cell: 305.495.3102

Be Green. Save Green.
Take the $800 Savings Challenge today at www.chicagoclimateaction.org.

Blackstone Bicycle Works at the Experimental Station. 6100 S. Blackstone. 773 241-5458. http://www.experimentalstation.org. Including internships/jobs.
They cross boundaries as they engage youth, teaching real skills and responsibility alongside academic engagement (to aim toward college and business), serving as safe haven, and giving hope and sense of achievement. It currently has 24 regular enrollees and several taking "just in time learning" and learning green jobs.
The Experimental Station is like a commune for incubator and successful businesses, arts, environmental (especially) , and education programs. Heavily engaged are the University of Chicago Service Center, Civic Knowledge, Summer Links, BSD and the University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital. Volunteers welcome! Winterization classes.

Blackstone Library- See Friends of or in other sections.

Healthcare and hospital settings. Example: Advocate Healthcare hires young people (checking whether pre-graduates) and their young employees maintain a webpage- http://www.advocatehealth.com/body_jobs.cfm?id=2112.

Youth Pride Center Jobs: The Youth Pride Center located in Hyde Park (1525 E 55th Street) is currently taking applications to fill 100 slots for youth who reside on the south side of Chicago who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning or allies (gay friendly). Youth must be between the ages of 16 and 21.
Applications are available at the Youth Pride Center, Monday - Friday from 3 - 7pm. For more information contact Frank at (773) 690-6790 (cell) or email youthpridecenter@gmail.com. Deadline is May 5, 2010. Youth are paid $9/hour (16-18 year olds), and $11/hour (19-21 years old).

Youth Pride Center Young Women's Summer Intensive. The YWSI is a series of workshops and retreats that helps young lesbians and bisexual girls explore how our community can achieve the physical, mental, spiritual, social and economic wellbeing of women and girls. The YWSI takes the complex relationship between gender and leadership as its focus. Participants will develop action-oriented leadership plans during the sessions. YWSI participants should be curious, passionate, and willing to take risks. The YWSI will allow you to develop those qualities and push you in a new direction as you explore leadership through a female lens. This program will support young women to challenge inequality through a transformative process that links the personal to the political. We will explore how our choices are limited by being women of color and how we can take charge of our bodies, our education, our environment and our lives. The academic foundation of the Intensive will focus on gender issues, social change, and leadership. Working in small groups you will work to design and execute a project to improve the young lesbian and bi-sexual communities in Chicago, where no current programming for this population currently exists.
YWSI participants will participate in several social activities, including field trips throughout the 10 week program. They will receive a stipend every two weeks of $9-$11/hour – depending on age. The intensive runs 4 days a week, for 5 hours a day.
Goals and objectives -Young women in the intensive will:

·Gain leadership, critical thinking, and communication skills,

Develop and analysis of women’s rights

· Conduct an awareness campaign in our community

· Receive a bi-weekly stipend ($100 per week)

· Receive related supplies and equipment

The Summer Intensive is absolutely FREE. Young Women will be supervised by members of the Youth Pride Center’s Women’s Advisory Board and volunteers/professionals in the field. (773)690-6790 for more information or youthpridecenter@gmail.com.

 

If you know of any young people between the ages of 14-24 please have them apply for the Community of St. Sabina Summer Youth Internship. Please contact me at friendsofsj1@gmail.com or 773-731-0000 with any questions or comments.


 

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Key emergencies

Emergency numbers (many more in Public Safety and CAPS News)

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One Stop help centers

There is a nearby One Stop help center for job placement, education and training, youth services, more.
Center for Working Families at Abraham Lincoln Center, 3858 S. Cottage Grove, 773 373-0365

AKArama Foundation, Inc. Community Service Center 6220-28 South Ingleside Avenue. ?(773) 548-8859.

Martin Luther King Center including Mid-South Workforce Center, at 4314 S. Cottage Grove. Part of Employee and Employer Services. 773 538-5727, http://www.eesforjobs.com. www.exu.ilstu.edu/ncist/onestops.phtml. http://www.illinoisworknet.com. Satellite? 715 E. 47th St.

The Woodlawn Organization. 6040 S. Harper. 773 288-5840

Program Sites:
Anchor House-Family Preservation
1230 West 76th Street, Chicago, IL , ph#: 773.651.0027

Service Connector
1508 East 63rd Street, Chicago, IL, ph#: 773.256.2900

Community Office
1512 East 63rd Street, Chicago, IL, ph#: 773.363.8864

Entry House
1447 East 65th Street, Chicago, IL, ph#: 773.493.6116

Family Life Center
1510 East 63rd Street, Chicago, IL, ph#: 773.752.0911

Infant Day Care
1445 East 63rd Street, Chicago, IL , ph#: 773.324.5880

WECDC
950 East 61st Street , Chicago, IL, ph#: 773.667.3300

Living Room Cafe/Inspiration Corporation. http://www.inspirationcorp.org/programs/. 63rd or 64th Cottage Grove.

Se also Chicago Youth Centers and Chicago Youth Programs.


New! Help-Village

Jay Mulberry of Hyde Park Village Google Groups writes:
There is a glitch with help-village@googlegroups-- use s_borgeson@yahoo.com.

A month (or so) ago we began to set up a system where members can help other members with this and that. Well, we have a great coordinator, Sara Borgeson, we have volunteers and we are ready to work.
Say you need someone to drive you somewhere, pick you up somewhere, contact someone, visit you or a friend who needs it, read to you or a friend who would enjoy it, help with house cleaning, help setting up a new piece of equipment for your home, shop for you, go to the drug store for you, look after an animal for a short time . . . or, or, or . . .
Contact Sara Borgeson, the coordinator, by writing to help-village@googlegroups.com. (I suggest you put that in your address book. Don't know how to put it in your address book? Ask for HELP!)
If possible, do this two or three days before the date you need the help.
The coordinator will get you a helper, who will contact you and set a schedule.

That's all there is to it. It is a way that we can help each other, and anyone who wants to be a helper and hasn't signed up just let Sara know
(help-village@googlegroups.com)
There are a few things to remember:
•Do not contact us in a medical emergency, or in any situation where you need help urgently. We cannot guarantee the speed of our response.
•Think "short term" when you make a request. If you need service day after day, or week after week for a very long time we might not be able to accommodate you. (But, maybe we could find some way to get the help, so don't just give up.)
•Do not request professional advice.
•Understand that we are a small community group using community volunteers and we will do the best we can. No money-back guarantee is included.


Addiction and recovery

August 23, Tuesday. Courage to Quit at Billings Hospital, with therapists. 960 E. 59th St room H-300. 773 834-5372. $25.

Alcoholics Anonymous. Call their help line for all programs and group locations. 312 346-1475.
One is at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn, Mondays at 7 pm.
Another is at Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn M, W, or F at noon.

Al-Anon and Alateen. At First Unitarian Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn. 773 471-9225. Wed. 8 pm

Angels Outreach. At St. James United Methodist Church. 4611 S. Ellis, right side entrance. 773 624-5601. stjameschurch4611@sbcglobal.net.

Project Brotherhood Clinic, 64th and Woodlawn.

The Chicago Recovery Alliance. Includes syringe exchange, medical care, overdose program, safe and STOP education, shelter referrals, legal assistance and training.
Various locations around city. Dan Bigg 773 471-0999. cra@attglobal.net. www.anypositivechange.org.

Day by Day Health Consultants. Dora Dixie, MD. Primary care, outpatient drug therapy, metal health services, Detox incl. in home, Psychological, Addiction. 515 E. 50th, 2nd Floor, 773 548-7000, http://www.daybydayhealth.org.

Eating Disorders Clinic at UC Medical Center- 773 702-0789, eatingdisorders.uchicago.edu.

Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment. http://recovergateway.org. Illinois’ Largest Provider of Drug & Alcohol Treatment- 24 Hour Helpline-877-321-7326.

Rainbow Recovery meets at Hyde Park Neighborhood Club Fridays, 7 pm. 5480 S. Kenwood. 773 643-4062. Check with the Club.

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Affinity, GLBTQ

Affinity Community Services. with UCAN (separated from Youth Pride Services.) 5650 S. Woodlawn. 773 324-0377. http://www.affinity95.org. Kim Hunt dir. Holds drop in nights for mentoring and school work for youth of gay, lesbian, trans or questioning affinity, aged 14-19-1st and 3rd Mondays 4-8, will increase to M-Th. Also Lesbian and bi moms roundtable, UCAN transitioning homeless youth to safe homes (wadeb@ucanchicago.org, 312 738-5966-Uhlich Children's Advantage Network (UCAN) is a multi-faceted social service agency which serves more than 12,000 children, youth and families in Illinois each year.

Related: Erasing the Distance. http://www.erasingthedistance.org.

Chicago Theological Seminary LGBTQ Religious Studies Center. 5757 S. University. A theological "think tank" to allow faculty and grad students to explore issues and ethics from LGBTQ perspective and created resources for community activists incl. publications. (Started a LGBT Religious Archives Network- http://wwwlgbtran.org- that is now at Berkeley.) http://tiny.cc/lgbtq323.

Forty Plus (as in age. LGBT affinity)
Phyllis Price at fortyplus@affinity95.org.

University of Chicago Guidelines on Hate Crimes and Civility: "'Voices of Our Community' Diversity, Civility, and Equity Resource Guide" which is also available on-line at http://dos.uchicago.edu/civility.shtml.

University of Chicago LGBTQ Programming Office. (Not to be confused with Queers and Associates student organization, still at 5706 S. University or moved to next? or Gender Studies at 5733 S. University) 5710 S. Woodlawn, the Multi Cultural/Office of Multicultural Affairs and GLBTQ center. 773 702-5710. http://lgbtq.uchicago.edu. Posts a calendar of discussions and lectures that are open to the public.

Youth Pride Center. Youth of gay etc. affiliation or questioning. Serves c. 200 ages 13-19 esp. of color from HP Neighborhood Club and 4950 S. Dorchester. Includes "University" life readiness by age 21, support groups, Frankie the Magazine, YPC Entertainment (which brings in performing artists from major schools and theaters) , advocacy Foundation, trips to affiliate clubs/programs in other cities and other parts of Chicago. Engagement in school, commitment required. Drop in center. Increasingly focused on violence and its prevention, STD-HIV testing /education, lectures and social events incl monthly under 23 "curiosity." Now at 5020 S. Cornell, Office also given as at 1521 E. 55th St. Ste. 312, Anthony Whitfield exec. dir.. 773 382-0511, youthpridecenter@gmail.com for full prospectus; myspace.com/youthpridecenter.

More for youth: visit the Youth Discussion/support/empowerment section in AfterSchool.


Assistance, errand, et al

See also in Affordable Information page, various other sections of this page

Hyde Park Village/ Hyde Park Village Google Groups. In process- see Village page.

Shoulder2Shoulder LLC. An errand, personal assistance, virtual assistance esp. for small businesses and seniors. These include bill paying, personal errand runs, line standing, wait for service, virtual assistant, temps, flyer distribution, cleaning, holiday, moving, pharmaceutical mgt., doctor appointment management. Antawan Smothers. 773 819-5445, http://www.shouldertwoshoulder.com, shouldertwoshoulder@gmail.com.

Battered persons/elder and other abuse, Missing and Exploited

Please visit our Public Safety page and CAPS page and for contacts. See also below under Housing/shelters (ex St. Martin de Porres) The University of Chicago and the city have excellent services. There are also several places that teach self defense and self esteem comprehensively, from park fieldhouses and the Neighborhood Club to Lotus Living (S.T.O.P. 8 sessions $120), Fitzgerald's, Bally's etc. etc. See Community Resources-Services. Visit also http://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org. More for youth: visit the Youth Discussion/support/empowerment section in AfterSchool.

911 if you are in danger or you think someone is...
Police Domestic Violence Operations (312) 745-6340 3510 S. Michigan. including info, Order of Protection
Domestic Violence Hotline 1 877-868-6338 , TTY 1 877 863-6339
Child Abuse /Neglect Hotline, Police. 800-252-2873
Elder Abuse/Neglect Hotline, Police 800 654-8595, 800 252-8966

National Missing and Exploited Children: 1-800-843-5678, www.missingkids.com, www.cybertipline.com.

Illinois Attorney General: www.IllinoisAttorneyGeneral.gov.

Mayor's Office On: (312) 747-9972
Helpline 24 hour multilingual voice toll free: 1-877 863-6338 (1-888 863-6339-TTY) or 1 800-TOENDDV

A resource on nursing home abuse: http://nursinghomeabuseguide.com.

Affinity Community Services. with UCAN (separated from Youth Pride Services.) 5650 S. Woodlawn. 773 324-0377. http://www.affinity95.org. Kim Hunt dir. Holds drop in nights for mentoring and school work for youth of gay, lesbian, trans or questioning affinity, aged 14-19-1st and 3rd Mondays 4-8, will increase to M-Th. Also Lesbian and bi moms roundtable, UCAN transitioning homeless youth to safe homes (wadeb@ucanchicago.org, 312 738-5966-Uhlich Children's Advantage Network (UCAN) is a multi-faceted social service agency which serves more than 12,000 children, youth and families in Illinois each year.

Related: Erasing the Distance. http://www.erasingthedistance.org.

Centers for New Horizons. HQ. 4150 S. King Drive, 773 373-5700. Several satellites. http://www.chn.org. Sokoni Karanja. Includes childcare centers, in a wide section of the mid-South, and a large foster care program. Childcare at 4 centers, Teen Reach, substance abuse programs, senior and other social services. Includes a program to prevent abuse and isolation of senior citizens.

Friends of Battered Women and their Children. 773 274-5232.

Resources for Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) and
Rape Victims Advocates
228 S. Wabash, 312 663-6303 and
Family Violence Prevention Fund

Through a 24/7 network of staff volunteers, RVA has helped over 20,00 victims of sexual assault since 1974. Other contacts not available to us at present.

Rape Victim Emergency Assistance 24-hour Hotline (search City of Chicago). 312 744-8418, see Government Resources

http://www.sexualoffenders.com. Does not have Illinois registry link (does have Indiana), has articles on the subject.

St. Martin de Porres Center (House of Hope)

6423 S. Woodlawn. (773) 643-5843
Battered women and children shelter and services incl. job training, child care, tutoring, GED, substance abuse rehab. Volunteers esp for tutoring children, taking them on outings, visiting the women. Food, clothing, and monetary donations welcome (canned and boxed food and baking supplies).

Minimum stay of 6 months for whole families. All must have been under an addiction, can also be victims of abuse. Comprehensive leading to permanent location, job placement, support services. Works with Hyde Park Kiwanis.

University of Chicago Guidelines on Hate Crimes and Civility: "'Voices of Our Community' Diversity, Civility, and Equity Resource Guide" which is also available on-line at http://dos.uchicago.edu/civility.shtml.

Youth Pride Center. Youth of gay etc. affiliation or questioning. Serves c. 200 ages 13-19 from HP Neighborhood Club and 4950 S. Dorchester. Includes "University" life readiness by age 21, support groups, Frankie the Magazine, YPC Entertainment (which brings in performing artists from major schools and theaters) , advocacy Foundation, trips to affiliate clubs/programs in other cities and other parts of Chicago. Engagement in school, commitment required. 5480 S. Kenwood, 773 382-0511, youthpridecenter@gmail.com for full prospectus.

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Bereavement, bereavement support groups

Please help us fill in this category.

We suggest your best bet may be faith/worship institutions, hospitals (UC Hospitals has one for children and youth, for example), hospice providers including Vitas, and service centers such as Urban Life. Your funeral/mortuary provider may also help--there are none in the immediate area although there is the Illinois Cremation Society.

The CompanionShip: is run out of Comer Children's Hospital, Univ of Chicago, but meets on the south side near 55th and Woodlawn. It has 8 week support groups and monthly support groups to help families and children cope with the death of a loved one. Our groups are free of charge. For more information and a group schedule call 773-834-1776.

Daughters of Zion. Shani Britton, 1507 E. 53rd St. suite 911, 60615, 773 426-3400, Hopeinzion@aol.com. http://www.dozin.org. DOZIN is a Christian non-profit dedicated to saving lives and restoring hope by sharing Gods' love through providing food, clothing, medical care, quality education, clean water and a safe living environment. we focus on children who have been separated from their parents due to death, abandonment, poverty or abuse. We strive to meet each child's specific needs by providing personal development programs, counseling, educational support and spiritual and recreational activities.

National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children. 888-818-7662, http://www.pomc.org.

 

Business and consumer complaints, fraud; business help

Some U of C business and entrepreneur aid:
Not only is the U of C helping relocate businesses but to grow new South Side businesses, including with the Law School Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship--advising and helping organize businesses including in Hyde Park (773 834-3129); Graduate School of Business Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship includes for nonprofits; Edward L. Kaplan New Venture Challenge (www.chicagonvc.com/gci-bin/ONC/find_idea.cgi or com/findteam.htm.
Also Entrepreneurial Internship Program- Polsky Center at 773 834-4525 or anna.bishop@chicagogsb.edu.(and see below HP Angels
Office of Business Diversity, U of C includes workshops- Naida Quarles at nquarles@uchicago.edu,
773 702-2553.
Business Diversity includes Direct Connect, South Side Business Development Initiative (with Booth School Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship, and law School Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship). Get a booklet describing what the certification rules are and how to get it. You have to start by applying with Central Procurement services. - visit cps.uchicago.edu/public- will have to fax package to 773 702-0904 and 773 702-5893.
Hyde Park Angels

Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
5807 South Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL 60637
http://www.hydeparkangels.com (connect from there).

Advice and help to start up companies- one of the largest such in the Midwest. Includes 135 Booth School students. Managing Director Karin O'Connor (departing). Monthly office hours by appointment.

Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce. Always ready to help. Includes a published and line directory of subscribers. Now at 1715 E. 55th St. Chicago, IL 60637, 773 288-0124. http://www.hydeparkchamberchicago.org. contact@

Hyde Park SSA (Special Service Area tax district #42)- ask for Eric at South East Chicago Commission, 773 324-6926.

South East Chicago Commission- see in Community Organizations.

A new format for getting cooperative/community funding for small businesses, endorsed by several in Hyde Park: http://www.lendsquare.com.

Attorney General of the State of Illinois. illinoisattorneygeneral.gov

Better Business Bureau of Chicago. 312 832-0500. 330 N. Wabash room 2006

Chicago Dept. of Consumer Services. ( 312 744-9400 24 hours. TDD 312 744-9385.

If you encounter deceptive or fraudulent business practices in the credit industry, you may visit http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/edcams/credit/index.html to file a complaint.

See numbers, hotlines in Government Services or city website. See also Illinois Attorney General helpline's there, 100 W. Randolph Fl 12 1 800 386-5438. Cook County State's Attorney's Office 69 W. Washington 312 603-8600.)

Consumer Services Resource examples of what they handle. Complaints all go DCS at the number above 312 744-9400 unless an alternate referral is given.

Call also alderman's office, South East Chicago Commission.

 

From the Illinois Department of Employment Security: Unemployment and Workers' Compensation Information for Employers and any others, business license information and business regulation. (Remember that all libraries now have free computer access.) 33 S. State St. , Chicago IL 60603, 312 793-9276.

Services are now immediately available in one place through Business Portal at www.business.illinois.gov.

Statewide internet unemployment claims system at www.ides.state.il.us
. Watch for future services over these and other internet sites.

Illinois Skills Match free internet job matching: www.illinoisskillsmatch.com (to be enhanced in the fall for businesses that do not need a 100% match)

Illinois TaxNet from IDES and the Dept. of Revenue lets businesses file, apply for an account,make address and employee info changes between quarters: www.ides.state.il.us.

Workforce data, economic information and career information: www.ilworkinfo.com.

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Chaplaincy/Spiritual Care

Consult the University of Chicago Hospitals, University of Chicago Medical Center Department of Spiritual Care, MC 2120, 5841 S Maryland Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637, 773 702-6246. Mgr. Deborah Derylak, 773 702-3467. On-Call Chaplain 773 702-1000. pager 188-7008. The Hospitals has two chapels, open 24/7. Benson Chapel is located in the Mitchell Hospital Rubloff Tower 2nd floor (D288). The Piccolo Chapel is in the Comer Children's Hospital 1st floor.

Children and youth (incl. college), family health, counseling, mentoring services
(Education, tutoring etc. has more in After School, in Education Resources home, and Schools Directory. Government Services.) Expectant parents see Parent Section, below.

Resources
List of Childcare providers
Childcare Referral Services

Cultural Activities for Children
Sports and Recreation for Children
Counseling and Mentoring, child-and-parent

National Runaway Switchboard 800 621-4000

Child Support. 800 447-4039

Parents: need someone to talk to? 1-800-4-A-Child. 1 800 422-4453

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Resources. More in Afterschool, Community Resources

Most congregations have classes, cultural activities, gyms in them and welcome kids not members. Many in this area are dedicated to helping and leading to adulthood young men and women.

Energy Assessments. To schedule one (for either single-family or multi-family buildings), call 855-849-8928.

U of C and Hospitals families: visit http://hr.uchicago.edu/benefits/spds/childcare/childcare_flyer.pdf.

Action for Children. 773 564-8890, childcare@actforchildren.org. Referral service offers unique support for working parents and their employers, including accessible database. 6 weeks to 12 years of age. Information about assistance programs and tax credits.

Affinity Community Services. with UCAN (separated from Youth Pride Services.) 5650 S. Woodlawn. ?773-559-1751. Kim Hunt dir. Holds drop in nights for mentoring and school work for youth of gay, lesbian, trans or questioning affinity, aged 14-19-1st and 3rd Mondays 4-8, will increase to M-Th. Also Lesbian and bi moms roundtable, UCAN transitioning homeless youth to safe homes (wadeb@ucanchicago.org, 312 738-5966-Uhlich Children's Advantage Network (UCAN) is a multi-faceted social service agency which serves more than 12,000 children, youth and families in Illinois each year.
www.ucanchicago.org).

After School Matters (http://www.afterschoolmatters.org/) paid apprenticeships in arts, technology, sports for as young as 16 years (sometimes as young as 14 with permission and for stipend). 312 793-2804, www.state.il.us/agency/idol Visit also www.afterschool.org "application information", 312 742-4182.
Some Chicago Park District programs pay: JETS (Junior Earth Team)- this summer at South Shore Cultural Center and Nichols Park.
Mayor's Office of Workshop Development.
312 746-7777.
Closest Youth Workforce Development Agencies: Blue Gargoyle Youth Service Center, 4622 S. King, 773 373-8960, Shorebank Neighborhood Institute, 1817 E. 71st St., 773 363

The Baby PhD offers bi-weekly networking meetings "Finding Quality Child Care" intended to bring together parents and caregivers seeking employment. Also has a suite of daily programs at Hyde Park Neighborhood Club. Sarah Diwan. http://www.babyphd.com, phdccn@gmail.com.
University of Chicago funded Home-based Childcare Parent and Provider Resource Center
Baby PHD Childcare Network
. Director Sarah Diwan, Ph.D 773 256-0955, sarah@babyphd.com. Project Assistant William Hill, info@babyphd.com. Mentor Teacher Sara Davis, BA, c/o babyphdnetwork@gmail.com. A centrally coordinated network of Professional Home ("PhD") Daycares and nannies dedicated to serving Hyde Park families and University of Chicago faculty and staff-- now moving to serve expanded whole community. Registration required 773 256-0955. Many day-school classes are in a nearby home settings. http://www.babyphd.com. info@babyphd.com.
Services for families include Daycare info and referrals for children 0-3, Assistance setting up and maintaining nanny-shares, Parent education., Drop-in Activities for children 0-3 in music, art , book club, Spanish, sign language. For providers: On- and off-site training and mentoring in setting up an effective, high quality, home daycare business in the Hyde Park community.

Biracial Family Network. 773 288-3644. Educational meetings, networking opportunities, newsletters, organized activities, resource library.

Birthways-Labor Support and Postpartum Doula Services. 773 506-0607. (north side). Chicago's oldest and largess community of labor support and postpartum doulas. Services include childbirth education, breastfeeding support, parenting support and classes for expectant parents.

Blackstone Bicycle Works and the Experimental Station

6100 S. Blackstone. Connie Spreen is one of the officers. 773 241-5458.

These cross boundaries as they engage youth, teaching real skills and responsibility alongside academic engagement (to aim toward college and business), serving as safe haven, and giving hope and sense of achievement. It currently has 24 regular enrollees and several taking"just in time learning."
The Experimental Station is like a commune for incubator and successful businesses, arts, environmental (especially) , and education programs. Heavily engaged are the University of Chicago Service Center, Civic Knowledge, summer Links, BSD and more.and the University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital. Volunteers welcome!


CAPS for kids. 312 747-2930, 312 747-9987. Peer Juries: 312 747-7090. Law Enforcement Explorers:312 747-9986-The 3rd and 21st Districts have very active explorer programs, now in Jackson Park, too!. Youth Forums: 312 746-7090--also call Park District South Region, 312 747-7661.
Chicago Fire Department Public Education Unit. 312 747-6691.

Calvert House. Tutoring at Calvert House Roman Catholic campus center, 5735 S. University. Laura Lecompte at 773 288-2311. For students in grades 2-12 Tu and W after school and Sat. morning or afternoon.http://calvert.uchicago.edu, calvert@uchicago.edu.

Centers for New Horizons. HQ. 4150 S. King Drive, 773 373-5700. Several satellites. http://www.chn.org. Sokoni Karanja. Includes childcare centers, in a wide section of the mid-South, and a large foster care program. Childcare at 4 centers, Teen Reach, substance abuse programs, senior and other social services.

Chicago Academic Games League A committee of HPKCC, this program brings kids from several schools to the UC Lab School monthly for math game teaching. Participating schools must cosponsor and provide a teacher. Now administered by the University of Chicago Service Center (USCS)- contact Wallace Goode,wgoode.uchicago.edu.

Chicago Association of Retarded Citizens (CARC). Includes foster parent referrals. Local is at 5333 S. Greenwood ave. 773 241-5700. 8 S. Michigan Ave. Suite 17000, Chicago, Illinois 60603 312.346.6230/

Chicago Child Care Society, 5467 S. University, 773 256-2452 or 773 643-0452.
Director Nancy Johnstone. Development Erin C. Walton, 773 256-2459, ewalton@cccsociety.org. Co-dir. Deb Hagman-Shannon.
Since 1849, Chicago's and Hyde Park's oldest child welfare agency. To safeguard vulnerable children and reinforce their families' stability.
Child and Family Development Center serves 2-5s in Community Day Care for working parents. There is also Homeless Day Care and Protective Day Care. Takes both community and DCFS kids including pick up to and from shelters.
Clinical family services such as foster care and adoptions. Licensed therapists. Next Step program prepares teenage mothers with one child for college.
Feeds and clothes homeless families, also toys, cribs, bikes, snow gear, strollers. --call for schedule.
Works also with Great Lakes Naval Station social agency--sailors come down here to help.

From CCCS: Our mission statement: CCCS exists to protect vulnerable children and
strengthen their families. We strive to be among the premier providers
of high quality and effective child welfare services. We serve both
children and families in the following programs:

* Child and Family Development Center (CFDC): day care program
with children between ages of 2 to 5 years old.

* Counseling program: family oriented counseling for the
agency's foster care programs and the CFDC program.

* Education Support Program: provides services to children who
are experiencing academic, behavioral and attendance difficulties and
are at risk of expulsion or dropping out of school.

