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DuPage County Assistance Directory  (pdf)

Will County Assistance Directory   (pdf)

Listed below are a number of agencies and services that can help you or a loved one. 

Crisis Line of Will, Grundy and Surrounding Counties - Not-for-profit United Way agency providing help to people in need.  In Will County, call 815-722-3344 and in Grundy County, call 815-942-6611.  If you are outside of these counties you can call as they can assist as well: http://willfinduhelp.org/

The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/ 

Unplanned pregnancy? 

Waterleaf Women’s Center http://www.waterleafwc.org/

Call or text our 24-hour HOTLINE

630.701.6270 or

888.98.WEHELP (888.989.3435)

TEXT: 630.360.CALM

Birthright http://birthright.org/en/


Need Help Food, Shelter, Clothing and other Essentials?

Catholic Charities

Website: www.catholiccharitiesjoliet.org

Will County
203 N. Ottawa St.
Joliet, IL 60432
Phone: 815.723.3405
Fax: 815.723.3452 

Grundy & Kendall Counties                                                                                                     

201 N. Liberty, Suite 251
Morris, IL 60450
Phone: 815.941.2560
Fax: 815.941.2563                                                                                                                                           

DuPage County                                                                                                                           

26 W. St. Charles Rd.
Lombard, IL 60148
Phone: 630.495.8008
Fax: 630.495.9854 

Kankakee, Ford & Iroquois Counties                                                                                     

249 S. Schuyler Ave., Suite 300
Kankakee, IL 60901
Phone: 815.933.7791
Fax: 815.932.4601 

Emergency Assistance Program at Catholic Charities Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet, provides food and travel vouchers; clothing and furniture vouchers; financial assistance for prescription medication; rent/mortgage assistance; and information/referral to other community resources. Click Here


Looking for employment? 

DERC (Diocesan Employment Resource Center) – DERC is a ministry under the Justice and Peace Office of the Joliet Diocese working to connect you with the job-related ministries and their many resources within the Diocese.   Click Here

Emergency Services/Homelessness Prevention

Will County  815.774.4663
DuPage County  630.495.8008
Grundy/Kendall Counties  815.941.2560
Kankakee, Ford & Iroquois Counties  815.933.7791

Daybreak Center

For more information, 815.774.HOME (4663)

Head Start-Serving Will County

Kathy Fudge-White, Division Director
For more information, call 815.724.1148 (Spanish – 815.724.1149)
or e-mail kfudgewhite@cc-doj.org

These programs include Head Start, Early Head Start, home-based, expectant mothers, and daycare programs for children up to five years-old and their low-income families.  Children participate in developmentally and educationally appropriate activities; receive medical and dental care; have healthy meals and snacks; and enjoy playing indoors and outdoors in a safe setting.  Parental involvement is encouraged.  Family Service Workers are also available to provide support services and assist in securing needed community resources. Click Here

Homelessness prevention services are also provided to individuals and families who are at risk of losing their homes.

Transitional Housing

DuPage County  630.495.8008
Kankakee County  815.933.7791

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

Permanent Supportive Housing and Other Housing Alternatives

DuPage County  630.495.8008
Will County  815.774.4663
Click Here for more information about Permanent Supportive Housing and Other Housing Alternatives.
Serving individuals and/or families with children, in which one or more family members experience a disability that seriously limits their ability to function independently in the community. Individuals and families reside in affordable, safe, scattered-site apartments throughout the County. Services provided include: case management; independent living skills training; access to employment support; budgeting; money management; financial literacy training; parent training; behavioral health services; specialized counseling; Out of Poverty classes, and other services as needed to maximize participants’ independence and improve their quality of life.

Hope House

DuPage County  800-941-8681
Providing housing and supportive services to individuals and families who are homeless often due to divorce, job loss or depleted savings.  During a temporary, short stay, participants work toward securing employment and permanent housing.  Hope House provides the only 24-hour crisis hotline to assist in the single point of entry process for homeless services in DuPage County.