* The Extended Family Support Program provides short term
support to individuals caring for related children.

* The Teen Alliance Program: provides DCFS wards with a unique
foster care experience.

* The Safe Life Program: is an HIV/AIDS prevention and education
program aimed at providing information to adolescents about sexually
transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS.

* The Teen Parenting Initiative Program serves pregnant and
parenting teens that are enrolled in the Chicago Public Schools.

* The Next Step Program is a college readiness program with
mentoring support for high school mothers with one child.

In 2008 CCCS launched the Teen Alliance Program, designed to help girls 14-20, especially those falling through the cracks of multiple placements in foster care and needing intensive care and support. It specifically seeks professional full-time foster parents, and includes support groups, according to Curt Holderfield, director of clinical services. 773 643-0452.

Chicago Southside Autism Support Group. 1634 E. 53rd St. #117. www.csasg.org. Meetings, information, respite care, summer recreation.

Chicago Youth Centers. Nearest is Elliott Donnelley at 3947 S. Michigan. 773 268-3815, an excellent center. Main number is 773 468-3357. http://www.chicagoyouthcenters.org.
Elliott Donnelley Center- Chicago Youth Centers also appeals to mentors to partner schools including Bret Harte and Overton.
Chicago Youth Centers T.E.A.M. School-Based Mentoring Program Visit our website: www.chicagoyouthcenters.org.

CYC’s goal is to bring critcal mentoring resources to students grades 4-6 at our partner schools to help them improve their academic performance and acquire essential social skills. Our partner schools also serve a significant homeless population.

The Elliott Donnelley Youth Center (of Chicago Youth Centers) is located in Bronzeville at 3947 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60653. Melvina Coleman, Program Coordinator, Elliott Donnelley Youth Center, 3947 So., Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60653, Office Phone: 773/268-3815, Ext. 26, Fax: 773/268-9460 Email: melvina.coleman@chicagoyouthcenters.org.Serving children ages 5-17 years old in the following capacities: tutoring, mentoring, after-school programming, swimming lessons, recreational activities, “CPS Out-of-School-Day” care, and teen leadership programming (including career and college readiness). Fees are assessed based on the family’s income level (sliding scale). To apply, contact EDYC to have your child become a member: 773-268-3815 Website: www.chicagoyouthcenters.org. Christy Beighe-Byrne, M.A. Director of Mentor and Volunteer Services. Email: Christy. Beighe-Byrne@chicagoyouthcenters.org.
Chicago Youth Centers T.E.A.M. School-Based Mentoring Program Visit our website: www.chicagoyouthcenters.org.
CYC’s goal is to bring critcal mentoring resources to students grades 4-6 at our partner schools to help them improve their academic performance and acquire essential social skills. Our partner schools also serve a significant homeless population.

Local Partner Schools: § Bret Harte Elementary: 1556 E. 56th Street (Hyde Park)
° Mondays 2:50 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. / Tuesdays 2:50 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
§ Overton Elementary: 221 E. 49th Street (Bronzeville/Grand Blvd.)
° Mondays and Tuesdays 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

° School-Age After-School Program (Ages 5 through 12)
° Teen Leadership Development After-School Program (Young People Ages 13 through 18)
° CYC’s Visual and Performing Arts Program (All participant in our School-Age and Teen Leadership Development Programs)
° Summer Fun Day Camp (Children 5 through 12)
° Yes I Can Awards Program (Honors outstanding CYC youth in the categories of Education, Sportsmanship, Creativity, Job and Career Development, Community Service and Quality of Life at a public recognition ceremony every year.)
° Anthony Watson/ITW Math and Science Scholarship Program (Encourages and supports youth who demonstrate an interest in the fields of math and science – provides them with mentoring and financial assistance.)
° Aquatics Program (Young people learn to swim in addition to learning about water safety. – Special attention given to T.O.W. – children Terrified of Water!)
° Making Mentoring Meaningful (Children who have an incarcerated parent are with caring, trained community mentors.

Chicago Youth Programs. 5350 S. Prairie 60615. 773 924 0220. Contact jredmond@chicagoyouthprograms.org. http://www.chicagoyouthprograms.org. To improve the life opportunities and health of at-risk youth in the Washington Park, Cabrini-Green and Uptown areas using a comprehensive approach aimed at developing capabilities. The primarily volunteer staff works through tutoring, free healthcare, recreation, cultural activities, and career placement. 85% are placed in college or trade school, 94% retention rate, almost 0% pregnancy. Large, modern facility. Works with Hyde Park Kiwanis.

Common Threads
345 N. Canal St. 1601, Chicago, IL 60606.
(312) 876-1289

www.commonthreads.org
Executive Director Linda Novak O'Keefe. Founder and President Al Smith (Oprah's chef). Project Coordinator Tara Sidlowki.
Recently starting programs in Hyde Park, this organization is starting classes in cooking, gardening, art, movement and more at St. Paul and the Redeemer and eventually in the former Shiloh Baptist church, bought and under renovation by founder Al Smith. Purpose is to stimulate connectivity, growth, appreciation for diverse peoples in children- children who will want to effect change- -using food, education, arts as vehicles for change.
This summer: gardening camp in Kenwood Park morphs into Cooking Classes. Differing lengths Mon-Fri 12-3:45 pm. Learn organic gardening, horticulture and healthy eating from professionals using stories, art and cultural games. Later, learn from master chefs ethnic recipes from India to Mexico to the Caribbean, including with herbs they have grown. There is also Master Movement -dance, martial arts and exercise programs.
Also programs at Gallery 37 downtown.

A dental collaboration

Ronald McDonald House Charities and the University of Chicago Hospitals Zoller Dental Clinic, with LaRabida Children's Hospital and the Berman and Hannah Friend Family Health Center bring oral health care services directly to disadvantaged and disabled children via the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Program. (Dental screenings are now required for entering kindergarten, second, and sixth grades under a state program initiated by Lt. Gov. Patrick Quinn. Tooth decay is the no. 1 chronic illness in children and of school absences--5 times for common than asthma and 7 time more than hay fever.

The care mobile is an office with 2 fully-equipped exam rooms, digital X-ray, chair lift, medical records, computers, tvs, VCRS for education. Gives exams, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, X-rays, fillings, extractions, and info about accessible clinics. Ronald McDonalds bought the van and will provide some funding, Zoller will provide the major funding for the program yearly.

Daughters of Zion. Shani Britton, 1507 E. 53rd St. suite 911, 60615, 773 426-3400, Hopeinzion@aol.com. http://www.dozin.org. DOZIN is a Christian non-profit dedicated to saving lives and restoring hope by sharing Gods' love through providing food, clothing, medical care, quality education, clean water and a safe living environment. we focus on children who have been separated from their parents due to death, abandonment, poverty or abuse. We strive to meet each child's specific needs by providing personal development programs, counseling, educational support and spiritual and recreational activities.

Diamonds in the Ruff Children's Society assists grandparents and others striving to keep kids out of the child welfare system- both with support services for the caregivers and empowerment/ awareness programs for the youth. Partners with Northeastern Illinois University Center for Inner City Studies' The Kinship Center, 619 E. Oakwood Blvd. Deveda Francois founder and director. Supported by Jewel-Osco. Deveda Francois, 3529 S. Indiana 60653, 312 730-7218, info@diamondsintheruff.info. http://www.diamondsintheruff.info.

Digital Youth Network. 1050 E. 47th St. Akili Lee (? alee@ueischools.org?). Digital Youth Network trains youth in schools including Kenwood Academy in media productions and arts ranging from the bits and final productions to producing their own portfolios and resumes. http://www.Iremix.org.

Education Station. Free in conjunction with CPS and schools. Small group. Parent Helpline 800 246-2154. Said to produce best improvement for CPS students of any after school type program.

Family Support Source. www.familysupportsource.com. 773 493-5069. Free parent consultations every second Tuesday and free discussion groups incl. for English as second language.

Faithful Few, The. Denard Jacox, 1448 E. 52nd St. #164, . 60615. 773 834-6722. Also given as 3629 S. Indiana, 60653. djacox@hotmail.com. faithfulfew1986@hotmail.com. Mentoring youth through softball and other means. Works using volunteers including with children with attention deficit, Chicago Park District and one on one mentoring. 773 426-3472, One event is teaming up with Broken Arrow for family horseback riding and festival in Washington Park. Also dedicated to keeping girls off the streets. Works with The Woodlawn Collaborative. http://www.faithfulfew.org.

GrandFamilies- see Hyde Park Self-Help Educational Group.

Hyde Park Development Center. Closed.

Hyde Park La Leche League meets Tuesdays, sometimes mid morning, sometimes evenings, to discuss issues related to breast feeding and infant rearing, at Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn. 773 538-6128.

(Hyde Park) Jewish Community Centers of Chicago (JCC)
5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd., Chicago, IL 60615
(773) 753-3080. Sports: Brian Latman, 773 753-3080 x203
www.jccofchicago.org/ , slubof@jccofchicago.org
Purpose: Our facilities and programs accommodate a variety of social, educational and recreational needs and interests. Supported by Hyde Park Council of Jewish Organizations and Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation. Programs include gym with league-competing youth and adult basketball and volleyball teams, bowling, ice skating classes, activity rooms, L'dor V'dor program connecting students with seniors, activity rooms, classes on writing, literature/books, cinema.

Hyde Park Learning Resources Center. 5114 S. Dorchester. 312 209-3852. Call and ask for Lillie Goodwin as website may not yet be up. Tutoring and homework, test preparation centering on academics for all grades. 2 pm earliest to 6 pm. Safe Haven.

Hyde Park Neighborhood Club
5480 S. Kenwood Avenue
(773) 643-4062, Fax (773) 643-4262
Executive Director: Sarah Diwan. Media Miriam Sierig. President: Bethany Pickens. Youth and other programs Blair Root.
www.hpnclub.org.
email@hpnclub.org. Purpose: To provide social and recreational services to youth and children from birth through high school through its facilities and programs. Features a variety of programs including recreation and fitness, crafts, education for toddlers, children, teens.

In 2010, the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club proudly celebrates the beginning of its second century of vital service to Hyde Park and the south side of Chicago. HPNC strengthens our community and fosters individual development by complementing and enriching classroom learning for children and youth and by promoting social interaction and wellbeing among seniors. Each day, more than 300 people participate in HPNC programs. This is truly a place “where generations grow together.” Space in the HPNC headquarters, which includes a community garden, is available for rental. HPNC is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

Hyde Park Parent Support Network. www.hydeparkpsn.org. A volunteer-run organization of parents of babies and young children from Hyde Park and surrounding neighborhoods. Offers a playroom at First Unitarian (5650 S. Woodlawn.) Message board provides a forum for questions, information, exchange of items. Parties, weekly art projects, field trips, book clubs. Annual dues $75 w discounts. info@hydeparkpsn.org.

Hyde Park Self-Help Educational Group (project of GrandFamilies Chicago)
Cheryl Harvey Singleton. 1-888-GRAND-03, http://www.grandfamilieschicago.org.
Advocates for rights and resources grandparents (and other relatives) raising family children.
Hyde Park Self-Help Educational Group is one of five areal groups by GrandFamilies following a curriculum developed by Mather LifeWays meeting bimonthly to serve not just as support groups by train with curriculum, toolkit and training guide. Members will learn about finding housing, managing finances, affordable legal assistance, getting healthcare, enrolling children in school and interacting with teachers and CPS including for resources and correct placement, and how to form their own groups.
Meets starting Aug. 18 third Wednesdays 10 am at Ellis Ave. Church, 5001 S. Ellis.

Hyde Park Union Church hosts Parents Care and Share self-help groups every first Thursday of the month at 12 pm. Strengthening families. 708 425-0310 x 3.

Hyde Park Young Life. Marlena Fleming, Director. Contact Info: Young Life Hyde Park c/o Donna Dortzbach 4524 S. Ellis Ave. Chicago, IL 60653. 773 540-8860, http://www.younglife.org (search by zip then click Hyde Park). Faith based tutoring and mentoring and empowerment groups in Kenwood Academy, Canter (including an after school dance class) et al, Kenwood Park fieldhouse, and more is combined with hands on ministry and service projects, training, field trips and mentoring opportunities for teens. From a national faith based organization that has lots of camps et al.

Jewish Child and Family Services. See Sibshops.

Kemit Learning Center. Professional day care in a home environment. Full curriculum lead by a certified teacher- Spanish, Music, Educational field trips, Yoga, baby sign language. After school care incl. transportation, Ages 6weeks-to 7 years old 773 268-4454. http://www.kemitlearningcenter.com.

Kenwood United Church of Christ, 4600-08 S. Greenwood, 773 373-2861. Tutoring, recreation, arts, crafts, Bible class for ages 6-16 Saturday noon-3 pm. http://www.kenwooducc.org.

KidStart after school programs has a site with much more than the programs: www.chicagokidstart.org. Use the site, or regional guides (HPK is split between regions 4 and 5 at 55th St.) to Find an activity (get/be involved, fit, learning, creative, safe, earning incl. apprenticeship opportunities), find a directory of Community Resources.

KidStart and tutoring/mentoring programs include:

New Mom Support. Contact Andrea Denny at andrea@andrea-adam.com, 773 288-6621. Volunteers and mothers from the Hyde Park Parent Support Network (which see) that provide support during post partum and beyond. Will research, cook some meals, hold the baby, sympathize.

One Hope United. 707 E. 47gh Street, Chicago, IL 60653, 312 949-5500, http://www.onehopeunited.org. Tajuana Rice program coordinator. Licensed child welfare and family service including residential and outpatient serving over 15,000 children and families. Two-by-two mentoring program for 11-18's to improve school performance included.

Options for Youth. http://options4youth.org. Among other missions is helping and counseling high school girls who have become pregnant to not become so again and re staying in school and boys about safe and responsible sex, plus other programs for youth. Serving for over 20 years. In various schools through city and suburbs including South Side. Locations 4222 N. Ravenswood, 773 525-4679 and 5646 S. Kimbark, 773 324-9744. Nancy Mosena, President. New website under development.

Parent Cooperative for Early Learning. Preschool 2-6 Incl. summer camp through age 8. Preschool 2-5s day-long year-long. Parent participation required.7 am-6 pm. Enr. 40-56. Operated by the school's board. Field trips, professional dance instructor, swimming in the summer, on-site gym and playground. Air conditioned, open year round. Part-time or full time, 3 full or 5 half days. Summer camp for children 6-8 8:30-5:30 in late June-late August. The school prides itself on it multi-cultural ethic and parental involvement in the cooperative. Monica Foster, Director. 5300 South Shore Drive. http://www.parentcoop.org. Monica S. Foster (Board chair Charlene Hobson) 663 684-6363, Fax 773 684-0142. info@parentcoop.org.

Neighborhood Parent Network- including Fairs such as at HP Neighborhood Club- check there or with babyphd. Find in Facebook or http://www.chicagoparent.com resources.

Sibshops is a new way for brothers and sisters of children with special needs to meet other such siblings in a relaxed, supportive recreational setting. Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn. Tamora Besser, 773 467-3751 or Meredith Sone, 773 467-3813, http://www.kifs.org.

Strive. From Ellis Avenue Church, 5001 S. Ellis, 773 268-4910. Provides after school and summer tutoring for grades 1-12. http://www.ellisavenuechurch.org.
Strive programs are also run in schools by University of Chicago tutoring programs.

Student Parent Group. http://grad-affairs.uchicago.edu/parents. Listserve of over 100 student parents and provides weekly activities for parents and children, child development and parenting workshops, holiday gatherings and parenting resources in Hyde Park. Now has a center with all kinds of inter play equipment and activities, mutual babysitting. Natalie Tilghman at nmhaney@uchicago.edu.

Timeless Gifts Mentoring Program. Set up by Emmy-winning vocalist Joan Collaso. http://www.timelessgifts.org. Duets their specialty.

University of Chicago provides a way to "put your unemployed toddlers to work" research with care-- find out how at babylab.uchicago.edu.

Youth Guidance-B.A.M (Becoming a Man)-Sports Edition (Tony Di Vittorio) with World Sport Chicago (Scott Myers), (University of) Chicago Crime Lab and CPS and many partners and funders. Gearing up (27-week session starts November 2009) to go into the schools (up to 15 mostly high schools, 7th-10th- grades). The program will provide hundreds of adolescent boys around Chicago with a combination of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and access to sports, with the hope of identifying an effective strategy for addressing the unique challenges facing many of the city’s male youth. It is the first effort designed to help scholars scientifically measure the effectiveness of these two interventions. The first component is a group-based youth intervention designed by Youth Guidance, one of Chicago’s oldest and most established social service agencies offering counseling and life-preparedness programs to at-risk Chicago public school students. Provides positive male role models and teaches emotional self-regulation and social skills needed to avoid conflict-out-of-control.
“Sports Edition,” the second intervention component, is a package of Olympic sports including archery, boxing, judo, team handball, wrestling and weight lifting?developed by World Sport Chicago, a non-profit organization that serves as the “living legacy” of Chicago 2016.
World Sport Chicago works to increase the awareness of and involvement in Olympic and Paralympic sports among the city’s youth. These after-school sports programs will offer safe and supervised recreational opportunities and be directed by coaches trained in the basics of the BAM program model to support students’ social and emotional development. The sports component will serve as both an opportunity to reinforce the principles and values that students learn through BAM, but also provides a safe, structured environment for students to engage in positive activities during a potentially risk-filled time of the day.
Youth Guidance is hqrd at 1903 E. 96th St. 60617, 773 375-6741. http://www.youth-guidance.org.
World Sport Chicago-located at 200 E. Randolph, 20th floor, 60601, 312 616-5450. http://www.worldsportchicago.org. info@worldsportchicago.org. Has a scholarship program.

Youth Pride Center. Youth of gay etc. affiliation or questioning. Serves c. 200 ages 13-19 (from HP Neighborhood Club and 4950 S. Dorchester?) Includes "University" life readiness by age 21, support groups, Frankie the Magazine, YPC Entertainment (which brings in performing artists from major schools and theaters) , advocacy Foundation, trips to affiliate clubs/programs in other cities and other parts of Chicago. Engagement in school, commitment required. 1525 E. 55th St. 773 382-0511, youthpridecenter@gmail.com for full prospectus. Also provides jobs and internships.

In Woodlawn (just starting--help us add more)

ATA Center

Little Peoples World daycare. 6-6 pm. 6360 S. Ingleside. Latasha, 773 288-5270.

SGA Youth and Family Services. Nichole Bremer

WECAN

The Woodlawn Organization

Woodlawn Community Service Center (Gail Murcherson)


Listing of Child Care providers and resources in the area and beyond (Not prescreened. Many in the area, possibly on this list, are said by experts not to be fully qualified.)

There is now a family center for U of C student parents on the second floor of University Church on E. 57th east of University Avenue. There are lots of resources including toys and books;people look after each others' children, and there are diapers, changing and other stations, events, joint programming etc. Funding came from the Women's board.

Action for Children's "Nanny Share." 773 564-8890 ask for Kanella. childcare@actforchildren.org .A registry for U of C employees or graduate students.

Baby PhD. The Baby Ph.D. Childcare Network. Sarah Diwan. 5411 S. Dorchester, 60615. http://www.babyphd.com, info@babyphd.com. Director Sarah Diwan, Ph.D 773 256-0955, sarah@babyphd.com. http://www.babyphd.com, phdccn@gmail.com. Project Assistant William Hill, info@babyphd.com. Mentor Teacher Sara Davis, BA, c/o babyphdnetwork@gmail.com. A centrally coordinated network of Professional Home ("PhD") Daycares and nannies dedicated to serving Hyde Park families and University of Chicago faculty and staff-- now moving to serve expanded whole community. Registration required 773 256-0955. Many day-school classes are in a nearby home settings. http://www.babyphd.com. info@babyphd.com.
Services for families include Daycare info and referrals for children 0-3, Assistance setting up and maintaining nanny-shares, Parent education., Drop-in Activities for children 0-3 in music, art , book club, Spanish, sign language. For providers: On- and off-site training and mentoring in setting up an effective, high quality, home daycare business in the Hyde Park community. Has as suite of programs daily at Hyde Park Neighborhood Club.

Centers for New Horizons. HQ. 4150 S. King Drive, 773 373-5700. Several satellites. http://www.chn.org. Sokoni Karanja. Includes childcare centers, in a wide section of the mid-South, and a large foster care program. Childcare at 4 centers, Teen Reach, substance abuse programs, senior and other social services.

Chicago Child Care Society. 5467 S. University. 773 667-2013. Mainly preschool ed. and teen moms and dads. Nancy Johnstone, Dir. From CCCS:
Our mission statement: CCCS exists to protect vulnerable children and
strengthen their families. We strive to be among the premier providers
of high quality and effective child welfare services. We serve both
children and families in the following programs:

* Child and Family Development Center (CFDC): day care program
with children between ages of 2 to 5 years old.

* Counseling program: family oriented counseling for the
agency's foster care programs and the CFDC program.

* Education Support Program: provides services to children who
are experiencing academic, behavioral and attendance difficulties and
are at risk of expulsion or dropping out of school.

* The Extended Family Support Program provides short term
support to individuals caring for related children.

* The Teen Alliance Program: provides DCFS wards with a unique
foster care experience.

* The Safe Life Program: is an HIV/AIDS prevention and education
program aimed at providing information to adolescents about sexually
transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS.

* The Teen Parenting Initiative Program serves pregnant and
parenting teens that are enrolled in the Chicago Public Schools.

* The Next Step Program is a college readiness program with
mentoring support for high school mothers with one child.

* NEW! Family Learning Program- literacy. Jane Hough, director. In a new annex space, 5465 S. University. This program is primarily for parents without GED and their children up to 3- separate GED and childcare.

Children's House of Miss Tammie Montessori Preschool. M-F 8-5:45 at Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood. 773 330-4792, 773 329-8152. Address also given as 5556 S. University.

Cuddle Care Academy. 4800 S. Lake Park. 773 285-1114. 15 months to 2 years. Half and full-day. Monthly field trips, structured curriculum, foreign languages.

D.Maries Profesional Child Care Seriecies. at 55th and Everett. 773 667-6680.

Evelyn's Playhouse. 5311 S. Cornell. 773 493-2474. M-F 7:45 am- 6 pm. Breakfast, lunch, snacks. $75 week.

Hyde Park Union Church Nursery School (Centers for New Horizons). 5600 S. Woodlawn. 773 363-6063. 3 years to kindergarten.

Little People Learning Center. 2-6 years, at First Unitarian, 5650 S. Woodlawn. 955-9942. Rosa Thomas, Director. No website.

Hyde Park Parent Support Network. www.hydeparkpsn.org. A volunteer-run organization of parents of babies and young children from Hyde Park and surrounding neighborhoods. Offers a playroom at First Unitarian (5650 S. Woodlawn.) Message board provides a forum for questions, information, exchange of items. Parties, weekly art projects, field trips, book clubs. Annual dues $75 w discounts. info@hydeparkpsn.org.

Parent Cooperative for Early Learning, Inc. Monica S. Foster, 5300 South Shore Drive, 60615. 773 684-0142, Fax 773 684-0142. mnc_foster@yahoo.com.

Simon Says Home Daycare. 773 538-0307. Full or part time care for children 6 weeks to 5 years. M- 7 am- 6:30 pm. Basic learning using Creative Curriculum of Infants and Toddlers and other described as Christian, story time, free play, arts and crafts, foreign language, compute. Meals, snacks, monthly field trips.

Scouting- full range at United Church of Hyde Park, 1448 E. 53rd St. bprepared4life@comcast.net. Fridays 7:30 pm.

Scouting also from Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 5200 S. University, 773 493-1830.

Sunflower Children's Garden. 4945 S. Dorchester (St. Paul and the Redeemer Church), www.sunflowerchildrensgarden.com.

Outside: a host include Jewish Child and Family Services including foster care, 216 W. Jackson Suite 800
Chicago, Ill. 60606, T 312 444 2090, F 312 855 3754. http://www.jcfs.org.

and Lutheran Social Services Illinois. http://www.lssi.org.


Child Care Referral Services

Action for Children. 773 564-8890, childcare@actforchildren.org. Referral service offers unique support for working parents and their employers, including accessible database. 6 weeks to 12 years of age. Information about assistance programs and tax credits.

New Mom Support. Contact Andrea Denny at andrea@andrea-adam.com, 773 288-6621. Volunteers and mothers from the Hyde Park Parent Support Network (which see) that provide support during post partum and beyond. Will research, cook some meals, hold the baby, sympathize.

Sittercity.com. America's largest, easily accessible database for babysitters and nannies. 100,00 caregivers in 20 manor markets.

University of Chicago Benefits Office. Ingleside Hall, 960? E. 58th St. room 308. 773 834-7396.


Cultural activities for children (for full contacts see in Cultural Resources page by category or alpha )

Arts and Cultural: Gallery 37 (not just downtown anymore!) 312 744-8925, www.gallery37.org, park district website-including cultural centers, (South Shore Cultural Ctr. esp., Kennicott Park), Chicago Public Library/Blackstone, Hyde Park Art Center. See our Cultural Calendar and Cultural Resources Directory.
To www.chicagokidstart.org: "Upcoming Special Events for Kids" (music and art festivals). 1-877-CHICAGO for list of nearby cultural institutions.

Little Black Pearl Art and Design Center (Workshop)

See Baby PhD above.

Blackstone Branch Public Library. 4904 S. Lake Park. 312 747-0511. Preschool Storytime Thursdays at 10:30 var. dates, other programs, SmartFamilies@Blackstone Library 2nd Saturdays mid afternoons in academic year.

Borders Bookstore. 1539 E. 53rd St. Storytime Thursdays at 11 am.

Chicago Children's Choir, Hyde Park Neighborhood Choir. Latter still based at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn. 8 to 16 years.

Digital Youth Network. 1050 E. 47th St. Akili Lee (? alee@ueischools.org?). Digital Youth Network trains youth in schools including Kenwood Academy in media productions and arts ranging from the bits and final productions to producing their own portfolios and resumes. http://www.Iremix.org.

Hyde Park Art Center. 5020 S. Cornell. 773 324-5520. Classes for 2-5s and 4-7s for parents with children.

Hyde Park Learning Resources Center. 5114 S. Dorchester. 312 209-3852. Call and ask for Lillie Goodwin as website may not be up yet. Tutoring and homework, test preparation centering on academics for all grades. 2 pm earliest to 6 pm. Safe Haven.

Hyde Park Parent Support Network. www.hydeparkpsn.org. A volunteer-run organization of parents of babies and young children from Hyde Park and surrounding neighborhoods. Offers a playroom at First Unitarian (5650 S. Woodlawn.) Message board provides a forum for questions, information, exchange of items. Parties, weekly art projects, field trips, book clubs. Annual dues $75 w discounts. info@hydepasrkpsn.org.

Hyde Park School of Dance. 5600 S. Woodlawn, www.hydeparkschoolofdance.org or www.hydeparkschoolofballet.org. Creative movement for 3s and up, pre-ballet for 4 and 5s. $140 to $235. Culminates in recitals and shows.

Hyde Park Suzuki Institute. Instrumental lessons an concerts. Temp, maybe to be perm, at Augustana Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn. 773 643-1388. www.hydeparksuzuki.com.

Joan's Studio for the Performing Arts. 1438 E. 57th St. 773 493-9288. With Marsha's Music Together. Infants to 5. www.joansstudioinc.com.

Music Teachers of Hyde Park. Website listing of teachers offering private lessons. www.mthp.org

Nichols Park, Kenwood Park fieldhouses. Contact /find at chicagoparkdistrict.com.


Sports and Recreation for children. See Recreation page for much, much more and park programs.

AYSO Soccer Region 751. webmaster@ayso.571.org. 4 and up, but sometimes specials for younger.

Hyde Park Jewish Community Center. 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd. www.jccofchicago.org/. Other activities, classes, informational packets also.

Hyde Park Legends Baseball, Little League and Pony League, Softball....

Hyde Park Neighborhood Club. 5480 S. Kenwood. 773 643-4062. www.hpnclub.org. Starts with Tot Lot and runs the full range.

Hyde Park Parent Support Network. www.hydeparkpsn.org. A volunteer-run organization of parents of babies and young children from Hyde Park and surrounding neighborhoods. Offers a playroom at First Unitarian (5650 S. Woodlawn.) Message board provides a forum for questions, information, exchange of items. Parties, weekly art projects, field trips, book clubs. Annual dues $75 w discounts. info@hydepasrkpsn.org.

Scouting- full range at United Church of Hyde Park, 1448 E. 53rd St. bprepared4life@comcast.net. Fridays 7:30 pm.

South Side WMCA. 6330 S. Stony Island Avenue. 773 947-0700. Family membership $60 moth with $150 registration. Childcare, preschool, Sears Family Nights, Youth Leader's Club, summer day camp, Bulls Basketball Camp, youth swim,...

Student Parent Group. http://grad-affairs.uchicago.edu/parents. Listserve of over 100 student parents and provides weekly activities for parents and children, child development and parenting workshops, holiday gatherings and parenting resource sin Hyde Park. Natalie Tilghman at nmhaney@uchicago.edu.

Park fieldhouses. Contact chicagoparkdistrict.com. Jackson, Nichols, Kenwood, Kennicott, Washington. Also your local child's school HPKCC Schools Committee is working on developing a comprehensive directory of what's offered to kids.


Mentoring/counseling for children/youth/and college age (ex. Urban Life Center, most congregations)

Affinity Community Services. with UCAN (separated from Youth Pride Services.) 5650 S. Woodlawn. (?773 559-1751) Kim Hunt dir. Holds drop in nights for mentoring and school work for youth of gay, lesbian, trans or questioning affinity, aged 14-19-1st and 3rd Mondays 4-8, will increase to M-Th. Also Lesbian and bi moms roundtable, UCAN transitioning homeless youth to safe homes (wadeb@ucanchicago.org, 312 738-5966-Uhlich Children's Advantage Network (UCAN) is a multi-faceted social service agency which serves more than 12,000 children, youth and families in Illinois each year.
www.ucanchicago.org).

The Blue Gargoyle Community Services. Has closed.

CeaseFire

Centers for New Horizons. HQ. 4150 S. King Drive, 773 373-5700. Several satellites. http://www.chn.org. Sokoni Karanja. Includes childcare centers, in a wide section of the mid-South, and a large foster care program. Childcare at 4 centers, Teen Reach, substance abuse programs, senior and other social services.

Chicago Public Schools Office of After School and Community School Programs: 773 553-3590, www.cpsafterschool.org
Chicago Public Library: Teacher in the Library- yes, a real one as well as the cyber machines that are now wireless! 312 747-4780, www.chicagopubliclibrary.org (hours and locations, "Kids and Teens"- follow the owl, "Homework Help," reading programs calendar. Blackstone Branch (4904 S. Lake Park, 312 747-0511) See the Blackstone page.

Chicago Association of Retarded Citizens, Evelyn Nelson School and the Foster Parent Program. 5333 S. Greenwood. 773 241-5700. Director Betty Jackson. Hqrs: 8 S. Michigan Ave. Suite 1700, Chicago, Illinois 60603 312.346.6230. Also interested in housing for mentally disabled.
New name Envision Unlimited.

Hyde Park Young Life. Marlena Fleming, Director. Contact Info: Young Life Hyde Park c/o Donna Dortzbach 4524 S. Ellis Ave. Chicago, IL 60653. 773 540-8860, http://www.younglife.org (search by zip then click Hyde Park). Faith based tutoring and mentoring and empowerment groups in Kenwood Academy, Canter (including an after school dance class) et al, Kenwood Park fieldhouse, and more is combined with hands on ministry and service projects, training, field trips and mentoring opportunities for teens. From a national faith based organization that has lots of camps et al.

Chicago Area Project. 3515 Cottage Grove Avenue (Washington Park Housing Project - Kenwood Area) ... 2939 East 91st Street (South Chicago Area) Mid-Austin Steering Committee ...www.chicagoareaproject.org/map.html - Focuses first on delinquency prevention.

CompanionShip Support Group. For children and teens dealing with losses. 8-week sessions. University of Chicago Hospitals. 5841 S; Maryland. Free. 773 834-1776.

Envision Unlimited. Main address: 8 S. Michigan Ave. Suite 1700, Chicago, Illinois 60603 312.346.6230. Kristin V. McRAE, President and CEO. Betty Jackson, VP.
http://www.carc.info http://www.envisionchicago.org.
Evelyn Nelson School, Foster Parent Program and other services and housing (Community Integrated Living Arrangements) for mentally and other disabled: 5333 S. Greenwood. 773 241-5700; Hyde Park 773 358-6951, 773 358-6942 Donna Cain.

Erikson Institute. 451 North LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60654 | Tel: (312) 755-2250 | Fax: (312) 755-0928. http://www.erikson.edu. A graduate school that focuses on Child development. Includes Fussy Baby Network.

Family Support Source. www.familysupportsource.com. 773 493-5069. Free parent consultations every second Tuesday and free discussion groups incl. for English as second language.

Futureworld Learning Centers, 1744 E. 55th St. Chicago, IL 60615, 773 256-1570, details at 312 719-4907. futureworldhydepark@hotmail.com Still in operation?
Before and after school - partnering with computers in park fieldhouses, internet fun learning, afterschool homework help using computers and competition and teaching blitz math, speed reading, photo/graphics, website creation. Can be affordable or free
.

Genesis Therapy Center. Locally at Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn. 773 708-535-7320. http://www.genesistherapy.org. Genesis provides high quality assessment and counseling for individuals, couples and families. Services are on a sliding scale for those with limited income.

Hyde Park Young Life. Marlena Fleming, Director. Contact Info: Young Life Hyde Park c/o Donna Dortzbach 4524 S. Ellis Ave. Chicago, IL 60653. 773 540-8860, http://www.younglife.org (search by zip then click Hyde Park). (Also given as 5421 S. Dorchester #1 60615. Cell 312 245-3364 but this is not in their website.) Religious based. Faith based tutoring and mentoring and empowerment groups in Kenwood Academy, Canter (including an after school dance class) et al, Kenwood Park fieldhouse, and more is combined with hands on ministry and service projects, training, field trips and mentoring opportunities for teens. From a national faith based organization that has lots of camps et al.

MAGIC (Metropolitan Area Group for Igniting Civilization) 950 E. 61st Street, Chicago, IL 60637. (773) 290-2313. www.magicchicago.org
Bryan K. Echols, Executive Director, bryane@magicchicago.org
Dedicated to bringing athletics and academics with civic and personal development and entrepreneurship to youth on the South Side. Clubs for girls and for boys.

Mentoring kids and families (an example)
Black Star Project and Black Data Processors Association encourages schools, families, students to participate in its High School Computer Competition. Students learn html, web page design, flow charting, Java, other applications. Starts January, 2005. www.bdpa-chicago.org. Black Star organization has clubs and programs in many places, including Afrocentric Bookstore, 4655 S. King Dr., and the program below housed at St. Paul and the Redeemer Church.

And parents: Black Star Project university for parents, based at St. Paul & the Redeemer Church.
Classes range from single parenting of boys to role of parents, gangs-drugs-violence, readiness and resources for college. Philip Jackson at 312 842-3527 or blackstar2003@ameritech.net

New Mom Support. Contact Andrea Denny at andrea@andrea-adam.com, 773 288-6621. Volunteers and mothers from the Hyde Park Parent Support Network (which see) that provide support during post partum and beyond. Will research, cook some meals, hold the baby, sympathize.

Options for Youth. Among other missions is helping and counseling high school girls who have become pregnant to not become so again and re staying in school and boys about safe and responsible sex, plus other programs for youth. Serving for over 20 years. In various schools through city and suburbs including South Side. Locations 4222 N. Ravenswood, 773 525-4679 and 5646 S. Kimbark, 773 324-9744. Nancy Mosena, President. New website under development.

Ounce of Prevention. Interventions and counseling; programs for kids, youth, families; programs to stop gang activity and street killings. 121 S. Michigan. 312 922-3863.

Provident Hospital of Cook County's Growing Teens Association club. Free advice on health and wellness to annual college tour. Meets in the Community Resource room, 500 E. 51st St. 11:30 am to 1:30 pm on Saturdays. 312 572-2742.

Right at Home informal weekly gatherings often with speakers on parent and child issues by Erikson Institute's Fussy Baby Institute and Chicago Child Care Society. 10:30 to noon Thursdays starting March 20 at 5459 S. University. Sug. $5. Katie Caddell 773 256-2426.

Scouting- full range at United Church of Hyde Park, 1448 E. 53rd St. bprepared4life@comcast.net. Fridays 7:30 pm.

Student Parent Group. http://grad-affairs.uchicago.edu/parents. Listserve of over 100 student parents and provides weekly activities for parents and children, child development and parenting workshops, holiday gatherings and parenting resource sin Hyde Park. Natalie Tilghman at nmhaney@uchicago.edu.

Urban Life Center- updated under Chicago Center.
Valerie Wallace, Administrative Director.
1515 E. 52nd Place, other locations, Chicago, IL 60615. 1-800-747-6059, (773) 667-6419, others. fax: (773) 363-1150.
http://www.urbanlifecenter.org.
Purpose: Counseling and other social services. Celebrating 35 years in June 2006.
We're a nonprofit experiential educational organization in Hyde Park.
Urban Life Center engages college students with Chicago's diverse communities through innovative seminars and internships, expanding the traditional classroom through an experience-based, first-voices pedagogy.
Urban Life Center also designs day to week-long LearnChicago! tours and workshops to teach groups about the city's cultures and communities.


YoungLife Urban/Hyde Park Young Life. See more/updated under Hyde Park Young Life
5421 S. Dorchester #1 60615. Cell 312 245-3364. Religious based.
Young Life Club and WyldLife Club (high school and middle resp.) meet weekly.
25 camps across the country- recreation and counseling, weekends or summer weeks. Other than the camps, it's contact based, not facility or church based.

Youth at the Crossroads. 1300 E. 47th St. Suite 223, Chicago Il 60653, yac312@yahoo.com. Assist youth in creating and achieving goals including networking, entrepreneurship, college and scholarship searches, life skills, mentoring, counseling, tutoring.

Youth Explorers- contact Chicago Police districts.

Youth Guidance-B.A.M (Becoming a Man)-Sports Edition (Tony Di Vittorio) with World Sport Chicago (Scott Myers), (University of) Chicago Crime Lab and CPS and many partners and funders. Gearing up (27-week session starts November 2009) to go into the schools (up to 15 mostly high schools, 7th-10th- grades). The program will provide hundreds of adolescent boys around Chicago with a combination of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and access to sports, with the hope of identifying an effective strategy for addressing the unique challenges facing many of the city’s male youth. It is the first effort designed to help scholars scientifically measure the effectiveness of these two interventions. The first component is a group-based youth intervention designed by Youth Guidance, one of Chicago’s oldest and most established social service agencies offering counseling and life-preparedness programs to at-risk Chicago public school students. Provides positive male role models and teaches emotional self-regulation and social skills needed to avoid conflict-out-of-control.
“Sports Edition,” the second intervention component, is a package of Olympic sports including archery, boxing, judo, team handball, wrestling and weight lifting? developed by World Sport Chicago, a non-profit organization that serves as the “living legacy” of Chicago 2016.
World Sport Chicago works to increase the awareness of and involvement in Olympic and Paralympic sports among the city’s youth. These after-school sports programs will offer safe and supervised recreational opportunities and be directed by coaches trained in the basics of the BAM program model to support students’ social and emotional development. The sports component will serve as both an opportunity to reinforce the principles and values that students learn through BAM, but also provides a safe, structured environment for students to engage in positive activities during a potentially risk-filled time of the day.
Youth Guidance is hqrd at 1903 E. 96th St. 60617, 773 375-6741. http://www.youth-guidance.org.
World Sport Chicago-located at 200 E. Randolph, 20th floor, 60601, 312 616-5450. http://www.worldsportchicago.org. info@worldsportchicago.org. Has a scholarship program.

Youth Pride Center. Youth of gay etc. affiliation or questioning. Serves c. 200 ages 13-19 from HP Neighborhood Club and 4950 S. Dorchester. Includes "University" life readiness by age 21, support groups, Frankie the Magazine, YPC Entertainment (which brings in performing artists from major schools and theaters) , advocacy Foundation, trips to affiliate clubs/programs in other cities and other parts of Chicago. Engagement in school, commitment required. 5480 S. Kenwood, 773 382-0511, youthpridecenter@gmail.com for full prospectus.

Windy City Cares mentoring. Just getting started, seeking mentors? Contact Bernard Key at bkey@beylinktechnologies.com.

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General support for children- includes Hyde Park Kiwanis- see Neighborhood Nonprofits- Civic, Social. Counseling, support, and self-help for adults and families

See more in College (below) Women (below), Public Safety, Religious Resources and Directory. Help us build this section. We need to know of places to learn, for example, anger management and personality control (Who's not limping?)

Learn and practice non-violent communication Mondays, 7:30-9, at Regents Park, 5050 S. Lake Shore Dr. www.journeysoflife.org.

Tuesdays Ming Yu offers Falun Gong instruction 6:30-8:30 at the Blackstone Branch Library. Physical exercise with meditation. 4904 S. Lake Park Ave./ Bill Wu at 773 531-9722.

GRANDFamilies. The only support group in Illinois for grandparents raising their grandchildren.

A Family and a People United holds support counseling primarily for African American men and young men at Hyde Park Neighborhood Club 5480 S. Kenwood, 7 pm every 2nd Friday, starting June 23, 2006. Organized by Rev. Jean L. Jackson. The object is turnaround and prevention of slippage into crime. Check with the Club to see if still there.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. www.TheOvernight.org. 888-NIGHT-05, 888 644-4805. (Held a Lakefront Overnight Walk "Out of the Darkness" July 26-27 2005.)

Center for Working Families. In Abraham Lincoln Center. 3858 or 3939 S. Cottage Grove.

Chicago Association of Retarded Citizens includes foster parents. 773 241-5700. 5333 S. Greenwood.

Family Support Source. Sustained parenting. www.familysupportsource.com, 773 493-5069, Katalin@familysupportsource.com.

1-800-790-DADS- "It takes a Man to be a Dad."

Faithful Few. Works using volunteers with children with attention deficit and hyperactivity or bipolar disorders. Founded by Hyde Parker Denard Jacox. Includes softball and work with YMCA, Chicago Park District as well as one on one mentoring. 773 426-3472, http://www.faithfulfew.org.

Parents need someone to talk to? 1-800-4-A-Child. (1 800 422-4453)

Rainbow Recovery meets at Hyde Park Neighborhood Club Fridays, 7 pm. 5480 S. Kenwood. 773 643-4062. Check to make sure of meetings.

Right at Home- informal weekly gatherings often with speakers on parent and child issues by Erikson Institute's Fussy Baby Institute and Chicago Child Care Society. 10:30 to noon Thursdays starting March 20 at 5459 S. University. Sug. $5. Katie Caddell 773 256-2426.

Check with Provident Hospital and University of Chicago Hospitals on their programs.

Especially for girls

Especially for girls and young ladies on the South Side

Youth discussion, building programs including affinity and sexual orientation

Counseling, Mental health, adult tutoring

If you see someone needs help or poses a danger... physician or hospital for evaluation (they can admit involuntarily); Mental health help line- find through Illinois Mental Health Collaborative, 866-359-7953. Resisters- contact the state's attorney (visit gov't services go to Cook County) or call 911.

Many references for this category are in the Children and Healthcare sections.
Visit also for many more tutoring sections (many for adults ) in Education Resources, Schools Directory, and After School.

Day by Day Health Consultants. Dora Dixie, MD. Primary care, outpatient drug therapy, metal Health services, Detox incl. in home, Psychological, Addiction. 515 E. 50th, 2nd Floor, 773 548-7000, http://www.daybydayhealth.org.

Envision Unlimited. (Formally known as CARC) Main address: 8 S. Michigan Ave. Suite 1700, Chicago, Illinois 60603 312.346.6230. Kristin V. McRAE, President and CEO. Betty Jackson, VP.
http://www.carc.info http://www.envisionchicago.org.
Eve
lyn Nelson School, Foster Parent Program and other services and housing (Community Integrated Living Arrangements) for mentally and other disabled: 5333 S. Greenwood. 773 241-5700; Hyde Park 773 358-6951, 773 358-6942 Donna Cain.

Genesis Therapy Center. Locally at Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn. 773 708-535-7320. http://www.genesistherapy.org. Genesis provides high quality assessment and counseling for individuals, couples and families. Services are on a sliding scale for those with limited income.

Kenwood Free Medical Clinic. Kenwood United Church of Christ, 4600-08 S. Greenwood ave. 773 373-2861. Monday 10 am to noon and Friday 10:30 am- 3 pm. http://www.kenwooducc.org.

Thresholds Psychological Rehabilitation Centers. Although hqrd at 4101 North Ravenswood • Chicago, Illinois 60613, 1-888-99 REHAB, http://www.thresholds.org. the organization is highly active with all kinds of services in the South Side and Hyde Park, for example operating reduced rent Coles House at 55th and Cornell. This organization is the largest and most comprehensive and is highly recommended!!

See Urban Life Center in section just below.

Woodlawn Health Center, Cook County. 6337 S. Woodlawn. 773 753-5500. Closing in April 2009?

Check with Provident Hospital and University of Chicago Hospitals on their programs.

 

College Students- getting in touch with communities (section just starting up)

Chicago Child Care Society and Junior League of Chicago: "Next Step for Teen Moms." With CPS Teen Parenting Initiative. Also counsels teen fathers. Contact CCCS, 5467 S. University, 773 667-2013.

Civic Knowledge Project. 1115 E. 58th St. http://civicknowledge.uchicago.edu. rschultz@uchicago.edu, joaniefriedman@uchicago.edu. A host of programs integrating UC students and staff and high school students with arts, service, green, tutoring, classes and specials such as Splash, Cascade and Odyssey, and adult learning.

Chicago Center (was Urban Life Center)
Scott Chesebro, Administrative Director. scottc@chicagocenter.org, info@chicagocenter.org.
1515 E. 52nd Place, other locations, Chicago, IL 60615. 1-800-747-6059, (773) 667-6419, others. fax: (773) 363-1150.
http://www.chicagocenter.org. Or http://www.urbanlifecenter.org.
Purpose: Counseling and other social services. Celebrating 35 years in June 2006.
We're a nonprofit experiential educational organization in Hyde Park.
Urban Life Center engages college students with Chicago's diverse communities through innovative seminars and internships, expanding the traditional classroom through an experience-based, first-voices pedagogy.
Urban Life Center also designs day to week-long LearnChicago! tours and workshops to teach groups about the city's cultures and communities.

University of Chicago Community Service Center (UCSC), 5525 S. Ellis. wgoode@uchicago.edu.

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Credit check and ID theft

Free copies of your credit reports are allowed once a year from the three reporting agencies, Equifax, Experian, and Trans Union. Review/correct your credit report in advance- www.annualcreditreport.com or Equifax 800 685-1111, TransUnion 800 888-4213, Emperian 888 397-3742. Or go to reputable websites such as NBC5.com to link to the exact correct website, and no, you do not have to sign up for a service!

Be sure that if you ever suspect identity theft, call the Illinois Attorney General's Office (go here to Government Services.) Top

Crime prevention, self-protection and housing regulation

Attend CAPS meetings- see schedule in CAPS News page. See also Public Safety and WhistleStop--. Lots of links, resources and tips in these pages!

CAPS for kids. 312 747-2930, 312 747-9987. Peer Juries: 312 747-7090. Law Enforcement Explorers:312 747-9986. Youth Forums: 312 746-7090--also call Park District South Lakefront Region, 773 256-0949.
Chicago Fire Department Public Education Unit. 312 747-6691.

Lotus Living Center in Hyde Park is forming STOP (Simple Tactics of Protection)classes. This 8 hours workshop will take place occasionally lotusliving.homestead.com

Ounce of Prevention. Interventions and counseling; programs for kids, youth, families; programs to stop gang activity and street killings. 121 S. Michigan. 312 922-3863.

Rape Victims Advocates of Hyde Park
http://www.rapevictimsadvocates.org, volunteers@rapevictimsadvocates.org attn: Volunteer Coordinator Christel.

Hyde Park S.A.V.E/Hyde Park Sexual Assault and Violence Educators
Nissa Thompson
773-834-5177. hyde_park_save@yahoo.com.

South East Chicago Commission
1511 E. 53rd Street, Chicago, IL 60615
(773) 324-6926. Fax 773 324-6685
Executive Director: Robert Mason e-mail secc1@sbcglobal.net
www.hydeparksecc.com or www.hydeparkchicago.org.
Purpose: to monitor and improve public safety, housing, and community development. Funded and in large part community arm of the University of Chicago. Founded in 1953.

South Side Sexual Assault and Violence Educators. Kavitha at kselv@uchicago.edu, 724 679-7249.

Tracking crime and sex offenders in your neighborhood: Citizen ICAM- from the http://.egov.cityofchicago.org. http://www.chicagopolice.org. http://www.familywatchdog.us (child predators/Megan's Law)

University of Chicago Crime Lab. Focus is on stopping youth violence. Call gen. number for contact.

University of Chicago Police Department/Safety Division.

 

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Disabilities

Services’ Office on Disability & The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Conference Call about Medicare’s Annual Open Enrollment Period. Disability.gov

For more information about Medicare visit http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&enid=bWFpbGluZ2lkPTE0ODc4NzMmbWVzc2FnZWlkPVBSRC1CVUwtMTQ4Nzg3MyZkYXRhYm FzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTEyNzY2ODM0NjMmZW1haWxpZD1zc3NpbHZhQGF0dC5uZXQmdXNlcmlkPXNzc2lsdmFAYXR0Lm5ldCZmbD0m
ZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&&&106&&&https://www.disability.gov/health/health_insurance/medicare
.

The Advocate Medical Group (Dr. Scheiner, Dr. Ramierz, Dr. Wechter, etc.) on 47th and Lake Park is now offering
•A memory assessment clinic 773-493-8212
•Memory loss social services 847-384-3306
•Alzheimer's and related dementia support group 847-384-3306

Hyde Park Disabilities Task Force- See Disabilities page. The committee will be working in great measure through DARE and its board- http://www.hpdare.com. Contact Allison Hartman.

Hyde Park Disabilities Task Force

A coalition of the 4th and 5th wards, DARE, HPKCC, HP Chamber of Commerce, Older Women's League, SECC, UC Police. It seeks to make Hyde Park businesses accessible to persons with disabilities and their service animals, to improve our paths of mobility, and improve etiquette including with bicycles and autos towards all with limited ability. A Caring Community. Learn more at the hydepark.org Disabilities page, hpdisabilities@aol.com, or 773 363-4368.
www.darechicago.com

 

Federal site: Disability.gov

Youth with disabilities readiness, shadowing programs - FLYER.

Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities. 312 744-4441, 312 744-4964 TTY. 121 N. LaSalle rom 1104. www.cityofchicago.org/Disabilities. (Contact also Mayor's Office on Workforce Development. 1615 W. Chicago. (312) 746-7777)

Architectural Services Unit provides consultative services and technical assistance to business owners, architects and developers who are renovating or constructing a commercial, residential or public accommodation facility to ensure accessibility to and by people with disabilities, including the new options under the 2004 Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance.

Professional staff is available to answer questions about the rights and responsibilities of business owners, employees and consumers under ADA, Fair Housing (FHAA), Illinois Accessibility J)IAC), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Chicago Building Code.

Architectural services include Plan review for accessibility compliance as part of permit process, training for compliance, disabled parking signs.

HomeMod. Through this program homes are modified to provide accessibility. Features include lifts, ramps,. wide doors, accessible kitchens and bathrooms. Program is open to home owners and renters with disabilities. Provides grants up to $10,000 to homeowners up to age 55.

ARRA Job Placement Progam (American Recovery and Reinvestment) -Intake, vocational evaluation, life coaching, placement support, making disabilities abilities. Ages 18-59 with cognitive or physical disability. Ada S. McKinley. 1863 S. Wabash 60616. Coordinators 312326-1229 (youth), 312 326-2853 (adults).

Access Living. Personal and larger advocacy and facilitation and provider of advice and information.115 W. Chicago Ave, 60654, 312 640-2111, tty 312 640-21-2, fax 312 640-2139. http://www.accessliving.org. One contact is Manager of Community development Beto Barrera, abarrera@accesssliving.org.

CARC- see Envision Chicago

Chicago Bar Association for legal advice.

Chicago Southside Autism Support Group. 1634 E. 53rd St. #117. www.csasg.org. Meetings, information, respite care, summer recreation.

Community Resource Network (affiliated with DOORS nationally). Creates volunteer opportunities for skill building and employability for persons with disabilities including veterans. 312 491-7800. volunteercenter@communityresourcenetwork.org.

D.A.R.E.- Disabled Adult Residential Enterprises. 1616 E. 55th St. 773 667-7313. http://www.hpdare.com. dare.property@yahoo.com. Now independent.

Envision Unlimited
Main address: 8 S. Michigan Ave. Suite 1700, Chicago, Illinois 60603 312.346.6230. Kristin V. McRAE, President and CEO. Betty Jackson, VP.
http://www.carc.info http://www.envisionchicago.org.
Eve
lyn Nelson School, Foster Parent Program and other services and housing (Community Integrated Living Arrangements) for mentally and other disabled: 5333 S. Greenwood. 773 241-5700; Hyde Park 773 358-6951, 773 358-6942 Donna Cain.

Equip for Equality. Advancing he rights, inclusion and ability to cope of adults and children with disables. Includes legal representation. Main office is at 20 N. Michigan Suite 300. 800 537-2631 or 312 341-0022. TTY 800 610-2779. contactus@equipforequality.org.

Family Resource Center on Disabilities. 20 E. Jackson Blvd., Room 300, Chicago, IL 60604. 312 939-3513, TDD 312 939-3519, outside area 800-952-4199. Fax 312 939-7297. http://www.frcd.org. Email info@frcd.org. Exec. Dir. Michelle Phillips.

Martin Luther King Center including Mid-South Workforce Center, at 4314 S. Cottage Grove. Part of Employee and Employer Services. 773 538-5727, http://www.eesforjobs.com. www.exu.ilstu.edu/ncist/onestops.phtml. http://www.illinoisworknet.com. Satelite? 715 E. 47th St.

More in the Disabilities page.

Employing- see Employment following

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Employment

Career Fairs: http://www.chicagojobresources.com/jobfairs.

Summer employment, internship, programs for youth: See also Afterschool page and below.