Hispanic/Latino Services

For more information, call Marcia L. Brown-Medina 815-523-9923

Serving Kankakee, Ford and Iroquois Counties
A full-time bilingual social worker is available to serve and advocate for the Hispanic/Latino community.


Serving Will, Grundy, DuPage, Kendall, Kankakee, Ford & Iroquois Counties

For more information about our services or to schedule an appointment, please call 1.800.240.7011.

Catholic Charities Counseling Program provides outpatient counseling to the communities of DuPage, Will, Grundy, Kendall, Kankakee, Ford, and Iroquois Counties. Offices are located in Lombard, Joliet, Morris and Bourbonnais. Individual, group, family, and couples therapy are provided, in addition to specialized services such as anger management groups and preventative education programs.

Learn more about our counseling staff:  Our skilled and dedicated counseling staff is here to provide guidance and support.  Click Here to learn more about our counselors.

We all want to lead healthy and satisfying lives, but some individuals and families struggle to achieve or maintain that status. At Catholic Charities, we have experienced counselors who can provide affordable services when problems arise.

Special accommodations can be made to individuals and families who are struggling financially, and who qualify for services at a reduced fee.

We welcome Medicare Part B and most PPO insurance coverage.

Sometimes it’s difficult to understand what is troubling an individual, couple, or family. Counseling staff conduct comprehensive assessments for people of all ages to help determine what the difficulties are and how people can be empowered to resolve them

Individual Counseling
It is our objective to provide a range of therapeutic services that preserve, strengthen, and protect the emotional well-being of individuals within the context of their own cultural identity. We serve individuals who come from diverse racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds, with counseling that is sensitive to cultural differences.

  • Children & Adolescents – Our staff include several child and adolescent counselors who provide individual and family counseling for youth and their families. They are trained in a variety of specialties to intervene with troubled youth who experience emotional and behavioral difficulties: adjustment issues; attachment disorders; oppositional and defiant behavior; conduct problems; school difficulties; social skills deficits, and childhood depression and anxiety.
  • Couples Counseling – Our staff are trained and experienced in providing marital therapy. The Counseling Program also provides pre-marriage evaluations and counseling.
  • Adults – Counseling staff have broad experience working with adults who are attempting to cope with a wide spectrum of life problems: anxiety; depression; life transitions; experiences of loss and bereavement; interpersonal difficulties, and developmental disabilities.
  • Family Counseling – The Counseling Program offers family counseling in conjunction with child and adolescent counseling.
  • Seniors – For seniors who are attempting to cope with life transitions which may include physical, financial, and emotional factors, our counselors offer compassionate and supportive therapy geared to the losses that inevitably accompany the aging process. We accept Medicare Part B coverage.

Counseling Groups There are numerous active groups for children and adults.  For more information, Click Here.


Joyful Again! is a spiritual program for widowed men and women who want to resolve the normal grief they feel and begin to live again. This self-help process toward healing is fostered by trained volunteers who have experienced the pain of loss themselves and have moved forward in their healing journey.  Joyful Again is a peer ministry program. www.joyfulagain.org

Suicide Prevention Hotline-No matter what problems you are dealing with, we want to help you find a reason to keep living. By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.  http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ 

L.O.S.S. – Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide – The L.O.S.S. Program, founded by Father Charles Rubey of the Archdiocese of Chicago, is a collaborative effort between Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Joliet and the Archdiocese of Chicago. The program offers support to those who have lost a loved one – relative or friend – to suicide. It offers a “safe” place for survivors to tell their stories and express their feelings with those who have walked a similar path. http://www.catholiccharities.net/GetHelp/OurServices/Counseling/Loss.aspx

Legal Aid

If you can’t afford an attorney, non-profit law firms exist in the area that may be able to provide you with free advice and court representation. Prairie State Legal Services/Will County Legal Assistance has attorneys and other legal professionals who can offer free help. The programs are provided without charge to help low to moderate -income persons, the elderly, and seniors resolve important civic legal problems such as stopping family abuse, preventing foreclosures and evictions as well as preserving housing and similar urgent needs. (815) 965-2134. 

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