Youth with disabilities readiness, shadowing programs for 2010-2011- FLYER.

Persons with disabilities access to employment fair July 15. FLYER.

See Career Pathways, below this is one of several places to PREPARE for job fairs or interviews. Others are Mid-South Workforce Center 4314 S. Cottage Grove Ste 209 773 538-5627 and Quad Communities Center for Working Families, 4804 S. Cottage Grove, 773 924-2205.

Need clothes for a job interview? Angel Outreach at St. James ME, Sister Search, DejaVu (53-- S. Harper, next building from the white one)

Mayor's Office of Employment and Training. 312 744-4078.
Mayors Office of Workforce Development (incl. disabled). 1615 W. Chicago. (312) 746-7777. This is where to go for summer jobs for teens over 16 also. Keyword in city website cityofchicago.org is in italics above. See more of their services in the Disabilities page-Resources.

Find out/link to unemployment benefits and services-- http://www.dol.gov/dol/location.htm.

Or call 312 747-7777 for WorkNet Chicago.

There are websites that give information, tips, and tips for job and training seekers in caregiving. one is http://www.caregiver.org.

Martin Luther King Center including Mid-South Workforce Center, at 4314 S. Cottage Grove. Part of WorkNet and Employee and Employer Services. 7733 538-5727, http://www.eesforjobs.com. www.exu.ilstu.edu/ncist/onestops.phtml. http://www.illinoisworknet.com. Satelite? 715 E. 47th St.

Illinois workNet. Type it in and go.

Statewide internet unemployment claims system at www.ides.state.il.us. Watch for future services over these and other internet sites.

Illinois Skills Match free internet job matching: www.illinoisskillsmatch.com (to be enhanced in the fall for businesses that do not need a 100% match)

Illinois Department of Employment Security and Chicago Jobs Council have created a state ex-offender employability website, http://www.ides.state.il.us/exoffenders.
Resources include: Intake and assessment, Job readiness, Job retention, Working with employers, Application and interview tips, Legal services incl. sealing and expungement, Information on occupational bans and waivers, Resources for public benefits and work supports, Criminal Terminology, Bibliography on data.

Illinois Jobs Council, 29 E. Madison, Suite 1700, 60602, 312 252-0640. http://www.cjc.net.

Workforce data, economic information and career information from the state: www.ilworkinfo.com.

Do, submit and file your resume online through monster.com, jobsearchusa.org (esp. good for professional) and other general sites. They will send you emails on job openings.

Abraham Lincoln Center programs. 700 E. Oakwood. 773 451-1300 x1005.
Bridge-to-Work program.

Access Living. Personal and larger advocacy and facilitation and provider of advice and information.115 W. Chicago Ave, 60654, 312 640-2111, tty 312 640-21-2, fax 312 640-2139. http://www.accessliving.org. One contact is Manager of Community development Beto Barrera, abarrera@accesssliving.org.

Advocate Healthcare seeks qualified employees including young people, who maintain their own subpage in the Advocate website. http://www.advocatehealth.com/body_jobs.cfm?id=2112.

Angels Outreach. At St. James United Methodist Church. 4611 S. Ellis, right side entrance. 773 624-5601. stjameschurch4611@sbcglobal.net. Coaching, referrals, clothing for interviews, sometimes transp. funds.

ARRA Job Placement Progam (American Recovery and Reinvestment) -Intake, vocational evaluation, life coaching, placement support, making disabilities abilities. Ages 18-59 with cognitive or physical disability. Ada S. McKinley. 1863 S. Wabash 60616. Coordinators 312326-1229 (youth), 312 326-2853 (adults).

CARA and CleanSlate. Call 4th Ward Office at 773 536-8103 or5th Ward Office for contacts and location, 773 324-5555. Trains and places the "hard to hire." Contacts: TIF- Irene Sherr. CARA-http://www.thecaraprogram.org.
Cleanslate. Cleanslatechicago.org, 773 858-7622, info@cleanslatechicago.org.
See next also.

Career Pathways Initiative/Career Pathways Resource Center. Newest center is the University of Chicago Career Pathways at 950 E. 61st St. a collaboration of UC Medical Center, CARA, and Mayor's Office of Workforce Development. It has placed a large number of job seekers at the Medical Center. Complete research and mentoring fo reach individual.

Chicago Women in Trades (CWIT) including Technical Opportunities Program. Networking, training, empowerment/anti-discrimination for construction and other non-traditional trades. 12-week evening training is comprehensive including academics, test prep, physical conditioning, basics of contracting and construction, job readiness including resumes, interviewing, sexual harassment prevention, conflict resolution. Hands on include building a house, up through apprenticeship. Has an average acceptance rate of 70%. 1455 S. Michigan, Suite 210, Chicago, IL 60610, 312 942-1444. cwitinfo@cwit2.org. http://www.chicagowomenintrades.org.

See also Equip for Equality above in Disabilities.

Inspiration Corporation. http://www.inspirationcorp.org/programs/. See Living Room.

Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization. 1238 E. 46th St. 773 548-7500. Welfare to work program.

Living Room Cafe, 806 E. 64th St., 773 63-6018. Recently reopened in larger quarters, this center not only offers two dinners and two breakfasts a week for homeless, but also full case management services to participants. To graduate, guests must find stable housing and a source of income. The program offers steady employment and training, after-school program or kids, recreational activities, employment services through Inspiration Corporation, and support groups (AA, NA). Stresses the how of services, how to treat people, heal, reaffirmation of self-worth and dignity. Executive Dir. Christopher Persons. Run by Inspiration Corporation. http://www.inspirationcorp.org/programs/.

Martin Luther King Center including Mid-South Workforce Center, at 4314 S. Cottage Grove. Part of Employee and Employer Services. 773 538-5727, http://www.eesforjobs.com. www.exu.ilstu.edu/ncist/onestops.phtml. http://www.illinoisworknet.com. Satelite? 715 E. 47th St.

The New Skill Builders of Chicago. We run a 13-week apprenticeship preparation program that helps Chicago residents begin and maintain careers in the skilled trades and construction industry. Will Boone, 5410 S. State St. 60609, 773 548-8601, wil.boone@sbcglobal.net.

Streetwise. Moved to 1201 W. Lake. 312 555-0060 but paper gives 312 829-2526. www.streetwise.org

The University of Chicago has assisted in setting up a Career Pathways Resource Center at 950 E. 61st St. Orientation sessions every Wednesday at 10:30 am no appointment. Call Myla Skinner at 773 206-9725, http://www.careerpathwayschicago.org.

More in Disabilities page-Resources, including government agencies.

Youth summer jobs, internships, programs from the city and agencies More in Afterschool, section on jobs and internships:

Summer jobs are available to youth in partnership with the city....

From: Youth Ready Chicago Youth Ready Chicago
[mailto:YouthReadyChicago@cityofchicago.org]
Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2009 1:07 PM
To: YouthReadyChicago@cityofchicago.org
Subject: Hire youth under the Economic Stimulus

Dear Business Leader,

Mayor Daley's Youth Ready Chicago provides individuals, ages 14-24, the
opportunity to obtain apprenticeships, internships and jobs that will bridge
their classroom experiences and possible career choices. This summer, the
Youth Ready Chicago program will provide up to 7,300 youth between the ages
of 14 and 24 with a government-subsidized paid work experience. The
Department of Family and Support Services (FSS) is seeking applications from
qualified non-profit organizations, public-sector employers, local
government and faith-based organizations to serve as hubs and work sites for
the Youth Ready Chicago program.

Youth Ready Chicago will operate through a system of hubs and work sites.
Hubs will provide operational and administrative oversight of the program
including paying all youth associated with that hub. Work sites will be
assigned to a hub and will provide youth with jobs in the community and
supervise them. Hubs must complete and submit a Request for Proposal (RFP)
and a HUB application by April 13th, 2009. You can obtain the applications
by downloading them from two locations at www.youthreadychicago.org or
www.cityofchicago.org/fss.

If your organization is interested in being a work site for Youth Ready
Chicago, please visit our web site at
http://www.youthreadychicago.org/employers/Work_Sites.html and email the
following information to youthreadychicago@cityofchicago.org.

-Organization Name
-Organization Address
-Contact Name & Title
-Contact Phone
-Job Description
-Number of Youth Positions Available

Please e-mail www.youthreadychicago.org for additional questions or view the
attached PDF for more information.

 

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Please review the press release on the City's Intergovernmental "Safe Summer" Program for 2009. The city has allocated $1.5 million for summer programs and employment for youth. Friends of the Parks (FOTP) support the Mayor's call for a Safe Summer and applaud his effort to coordinate public resources in Chicago. Local PAC's can join this effort by increasing your promotion of park programs and the availability of summer jobs. Below you will find the public agencies that are working alongside Chicago Park District to provide educational, recreational and employment opportunities.

Remember to take a serious look at your summer programs and make room for new park users. Don't leave your park supervisor and/or area managers alone in the promotion of your summer park programs or the selection of teens for employment.

Recruit! Recruit!

John Paul Jones
Director, Neighborhood Parks and Community Relations
Friends of the Parks
"Chicago's Best Friend"
17 North State, Suite 1450
Chicago, Il. 60602
(312) 857-2757 ext. 15
(312) 857-0656 (fax)
www.fotp.org

Mayor Daley Announces City's "Safe Summer" Programs for 2008 (2009?)

A complete listing of "Safe Summer" opportunities at bottom this announcement

Openings Remain in Educational, Recreational, Some Jobs Programs;
Mayor Urges Young People to Apply
The city and its partners will provide educational, recreational and employment opportunities for about 280,000 young people to keep them safe and constructively occupied during the summer, Mayor Richard M. Daley said today.

"We all want our young people to stay safe from violence, stay away from a life of violence and achieve their full potential in life," Daley said in a news conference held at Humboldt Park Field House, 1400 N. Sacramento Av.

"The most important things we can do to help are to give them the best education possible and give them plenty of positive activities after school and in the summer months," he said.

The Mayor said that providing summer activities and employment is more important this summer than ever before because of the violence against young people that has outraged the city.

"Keeping our children safe is Chicago’s challenge and our shared responsibility. Every community and religious group, every business and every parent must also keep doing their part and provide the safe havens and positive alternatives for our young people," he said.

Overall, the city has increased the number of young people to be served by these programs to about 280,000 this summer, an increase of about 15,000 from last summer.

"And I want to make this important point to every Chicagoan: we have thousands of openings in these summer programs right now," the Mayor said.

"I’m asking every resident of the city to help fill these empty slots. Talk to your children. Talk to your friends. Talk to your church and community groups. Find out what’s available and help register young people in these programs," he said.

Daley was joined by heads of City departments and sister agencies who described the range of summer programs that provide education, recreation and jobs for Chicago’s youth.

The Mayor highlighted programs being offered for the first time this year. They include:

"Freshman Connection," a Chicago Public Schools program which will help 18,500 8th graders make the transition to high school. The program features academic instruction in the morning and recreation activities in the afternoon at no cost to the students. It is held at the students’ destination high school, so it will give them a chance to become familiar with their new school and their new classmates. This program also includes 850 paid youth leadership positions.

CPS will offer a new Bilingual Bridge Program for English Language Learners in grades 3, 6 and 8.

The Department of Children and Youth Services and the Chicago Housing Authority will create a School and Career Readiness Program that will serve 150 young people under 15.

CYS and City Colleges will partner to create the Manufacturing Readiness Program that will provide both classroom work and 50 summer jobs in the manufacturing industry.

CYS and the Mikva Challenge will partner to create two youth councils that are focused on public policy. One will focus on safety and violence, the other on health.

CYS, CAPS and Clear Channel Radio will organize "Chicago Voices Against Violence."
In addition, the Park District will serve more than 90,000 young people in programs this summer and will allocate an additional $500,000 to expand the NeighborSports program to serve a total of 5,500 teenagers – 1,500 more than last summer.

For the first time, weekend NeighborSports will be offered until 10 p.m. at 20 sites in high crime neighborhoods. And the Park District also will keep 17 swimming pools open until 9 p.m.


After School Matters will offer 11,500 summer opportunities in its arts, science, sports, technology and communications programs, including new arts-based programs in three neighborhood parks and at Millennium Park -- up from 7,500 last summer.

About 6,100 of these After School Matters opportunities will be paid apprenticeships or internships, compared with about 3,100 last summer.

More than 45,000 young people are expected to take part in the Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, and more than 3,700 to take part in programs sponsored by the Chicago Housing Authority.

"When a young person reaches a certain age, though, a summer job becomes important. It puts money in his or her pocket and offers them an alternative to gangs, guns and drugs," Daley said.

Three weeks ago, Daley announced the city will spend an additional $1.5 million dollars this year for the Department of Children and Youth Services to provide 1,000 more summer employment opportunities for young people. The money will support partnerships with the Schools, the Park District, After School Matters and leading corporations.

"Before those jobs were added, we had already planned to place about 18,000 young people in public and private sector jobs through our Summer Jobs Program. And we’ve created several new jobs programs," Daley said.

Those new programs include:

The CTA will partner with CYS to hire 200 young people to work as part of their rail car appearance program.
CYS will partner with the CHA to provide job readiness training to 100 CHA teens.
The Police Department and CYS will create summer jobs for youth that have been part of the Juvenile Intervention Support Center.
CYS will partner with CleanSlate Chicago to provide training and summer jobs beautifying our neighborhoods for 28 young people.
And the city will continue its successful "Englewood Initiative" program that will provide more than 100 young people in that community with summer jobs, Daley said.

"But government can't do this alone. Most jobs are in the private sector and today I want to challenge our business leaders to once again to strengthen their efforts to provide jobs for young people," Daley said. "They can do this by supporting OUR program and by hiring our young people themselves. We need everyone’s help to keep our kids occupied in a positive way this summer."

A complete listing of "Safe Summer" opportunities

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Ex offenders

The Mayor's Office of Workforce Development has lists of job training and educational programs. (312) 744-7777. More on Job One Stop Centers in Disabilities-Resources.

Illinois Department of Employment Security and Chicago Jobs Council have created a state ex-offender employability website, http://www.ides.state.il.us/exoffenders.
Resources include: Intake and assessment, Job readiness, Job retention, Working with employers, Application and interview tips, Legal services incl. sealing and expungement, Information on occupational bans and waivers, Resources for public benefits and work supports, Criminal Terminology, Bibliography on data.

Illinois Jobs Council, 29 E. Madison, Suite 1700, 60602, 312 252-0640. http://www.cjc.net.

Ex-Offender housing - contact First Baptist Church of Chicago, 935 E. 50th St. Alex Brown via 773 536-3430. http://www.firstbaptist-chicago.org.

Men & Women in Prison Ministries. supportive service for families of incarcerated populations. Teach life skills and HIV/AIDS prevention. Dawn Layne, 10 W. 35th St. 60616, 708 339-2400, mwipuhoro@hotmail.com. http:/www.mwipm.com.

St. Leonard's house. A faith-based residential recovery and re-entry program for formerly incarcerated men. (example). Christopher Vaughn, 2100 W. Warren Blvd., 60612, 312 738-1414 x22, slhprogdir@slministries.org.

Finance, fin. literacy and bankruptcy law, conditions changes

We do not give "financial advice" or refer to financial institutions. For that there are many online sites. One nonprofit is http://www.financialcrisis2009.org. Do note, however, that people have to pay attention to business (and fine print) and not ignore notices and due dates. "Talk to them." There are many steps between the start of delinquency or, and someone emptying your account or taking your house. Some kinds of funds are government-exempted.

Some organizations in Woodlawn that band together to give financial education: October 13, Tuesday and Tuesdays through November 24, 6 pm. Woodlawn Community Service Corporation, AKArama Foundation, Inc. and South Side Community Federal Credit Union are presenting a FREE Financial Education series. Starting Tuesday, October 13, 2009 this seven week series takes place on consecutive Tuesdays thru Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at 6:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M. located at the AKArama Foundation, Inc. Community Service Center 6220-28 South Ingleside Avenue. For more information/registration call: (773) 548-8859.

Safe Money Planning for Seniors. A planning company headed by John Mazur.
Government- http://www.longtermcare.gov.

A bill to shore up rules and regulations of the credit card industry passed the US House and are now likely to be sped up by the Senate. If you encounter deceptive or fraudulent business practices in the credit industry, you may visit http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/edcams/credit/index.html to file a complaint.

A new law prohibits credit checks by most Illinois companies. Visit http://general-counselor.com/2010/08/12/new-law-prohibits-credit-checks-by-most-illinois-employers/

Bobbi Ball, Executive Director
Partners In Community Building
3424 S. State St. Ste 1 F6-1, Chicago, IL 60616
Bobbi Ball @ 312 328-0873, fax 312 328-0879
http://www.picbchicago.org


PICB is a housing resource center with available affordable single family housing and shared housing with informational resources for maintaining housing and financial literacy for youth thru adults. PICB partners with banks in the Chicago area to offer banking at school to grammar thru college students that improve reading, writing and critical thinking skills.

Civic Empowerment is one of several organizations that is dedicated to teaching youth financial smarts.

A website recommended by Channel 5's Terry Savage for retirement, investment and other personal finance questions is www.financialengines.com.

The federal bankruptcy law was recently changed. The most significant change is to require more to enter the more stringent Chapter 13 rather than Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing. A judge generally applies statute to determine which applies in the particular case. Chapter 7 allows one to wipe the slate clean with regard to certain debts (not taxes, for example) Chapter 13 requires a court-approved repayment plan. Garnishment of wages is possible under Chapter 13. The American Bankruptcy Institute says 70% of individuals now file in Chapter 7. In the future, to file Chapter 7 someone with "insufficient assets or income" (income below the state's median who cannot pay $100 a month for five years) could still file Chapter 7 and wipe debts clean after disposal of (specified) assets. Members of the military are exempt from t he income test. Those placed in Chapter 13 will also have to pay for credit counseling. Child support claims have priority. According to Streetwise, one could no longer wipe out "payday loans" by filing Chapter 7. The material below does not state what happens in case of a major change such as divorce, death of main-income-earning spouse, loss of job (or getting a better job).

Facts: (new law went into effect October 17 2005)

Chapter 7
In Chapter 7 the debtor most often (and can be required to) liquidate(s) all non-exempt assets to pay creditors in order of precedence. This is the scenario with insufficient income, and is the most common. Non dischargeable:

Chapter 13
Those with too much disposable income for Chapter 7 or who want to keep/protect certain assets such as a house often opt for Ch. 13. In 13 you must recommit to repay all or a portion of depts. Payments are structured, usually over 3-5 years. Under 13, a foreclosure of a house protected under the plan would be stopped and you would be allowed to catch up or restructure with your lender.

Payments should be made to a trustee who disburses the money as provided in the court-approved plan. All creditors have to deal with the trustee.

Food (a resource, a social justice issue for many communities)

Eating Disorders Clinic at UC Medical Center- 773 702-0789, eatingdisorders.uchicago.edu.

List of pantries and kitchens

Community gardening vs raising food to sell at farmer's markets, and what are appropriate city regulations that won't dry up this resource?

61st Farmers Market open on Saturdays between Dorchester and Blackest May-October and inside later. Helps relieve food desert

Open May-October, then inside in Nov-Dec. Sat. late mornings. it brings fresh produce to the neighborhood, in different ways and with all options for payment including LINK. Connie Spreen is director of sponsoring Experimental Station and Aaron Schorsch recruits farmer adn produce. They seek producers of midwestern organic and sustainable commodities- including meat, produce , cheese, baked goods, flowers and soaps. Woodlawn is one of 23 Chicago food deserts identified in a Mari Gallagher Research and LaSalle Bank study. Food is in short supply and balanced toward the unhealthy in the deserts (incl. prices disproportionately high for nutritious foods- as everywhere but espec. in the deserts leading to consumption of mainly fast foods). The Market also offers cooing and nutrition classes 9-2 on Saturdays. Visit http://www.experimentalstation.org.

The Market has a Double Value LINKS program, supported by Wholesome Wave Foundation. For up to $25 weekly.
And the Market has partnered with Whole Foods to create three special Sunday markets at the South Loop Whole Foods, Roosevelt and Canal, while providing gardening and nutrition experts at the 61st Garden.

Experimental Station 1 of 3 gardens to nourish the South Side food desert with fresh food and a sense of community. In addition to the garden at 61st and Blackstone, it also sponsors the Woodlawn Buying Club, a wood-fired oven and the Urban Farm Project. They began planning a farmer's market in 2007. Featured in the market will be fruits vegetable, dairy, organically raise meats, and some non edible handmade wares- Sat mornings 9-1 May 17-Oct. 25 61st and Dorchester. Hope is to include live music, cooking workshops, nutritional information. Food stamps, WIC, Farmers Market Senior Nutrition Program will be able to purchase through Electronic Benefits Transfer. There is a large contingent of volunteers who are learning these businesses.

Starting October 3 2009, LINK values will be doubled at the Garden for Woodlawn residents.

61st Street Community Garden, at Dorchester. http://61stgarden.org,with Invisible Institute links, jackspicer@earthlink.net. Creating a community at the edge of a food desert. Now closed.

Brickyard, connected with ChristWay Chapel at 64th and Woodlawn? is another with a community garden and involved in Sust-partners, Partnership for a Sustainable Chicago.

Green Gardening and organic-regional farming and CSA sharetaking/sustainable eating taking hold

Opened late 2008 is "Open Produce" at 16-- E. 55th St. It seeks to go beyond the usual organic and regional models and business models.

The following is based on an article by Yenni Lee in Chicago Weekly October 23, 2008

Even the most green and savvy regional farmers often do not do well in urban farmers' markets. They often do better at what are called community-supported agriculture boxes (CSAs) not only at markets such as 61st Farmers in Hyde Park but through direct or two-stage distribution. These have produce and dairy products, etc. committed to shareholders who have already bought shares for a season worth of produce with the farm, one example being Genesis Growers in St. Anne, Illinois. Others producers having such a symbiotic model include Angelic Organics (local hq. in Woodlawn,) Videnovich Farms in Bridgman MI (owned by Hyde Parker Vera Videnovich), and Grass is Greener. The model started in Japan c 1980. The suppliers bring their boxes weekly to designated drop offs. Angelic Organic's local drop off is 57th St. Meeting of Friends, 5715 S. Woodlawn While Genesis Grower's is at a home, where it is then broken down and shared. Many of the participants use the seasonality of availability of different foods to teach their children about life and sustainable living. A participating Hyde Parker who is also a planner notes that she can afford to do it, including paying a premium for organic-- but what matters is building up the scale so that more can short circuit "industrial farming" which hides a lot of costs including social and health. Still, most growers charge an upfront $500 and more for the share--and going up as food producing and fuel costs skyrocket.

Another model makes weekly delivery of fresh, local organic produce: people who go out to the farms to buy and assemble boxes they then sell or break up. A prime regional example is Irv and shelly Cernauskas's Fresh Picks. The box share costs $18 and can be customized (fully customized go at $35 and up) but need not be weekly. They also include explanations why something is not available, for example.

Experts who note the soaring trend not that markets have trouble valuing all that goes into farming and distribution/interactions linking people, even at a remove, and places. And there are some local community gardens, especially in the surrounding neighborhoods.

See the Grocery Scene page in this site, and getting food suggestions in Helpline. An increasing number of the producers and businesses have websites.

Opting out:

Freegans and other dumpster-divers. http://freegan.info, Freeganzine publication. Includes people who think that participation in the market supports awful as well as un-green things. Sometimes have group dinners. Note, Univ. of Arizona 2004 study shows over 40% of food produced in the US doesn't get eaten. Items marked sell-by are safe to eat at least 7 days after that date (unless it's something needing refrig.?
Find groups in http://www.Meetup.com. Other resources include a cooking show "Freegan Kitchen," musical documentary "Surfing the Waste."

Food Not Bombs. http://www.foodnotbombs.net. Prepares food that would otherwise go uneaten and gives it to the needy. Several chicago chapters, one about to in Hyde Park.

Get a free seniors-friendly cook book from the Chicago Department of Aging- call 312 744-6777.

Trouble with Food Stamps? Here's what the US Dept. of Agriculture and Streetwise recommend. (Yes, it's in knots again in Illinois--understaffed at least.)

  1. Use the internet tool, avail. at the library. www.foodstamps-step1.usda.gov.
  2. Call or go to the local office in the blue pages under "Social Services" or "Human Services.
    1 800 221-5689.
  3. Get an application form: 1 of 4 ways-
    Pick it up at the food stamp office
    Call and ask for it to be mailed
    Ask if there are other places
    Print from t he state web page (not in all states).
  4. Fill it out, get help if necessary--food banks or pantries should be able to help.
  5. Return the form, if only the first page with who you are and signature.
  6. Make the interview appointment. Ask what you should bring. Likely:
    Driver's licence, birth certificate, pay stubs, letter showing monies received from social security, SSI, VA, child support, etc., most recent rental agreement, mortgage statement, utility bills, cancelled checks for day care, medical bills you pay if over 60 or disabled, and court order or cancelled checks for child support.
  7. Get papers or other information the worker needs to finish the application
  8. Do the interview--can do by phone or designate, can have a friend along.
  9. If approved, start shopping (ask the worker for nutrition information).
  10. If not approved ask why! You can ask a "fair hearing."

Pantries and Food distribution, cafes, dinners for the holidays. See also the following list of such year-round. They all need help.

Hyde Park-Kenwood Food Pantry1169 E. 56th St. (at Hyde Park Union Church- 56th building). Every Saturday 10-1:30 pm. Groceries once every 4 weeks per person living Cottage to the Lake, 39th to 60th. Case manager available. 773 363-6063.
(Volunteers please count on 9:30-12 and be able to climb stairs with grocery boxes. Groups up to 6 min. age 12. Vol. coorinator Jan Decenbach jdeckenbach@press.uchicago.edu 773 702-7034.)

United Church of Hyde Park- last Saturday Breakfast for the Hungry 9-10 am. 1448 E. 53rd St.

 

Meals on Wheels (a program of City o Chicago Seniors programs) or substitute shoppers. See also Grocery and Food Scene page.

In addition to some of the pantries below, check out +Treasure Island 1526 E. 55th St. which have volunteer shoppers who will pick out your groceries on a certain day of the week and can have them delivered--popular with immobile, moderate income seniors esp. There are other such services as well.

For those with more means, there are Peapod's delivery trucks, and Seattle Sutton's Home Cooked Meals. Internet accessible.

The Cookie Ministry
Meets at Meadville/Lombard Theological School to assemble for holiday distribution homemade and bought cookies for homeless and working poor. 773 667-0670.

Ebenezer Baptist Church Food Pantry, 4501 S. Vincennes Ave. hosts a food pantry every Tuesday between noon and2 p.m. For more information, contact Georgia Coleman at 773 373-6144.

First Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church is giving food baskets December 18 at 3:30 pm. 6118 S. Kenwood. 773 667-3209.

First Presbyterian Church of Chicago,6400 S. Kimbark Ave., hosts a food pantry every Thursday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and also hosts a soup kitchen [Tuesdays 1 pm]. For more information, contact Kenneth Martinez or Harold Witherspoon at 773 363-0505.

First Unitarian Church Cathedral Shelter Project. 5650 S. Woodlawn. 773 324-4100.

Greater Chicago Food Depository. 4100 W, Ann Lurie Pl. Chicago, IL 60632. 773 247-3663. www.chicagosfoodbank.org
Food distribution center providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. Distributes donated and purchased food through a network of 600 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. Part of the America's Second Harvest network.

Homeless Food Run. Every other Thursday at 5:30 pm. Contact Laura Lecompte via Calvert House, 5735 S. University, 773 288-2311.

Hyde Park Hunger Programs. Run by Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn. Rev. Susan B. Johnson. hosts a food pantry once a month on Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and also a soup kitchen Monday through Friday [at Kenwood United Church of Christ, 4608 S. Greenwood] beginning at noon. For more information, contact Bob Naftzger at 773 363-6063.

*******Hyde Park Hunger Programs: Food Pantry and The Open Kitchen- more about it and its needs and contributors in the Good Neighbor and Community Resources pages. These programs are now being assumed by Hyde Park Union Church (5600 S. Woodlawn, 773 363-6063, http://www.hpuc..org- see in Community Resources page.)


The Pantry at Hyde Park Union Church.
distributes emergency supplies and groceries to residents living between 39th and 60th, Cottage to the lake Saturdays 10 am-1 pm. Volunteers help package, recycle, clean do clerical. People can give at the Co-op stores. 5600 S. Woodlawn

The Soup Kitchen
serves hot meals at noon Mon., Tues, Thurs., Fri. at 4600-4608 S. Greenwood Ave (Kenwood United Church of Christ- Rev. Leroy Sanders (773) 373-2861).

Hyde Park Interfaith, See Hyde Park Hunger Programs. 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave., hosts a food pantry once a month on Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and also a soup kitchen Monday through Friday [at Kenwood United Church of Christ, 4608 S. Greenwood] beginning at noon. For more information, contact Bob Naftzger at 773 363-6063.

Hyde Park Neighborhood Club has a Golden Diners program. Meals for seniors are about $1.50. Call the Club for information- 773 743-4062.

Hyde Park Seventh Day Adventist Soup Kitchen, 4608 S. Drexel Blvd., hosts a soup kitchen every Wednesday (and Tuesday?), between noon and 1 p.m. For more information, contact Jewell Lenoir at 773 373-2909, 773 288-0429.

Hyde Park Union Church. 5600 S. Woodlawn. See under Hyde Park Hunger Programs. Sats. 10-1, 773 363-6063.

Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, 1238 E. 46th St., hosts a food pantry Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. For more information, contact Roderick Wilson at 773 548-7500.

Kenwood United Church of Christ, 4608 S. Greenwood Ave., hosts a soup- kitchen Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between noon and 1 p.m. and a soup kitchen every Tuesday between noon and 1 p.m. For more information, contact Rev. Leroy Sanders at 773 373-2861.

***Living Room Cafe, 806 E. 64th St., 773 643-6018. Recently reopened in larger quarters, this center not only offers two dinners and two breakfasts a week for homeless, but also full case management services to participants. To graduate, guests must find stable housing and a source of income. The program offers steady employment and training, after-school program or kids, recreational activities, employment services through Inspiration Corporation, and support groups (AA, NA). Stresses the how of services, how to treat people, heal, reaffirmation of self-worth and dignity. Executive Dir. Christopher Persons. Run by Inspiration Corporation. http://www.inspirationcorp.org/programs/

Lutheran Child and Family Services Refugee Settlement, 6127 S. University Ave., hosts a food pantry every Thursday between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. For more information, contact Lonnie Richardson at 773 753-0600.

Martin Temple Community, 6930 S. Cottage Grove Ave., hosts a soup kitchen every Monday between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. For more information, contact Betty Davenport at 773 493-8624.

Midwest Workers Assn. in conjunction with a lot of orgs including schools, U of C, Great Frame Up, HP Animal Clinic, Neighborhood Club is gathering and distributing food and gifts. They are at 5152 S. Halsted, call 773 285-0485 Mr. Bordeux. But they also distribute in Hyde Park (Ida Noyes) etc. Lots of volunteers needed for programs that even include preventive dental and medical services. Dec. 17 2006 holiday party and distribution.

Operation Pull Grant Memorial, 4017 S. Drexel Blvd., hosts a food pantry every Friday between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and a soup kitchen every Tuesday between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. For more information, contact Rev. Leroy Sanders at 773 285-5819.

Parkway Garden Christian Church, 6600 S. King Dr., hosts a food pantry every 4th Saturday of the month between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. for more information, contract Rev. Edward Morris at 663 667-0770.

Project Care, 710 E. 62nd St. hosts a food pantry every Thursday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.. For more information, contact Janett Nelson at 684 685-9688.

Rainbow /PUSH will give away turkeys every Saturday in December after 11 am. 930 E. 50th St. 773 373-3366.

St. Elizabeth Church, 50 E. 41st St., hosts a food pantry every 4th Saturday of the month between 10 a.m. an noon. For more information, contact Lanzie Harris at 773 268-1518.

St. Gelasius/St. Columbanus (Christ the King Sacred Priest). 6401 S Woodlawn (773 363-7409).

St. Philip Neri Service Center, 2132 E. 72nd St. hosts a food pantry every Tuesday between 10 a.m. and non. For more information, contact Margaret Williams at 773 363-1700.

St. Phillip Lutheran Church, 6232 S. Eberhart St. hosts a food pantry every Tuesday between 10 a.m. an noon. For more information contact Ella Jefferson at 773 846-0393.

St. Thomas- see St. Vincent De Paul.

St. Vincent De Paul Society annual dinner 3rd weekend of April. Poor and homeless welcome. St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 5472 S. Kimbark. 773 324-2626.

Second Faith Temple COGIC, 424 E. 49th St., hosts a soup kitchen every Friday between 6:30 pm. and 7:30 p.m. For more information contact Robert Robinson, Jr. at 773 625-0799.

Tabernacle Baptist Food Pantry, 4130 S. Indiana Ave., hosts as food pantry every 3rd Friday of the month between noon and 4 p.m. For more information, contact Minie Bruce at 773 624-6722.

United Church of Hyde Park. 1448 E. 53rd St. Breakfast for the Hungry last Saturdays 9-10 am. 773 363-1620.

****The Woodlawn Organization. Food giveaway every Tuesday and Thursday, 10 am-3 pm. 1508 E. 53rd St. 773 752-0911.

 

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Gas company inside safety inspections

Peoples Energy announces the following:
Peoples Gas is required by the federal government to conduct inspections of company owned equipment located inside customers' homes. Peoples Gas takes this mandate very seriously. In order to conduct these inspections customers must allow us access to this equipment. If you receive a letter about this free inspection, please set up an appointment immediately. ISIs are:

If you do not schedule an appointment once you've been notified, your gas service is at risk of being disconnected. Call 312 240-4556 or visit www.isi.peoplesenergy.com.

And never let someone into your home claiming to be doing inspections without an appointment being set up and the inspector showing proper ID.

Being and learning Green

Visit the Environmental Sustainability and Green pages including the many links at the bottom to, for example GreenNet, Center for Neighborhood Technology, OpenLands, Neighbor Space (community gardens and open space- 25 E. Washington, Suite 1670, 60602, 312 431-9406, www.neighbor-space.org), UC Partners for a Sustainable Chicago, HPKCC Environmental Sustainability Committee.

Contact also UC Civic Knowledge's Partners for a Sustainable Chicago. to get in touch with this and other UC connections, contact masudevan@uchicago.edu.

The Hyde Park Garden Fair Committee
A programmatic committee of the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference
Contact: Sue Purrington, 773 363-4368. President: Lesley Bloch.
www.hydeparkgardenfair.org, www.hydepark.org, Committees, Garden Fair.
Purpose: Beautify the community and promote gardening and green space through volunteers and proceeds of its spring and fall sales at Hyde Park Shopping Center.

The Resource Center
222 E. 135th Street, 70727. (773) 821-1351, fax (773) 821-7462. Center also at 72nd? and Dorchester.
http://www.resourcecenterchicago.org e-mail info@resourcecenterchicago.org
Ken Dun's project-become-business was of the first comprehensive recyclers and green-practice organizations and businesses in the country, it has moved from just south of Hyde Park to 135th with a satellite at 75th and Dorchester or Woodlawn (?). Programs/facilities include Blackstone Bicycle Works that teaches kids bicycle repair and recovery, CHA Recycling, City Farm, Community-Municipal-Business Recycling (including the truck that plys Hyde Park), Creative Rec sources Warehouse (including reusing school books), Items for Sale, and Urban Composting and Community Gardening.

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Healthcare

http://www.youreldercareconsultants.com. Online.

Events and Occasional: (Hyde Park Neighborhood Club has many ongoing and occasional classes, seminars, screenings, fairs, social worker and nurse days.) So does the Chicago Hyde Park Village.

Veterans Administration's hotline- National Caregiver Support Line for Caregivers of Veterans - 1-855-260-3274.
Operating hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., Eastern
Standard Time and Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Eastern Standard
Time.

Jay Mulberry gives testimony about Lifeline and similar notification systems:

Dealing with [Lifeline] on administrative matters by phone was also very pleasant.

Lifeline involved a connection with the house phone and was only good at home. That isn't terrible since when out of the house help is usually available, but if you can get a simple system that works both in an out of the home it would be best.

Lifeline works with either a bracelet or a necklace which is worn all the time, even in the shower. That feature is very important and makes the system better than just using a cell phone.

We had a key box on the door of the house [or similar secure system]. The combination was given to Lifeline and to the police and to a couple of neighbors in case they had to get in. That isn't a bad idea in general.

Another added, in considering any system, work out carefully just what would happen in an emergency: how would firemen get in? would they have to break down doors? would a key safe work in your situation? who would you give keys to your home who would be willing to check on you? are they usually at home? do they live in the building or nearby? And be sure the system has your next of kin.


If you know any woman currently undergoing chemotherapy, please pass the word to her that there is a cleaning service that provides FREE housecleaning - once per month for 4 months while she is in treatment.

All she has to do is sign up and have her doctor fax a note confirming the treatment.

Cleaning for a Reason will have a participating maid service in her zip code area arrange for the service.

This organization serves the entire USA and currently has 547 partners to help these women.

It's our job to pass the word and let them know that there are people out there that care.

Be a blessing to someone and pass this information along. [cleaningforareason.org]

There are websites that give information, tips, and tips for job and training seekers in caregiving. one is http://www.caregiver.org.


UC Hospitals often has programs and seminars on health issues. Also
Alzheimer's Support Group- 1st Thursdays pm, South Shore Series, 663 702-4269
CompanionShip Support Group- children and teens. Med. /Ctr. 773 834-1776
Heart Screening $25. 1 800-UCH-0200
Support Groups for Cancer Survivors. Med. Ctr. 773 702-6730
Visual Impairment Support Group. 3rd Monday, 20 am, Med Ctr. M341. 773 702-9043.
To get in touch with programs that are open to non-patients, non-staff contact Leif Elsmo, 5841 S. Maryland, MCID 70 60637, 773 834-2826, Fax 773 834-1297.
www.uchospitals.edu, elsmo@uchospitals.edu.

Eating Disorders Clinic at UC Medical Center- 773 702-0789, eatingdisorders.uchicago.edu.

U of C Hospitals Emergency Room has a program to help patients find an affordable primary care provider, even if not affiliated. Through the South Side Health Cooperative (a network provider for low income and uninsured.) Learn also about affordable dental, mental and substance treatment sources. The principle is that going to and waiting, waiting in an emergency room with a non life threatening condition is inefficient for facilities, resources and patients. Those whose condition is less than life threatening are now sent to other facilities.

U of C Medicine has many support groups including a Gilda's Club and Networking Group for persons of color with cancer.

Longterm healthcare planning:
Safe Money Planning for Seniors. A planning company headed by John Mazur.
Government- http://www.longtermcare.gov.

(UC Urban Health Initiative) South Side Healthcare Collaborative. 773 702-5668, www.uchospitals.edu/medicalhome.
The object is to connect everyone with an appropriate primary and up "medical home".
Affiliated clinics, for which we cannot vouch, are located from Mercy Medical on the north to in south suburban Burnham on the south and as far west as 55th and Pulaski.
Reasonably near: Access Booker family Health Center, 654 El 47th St. 773 624-4800 (behavioral, obstetrics)
Near North Komed Homan Health Center, 4259 S. Berkely 773 268-7600 (dentistry, obstetrics, pediatrics, podiatry, ophthalmology)
Near North Cottage View Health Center, 4829 S. Cottage Grove 773 548-1170 (general?)
Friend Family Health Center, 800 E. 55th St. 773 702-0770 (pediatrics, ob/gyn, confidential teen care, pediatric infectious disease)

Affinity Community Services offices, 5650 S. Woodlawn, garden level. 773-559-1751. Services including counseling, not a clinic.

Amyloidoisis. (A progressive metabolic disease). A support group is being started for the area. 773 288-2132 or 773 643-8225. Caution- this is an announcement, we have no basis for endorsing.

Cancer: American Cancer Society. 225 N. Michigan Ave., Ste 1210, 60601. 312 279-7281. www.relayforlife.org or www.cancer.org.

Chaturanga Holistic Fitness, 1525 E. 55th St. No 302. samanthachicago@gmail.com.

The Childbirth Collective. Meets 1st Saturdays at 5131 S. Dorchester: mamaloo37@yahoo.com.

Hyde Park La Leche League. Meets on various Fridays, 10 am, and certain weekday evenings, about breastfeeding issues. At Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn. 773 538-6128.

Kenwood Free Medical Clinic. Kenwood United Church of Christ, 4600-08 S. Greenwood ave. 773 373-2861. Monday 10 am to noon and Friday 10:30 am- 3 pm. http://www.kenwooducc.org.

UC Public Lecture series and

City and county departments have speakers that can be sent out to your group on a wide range of topics. Pharmaceutical Assistance is just one.

www.RxforIllinois.org. Pharmacist/Pharmaceutical Industry site giving advice how to save on, find prescriptions and generics.

Medicare and "Medigap"- state hotlines and information including on prescriptions- 1 800 548-9034, www.idfpr.com. Contact also Blue Cross and AARP as starters.

www.dentists.com

Nursing Home Abuse Guide- A resource on nursing home abuse: http://nursinghomeabuseguide.com

Spastic Paralysis information and resources- visit http://www.kiwanis.org.


Health information and bulletins

West Nile virus- go to the Public Safety page for information and tips on this and some other health/food safety issues.

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Providers, including home care (not dentistry, eyes or reg. MD)

Clinics affiliated with the Chicago Department of Health. (The city's are very far away.)
Komed, 4230 S. Greenwood (773) 268-7600; Woodlawn, 6337 S. Woodlawn (31) 747-7000

Abraham's Mark Comprehensive Wellness Center. Alternative clinic. Dr. Nichole King. 1525 E. 53rd St. 773 667-0768.

Advocate Healthcare. http://www.advocatehealth.com. The Advocate Medical Group (Dr. Scheiner, Dr. Ramierz, Dr. Wechter, etc.) on 47th and Lake Park is now offering
•A memory assessment clinic 773-493-8212
•Memory loss social services 847-384-3306
•Alzheimer's and related dementia support group 847-384-3306

Angel Care, Inc. Free Medicare-covered services in home. 773 791-7008. Licensed, under physicians and nurses including home health aides, rehabilitation, medical social services.

A new physical therapy and recreation provider is AthletiCo, at 1644 E. 53rd St. Includes for sports and performing arts health, injuries, and problems-- including for major teams and dance theaters such as Hubbard Street.

Avenue Care Center nursing home and services. 150 beds, from rehabilitation care to longer term. 4505 S. Drexel Blvd. 773 285-0550.

Awakened Alternatives homecare. http://www.awakenedalternatives.com.

Blind Services Association 312-236-0808 includes reading to the blind. Contact also Lighthouse, Illinois College of Optometry.

Claret Center. Claretian Missionaries. 5536 S. Everett. http://www.claretcenter.org. Acupuncture, massage, lifestyle/health/spiritual psychological diagnosis and treatment.

Cook County Stroger Hospital. 312 633-6000 1835 W. Harrison
Cook County Provident Hospital 312 572-2000 500 E. 51st St. Provident has one of the state's largest pharmacy, and has a much larger pharmacy facility.

Foot and Ankle Clinics of America, Dr. Fortunee Massuda, Dee Kitchens. 1644 E. 53rd sT. 73 752-2111. www.footexperts.com, d-kitchens@footexperts.com.

Freeman Foot Care. Dr. La Shawn D. Freeman, 1525 E. 53rd St., Ste. 816. 773 363-5523. drfreeman@hotmail.com.

Gordon Family Chiropractic, LLC. Dr. Ayo H. Gordon. 105 E. 51st St., 773 536-2300. www.gordonfamilychiropractic.com, dr.ayogordon@hotmail.com.

HIV: One on the South Side is Luck Care Center and Southside Health Association, www.southsidehealthassociation.org, located in the Gary Comer Center at 7200 S. Ingleside and at 1701 W. Monterey, #1, Norridge, 60656. (773) 233-5850.

Home Instead is an international organization with a wide range of services for the elderly, including those with Alzheimer's. Closest is at 3151 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616, Phone: 312-326-1367, Fax: 312-326-1364. http://www.homeinstead.com.

New! HPW Center for Diabetes, Metabolic Disorders and Preventive Medicine. Endocrinology, Cardiology, Internal Medicine, family Medicine, Plastic Surgery/Wound care, Osteopathic Manipulation. 515 E. 50th St. 2nd Floor. 773 624-8000. By or at Provident.

Hyde Park Home Care. A subsidiary of Montgomery Place. There’s simply no substitute for living in your own home and maintaining your own comfortable surroundings. 773 358-7437, 5550 S. South Shore Drive. http://www.hydeparkhomecare.com. R. Bradley, marketing.

We at Hyde Park Home Care are available to provide personal assistance and care to help you maintain the independence to which you’re accustomed.

There’s simply no substitute for living in your own home and maintaining your own comfortable surroundings. We at Hyde Park Home Care are available to provide personal assistance and care to help you maintain the independence to which you’re accustomed.

Our professional, nurturing staff is available to provide assistance in many levels of your everyday activities on both a come-and-go or 24-hour, live-in basis. We truly value each of our clients and treat each person with the respect and individuality they expect. Our highest priority is to provide care and assistance with dignity and compassion.

Of course, Hyde Park Home Care requires more from our caregivers than a compassionate and caring attitude. Each of our employees is drug tested and must pass a rigorous background check process.

Hyde Park Kidney Center, LTD
1439 E. 53rd St. 773 947-0770.

Lifestyle Chiropractic . Dr Robert Higenbottom, 1746 E. 55th St. 60615, 773-9053. www.lifestylechiropracticpc.com, vanveiga@netscape.net.

Lotus Living provides sets of comprehensive classes and training on health living, fitness, personal safety. 1715 E. 55th St. 312 493-9766. lotusliving@netzero.net. www.lotusliving.homestead.com. Now known as Happy Body Wellness.

The New Year is here and It is common for us to want to do and be better for our selves and our loved ones. Others out there aspire to TAKE what you work hard for or even harm you and or your family or loved ones in the process.
Live your life from a place of STRENGTH or FEAR?
EMPOWER YOUR SELF and YOUR FAMILY TODAY.

January Classes are forming for our next S.T.O.P Program (Simple Techniques of (SELF) Protection at Lotus Living Wholeness Center in Hyde Park.

Come to our Introductory class on Monday 1/16 or Wednesday 1/18 evening, 7pm-8:15 pm and you will receive $10 OFF oh the eight week program.

Limited time offer so please email or call to reserve you spot..

Ma' Dear Home Services. Homemakers, sitter/companion, respite care, finders services, tuck-in, bath care, also classes in tools for caregivers, Red Cross CPR and Safety, First Aid. Renee Morissette-Thomas. 1525 E. 53rd St. Ste 1006. 773 667-HOME 4663). www.motherstouch.com, rthomas@858msn.com.

Mercy Hospital. Stroke Support Group 2nd Thursdays, Smoking Cessation. Call Tinda Thompson at 312 567-2477.

Montgomery Place Retirement Community and Health Care and The Church Home
5550 South Shore Drive. (773) 753-4100. Michael Apa, Director. http://montgomeryplace.org, mapa@montplace.com. Ask for Ms. Vogel.
Dr. Robert Petite, Exec. Director
of The Church Home
Provides a broad range of services, care and living both in-house and through extension.

Project Brotherhood- A Black Men's Clinic (all ages) at Woodlawn Health Center, 6337 S. Woodlawn, Thursdays 4-7 pm. 773 753-5504, ProjectBrotherhood@hotmail.com. Includes confidential testing.

Provident Hospital of Cook County (a part of Cook County Hospital)
500 E. 51st St.312 572-2000.

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Windermere
5548 S. Hyde Park Blvd. (773) 256-5051. Usually by referral only.

The Renaissance Collaborative, Inc. Includes the Senior Village (opened October 2010). http:/www.trcwabash.org, http://www.trcwabash.org/Senior_Village.html. Renaissance: 3757 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL 60653, 773-924-9270 PHONE 773-924-9271 FAX.
Senior Village-
346 E. 53rd St., Chicago, IL 60615. 773-924-9270 or email Lynn Bergstrom, Property manager at Lbergstrom@trcwabash.org

Our mission is to foster an empowering environment where seniors are active, healthy participants in their own community, achieving their full potential and maximizing their quality of life. Goals include self-sufficiency through an innovative and comprehensive network of supportive housing, employment, and educational services. using an asset-based approach, the agency works in three distinct business areas: Renaissance apartments for chronically homeless adults and Fitness for Life Center, the Senior Village, and Bronzeville Green- a workforce development project. "All individuals have value and can contribute to themselves, their families, and their communities when provided the necessary tools of development.

This groundbreaking 71 unit independent senior housing development opens in 2010 and represents the first development in a proposed village supporting seniors raising dependents. It features 70 one-bedroom units and 1 two-bedroom staff unit. The facility provides walk-in closets, call buttons in each bathroom and bedroom, front desk coverage, two resident lounges, and resident storage lockers.

The goals of the village are to:

•Create an attractive and innovative living environment for low-income seniors
•Support seniors who are primary caregivers of dependents
•Develop a multi-generational space that invites broader community participation
All residents of the facility are welcome to participate in the Community Health and Wellness Center which hosts numerous workshops, lectures, demonstrations, and a fitness center. The Center is located on the first floor and is open to all seniors, both residents and community members, who are age 55 and older.

Community Service Providers who partner with TRC to provide services at the Health and Wellness Center include Provident Hospital, Rush Medical Center, Partners in Community Building, Center for New Horizons and many others.


Ronald McDonald House
5444 S. Drexel. (773) 324-5437 (KIDS)
rmhuoc@aol.com, Tanya Albala Mgr, Programs Cathy Berk, cberk@rmhccni.org. http://www.rmhccni.org/Houses/RMC-near-University-of Chicago/ )not sure)
A service of Ronald McDonald Charities and the University of Chicago Children's Hospital. Provides lodging, dining and services for parents of children at the Hospital, other child life services. Volunteers needs for a host of tasks incl. cooking.

Shoulder2Shoulder LLC. An errand, personal assistance, virtual assistance esp. for small businesses and seniors. These include bill paying, personal errand runs, line standing, wait for service, virtual assistant, temps, flyer distribution, cleaning, holiday, moving, pharmaceutical mgt., doctor appointment management. Antawan Smothers. 773 819-5445, http://www.shouldertwoshoulder.com, shouldertwoshoulder@gmail.com.

Urban Health Initiative/ South Side Health Collaborative Heath Clinics (primary care often with social services, mental and more) Umbrella University of Chicago Hospitals and Human Resources and Services Administration. These are near Southeast side-- there are more far south and to the west.: (note- most will say they are not taking new patients in the immediate future.)

Access- Booker Family Heath Center . 654 E. 46th 1-866-882-2237. incl behavioral, dental, obst.

Access Grand Boulevard, 5401 S. Wentworth, 1 866 882-2237, incl. behavioral, substance, deaf, HIV

Access at Illinois Eye Institute, 3241 S. Michigan, 312 949-7770

Access South State Family Health Center, 5050 s. State St. 1- 866-882-2237. Incl behavioral, substance, gastroenterology, obst.

Friend Family Heath Center, 800 E. 55th St. 773 702-0600.

Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center, 7531 S. Stony Island Ave. 773 781-4931

Komed Health Center, 4259 S. Berkley, 773 268-7600. Incl dental, obst, ped.

South Shore Senior Health Center, 7101 S. Exchange Ave, 773 702-5700. Incl. senior services, nutrition counseling

United Methodist Community Support Services (division of United Methodist Homes and Services)- satellite office in Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn. (Seniors-oriented for over 100 years, this is the group that runs the acclaimed White Crane Wellness Center on the North Side) . They also have a service of reliable home craftsmen, fitness and adult day programs, live-in caregivers, overnight care, personal care and hygiene, housekeeping and laundry, meal preparation, grocery shopping, companionship, respite care, telephone contact, medication reminder, and escort-to-doctor or hospital from/at various facilities.

United Methodist Community Support Services is a professional and personal approach to home care, enabling older adults to remain independent and safe in the comfort of their own homes.

Current contact: Pamela Edwards, Service Coordinator, at 1415 W. Foster Ave. 60640. 773 769-5270.

University of Chicago Hospitals and Health Systems 773 702-1000
5841 S. Maryland Ave. 773 702-1000. See more below. Note also the Office of Community Affairs, general number. 773 702-0870. Support groups.
Mitchell Emergency: 702-6250, Peds Emergency: 7-2-6269, Dean/Sexual Assault/Therapist on call-773 835-HELP (4357)
Student Care Center-routine 773 702-4156, SCC Nurse Advice 73 702-1915, Physician on call after hours 773 702-6840 http://scc.uchicago.edu
Comer Children's Hospital: www.uchicagokidshospital.org. Urban Health Initiative- guide to nearby healthcare.

A dental collaboration

Ronald McDonald House Charities and the University of Chicago Hospitals Zoller Dental Clinic (closed), with LaRabida Children's Hospital and the Berman and Hannah Friend Family Health Center bring oral health care services directly to disadvantaged and disabled children via the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Program. (Dental screenings are now required for entering kindergarten, second, and sixth grades under a state program initiated by Lt. Gov. Patrick Quinn. Tooth decay is the no. 1 chronic illness in children and of school absences--5 times for common than asthma and 7 time more than hay fever.

The care mobile is an office with 2 fully-equipped exam rooms, digital X-ray, chair lift, medical records, computers, tvs, VCRS for education. Gives exams, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, X-rays, filings, extractions, and info about accessible clinics. Ronald McDonalds bought the van and will provide some funding, Zoller will provide the major funding for the program yearly.

University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital Pediatric Primary Care Group. Services include infant care, child and adolescent care, immunizations and routine physical exams, diagnostic and treatment services, consultations. Includes direct physician calls. Address as of February 5, 2005: 5721 S. Maryland Ave., Chicago, IL 60637 .
Other nearby locations:
Friend Family Health Center. 800 E. 55th St., 60615, 7773 702-0669.
University of Chicago Physicians Group. 1301A E. 47th St. 60653, 773 326-3500.
Center for Advanced Medicine. 5758 S. Maryland Ave., 3rd Floor, 60637, 773 702-6169.
The temporary location of Ronald McDonald House is 745 E. 57th St.

(Be sure to visit U led South Side Health Collaborative's directory to all kinds of health and other services at http://www.southsidehealth.org/.)

University of Chicago Health support groups and orientations/screenings

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Urban Health Initiative affiliate clinics- see above, was South Side.

Vitas Healthcare. 1424 E. 53rd st. Bereavement, life-enrichment, patient care provided. Volunteers needed. 708- 283-6230.

There are several dental, eye care, and kidney dialysis facilities in the local community, but the only outreach clinics are two in the University of Chicago Health System: sports health at Bally Sports, 1301 E. 47th, and Windermere Senior (see below):

WECAN- Woodlawn East Community and Neighbors
6450 S. Stony Island Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60637
773 288-3000
http://www.wecanwoodlawn.org, info@wecanwoodlawn.org.
Executive Director Mattie Butler
A longstanding advocacy and service organization dedicated to improvement in the Woodlawn neighborhood and mid South and enabling residents to remain their community. Manages three affordable housing buildings and various services.

Closed. Windermere Senior Health Center (Manus Dental, geriatrics, memory), 5549 S. Cornell Ave., (773) 684-5702- Closed, must use that at Renaissance in South Shore (South Shore Dr. at 71st/Exchange). Windermere does have some clinics including dental and imaging, but not UC-related

Woodlawn Health Center, 6337 S. Woodlawn Ave., 60637, 773 753-5504, part of Cook County bureau of health series ambulatory and community health network.


Some new resources

CMS Launches Physicians Compare Website

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) launched a new feature in their Healthcare Provider Directory at www.medicare.gov. "Physicians Compare" expands CMS' site by adding new information about physicians and healthcare workers so Medicare beneficiaries can more easily learn about Medicare-participating doctors.

HHS Announces Regulations that will bring Transparency to Health Insurance Rate Increases

After a decade of hefty health insurance premium increases, Americans will now be protected from excessive and unjustified premium hikes under the Affordable Care Act.

The Affordable Care Act will:
•Give states $250 million towards enhancing rate review procedures
•Require health insurance companies to publicly justify any unreasonable premium increases
Learn more about the new procedures and view HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' video explaining them at: www.whitehouse.gov/blog (Scroll down to the entry on December 21st by Stephanie Cutter.)

National Institute of Health Offers Websites Focused on Older Adults

The National Institute of Health (NIH) in conjunction with the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has started a new website focused on health issues that affect older people. NIHSeniorHealth features easily accessible information on health topics such as Alzheimer's disease, ways to exercise properly and safe use of medicine. To improve usability for older adults, the website features short, easy-to-read segments available in large-print, audio versions and open-captioned videos.

One new topic addressed on the website is anxiety disorders among older adults. NIHSeniorHealth's page on anxiety disorders features information on risk factors, symptoms and treatments, and detailed information on specific phobias like obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, fear of flying and fear of public speaking.

Anxiety caused by stressful events like losing a job is a normal part of life. Anxiety disorders occur when these stresses become persistent, excessive and disabling and get progressively worse if untreated. Anxiety disorders affect between 3 and 14 percent of older adults. NIH's website helps provide older adults with easily accessible information that is pertinent to them.

Visit NIH's Senior Health page here: http://nihseniorhealth.gov/

Visit NIH's Senior Health page on anxiety disorders here:

http://nihseniorhealth.gov/anxietydisorders/toc.html

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Help via request

Benevolent

Megan Kashner. http://www.benevolent.net.
Benevolent connects people who face hurdles along their path to stability with people who can help- a platform for direct connection with mutual dignity and self-determination. It is closer to kickstarter than such orgs. as Transitional Housing or Village. You list your need or project and state how much you need, like to buy a car to get to work or tuition. Has fulfilled many requests already.

Hospice

(examples and some in Health may also provide specialized as for HIV-AIDS)

Link to the state of Illinois page with information on Advanced Directives (Durable Powers of Attorney for Property and for Health Care, Living Will). It also has links to the forms.
https://www.illinois.gov/aging/AboutUs/Pages/legal_adv-directives.aspx

Fairy Godmother Foundation. 550 N. Webster. 773 388-1160.

Home Instead Senior Care. Dr Sam Robinson, 3151 S. Michigan, 60616, 312 326-1367. www.homeinstead.com/556, info.chicago@homeinstead.com.

UNITY. Contact Doris Mitchell, 312 949-1188. 439 E. 31st St. Support for terminally ill patients and their families.

Vitas Healthcare. 1424 E. 53rd st. Bereavement, life-enrichment, patient care provided. Volunteers needed. 708- 283-6230. (Main: 700 N. Sacramento).

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Cremation Society of Illinois, Inc. Connie White, 1374 E. 53rd St. 60615. 773 752-6400. www.cremation-society.com. conniew@cremation-society.com.

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Housing, homes, or shelter, clothing, and other special services

Some places providing free clothes for the needy. Others such as Women Employed provide clothes for interviews. There is Dress for Success in Bridgeport, Good Will Industries, Salvation Army.
Schwab needs warm clothes, sneakers, hospital equipment and exercise clothes for both men and women. La Rabida collects clothes for children. THe VA needs clothes for vets. PADS need everything for homeless. The church at 46th and Greenwood gives clothes away to the food kitchen users. Jewish community and Women Employed take better clothes for adults going back into the work force.

To helplines and referrals

Energy Assessments. To schedule one (for either single-family or multi-family buildings), call 855-849-8928.

Nearest warming shelter- 4314 S. Cottage Grove, 312-747-2300.

Requests intake by Department of Housing and Economic Development for Emergency Housing Assistance Roof and Porch EHAP starts January 2 9 am. 311 or 312 744-3653 or http://www.cityofchicago.org/hed.

A thrift store partic. for clothing, Encore, is at 1553 E. Hyde Park Blvd. 1-6 M-Th, 11-5 Fri, 11-4 Sat.

Temporary rental assistance. The State of Illinois provides money periodically to agencies such as the Living Room Cafe, 806 E. 64th St., 773-643-6018. However, the money reported to be never enough to meet the need and runs out fairly quickly every time they get it. It is intended to help over a rough spot and keep people from becoming homeless, but they must be employed so that they can survive after the "rough spot".

Temporary Housing (a national free but commercial link-provider): http://www.interimhousingsolutions.com.

http://www.homelessdirectory.org.

CHA waitlist Oct. 27-Nov. 24- 3 lists one form- www.thechawaitlist.org, 312-971-7700.

One of the fastest growing areas of fraud is property/housing, including "registering" your property to make it look like it's now theirs. You can get on a list to be notified if that is attempted on your property- http://cookcountyrecorder.com or 1 800 728-3858.

See Ending Homelessness and Affordability page, Affordability Information page, and Hyde Park Affordability Forum April 2006. See also below tenants and landlord rights. Metropolitan Tenants Organization also has an Affordable Housing Preservation Program and programs for subsidized tenants. See also above, Disabilities and visit the Persons with Disabilities page for much more and many links.
Watch for city Employer Assisted Housing Program seminars.
Home buying advice.
House and apartment finding
University of Chicago student graduate apartments. Neighborhood Student Apartments, 5316 S. Dorchester Ave. 773 5730-2218. Fax 773 753-8054.

Cook County Circuit Court has a Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program-- for those living in foreclosed buildings. Call 877 895-2444.

City and Illinois Housing Assistance programs:

Program Description:
EHAP provides grants to low-income homeowners to repair roofs, porches and heating units that are in serious disrepair. Owners of 1-4 unit properties in Chicago must live in the property and have no other means to pay for the repairs. If the property is sold within one year of the repairs, the City will require the homeowner to repay the grant amount.

Heating Unit Repair/Replacement: From November 1 through March 31, improvements are limited to the repair and replacement of heating units. Applicants should bring the required documents to the Department of Housing and Economic Development to apply.

Roof and Porch Repair/Replacement Applicants must call Chicago's City Services 311 or the Department of Housing and Economic Development's (HED) customer service phone line (312) 744-3653 on January 2 at 9am-3pm or until capacity is reached to be placed on the intake list for services. Roof and porch repair and replacement will be performed between April 1 and October 31. Appointments will be given to applicants whose names are on the intake list only. HED will accept applicants based on available funding and the following eligibility requirements.
•All services are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
•Assistance is limited to homes that have not received prior assistance through this program.
•Applicants must be owner-occupants and reside in the property for at least one year before applying for assistance.

Household Size
Maximum Income

1
$26,550

2
$30,000

3
$34,150

4
$37,900

5
$40,950

6
$44,000

7
$47,000

8 or more
$50,050


* Income limits are based on the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Hud Metro Area (HMFA) median family income as of April 17, 2012, effective until superseded. Note: Income disclosure is needed for all owners on title and their income will be calculated as part of the household income. Department of Housing and Economic Development 121 North LaSalle Street 10th Floor Chicago, IL 60602 Call 311 for more information

Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Network:

The Network is a FREE, one-stop resource to connect homeowners with important tools, including access to counseling services, legal advice, mortgage payment assistance programs such as the Illinois Hardest Hit Program, foreclosure prevention events, and tips on how to avoid mortgage fraud. Visit http://www.keepyourhomeillinois.org or call 1-855-KEEP-411 (toll-free).

Illinois Hardest Hit Program:
The Illinois Hardest Hit Program is a key component of Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Program. It offers temporary help to homeowners faced with unemployment or underemployment to catch up on their payments and keep their home.

A housing resource and support umbrella organization in Chicago (which may have a branch in the Village Center shopping center) is the Heartland Alliance. http://www.heartlandalliance.org, 208 S. LaSalle, #1818, 606604, 312 660-1300.

WARNING- THE GROUND HAS DRAMATICALLY SHIFTED FOR CONDO PURCHASERS, INCLUDING IMPACTS ON PERMISSIBLE BYLAWS- PLEASE SEE IN OUR CONDOS-COOPS COMMITTEE PAGE.

In trouble on mortgage? get help now, don't wait until you are 2-3 months behind. An increasing number of banks are adopting moratoriums and are willing to work out problems-- work with them. Contact the Department of Housing (Christie Rivera or a colleague) at 312 744-8514. And there are websites-- but WATCHOUT FOR SCAMS. It is illegal for anyone to take and upfront fee to rescue or refinance your mortgage.

Site with information on trends and where's in foreclosures: http://www.regionalhopi.org. And Woodstock Institute.

Website of Coalition for Equitable Community Development.
Essential: http://www.makinghomeaffordable.gov, http://www.cityofchicago.org/housing.
Where do you find local trends in foreclosures? go to EveryBlock, run by the Chicago based Woodstock Institute.
As part of the source arrangement, you will not get by address-- you will have to take the PIN numbers given in the foreclosures-by-block to the city's website. Every Block allows you to assess by city, community area, which is the first 2 digits (Hyde Park 51-59 is #41, Kenwood incl. E. HP north of 51st, is #49) and census track (usually 1-2 blocks wide). There are a couple of ways to sort and map the data, although it only comes up a section at a time. Code numbers in which the last 4 digits are 0s are single family homes, those that include numbers are condos. The other category is multi-family buildings-- those digits (If this writer understands right) if 0s are rental, if numbered condo and maybe coop.

Many fairs and forums are being held that will put homeowners in touch with servers or certified counselors:
On May 5 the Community Economic Development Organization of the Harris School and SSA is hosting a community dinner for South Side residents and YOU. A panel of housing experts and organizers will be giving their comments and taking questions. Free dinner!

Or contact Shorebank or others that offer honest rescue loans. U of C has a program to steer Univ. connected to houses with discounts and some restrictions. Call 773 702-3420, t-9pam@uchicago.edu, view some available at http://www.findyourplaceinchicago.org.

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference has a Condos/Coops Committee. One of its services is holding occasional classes and seminars in Hyde Park and South Shore in conjunction with the 4th and 5th Ward Offices and Harper College. Instructor/advisor is attorney John H. Bickley III of Kovitz Shifron Nesbit. Covered are the state laws, insurance, assessments and collections, board and owner rights, governance and responsibilities and more. Next tba, probably at Hyde Park Neighborhood Club. Recommend RSVP 773 288-8343 or hpkcc@aol.com so there will be enough handouts.

Ex-Offender housing - contact First Baptist Church of Chicago, 935 E. 50th St. Alex Brown via 773 536-3430. http://www.firstbaptist-chicago.org.

Homeless youth... UCAN - here works with Affinity Community Services (separated from Youth Pride Services.) 5650 S. Woodlawn. Kim Hunt dir. Holds drop in nights for mentoring and school work for youth of gay, lesbian, trans or questioning affinity, aged 14-19-1st and 3rd Mondays 4-8, will increase to M-Th. Also Lesbian and bi moms roundtable, UCAN transitioning homeless youth to safe homes (wadeb@ucanchicago.org, 312 738-5966-Uhlich Children's Advantage Network (UCAN) is a multi-faceted social service agency which serves more than 12,000 children, youth and families in Illinois each year.
www.ucanchicago.org).

Housekeeping- finding a screened contractor: Here is a commercial, free listing: http://www.windycity.servicemagic.com.

Help with housekeeping and up to live-in and companion services: Hyde Park Home Care Services. Out of Montgomery Place, 5550 S. South Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637. 773 358-7438. http://www.hydeparkhomecare.com

Warning: use extreme caution of anyone offering "cash for your home" or "refinancing" at no cost or "foreclosure rescue". If you are having difficulties or fear foreclosure, go the the city website to look at options: www.cityofchicago.org/housing.

Hyde Park Transitional Housing Project. President LEAVING- Rev. Devin Shepard McLachlan. At and c/o University Church, 5655 S. University, Chicago, IL 60637. Currently meeting 3rd Mon. 7 pm at Augustana Lutheran. 773 595-4921. hpthp@yahoo.com. THP website, http://www.hpkifc.org/HydeParkTransitionalHousing.htm.
Coordinator and Case Manager Laura Matthews.
Download brochure from their website.

For more information visit the hydepark.org Ending Homelessness page and the Affordable Housing Information page. A quarterly brochure is available.
Helps families become self sustaining in mentored housing settings for up to two years. Volunteers needed and trained.

Qumbya Cooperative living. In the heart of Hyde Park. For information contact www.qumbya.com, Lisa Junkin, ljunkin@gmail.com.

HomeSharing/Cohousing. Basic information in Affordability Information page. homesharing@lcbh.org, 773 627-8201. More on these two below.
More links and descriptions in the Affordable Housing Information page.

Here's a citywide organization that can provide help and advice:

Bobbi Ball, Executive Director
Partners In Community Building
3424 S. State St. Ste 1 F6-1, Chicago, IL 60616
Bobbi Ball @ 312 328-0873, fax 312 328-0879
http://www.picbchicago.org


PICB is a housing resource center with available affordable single family housing and shared housing with informational resources for maintaining housing and financial literacy for youth thru adults. PICB partners with banks in the Chicago area to offer banking at school to grammar thru college students that improve reading, writing and critical thinking skills

http://www.assistedlivingfacilities.org

Home buying. See also Housing Search below

Seeking to relocate and buy here? Start with realtor.com and the Chicago Tribune website, then go to the websites of the main local realtors- Caldwell Banker, Century 21 Kennedy-Ryan-Monigal, Hyde Park Mortgage, Metropro, and Urban Search. Several international realtors have moved into the local market. Beware the "help with refinancing" scam. If is sounds too good, it IS. And get help if you are being pressured to sell out low for "hard cash." Watch out also for sub-prime lending deals, especially no down payment, flexible mortgages, and "leasing."
Some home buying advice from realtors:

And get the following from the Illinois State Attorney General's website: "Predatory Home Loans: A Guide to Prevention and Rescue Resources." In illinoisattorneygeneral.gov.

Help with accessibility remodeling- see disabilities above

Neighborhood residential permit centers- South Side: 2006 E. 95th St. 312 745-0995. Mon 8-5, Tu-F 8- 6:30, S 8-11.

Chicago Rehab Network

And there is a landmark agreement, from a lawsuit, with the state opening the door for thousands of disabled adults and their families to leave facilities for more personalized group homes in communities of choosing. You can choose WHICH home fits your needs (vs current state steering.)

Want to rent you home or part of it on a short term basis to visitors, scholars etc.? http://airbnb.com. They take the pictures and create an online page for you. Nationwide.

Human Services, city, 24 Hour Hotline. 312 744-4055

What Human Services has out there for the homeless or temporarily displaced

Housing helplines. Chicago Homeless Hotline 800 654-8595.
Another Homeless Help Line- 312 563-1600.
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, including Law Project. 1325 S. Wabash, 312 425-4548.

Immediate housing referrals:
http://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org and

Angels Outreach at St. James United Methodist Church, 4611 S. Ellis, 773 624-5601. stjameschurch4611@sbcglobal.net. Referrals.

Door of Hope Shelter. 5313 S. Indiana.

More housing referral esp. for ex-offenders: First Baptist Church, 935 E. 50th St. 773 536-3430. http://www.firstbaptist-chicago.org.

Interim housing (different from transitional)

A (one of many) national referral service is Interim Housing Solutions. http://www.interimhousingsolutions.com, more details at http://www.interimhousingsolutions.com/corporate-housing/illinois/chicago.

Heating cost assistance. Available to eligible Peoples Energy customers. Federally-funded LIHEAP (Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Help to reconnect, pay bills, keep service. Spring to Nov. 1- available to customers disconnected, disabled or elderly. From Nov. 1 open to all eligible.
Call LIHEAP hotline at 1-800-571-2332, WECAN at 6450 S. Stony Island, or Peoples Energy- www.peoplesenergy.com.
People's Energy also has a Budget Payment Plan (but read the fine print).

LIHEAP (a federal-state program) also has programs on energy savings, conservation, budgeting and assistance.

 

Other Housing Help, Helplines:

Nearest warming shelter- 4314 S. Cottage Grove, 312 747-2300.

Public Aid, Illinois Dept. of. 800 252-8635

CHA has a program for reduced rent lottery if you are on the wait list (recently reopened for a short time). RentBetter is the Housing Choice Voucher system. Registration closes May 15. rentbetter.org, or visit centers, libraries, fieldhouses etc.

Complaints about housing? Call alderman's office, South East Chicago Commission.

University of Chicago students apartment finding: http://www.uchicagoapartments.com. (new domain)

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Access Living. Personal and larger advocacy and facilitation and provider of advice and information. 115 W. Chicago Ave, 60654, 312 640-2111, tty 312 640-21-2, fax 312 640-2139. http://www.accessliving.org. One contact is Manager of Community development Beto Barrera, abarrera@accesssliving.org.

http://www.assistedlivingfacilities.org

Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness. http://www.thechicagoalliance.org. 205 W. Wacker, Suite 1321, Chicago, Illinois 60606
Telephone: (312) 223-9870, Fax: (312) 223-9871, info@thechicagoalliance.org. Administers federal, state, city, other funds at centers around the city.
(More of a policy and advocacy org: Housing Action Illinois. )

Chicago Child Care Society- see under children

Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization. 1238 E. 46th St. 773 548-7500.

Centers for New Horizons centers: Matthew House, 3722-28 S. Indiana, 537-3661 (food, men's clothing, toys...) Several other sites.

Chicago Housing Choice Voucher Program
www.chacinc.com. Claims to be the most complete and accurate source of information on the Chicago Housing Choice Voucher Program: how the program works, benefits, upcoming workshops and seminars, properties for rent-on-line, downloadable resource materials, links to training, property and affordable housing resources, more.

(Advocacy and more:) Coalition for Equitable Community Development. For more info call George Rumsey at 773 955-4455. Mailing 1525 E. 53rd St. #907.

Community Investment Corporation has loans, homeowner and property management training (has taught nearly 1,000 landlords and managers.) Majority of lenders, contractors et al were minority. Hundreds of millions lent. 222 S. Riverside Plaza Suite 2200. 60606-6109, 312 258-0070.

D.A.R.E.- Disabled Adult Residential Enterprises. 1616 E. 55th St. 773 667-7313. http://www.hpdare.com. dare.property@yahoo.com. Now independent, managed by Tailor-Made.

Envision Unlimited
Main address: 8 S. Michigan Ave. Suite 1700, Chicago, Illinois 60603 312.346.6230. Kristin V. McRAE, President and CEO. Betty Jackson, VP.
http://www.carc.info http://www.envisionchicago.org.
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lyn Nelson School, Foster Parent Program and other services and housing (Community Integrated Living Arrangements) for mentally and other disabled: 5333 S. Greenwood. 773 241-5700; Hyde Park 773 358-6951, 773 358-6942 Donna Cain.

Heartland Alliance has leased properties from MAC Properties near Cottage Grove and 47th? to help homeless. 208 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 1818
Chicago, IL 60604 Phone: 312- 660-1300, Fax: 312-660-1500. Housing, homelessness, employment, legal and other advocacy.

Hyde Park Cluster of Interfaith Open Communities,- More info. in Nonprofit orgs.

Associated with the above is a new coalition, Hyde Park Community Housing Action Coalition
No contact info. except John Murphy. Likely to restart a program.

Hyde Park Transitional Housing Project
President Rev. Devin Shepard McLachlan. 1507 E. 53rd St. #618. Currently meeting 3rd Mon. 7 pm at Augustana Lutheran. 773 595-4921. hpthp@yahoo.com. THP website, http://www.HPTHP.org.
Coordinator and Case Manager Laura Matthews and Keaylah PenElle.
Download brochure from their website.

For more information visit the hydepark.org Ending Homelessness page and the Affordable Housing Information page. A quarterly brochure is available.
Helps families become self sustaining in mentored housing settings for up to two years. Volunteers needed and trained.

Inspiration Corporation. http://www.inspirationcorp.org/programs/. See Living Room.

Kenwood Oakland Community Organization. Programs include an emergency food pantry Monday-Friday 8:30 am-5 pm. Reggie Harden, 773 548-7500.

Living Room Cafe, 806 E. 64th St., 773 63-6018. Recently reopened in larger quarters, this center not only offers two dinners and two breakfasts a week for homeless, but also full case management services to participants. To graduate, guests must find stable housing and a source of income. The program offers steady employment and training, after-school program or kids, recreational activities, employment services through Inspiration Corporation, and support groups (AA, NA). Stresses the how of services, how to treat people, heal, reaffirmation of self-worth and dignity. It also receives very limited funds for temporary rental assistance from the state (one must be employed). Executive Dir. Christopher Persons. Run by Inspiration Corporation. http://www.inspirationcorp.org/programs/.

Renaissance Collaborative Faith based col. of 5 churches. In the former Wabash Y. 3757 South Wabash Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60653, 773-924-9270 Phone. http://www.trcwabash.org.

Salvation Army. 7158 S. Indiana. 773 487-2600, www.salvationarmy.org. An evangelical Christian based movement which works in more than 108 countries around the world. Programs vary from alcohol and drug rehab to youth ministries to continuing education to soup kitchens.

St. Martin de Porres House of Hope
6423 S. Woodlawn. (773) 643-5843
Battered women and children shelter and services incl. job training, child care, tutoring, GED, substance abuse rehab. Volunteers esp for tutoring children, taking them on outings, visiting the women. Food, clothing, and monetary donations welcome (canned and boxed food and baking supplies).

Shoulder2Shoulder LLC. An errand, personal assistant, virtual assistance esp. for small businesses and seniors. These include bill paying, personal errand runs, line standing, wait for service, virtual assistant, temps, flyer distribution, cleaning, holiday, moving, pharmaceutical mgt., doctor appointment management. Antawan Smothers. 773 819-5445, http://www.shouldertwoshoulder.com, shouldertwoshoulder@gmail.com.

WECAN- Woodlawn East Community and Neighbors
6450 S. Stony Island Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60637
773 288-3000
http://www.wecanwoodlawn.org, info@wecanwoodlawn.org.
Executive Director Mattie Butler
A longstanding advocacy and service organization dedicated to improvement in the Woodlawn neighborhood and mid South and enabling residents to remain their community. Manages three affordable housing buildings and various services.

Woodlawn Neighborhood Stabilization Program - just getting started under CDBG and MacArthur buying foreclosed properties for re-housing, often at affordable rates.

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Clothing:

Deja Vu Consignment Boutique-CLOSED
5212 S. Harper. 773 667-2118. Clothing including business. Replaces The Caring Closet (now in South Shore) selling at low price and almost giveaway for homeless. Tuesdays through Thursdays 4-7 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 10 am-6 pm, Sundays noon to 5 pm.

Christian Industrial League

Salvation Army

Angel Outreach

Sister Search

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Tenant and Landlord issues- see also helplines immediately above

City Council raised the fine from $500 to $6,000 a day for landlord failure to make corrections/do something about Drug and Gang House citations and other nuisances. Vacant buildings or assumption of ownership of a vacant building must be registered within 5 days

Security deposit interest rules have been changed and deposits can be made electronically according to new city ordinances.

Three organizations based at U of C (student orgs.) working with residents of neighborhoods on these issues are South Side Solidarity Network, STOP (Student-Tenant Organizing Project) and Growing Tree.

One of many guides to tenant leases: http://www.managemyproperty.com/articles/tenants-guide-to-lease-agreements-122.

The following summary of the RESIDENTIAL LANDLORD AND TENANT ORDINANCE is from the Metropolitan Tenants Organization, 1180 N. Milwaukee Ave, 60622. 773 292-4980, 773 202-4988 hotline, fax 773 292-0333 and the Legal Assistance Foundation. Courtesy of Malik Wornum, Community Organizer. MTO maintains a citywide Tenants Rights Hotline, Affordable Housing Preservation Program. Representatives will come out and advise building tenants organizations and facilitate cooperation and issue resolution between tenant groups and landlords. tenants-rights.org. (alt. tenants/rights.org), email tenants-rights@tenants-rights.org. Note that a redefining building owners obligations ordinance is making its way through City Council, sponsored by Ald. Hairston (5th) and others.

(Note: HPKCC is not in a position to give information on tenants groups in the area)

The following applies only if an owner-occupied building has 7 or more apartments, is not a hotel, motel, inn, rooming house, or boarding house unless the tenant has resided and paid monthly rent 31 days or more, is not a hospital, convent etc., dormitory, shelter, cooperative, or owned by your employer and you work there. This is the general pamphlet, MTO has 10 topical pamphlets.

Does every tenant have a lease agreement? Yes.

Advantages of a written agreement. Sets out term and terms. Cannot be revoked during term without violation of stated provisions.

Termination of unwritten. Either party month or more written notice or 7 days if not monthly. (No reason need be given.)

Can rent be raised on a written lease before end of term? Only if stated. [Note: Length of term can be reduced mid-term with notice and need not be 12 months]

When can rent be raised with unwritten lease? Advanced written notice minimum as 2nd item above.

If lease has objectionable stipulations. Don't sign it- negotiate, don't take the place, or live with it. Both parties must initial cross-outs.

What provisions are illegal? Any stating you agree to

  • give up any rights under the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenants Ordinance
  • limits landlord's liability for breaking law
  • allows eviction action without serving termination notice with summons to appear in court
  • give up right to jury trial
  • pay landlord attorney fees
  • pay a late fee in excess of that in the ordinance ($10 for rent $500 or less, for over $500 that plus 5% on difference).
  • received discount equal to more than the monthly fee allowed by ordinance if you pay rent before a certain day of the month.

Is the lease in effect if it has an illegal provision. Yes, but the illegal provision cannot be enforced and you can sue if enforcement is attempted.

If the landlord sells, must I move before end of term? No. Lease remains in force.

If you want to leave at end of lease do you have to give notice? No.

If landlord wants you to move at end? Must give 30 days written notice. If not given timely, tenant can stay up to 60 days after given notice- rent obligation continues.

Can I break the lease before it ends? Only if landlord agrees or violates your rights under the ordinance. In the latter case get an attorney!!

If you move out before end of lease, landlord must make good-faith effort to re-rent or you are responsible - for the difference if the rent is lower to new renter.

Can I sublease? Yes and you cannot be charged an additional fee. If landlord does not let you sublease to a suitable person, you don't have to pay the rent for that period that starts when the subtenant was willing to move in. Note- you are responsible for seeing that the rent gets paid.

[Ed. Note: if your unit becomes temporarily uninhabitable, the landlord must either pay you to go to a hotel or allow you to deduct the amount from your next rent. If the Latter, send a letter and bills/documentation with the rent.]

The following is provided by the Department of Buildings Public Affairs Bureau (312) 744-3430.

Classes on Landlords dealing with illegal activity.

Works with landlords to

  • keep criminal activity out of buildings,
  • practice preventive building and crime maintenance
  • screen tenants properly
  • become part of CAPS
  • recognize dishonest tenants
  • manage and maintain buildings that are free of code violations and illegal activity

    Also: Crisis resolution, eviction process, environmental design, contract clauses and leases, warning signs of illegal activity, accessing required city services.

 

Did you know..60% of Chicago residents are tenants, every residential property is governed by the Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance of Chicago 5-12-010, average revenue loss for a landlord in an eviction is $2,500, after a proper notification a landlord may inspect a tenant apartment without tenant being present, in clear emergencies without notice.

More classes are given by the Community Investment Corporation. 312 258-0070.

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Reminder to landlords. It's the Law. September 15-June 1, 68 degrees must be supplied 8:30 am-10:30 pm and 65 degrees in the hours between. 2005-06 the complaints were at a record. Tenants can call 311 if the minimum is not being met. The complainant will likely get a confirmation phone call a bit later. If the problem has not been resolved, an inspector will be sent out.

Building Complaints and other tenant and landlord issue resources

Call your alderman's office. City number 311 (and ask for a case no.) but you are put at the bottom of the list. See Government Services for Dept. of Buildings. South East Chicago Commission- attn: Mickey Conino. secc1@sbcglobal.net

Housing search (Please help us with this one- hpkcc each year gets a number of such "starter" requests from people locating or considering locating in Hyde Park or Kenwood)
and guides to home buying/real estate process. We do not provide listings of realty providers or managers at this time.

Looking for apartments? There are many websites for the Chicago market, including Chicago Apartment Finders (moved to 1740 E. 55th St. (at Everett)- it's a matchmaker of tenants and landlords- it sends out checkers to make sure that what it recommends is good).
Another search/match is Apartment Guys of Chicago. Or go to the companies, including www.MACapartments.com. And there are University of Chicago Housing and student groups and University of Chicago Real Estate Operations that have such services. University of Chicago students: http://www.uchicagoapartments.com.
New: domu.com, an apartment listing service that caters to the Chicago rental market. It's like the classified section of the paper, except with interactive neighborhood maps, photographs, videos, and detailed search functions. No registration is required and it’s free for all to use.

Bed and breakfasts in the area

Hutchins House B & B at Ellis Ave. in Kenwood at 4810 S. Ellis Ave., 773-373-3452. This historic home is beautifully restored and updated, but it is not inexpensive. However, the stay will be very worthwhile. The owner, Susan Kossiakoff, is very friendly.

Also, try University Quarters Bed and Breakfast and Suites, at 6137 S. Kimbark Ave. in Woodlawn, www.universityquartersbedandbreakfastandsuites.net. They are listed on several b&b sites such as Kayak which you can also check out, since there is also a b&b located in Bronzeville, the name of which I do not recall.

Regents Park is listed as having two bedroom corporate suites for $195/night with a 2 night minimum stay. The Quadrangle Club also has rooms for a higher rate, but someone you know who belongs to the Quad Club would have to act as a sponsor for your guests.

Don't forget I-House. Don't know if you need to be affiliated w/university. Wonderful history recently restored.

International House at the University of Chicago , on the Midway, 1414 East 59th <ihouse.uchicago.edu> Dorm rooms, bed, desk, shared bath in hall $65;private guest room, Queen size bed, TV, phone, shared bath $80 2 suites, private bath $110, $135

Quadrangle Club at the University of Chicago, the faculty club 1171 E. 57th St (only dept. can authorize): Single rooms, private bath (1 Queen or 2 twins), wireless $165 17 rooms , suites are $195 No breakfast on weekends.

Others- let us know. And there is Ramada Inn, 4900 S. Lake Shore Drive.


See also Home Buying, above.

Help is rather meager except reading the cryptic paper ads and realty/apartment guides then trotting to various realtors and management companies and -bless you--open houses. And beware some of the renters. Start with realtor.com and the Tribune- print and online. Another is YoChicago. com. Among many helpful firms are Century 21 Kennedy Ryan Monigal, Marian, MetroPro, Urban Search, Parker Holsman, McKey and Poague, Baird and Warner, Wolin-Levin, Hyde Park. Most of these also sell or manage real estate. (We cannot vouch for their management or that of the many other owner and rental building management firms in the neighborhood. But the first leveler is, you get what you pay for--if you think not and suspect violations are involved, contact your ward office.)

Maybe the under-construction private website primarily but not exclusively for UC students, in which several realtors are participating, could be opened up or emulated in a site for everyone. This is a joint-listing database with more than the usual 2-liner. Nodorm.com. Check also Oodle.com.

Every May, a Saturday, 10 am-1 pm. "Bungalow Days" sponsored by Chicago Dept. of Housing and Bank One 6650 Stony I branch 312 642-9900.

Chicago Bar Association on the real estate/home buying process: The Home Buyer's Manual. This is a comprehensive consumer guide to the process of how and when to consult what agents, how to buy homes, condos, coops with sample forms, contracts, riders, tax calculator, referrals to realtor assn's., title companies, regulatory agencies, glossary of terms. $9.95 plus tax and shipping. CBA Bookstore, 321 S. Plymouth Ct., call 312 554-2130 or go online at www.chicagobar.org.

The scoop on Heat Complaints, by Peter Scales, Chicago Dept. of Buildings

Peter Scales. As in June 7, 2006 Hyde Park Herald

City building inspectors investigated more than 16,000 calls from residents complaining of a lack of heat in their homes during the winter heating season, which concluded today. During the 2005-2006 winter heating season, which ran from Sept. 15 to June 1, the department investigated a total of 16,194 complaints, breaking he previous record of 15,554 complaints investigated during the 2003-2004 winter season.

Due to a series of cold snaps this season, there were a record number of lack-of-heat complaints in months of November (3,405), December (4,142) and February (2, 143).

"Landlords have the important responsibility of properly heating their buildings in compliance with the City of Chicago's minimum heating requirements," said Department of Building Commissioner John E. Knight. "Those that do not comply with the law will be investigated and prosecuted."

Chicago's Heat Ordinance requires that from September 15 to June 1, all residential units must be supplied with heat in order to achieve the following minimum temperatures:

  • 68 degrees from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • 66 degrees from 10:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Tenants who believe their landlords are not meeting minimum heating standards should immediately call the City's 311 Call Center. Operators receiving 311 heating-related complaints take information about the heat problem, as well as contact information for the building owner or manager.

In past years, thousands of no-heat calls were resolved by the time inspectors arrived at designated buildings. To avoid needless inspections, the Department now responds to heat complaints by first calling the complainant to verify whether heat has been restored before dispatching a inspector to perform a heat inspection. Top

Immigrants, Residents

Immigrants, visa visitors, and legal residents live in large numbers in our neighborhood. Many--but far from all- are on student and visiting scholar visas at the University and other higher learning institutions. All face mounting issues and questions. There are a great many affinity and support groups at the U of C; visit its website. Religious institutions, the H and K Interfaith Council and coalitions against discrimination provide help and advocacy.
A coalition of 22 organizations involved here is the Coalition of African, Asian, European, and Latino Immigrants of Illinois (CASELII). They successfully advocated for an ombudsman at INS and relaxation of some visa rules for scholars and students, especially in the sciences.

Legal

Start with the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic, University of Chicago. 6020 S. University of Chicago. 773 702-9611, fax 773 702-2063.

www.lawyers.com

American Civil Liberties Union- 312 201-9740, 180 N. Michigan, 60601. There is a Hyde Park branch but without an office.

Chicago Bar Association has free brochures and longer publications. One of the major of the latter is the 119 -page "Your Guide to the Law." Intended for non-lawyers. Contact CBA at 312 554-2010 or download from www.chicagobar.org. "Your Guide": www.chicagobar.org/public/attorney/cleinstitute/bookstore/bookstore.asp.

Other guides:

  1. Your Guide to the Law
  2. The Chicago Bar Association guide to community service programs
  3. Resource Guide for Persons with Disabilities (includes Equip for Equality)
  4. A Guide to Judicial Elections
  5. So You Want to be a Lawyer?
  6. Becoming an Adult: Your Legal Rights and Responsibilities
  7. Where to Go for Legal Assistance in Chicago
  8. Adoption
  9. Eviction
  10. Your Rights if Arrested
  11. Mortgage Foreclosures on Your Home.
  12. The Lunch and Learn Program
  13. Finding a Real Estate Lawyer
  14. Finding the Right Lawyer (includes Lawyer Referral Service)
  15. In-Court Referral Program
  16. Senior Citizen Will Program
  17. Small Business Owner Need Legal Advice
  18. How to Hold Court with a Lawyer

CBA also holds many seminars, such as "Law at the Library" Call CBVA Public Affairs, 312 554-2010 or visit www.chipublib.org.


Senior Will program is available from the Chicago Bar association. Low-cost simple wills for low-income senior citizens over 60, earnings not exceeding $15,000/$20,000 and no more than $30,000 in assets above home and car. Also info about Durable Powers of Attorney and Living Wills. Costs $50 to $150. Southeast Center: 1769 E. 79th St. 312 747-0189.

Link to the state of Illinois page with information on Advanced Directives (Durable Powers of Attorney for Property and for Health Care, Living Will). It also has links to the forms.
https://www.illinois.gov/aging/AboutUs/Pages/legal_adv-directives.aspx

Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago. 312 341-1070, TTY 312 431-1206. Information and assistance for civil legal issues.


Others:

  • Lawyers Committee for Better Housing -incl. retaliation and eviction defense- 312 347-7600
  • Chicago Legal Clinic- eviction defense- 773 731-1762
  • CARPLES (Cook County)- Legal advice- 312 738-9200
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (for children and juveniles)
  • Learn if sex and other offenders live in (only) your zip code: www.criminalcheck.com.

See bottom of page for link to government recourse. On disabilities issues see more in the Disabilities page-Resources.

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Literacy

There are many tutoring, literacy, GED etc. opportunities in the neighborhood and beyond. See Education Resources, Schools Directory, After School.

Blue Gargoyle. Has closed.

Chicago Child Care Society. Including Family Learning Program- literacy. Jane Hough, director. In a new annex space, 5465 S. University. This program is primarily for parents without GED and their children up to 3- separate GED and childcare.

De La Salle Institute Tolzen Center. 3455 S. Wabash.

Hyde Park Neighborhood Club. 5480 S. Kenwood. 773 643-4062.

Youth Tutoring After School Program. Funded by Kraft Employee Fund, Chicago for Youth Development and Chicago Department of Children and Youth Services. Individual and group tutoring of Chicago Public Schools students grades 1-12. Tutoring in math, reading, core courses. Mon-Thurs 3-6 pm.

See also Counseling Dept. in Counseling above.

The latest set of free computer classes for seniors is led by Jay Mulberry November 13 Mondays and Wednesdays for 8 sessions. Register at the Club or with Jay at 773 288-1242.

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Military service personnel and families

Military families needs

The U.S. Army has opened up offices, for example in the General Jones Armory at 5200 S. Cottage Grove Avenue, to help support, inform and serve soldiers deployed from this and like facilities and their families. It's the Family Readiness Group.

"These are young men and women who have left their jobs, in some cases their schools, and their families to serve their country overseas for the next year. Family members are left here trying to cope not only with fear, but sometimes with financial problems, with health problems, with family crisis..." It's staffed entirely with volunteers. Needed: people to talk to the soldiers and family members, help with shopping trips,...

Karen Hunt, 708-753-1803 or ispy78@aol.com

Other providers: USO, Salvation Army

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Parents, Parenting, including expectant and new. See also children and family near top

Parents need someone to talk to? 1-800-4-A-Child. (1 800 422-4453)

Child support/deadbeat parent. Ill Dept. Public Aid 1 800 447-4278. Or for info on pending cases Cook Co. State's Atty Child Support Enf. 312 345-2200.
www.ilchildsupport.com/deadbeats/

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Baby PhD offers bi-weekly networking meetings"Finding Quality Child Care" starting Monday, Dec. 20 6:30 pm intended to bring together parents and caregivers seeking employment.
Their store at 5225 S. Harper also buys and resells used child clothing (parent guar. half of sale price) as well as new. Their preschool is at 5411 S. Dorchester and infant -toddler at 5415 (Harper?) 773 684-8920, www.babyphd.com. info@babyphd.com.

Biracial Family Network. 773 288-3644. Educational meetings, networking opportunities, newsletters, organized activities, resource library.

Birthways-Labor Support and Postpartum Doula Services. 773 506-0607. (north side). Chicago's oldest and largess community of labor support and postpartum doulas. Services include childbirth education, breastfeeding support, parenting support and classes for expectant parents.

Black Star Project opens university for parents-
Hyde Park Herald, November 24, 2004. by Kiratiana E. Freelon
The Black Star Project, an organization based at the St. Paul and the Redeemer Church, 4945 S. Dorchester Ave., will begin parenting classes later [November, 2004] in conjunction with Toyota.... The Black Star Project has long mentored students in schools throughout Chicago, including Shoesmith Elementary. But Phillip Jackson [past head of CHA], director of the Black Star Project, felt the organization's work was not being reinforced at home. Black Star also recruits students as mentors and professionals to be mentors in schools.

"One of the biggest mistakes that we make is ...assuming [that having] a child...makes you a parent, said Philip Jackson, director of the Black Star Project. "This is a learned behavior that should be systematically transferred to people who are of child bearing age so they can be effective parents.. In some communities, the values and the culture of effective parenting is not transmitted at all."

This will not be the typical university with a sprawling campus of ivy-covered buildings. This university follows parents, giving them onsite classes at schools, churches, and community centers.

The university "course catalog," available at St. Paul and the Redeemer Church, 4945 S. Dorchester, offers courses in college preparedness and single parenting to stress reduction in parenting. Courses include:

Black Star wants to get parents started thinking about college as early as elementary school, [Antoinette] Taylor said.

When it came time to secure money for the university, Toyota answered Jackson' s request. Jim Colon, regional vice president of Toyota, believed in the university so much that he personally presented it to the company and helped to secure $240,000 for the project.

"His approach focuses on the parents," Colon said of Jackson. "He has done a terrific job in trying to mobilize parents in becoming actively involved in the education of their children." Toyota's contribution will allow free registration for area schools, organizations, and churches.

"Jackson's project addresses the need of parents to help them to take a look at where you are fitting into the education (or dis-education) of your child," said Sheree Philips, president of 100 Concerned Mothers, a Chicago-based organization. "It's going to help parents see where they need to step up in the education of their children."

For information, contact Philip Jackson at 3112 842-3527 or blackstar2003@ameritech.net.


Center for Infant Studies, University of Chicago. Participation in studies. Sarah Kenny at rin6@uchicago.edu.

Chicago Southside Autism Support Group. 1634 E. 53rd St. #117. www.csasg.org. Meetings, information, respite care, summer recreation.

The Dovetail Project. thedovetailproject.org. 716 E. 47th St. 2nd floor. 60653. info@thedovetailproject.org. 773 952-4255.
Sheldon Smith, CEO and founder of the Dovetail Project, has been selected as one of CNN’s 20 ‘Heroes of the Year’. The annual honor is bestowed upon “everyday people doing extraordinary things to change the world.”
The Dovetail Project was one of the first organizations to join the core program of the University of Chicago's Community Programs Accelerator, which provides a range of resources to nonprofits whose work improves the health and vitality of mid-South Side neighborhoods.
The Dovetail Project gives young African-American fathers the support they need to be better fathers for their children and better men in their communities by providing them with job opportunities and training, as well as the soft skills needed for parenting. 12 week program.
Learn more about Sheldon Smith and his accomplishments from a CNN Hero video, and find out about the work done by the Dovetail Project.

Family Support Source. Sustained parenting. www.familysupportsource.com, 773 493-5069, Katalin@familysupportsource.com. Free parent consultations every second Tuesday and free groups for English as 2nd language.

Grandparents As Parents. GAP 22048 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA 91303. http://www.grandparentsasparents.com.

The Green Mama. Based in Rogers Park but some events here. Stresses green and sound parenting Manda Aufochs Gillespie, 773 281-9828, manda@thegreenmama.com. http://www.the greenmama.com.

Hyde Park Parent Support Network. www.hydeparkpsn.org. A volunteer-run organization of parents of babies and young children from Hyde Park and surrounding neighborhoods. Offers a playroom at First Unitarian (5650 S. Woodlawn.) Message board provides a forum for questions, information, exchange of items. Parties, weekly art projects, field trips, book clubs. Annual dues $75 w discounts. info@hydeparkpsn.org.

La Leche League/Group, Hyde Park. Contact Augustana Lutheran Church or Hyde Park Union Church for information- Cheryl at 773 538-6128. Group meets various mornings and evenings at a church,

The Next Step. A program for teen mothers to transition from high school to junior college. By the Junior League and UC Pediatrics Dept., 5440 S. Drexel (Friend Center), 773 834-4504.

New Mom Support. Contact Andrea Denny at andrea@andrea-adam.com, 773 288-6621. Volunteers and mothers from the Hyde Park Parent Support Network (which see) that provide support during post partum and beyond. Will research, cook some meals, hold the baby, sympathize.

Parent Cooperative for Early Learning, Inc. Monica S. Foster, 5300 S. Shore Dr. 60615, 773 684-6363, Fax 773 684-0142, mnc_foster@yahoo.com.

Parents Care and Share. Hyde Park Union Church hosts Parents Care and Share self-help groups first Thursdays 12 pm. To address parenting issues and strengthen families. 703-425-0310 x 3.

(Hyde Park) Parent Support Network

University of Chicago Hospitals. 773 702-9200. Special classes for expectant mothers and families. Advance payment required. Packages can include Lamaze, infant care, breastfeeding, birth room tour- $105. Swedish Covenant Hospital, Northwestern, and Rush are good alternatives.

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Pets

Chicago Animal Care and Control offers $7 rabies vaccinations and $10 microchip implant. Info at 5th Ward Office, 773 324-5555.

Chicago Park District- http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/resources/dog_friendly_areas.
Dogs and parks, natural areas: Dog Parks, Dogs and Wooded Island.

Canis Sapiens dog training. Dog-friendly techniques. Group classes or private in Hyde Park. Regular classes at St. Paul and Redeemer Church. Weekends, nights, weekdays, in or outdoors. Courses: Puppy Kindergarten, Basic, Agility, Taste of Agility, Outdoors Manners, Small Dog, Rally-O, Canine Good Citizen.

Jane Masterson. www.canissapiens.com, info@canissapiens.com, 733 913-2030.

The Dawg Site. www.dawgsite.org.

Happytailssmileyfaces.com

Helps locate veterinary and other services for pets, including no-kill shelters, breed and breeder i.d., advice, dog walking/cat sitting services, grooming, training, adoptions and more. 312 662-2497.

Hyde Park Cats (now a 501c). http://hydeparkcats.org. (there is a contact there). Dedicated to helping stray and feral cats in the Hyde Park/Kenwood/Woodlawn area, with our main goal being to control feline overpopulation through 'TNR.' TNR (trap-neuter-return) is promoted by the national feline advocacy groups Alley Cat Allies and the ASPCA, as well as 'no-kill' shelters in the Chicago area like PAWS and Treehouse. Quarterly meetings; periodic TNR workshops; email alerts. See blog site for details.

Hyde Park Neighborhood Club had obedience training for dogs given by certified dog trainer Hope Young. 773 643-4062.

Hyde Park Pet Care. Various services including tending (inlc. in home), walking, care in conj. with Dr. Wake's Hyde Park Pets.

Animal Control. Animal Care Control: 2741 S. Western Avenue, 312 747-1412.
Lost pet: 312 747-1406
Dead Animal Removal: 312 747-1412.

Anti-Cruelty Society 312 644-8338. Animal Welfare League 312 667-0088.

PAWS is highly recommended, esp. the major site at Highland? Indiana.

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Seniors, over-50s and disabled needs and service

Chicago Hyde Park Village. Details in Community Resources- Social Servicces. Sammie Dortch int. exec. dir. Sue Alitto, Pres. Augustana Church, 5550 S. Woodlawn.

Safety tips including for seniors from Timika Hoffman-Zoller (who works at UC Police) -
http://safethz.web.officelive.com

http://www.youreldercareconsultants.com. Online.

Jay Mulberry gives testimony about Lifeline and similar notification systems:

Dealing with [Lifeline] on administrative matters by phone was also very pleasant.

Lifeline involved a connection with the house phone and was only good at home. That isn't terrible since when out of the house help is usually available, but if you can get a simple system that works both in an out of the home it would be best.

Lifeline works with either a bracelet or a necklace which is worn all the time, even in the shower. That feature is very important and makes the system better than just using a cell phone.

We had a key box on the door of the house [or similar secure system]. The combination was given to Lifeline and to the police and to a couple of neighbors in case they had to get in. That isn't a bad idea in general.

Where can seniors go for services , but the point is that there are many places with senior activities although no "center."

Government website: http://www.seniorcare.gov.

Get the City Clerk's Senior Guide, including at ward offices .Descriptions and phones for all services.

elderwerks.org has an online directory of resources for seniors in Illinois.

Link to the state of Illinois page with information on Advanced Directives (Durable Powers of Attorney for Property and for Health Care, Living Will). It also has links to the forms.
https://www.illinois.gov/aging/AboutUs/Pages/legal_adv-directives.aspx

Assisted living- seems to be entirely outside the neighborhood except Montgomery Place some external services housed there. A national directory with videos, interviews, vettings, tutorials, and open to all facilitis in good standing:
http://www.assisted-living-directory.com.

Seniors and Taxes, exemptions page. City Nursing Home information (312) 744-5957

An important resource is University of Illinois' Plan Well Retire Well site- http://www.RetireWell.uiuc.edu

Chicago Department of Aging, 312 744-6777. Get a free seniors-friendly cookbook, Stirring Things Up.
Aging- Care and Control of, 312 744-1400

Elder Abuse/Neglect Hotline, Police 800 654-8595, 800 252-8966

Nursing Home Abuse Guide- A resource on nursing home abuse: http://nursinghomeabuseguide.com

Information on adult day care: Illinois Adult Day services Association, 773 2202-4130, http://www.iadsa.com.

The Workforce Initiative of AARP foundation and 13 major companies lists the following as having aggressive programs to recruit, hire and retain the Over-50 worker:

Adecco, Allied Barton Security, Borders, Express Personnel, Johns Hopkins Health System, Kelly, Manpower, MetLife, Pitney Bowes, Principal Financial Group, Home Depot, Universal Health Services, Walgreens.

County Assessor, Clerk, Treasurer offices have speaker bureaus for seniors and senior-oriented groups and organizations. See Government Services.

Prescription--State of Illinois program SHIP. 1 800 548-9034, www.idfpr.com

Wills for seniors and related info- Chicago Bar Assn.-
Senior Will program
is available from the Chicago Bar association. Low-cost simple wills for low-income senior citizens over 60, earnings not exceeding $15,000/$20,000 and no more than $30,000 in assets above home and car. Also info about Durable Powers of Attorney and Living Wills. Costs $50 to $150. Southeast Center: 1769 E. 79th St. 312 747-0189.

"Law at the Library" lecture on estate planning. Monday, May 22, 1:15. 400 S. State.

Assistance is available on heating and electricity bills to qualified low-income families through such agencies as Diamonds in the Ruff, 700 E. Oakwood Blvd., Suite 517. For qualifications and what to bring along call 773 268-7500 x169.

Financial planning for longterm care:
Safe Money Planning for Seniors. A planning company headed by John Mazur. (one of many in the area)
Government- http://www.longtermcare.gov.

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The Advocate Medical Group (Dr. Scheiner, Dr. Ramierz, Dr. Wechter, etc.) on 47th and Lake Park is now offering
•A memory assessment clinic 773-493-8212
•Memory loss social services 847-384-3306
•Alzheimer's and related dementia support group 847-384-3306

Alzheimer's Disease Support Group. 1st Thursdays, 1 pm, University of Chicago Outpatient Senior Heath Center at South Shore, 7101 S. Exchange (corner South Shore/71st-Yates-Exchange) Free. 773 702-4269.
Alzheimer Greater Chicagoland Support Groups. (847) 933-1000.

Amyloidosis Support Group Hyde Park and South Shore. Mrs. Coleman at 773 288-2132 or Mrs. Baker at 773 643-8225.

Alliance of Retired Americans

retiredamericans.org, retiredamericans.org/our-issues. Allied with OWL including OWL Hyde Park.

AARP (American Association of Retired People) Midway Chapter #1371. .
Contacts coming. Meets third Thursdays monthly at Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn, except Dec. and January, 1-3 pm.
Advocacy; mentoring with Big Brothers/Sisters, Interview life histories in conjunction with Library of Congress and Folklore Society, Voices of Civil Rights (oral history), garden work.
AARP Illinois. 222 N. LaSalle St., St. 710, Chicago, IL 60601. http:www.aarp.org/il. 312 458-3610. One contact Terri Worman, AD- Community Outreach. tworman@aarp.org. Twitter @aarpillinois, facebook.com/aarpillinois.

Centers for New Horizons. HQ. 4150 S. King Drive, 773 373-5700. Several satellites. http://www.chn.org. Sokoni Karanja. Includes childcare centers, in a wide section of the mid-South, and a large foster care program. Childcare at 4 centers, Teen Reach, substance abuse programs, senior and other social services. Includes a program to prevent abuse and isolation of senior citizens.

Cremation Society of Illinois
1374 E. 53rd Street
(773) 752-6400. Often not there: try the W. Addison no. (773) 281-5058
Much more affordable than any other kind of mortuary service; once paid you're done. Also complete service such as notifications for death certificate, complete body handling.

GrandFamilies- see Hyde Park Self-Help

Help Is Here, Inc. Home Care Service Options
Marthenal Bailey. 1525 E. 53rd St., 4th Floor. (773) 324-1550, 1 800-355-9972.
Home Care Services include certified nursing assistants, personal care assistants (from grooming to escort), care management, nurse consultants, homemakers. Assisted living package, complimentary referral service. Mission: to provide affordable, quality home care options while conscientiously caring for those we serve with mutual dignity and respect.

Home Instead is an international organization with a wide range of services for the elderly, including those with Alzheimer's. Closest is at 3151 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616, Phone: 312-326-1367, Fax: 312-326-1364. http://www.homeinstead.com.

Hyde Park Cluster of Interfaith Open Communities,- More info. in Nonprofit orgs.
Hyde Park Transitional Housing Project (see under Hyde Park Transitional) and Lawyer's Committee for Better Housing, Inc. HomeSharing Program
Local and parent: http://oicillinois.org.
A faith-based coalition of the social action committees of several congregations, including First Unitarian, St. Thomas The Apostle, University Church, and K.A.M. Isaiah-Israel. The Hyde Park Cluster is part of Interfaith Open Communities, a coalition of the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, and Protestants for the Common Good.
Don Coleman, co-pastor of University Church,773 363-8142, Anne Holcomb, 773 643-8961.
Pat Wilcoxen: pwilcoxen-at-thecommongood.org
Meets 2nd Mondays 8 pm at St. Thomas, 5467 S. Woodlawn.

Homesharing:

Melody Geraci, HomeSharing Program Coordinator, Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing, 220 S. State St., Suite 1700, Chicago, IL 60604, Program phone 773 627-8201, Downtown 312 347-7600, homesharing@lcbh.org

(A U of C Harris School student org. working on affordability is Community and Economic Development Organization.)

Purpose: To promote affordable and needy housing and provide transitional housing services on the South Side, modeled on the mentoring services of Bridge Communities in DuPage County.

Hyde Park Jewish Community Center- "Fitness after 60", "Senior Connections". 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd., 773 753-3080.

Hyde Park Self-Help Educational Group (project of GrandFamilies Chicago)

Cheryl Harvey Singleton. 1-888-GRAND-03, http://www.grandfamilieschicago.org.
Hyde Park Self-Help Educational Group is one of five areal groups by GrandFamilies following a curriculum developed by Mather LifeWays meeting bimonthly to serve not just as support groups by train with curriculum, toolkit and training guide. Members will learn about finding housing, managing finances, affordable legal assistance, getting healthcare, enrolling children in school and interacting with teachers and CPS including for resources and correct placement, and how to form their own groups.
Meets starting Aug. 18 third Wednesdays 10 am at Ellis Ave. Church, 5001 S. Ellis.

(Chicago) Hyde Park Village
Helping people age successfully in place

Telephone:
•The office--773-363-1933. Website incl. calendar- http://www.chpv.org
•Susan Alitto--773-752-6587 or 773-485-3643 or salitto@gmail.com
•Sammie Dortch--773-643-5101 or sdortchassociates@gmail.com, or sdortch@ccc.edu
Office: Chicago Hyde Park Village, 5500 S. Woodlawn, 2nd floor, Chicago, IL 60637 (in Augustana Lutheran Church)

•Late last Fall we had a very successful Mexican Fiesta fundraiser, thanks to Carol Cross, who opened up her condo and collection of Mexican folk art and provided a delicious Mexican dinner.
•New and old friends joined us at several social and informational programs over the Spring:
•movies, snacks and conversation
•discussions on medical, end of life issues and healthy life styles
•an interactive talk on travel to exotic places in photos and poetry
•We have an office and telephone!
•5500 S. Woodlawn Ave (Augustana Lutheran Church, 2nd floor, accessible by elevator)
•773-363-1933
•Set up and decorated with donated furniture and art work by enterprising and creative interns from Harold Washington College.
•We held 3 highly successful Drop-In programs with help and collaboration from some U of C students and some seed money from Mather LifeWays.
•Our google group continues to grow and several neighbors have been helping each other with visits, rides and shopping.
•Several neighbors have demonstrated their support and eagerness for Chicago Hyde Park Village with donations and Pre-Launch deposits. Pre-Launch funds are a risk-free deposit that we hold in a separate bank account awaiting our official opening (this fall hopefully!) and the depositors' decisions on whether to join.
•Montgomery Place is sponsoring a U of C summer intern and sharing him with us and the Hyde Park Herald. Watch for Andrew Holzman's articles in The Herald, a blog on aging issues, a CHPV Newsletter, and more!

In the meantime, our hard working board continues to build out our Village structure and plan more fund-raisers and Drop-Ins. It would greatly speed things along if we could raise enough money to hire at least a part-time Executive Coordinator to help manage and coordinate daily operations. We are incorporated as a Not For Profit and have tax exempt status through our fiscal agent. We welcome contributions toward:

•Continuation of the Drop-In program (biweekly starting July10, 10:30am -1:30pm, 5500 S. Woodlawn)
•Setting up our organizational structure:
•the part-time coordinator
•volunteer recruitment, vetting and training
•service vetting
•marketing
•Planning future programs

Anyone who would like to consider supporting the effort with a tax deductible contribution, a pre-launch deposit, or by joining one of the working committee (e.g.,service, volunteers, programs), please contact us at above.

K.A.M. Isaiah Israel holds Caring Weekend for the elderly and aging December 4-5. Al day stating at 9:30 on Saturday, 10:30 on Sunday. 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd. 924-1234. http://www.kamii.org.

Kenwood Oakland Community Organization. 1238 E. 46th St. 773 548-7500.
Home repair
for seniors and the disabled.

Kenwood United Church of Christ holds senior programs and field trips 3rd Wed 10 am-1 pm. 4600-08 S. Greenwood. 773 372-2861.

Montgomery Place Retirement Community and Health Care
5550 South Shore Drive. (773) 753-4100. Michael Apa, Director. Not public.

Little Brothers--Friends of the Elderly. 355 N. Ashland but active in the neighborhood. 312 455-1000. A full suite of escort and other services. Also intergenerational activities. Little Brothers Friends to the Elderly. Non-profit organization works with schools to get children 5 to 17 in contact with persons over 70. Another program lets kindergartners just learning to count to 100 meet centenarians. 355 N. Ashland Ave. 312 455-1000. http://www.littlebrothers.org.

Older Women's League of Hyde Park and Illinois (OWL)
http://www.owlillinois.org/ch_hydepark.html, http://www.owlillinois.org
Hyde Park Chapter: Judy Roothaan, Ken Schug. E-mail Alice Brown, alice.brown@ameritech.net.

Open to anyone of all ages. Presents programs and advocates on issues of interest to midlife and older women, and advocates for policy changes on the state and national level. Areas of interest: personal & financial security, health and prescription drugs, image of midlife and older women, access to housing and housing alternatives, ending discrimination against women and the elderly including in the workplace, caregiving. Works on accessible and convenient transportation, traffic interface, sidewalks and crosswalks, snow removal et al.

Partners in Senior Care, Chicago. 866 203-7290. Homecare. And search similar

Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic. 18 S. Michigan #806, 312 236-8715.

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Windermere
5548 S. Hyde Park Blvd. (773) 256-5051. Usually by referral only.

The Renaissance Collaborative. 3757 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL, 60653, Phone: (773) 924-9270. Patricia Abrams. Managed by Executive Service Corps. Search Ren. Coll. or visit http://www.esc-chicago.org. Information at Formerly known as the Wabash “Y” Renaissance Corporation, The Renaissance Collaborative (TRC) is a nonprofit organization committed to the revitalization of Bronzeville on Chicago’s south side. TRC was formed by four area churches whose first project was to redevelop the former YMCA on South Wabash Avenue and convert it into supportive, affordable housing and a community learning center. In early 2001, the Renaissance Apartments and Fitness for Life Center was opened in the renovated building, offering 101 residents a comprehensive program of housing, education and job training, and health and wellness activities. Dedicated to getting people to self-sufficiency.

The Renaissance Collaborative, Inc. Includes the Senior Village (opened October 2010). http:/www.trcwabash.org, http://www.trcwabash.org/Senior_Village.html. Renaissance: 3757 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL 60653, 773-924-9270 PHONE 773-924-9271 FAX.
Senior Village-
346 E. 53rd St., Chicago, IL 60615. 773-924-9270 or email Lynn Bergstrom, Property manager at Lbergstrom@trcwabash.org

Our mission is to foster an empowering environment where seniors are active, healthy participants in their own community, achieving their full potential and maximizing their quality of life. Goals include self-sufficiency through an innovative and comprehensive network of supportive housing, employment, and educational services. using an asset-based approach, the agency works in three distinct business areas: Renaissance apartments for chronically homeless adults and Fitness for Life Center, the Senior Village, and Bronzeville Green- a workforce development project. "All individuals have value and can contribute to themselves, their families, and their communities when provided the necessary tools of development.

This groundbreaking 71 unit independent senior housing development opens in 2010 and represents the first development in a proposed village supporting seniors raising dependents. It features 70 one-bedroom units and 1 two-bedroom staff unit. The facility provides walk-in closets, call buttons in each bathroom and bedroom, front desk coverage, two resident lounges, and resident storage lockers.

The goals of the village are to:

•Create an attractive and innovative living environment for low-income seniors
•Support seniors who are primary caregivers of dependents
•Develop a multi-generational space that invites broader community participation
All residents of the facility are welcome to participate in the Community Health and Wellness Center which hosts numerous workshops, lectures, demonstrations, and a fitness center. The Center is located on the first floor and is open to all seniors, both residents and community members, who are age 55 and older.

Community Service Providers who partner with TRC to provide services at the Health and Wellness Center include Provident Hospital, Rush Medical Center, Partners in Community Building, Center for New Horizons and many others.

The Renaissance nursing home at 71st and South Shore Drive. Next to it and associated: University of Chicago Health Systems Seniors Clinic.

St. Vincent DePaul Society, from St. Thomas the Apostle Church, sends two-person teams to determine and verify needs. 773 324-2626.

Shoulder to Shoulder. Personal assistance and errand services. http://www.shouldertwoshoulder.com. 773 819-5445.

Closed. Windermere Senior Health Center of University of Chicago Hospitals (Manus Dental, geriatrics, memory), 5549 S. Cornell Ave., (773) 684-5702.

United Methodist Community Support Services (division of United Methodist Homes and Services)- satellite office in Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn. (Seniors-oriented, this is the group that runs the acclaimed White Crane Wellness Center on the North Side) . They also have a service of reliable home craftsmen, fitness and adult day programs, live-in caregivers, overnight care, personal care and hygiene, housekeeping and laundry, meal preparation, grocery shopping, companionship, respite care, telephone contact, medication reminder, and escort to doctor or hospital from/at various facilities.

United Methodist Community Support Services is a professional and personal approach to home care, enabling older adults to remain independent and safe in the comfort of their own homes.

Current contact: Pamela Edwards, Service Coordinator, at 1415 W. Foster Ave. 60640. 773 769-5270.

United Methodist Community Support Services is home care service that enables older adults to remain independent and safe in the comfort of their own homes by providing a personal and professional approach to comprehensive home care and support services throughout Chicago and the North Shore.

Our Hyde Park office is located on the third floor of the Hyde park Union Church

United Methodist Homes & Services has a rich history of caring for the needs of older adults. A nonprofit and nonsectarian, we offer services supporting older adults throughout the aging process.

Where Caring Helps In Growing Older


Pamela Edwards
United Methodist Community Support Services
5600 South Woodlawn
Chicago, IL 60637
773.363.0948

U of C Hospitals has a Home Care division.

Vitas Healthcare. 1424 E. 53rd st. Bereavement, life-enrichment, patient care provided. Volunteers needed. 708- 283-6230.

Heating cost assistance. Available to eligible Peoples Energy customers. Federally-funded LIHEAP (Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Help to reconnect, pay bills, keep service. Spring to Nov. 1- available to customers disconnected, disabled or elderly. From Nov. 1 open to all eligible.
Call LIHEAP hotline at 1-800-571-2332, WECAN at 6450 S. Stony Island, or Peoples Energy- www.peoplesenergy.com.
People's Energy also has a Budget Payment Plan (but read the fine print).

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Social Services providers, comprehensive with HP connections, some only

Centers for New Horizons. HQ. 4150 S. King Drive, 773 373-5700. Several satellites. http://www.chn.org. Sokoni Karanja. Includes childcare centers, in a wide section of the mid-South, and a large foster care program. Childcare at 4 centers, Teen Reach, substance abuse programs, senior and other social services.

Hyde Park Village. Sammie Dortch, Interim Exec. Dir.; Sue Alitto, chair and President; Roger Huff, treasurer. c/o Augustana Church, 5550 S. Woodlawn. THE WEBSITE IS http://www.chpv.org.
Access if signed up http://groups.google.com/group/hyde-park-village or hydeparkvillage@googlegroups.com.To opt into new related google group: http://hpvillage.org/subscribe or http://groups.google.com/group/HydeParkVillage/subscribe or
jay.mulberry@hpvillage.org or jaymulberry@gmail.com about/to join.
A group in formation to provide one-call mutual services and supports and more for seniors to age in place.

Lutheran Social Services. See http://www.lssi.org, http://www.adoptionillinois.org. info@lssi.org. Hq. 1001 W. Touhy Ave., ste 50, Des Plaines, IL 60018. 847/635-4600. (TTY: 847/390-1409). Find facilities from About, Contact, by type of service. Believe local is in Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn.

Links in their website:

Adoption Services
Pregnancy Counseling and Support Services
Foster Care, including Relative Foster Care
Foster Care for Special Needs Children

Foster Care Services

Foster Care, including Relative Foster Care
Foster Care for Special Needs Children
Adoption Services
Pregnancy Counseling and Support Services

Counseling for Children and Families

Intensive Family Treatment Services
Counseling and Parent Support Services
Services for Youth on Probation
Crisis Intervention for Youth and Families
Educational Support Services
Nachusa Lutheran Home

Crisis Intervention Programs

Crisis Intervention for Youth and Families
Elder Abuse Intervention and Prevention

Residential Programs for Youth


Residential Treatment Services for Adolescents
Nachusa Lutheran Home
Transitional Living Services for Young Adults

Head Start and Educational Support

Head Start and Child Care
Educational Support Services

Developmental Disabilities Services

Developmental Disabilities Services Overview
Homes (CILAs) for Adults with Prader-Willi Syndrome
Homes (CILAs) for Adults with Developmental Disabilities
Shady Oaks Intermediate-Care Residential Program
Intermittent CILA Program for Adults with Developmental Disabilities
Respite Services for Developmental Disabilities Caregivers

Counseling and Mental Health Services

Counseling and Parent Support Services
Crisis Assessment and Services for Children and Adults with Mental Illness
Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Case Management
Mental Health Counseling and Psychiatric Services
Group Homes for Persons with Mental Illness

Substance Abuse Services

Outpatient Substance Abuse Services
Detox
HIV Early Intervention
Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Services
Substance Abuse Residential Extended Aftercare

Prisoner and Family Ministry

Prisoner and Family Ministry Overview
Support and Re-entry Services for Prisoners and Families
Storybook Project
Building Homes: Rebuilding Lives

Community Services for Seniors

Home Care Services (Non-medical)
Adult Day Services
Case Management Services for Seniors
Elder Abuse Intervention and Prevention
Respite Care for Caregivers
Alzheimer's and Dementia Care
Gateway Intergenerational Resource Center

Nursing Services for Seniors

Skilled / Intermediate Nursing Care
Short-term Rehabilitation
Alzheimer's and Dementia Care
Hospice Services
St. Matthew Center for Health
P.A. Peterson Center for Health
Respite Care for Caregivers
Assisted/Supportive Living
Independent Living Apartments

Housing for Seniors and Disabled Persons
Affordable Housing For Seniors and Disabled Persons

Assisted/Supportive Living

Assisted/Supportive Living
Joshua Arms of LSSI
Luther Center
P.A. Peterson Center for Health

Retirement Communities


The Renaissance Collaborative.
3757 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL, 60653, Phone: (773) 924-9270. Patricia Abrams. Managed by Executive Service Corps. Search Ren. Coll. or visit http://www.esc-chicago.org. Information at Formerly known as the Wabash “Y” Renaissance Corporation, The Renaissance Collaborative (TRC) is a nonprofit organization committed to the revitalization of Bronzeville on Chicago’s south side. TRC was formed by four area churches whose first project was to redevelop the former YMCA on South Wabash Avenue and convert it into supportive, affordable housing and a community learning center. In early 2001, the Renaissance Apartments and Fitness for Life Center was opened in the renovated building, offering 101 residents a comprehensive program of housing, education and job training, and health and wellness activities. Dedicated to getting people to self-sufficiency.

The Renaissance Collaborative, Inc. Includes the Senior Village (opened October 2010). http:/www.trcwabash.org, http://www.trcwabash.org/Senior_Village.html. Renaissance: 3757 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL 60653, 773-924-9270 PHONE 773-924-9271 FAX.
Senior Village-
346 E. 53rd St., Chicago, IL 60615. 773-924-9270 or email Lynn Bergstrom, Property manager at Lbergstrom@trcwabash.org

Our mission is to foster an empowering environment where seniors are active, healthy participants in their own community, achieving their full potential and maximizing their quality of life. Goals include self-sufficiency through an innovative and comprehensive network of supportive housing, employment, and educational services. using an asset-based approach, the agency works in three distinct business areas: Renaissance apartments for chronically homeless adults and Fitness for Life Center, the Senior Village, and Bronzeville Green- a workforce development project. "All individuals have value and can contribute to themselves, their families, and their communities when provided the necessary tools of development.

This groundbreaking 71 unit independent senior housing development opens in 2010 and represents the first development in a proposed village supporting seniors raising dependents. It features 70 one-bedroom units and 1 two-bedroom staff unit. The facility provides walk-in closets, call buttons in each bathroom and bedroom, front desk coverage, two resident lounges, and resident storage lockers.

The goals of the village are to:

•Create an attractive and innovative living environment for low-income seniors
•Support seniors who are primary caregivers of dependents
•Develop a multi-generational space that invites broader community participation
All residents of the facility are welcome to participate in the Community Health and Wellness Center which hosts numerous workshops, lectures, demonstrations, and a fitness center. The Center is located on the first floor and is open to all seniors, both residents and community members, who are age 55 and older.

Community Service Providers who partner with TRC to provide services at the Health and Wellness Center include Provident Hospital, Rush Medical Center, Partners in Community Building, Center for New Horizons and many others.

Thresholds- mental. http://www.thresholds.org.

Taxes and tax relief and rebates

Tax preparation et al seminars. In addition to commercial firms and auditors etc. One in the Hyde Park area is LadderUp, which gives tax and other financial literacy programs in schools as well. http://www.goladderup.org.
Another is the South Side Community Federal Credit Union (SSCFCU) - Delores Allen (773) 548-8859 for detailed information.
Ward offices, libraries and other places offer seminars and actual tax preparation for persons of income under $20,000.

Real deal on tax exemption and bills

Cook County Assessor opens Hyde Park township for property tax appeals. Complaints due 12/10
http://www.cookcountyassessor.com/appdeadlines/appealdeadlinesform.aspx

Cook County property tax bills mailed November 11 2010, due 12/13. 1st installment for 2010 seven weeks later.
http://www.cookcountytreasurer.com/default.aspx

Homeowner Exemption amounts that were applied to tax bills were correct. Once a homeowner receives the Homeowner
Exemption, they will continue to receive the exemption every year if their residency does not change. There is no need
to file a Homeowner Exemption Certificate of Error form, unless the Homeowner Exemption does not appear on
a second-installment tax bill.

Taxpayers are not required to visit our downtown or suburban branch offices if their exemption does not appear on their bill.
Homeowner Exemption Certificates of Error forms may be downloaded from our Web site www.cookcountyassessor.com
or they contact our office to have a form mailed to them. Applications may also be returned via mail.

Time permitting, taxpayers may receive an adjusted bill – otherwise they can pay their bill in full and receive a refund
for the amount of the exemption.

Visit the Seniors (and others) Tax rebate and relief page.
Visit Preservation Beat on likely cut or loss of a popular historic district easement tax benefit

Draining your money? Beware Refund Anticipation Loans.

See below--Treasurer Maria Pappas' tax advice, "Top 10 List" of to-dos.

The 4th Ward Office of Ald. Preckwinkle, now at 4659 S. Cottage Grove, Suite 203, offers free tax preparation (and application for student loans) as federal tax time approaches. National Association of Black Accountants. Filing is electronic. Households must earn less than $37,000 for families and $27,000 for single income w. no dependents. Bring all W-2s, 10999s, social security cards or tax ID numbers for all family members used on tax returns, copy of 2005 tax return, photo ID and bank account and routing number. You must preregister at 773 536-8103. There is a similar program at Holy Angels Church, 607 E. Oakwood. 312 409-1555.
Free tax assistance at various places, including 4th ward, 4659 S. Cottage Grove Ste. 203- Saturdays Feb. 20, March 6 and 20, April 10. May have income limits- call first. bring W-2s, 1099s, soc. sec or tax id numbers for all family members, photo id, copy of previous tax return, bank acct and routing number.
Sp. by 4th Ward, Nat'l Assn of Black accountants, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program-- which doubtless does in other places also.

More: www.cityofchicago.org/CTAC/.
Also at Woodlawn Preservation and Investment Corp., 6101 S. Evans
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday weekday 5:30-8, Sat 10-1. 312 409-6511. Same restrictions.

Center for Economic Progress- Quad Communities Center for Working Families 4804 S. Cottage Grove. Tax assistance- January 23-April 15.

City- City Hall, Kennedy-King, Olive-Harvey, Gary Comer...

And at WPIC Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays through April 15 Wkday 5:30-8, Sat. 12-1 at 6101 S. Evans. 312 409-6511.

Law at the Library in February features "Changes in Tax Law." Tuesday, February 7, 7-8 pm at Sulzer Regional Library 4455 N. Lincoln. Saturday, February 11, 2-3 pm at Woodson Regional Library. Monday, February 27, 12:25-1:15 pm at Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State.

First Installment bills due March 1st, second November 1 (should arrive October 1). www.cookcountytreasurer.com. Delinquency charges are 1.5 a month.

Online tax bill payment from checking or savings at the site just listed. See and pay up to five days before bills arrive. You can pay anytime of year up to the deadline, including past due. You cannot make an overpayment. Have your pin (property index) number handy. You can ask the amount owed by phone 312 443-5100 (English, Spanish or Polish).

Taxes can be paid in person at over 250 BankOne-Chase locations, by direct debit from 250 community banks and by mail.

The county holds many public seminars and will send speakers to your group, including on circuit breaker. See in Government Services County Assessor, County Clerk, County Treasurer.

Illinois TaxNet from IDES and the Dept. of Revenue lets businesses file, apply for an account,make address and employee info changes between quarters: www.ides.state.il.us.

Available in tax season:

Tax preparation at 4th Ward Office. Last session April 14 10-2. Must have income under $37,000 for family, $27,000 individual. Bring W-2s, 1099s, social Security Cards or tax id numbers for dependents, photo id, bank account info and a copy of 2005 return. Cosp by Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants and the Volunteer Income Tax assistance Program. 773 536-8103, 4659 S. Cottage Grove.

Tax Counseling Project offers electronic filing at 31 sites across Chicago for families making less than $36,000, individuals $15,000.

Tax Assistance Program Holy Angels Church, 545 E. Oakwood.

Hewlett-Jackson, H & R Block provide outlets to pay Cook County taxes. 250 locations.

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Tax advice by Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas. June 7, 2006 Herald

Home buyers instinctively set up electric, gas, phone and water accounts. But it is just as important to get a handle on your property taxes, too. Doing so will save you time, hassles and money.

That's why I created a "Top 10 List" of things all homeowners (new and old) need to know to manage tax bills and keep them as low as possible:

  1. PIN: Your property has a specific 14-digit Property Index Number (PIN) that corresponds to the real-estate legal description. The PIN is used in mapping, assessing and tax billing. Use your PIN when paying your bill or contacting our office. Be sure the PIN on your tax bill is the one on your deed.
  2. Name/Address Change: Even if you pay through your mortgage escrow, you should receive your bill so that you also receive tax-saving exemption applications and any notice if the company fails to pay.
  3. Exemptions: You can save hundreds of dollars, even thousands of dollars each year depending on whether you quality for the homeowner, senior and/or senior assessment freeze exemptions. Apply through the Assessor's Office.
  4. Website: Check your payment status, search for refunds, study your exemption history, all at cookcountytreasurer.com. Checking on refunds is especially important if you just bought or refinanced, when many a title company and the new mortgage company might pay. Also, find forms for services answers to most property tax questions.
  5. Phone: Our 24-hour automated phone system at 312-443-5100 offers you tax information, payment status and refund information in English, Spanish and Polish.
  6. Payment locations: With Chase Bank we currently have more than 285 across Chicagoland.
  7. Avoid Duplicate Payments: If you refinance your mortgage or pay taxes through your mortgage company, make sure there is no duplicate payment (such as your mortgage company paying and then your making a payment).
  8. Mortgage Escrow: If your taxes are paid through an escrow account, verify that the company gets it right. Use our phone or web system to confirm payment. Why? Mortgage companies make more than 3,000 payments on the wrong properties each year in Cook County alone!
  9. Refunds: Look for them at our automated phone system at 312 443-5100 and at countytreasurer.com.
  10. Appeals: You can appeal your assessment through the Cook County Assessor's Office or the Cook County Board of Review. Check their websites or call their offices to learn how to file and which month your township is "open" for filing appeals.

Please call our office, visit our website or send us an email at "Contact Us" a cookcountytreasuer.com if you have any questions. Send your question to Count on Us Tax Tips, Cook County Treasurer, 118 N. Clark St., Suite 112, Chicago, IL 60602-1332.

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Veterans

Start with http://www.IllinioisWarrior.org.

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Women

(samples)

New White House report on Women in America March 2011

OWL-National says: The White House released the first comprehensive federal report on women since 1963. Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being compiled statistics from across the Federal government that indicate how women are faring in the United States today and how their lives have changed over time. http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/rss_viewer/Women_in-America.pdf.

Read more about the report on the White House's website.

Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline. 312 252-0520

University of Chicago- see in Public Safety

Mocha Moms- for women returning to the workforce. Mochamomschicago.org

Older Women's League of Hyde Park and Illinois (OWL)
http://www.owlillinois.org/ch_hydepark.html, http://www.owlillinois.org
Hyde Park Chapter: Ken Schug. E-mail Alice Brown, alice.brown@ameritech.net.

Open to anyone of all ages. Presents programs and advocates on issues of interest to midlife and older women, and advocates for policy changes on the state and national level. Areas of interest: personal & financial security, health and prescription drugs, image of midlife and older women, access to housing and housing alternatives, ending discrimination against women and the elderly including in the workplace, caregiving. Works on accessible and convenient transportation, traffic interface, sidewalks and crosswalks, snow removal et al.

OWL NATIONAL: 1-877-OLDRWMN (653-7966)
1025 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 701, Washington DC 20036
OlderWomensLeague@OWL-national.org. http://www.owl-national.org.

Zonta International Hyde Park Chapter
Works to advance the status of women worldwide.

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Other special populations specail pouladtions

SpNew Orleans-eNOLA in Chicago Network. Grassroots network of New Orleans expatriates and other Chicagoans who care about the future of New Orleans and its displaced citizens. The network aims to be an inclusive and diverse group, bringing together NOLA expatriates who are long-time Chicago residents; hurricane survivors and other recent arrivals; alums of Louisiana universities; and all others who love New Orleans (and its Central Park). Melissa Perrett Cook, 5733 S. Kimbark 60637, 773 684-5239. nolainchicago@yahoo.com.ci

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oThis is a huge area. Finding a comprehensive guide to what you need when you need it-- and reliable is difficult. The phone directories and 411 are increasingly woefully out of date and, like Chamber of Commerce and Better Business, AAA directories are at least partially entry-by-purchase. Beware also the internet search engines. The Hyde Park Village is attempting to develop a directory, but will have limits also.

Here is one for emergency car services. There are two other (BP) service stations in HPK.

Mobil station: The Car Wash on E. 53rd St. No. is 773 288-1024
The Service No. is (773) 643-1715
The Towing service No. is (773)768-7551

City, County, and State Resources

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