General Resource Guide

Below are resources related that may be helpful for those in need of aid or assistance. Please contact the organizations directly for more information about their programs or resources. If you have any resources to add, please email me at repbarabarahernandez@gmail.com. Although my office is currently closed, stay updated by following me at facebook.com/RepHernandez83rd.

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Updated 2/16/2021

Small Businesses

  • Join the small business email list where Rep. Hernandez will personally notify you of available grants, resources, and COVID-19 updates related to small businesses.

  • Women’s Business Development Center: services include business advising, financial workshops, loan assistance, direct lending, early child education entrepreneurship training, Women’s Business Enterprise certification, COVID-19 business advising and resources.


Employment

  • File for unemployment insurance

    • After filing, you MUST create a profile and resume on Illinois Jobs Link, found here.

    • There are also conditions for when you can file your claims

    • If your name begins with letters:

      • A through N file your claim on Sundays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays

      • N through Z file your claim on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays

        • Saturdays are reserved for those that missed their application window.

    • To complete a phone application, call (800) 244-5631. If your name begins with letters:

      • A through N call between 7:30am - 6pm on Tuesdays or Thursdays

      • N through Z call between 7:30am - 6pm on Mondays or Wednesdays

        • Fridays (7am - 6pm) & Saturdays (8am - noon) are for those that missed their regular call window.

  • Salvation Army Emergency Assistance and Homeless Prevention

  • Quad County Urban League: offers employment referrals, on-site evaluations, and case management services to the employed, under-employed, and unemployed. The program assists individuals in skill assessment, job training, and career counseling and financial literacy. The program is offered year-round.

  • Two Rivers Head Start: customized one-on-one job training program to assist individuals in increasing their employment opportunities.

  • Mutual Ground: offers support in accessing employment to individuals and families seeking safety from domestic or sexual violence.


Senior Citizens

  • Senior Services Associates: offers information and assistance, assessment and care coordination, caregiver assistance, adult protective services, emergency services and home repair, nursing home ombudsman, transportation services, recreation, education, and health.

  • Ride in Kane Inc: a public transportation service providing curb to curb bus or taxi service to seniors 65+, disabled individuals, and those with low income who qualify for the service in Kane County. Ride in Kane operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The current cash fare is $5.00 for the first 10 miles of a trip and $1.50 per each additional mile over 10 miles.

  • Prairie State Legal Services: Prairie State Legal Services is an organization that offers free legal services for those age 60 and over who have serious civil legal problems and need legal help to solve them.

  • Illinois Housing Development Authority: Offers the Illinois Rental Payment Program (ILRPP)

  • Two Rivers Head Start: assists individuals age 62+ with unmet needs. Services could include car repair, eye glasses, medical equipment, dental care, etc.

  • Volunteer Transportation Program: This program’s volunteers provide free transportation for seniors who live in Kane County.

  • Kane Senior Council: offers a Meals on Wheels program, care and food assistance for pets, well-being checks, health and wellness education, and intergenerational activities.

  • Achieving Independence and Mobility (AIM): offers a Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) is a free counseling service provided by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Insurance.

Housing/Shelter

  • Hesed House: overnight emergency shelter available to adults in need of housing, family shelter open to families with children, and case management to help people through difficult experiences, financial guidance, job guidance, and more.

  • Aunt Martha’s: offers emergency and transitional housing for youth and young adults.

  • DuPage P.A.D.S. offers year-round programs to feed and shelter individuals and families who are homeless, connect them to case management and other services that can address the underlying cause of their homelessness.

  • Two Rivers Head Start: limited financial assistance for crisis intervention in the areas of rental, medical, glasses, transportation, and dental care services.

  • Joseph Corporation: credit and budget counseling, foreclosure prevention counseling, homebuyer education and guidance, safety first program, and more.

  • Aurora Housing Authority: offers low income public housing, a housing choice voucher program, and project based voucher program.

  • The Neighbor Project: free one-on-one professional financial counseling, offers homebuyer education, savings programs, foreclosure prevention services, and financial assistance for safety related home repairs.

  • Habitat for Humanity: homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage.

  • Lazarus House: serves parts of Kane county; offers a homeless shelter and a transitional housing program.

  • Community Contacts Inc: offers a Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program (IHWAP), a housing rehabilitation program, and a Housing Continuum Affordable Rental Program

  • Rebuilding Together Aurora: organizes volunteer teams to provide large-scale home repair, small handyman repairs and energy efficiency upgrades to families in need. All services provided by Rebuilding Together Aurora are free of charge to qualifying homeowners.

  • Mutual Ground: emergency shelter to individuals and families who are seeking safety from domestic abuse or sexual violence.

  • Prairie State Legal Services: includes an eviction toolkit, a renter's handbook, etc. Will be available Spanish soon.

    • Facebook Livestreams every Thursdays at noon, give updates on status of evictions in Illinois

    • Tenants can call 855-631-0811, Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm for free legal help

  • Illinois Housing Development Authority: Offers the Illinois Rental Payment Program (ILRPP)


Utilities

  • ComEd Bill Assistance: a list of ComEd’s bill assistance programs, with programs for individuals and small businesses.

  • Salvation Army Utility Assistance

  • Lazarus House: serves part of Kane County; offers rent, mortgage, and utility assistance for those who were previously homeless.


Students

  • Scholarship list updated regularly by Rep. Hernandez.

  • East Aurora school district’s meal distribution information.

  • East Aurora school district’s list of resources for students and families.

  • Aunt Martha’s: offers bullying prevention, teen pregnancy prevention, and substance abuse prevention.

  • Two Rivers Head Start: offers GED assistance, online tutoring for K-12, back to school assistance for K-12, and college scholarships and financial assistance.

  • Communities in Schools: offers programs for K-12 students such as mentoring, tutoring, after school and before school programs, substance abuse prevention and intervention, physical health screenings, mental health services, literacy training, gang intervention and prevention, dropout prevention and more.

  • Kane County is offering services to help with schooling, career training, or job finding. This link has a guide for how Kane County can help you, as well as training opportunities near you.

Families

  • Family Focus: offers early childhood home visiting, a family advocacy center, after school programming, doula services, a program for fathers, and services for immigrants.

  • SPARK: help underserved Aurora families with children age birth through five connect to early education and childcare that will prepare their children for success in life. SPARK is not a direct service; rather, they leverage and help coordinate early childhood resources available to families.

  • Two Rivers Head Start: Head Start program promotes the Kindergarten readiness of children aged 3-5 years old from income-eligible families in Kane and DeKalb counties and surrounding areas.

  • Aunt Martha’s: offers family and youth crisis services such as crisis intervention and family reunification.

  • Catholic Charities of Joliet: Offers families a variety of community services including mobile food pantries, Veteran services, aging & disability services, early childhood services & Head Start, and more! Serves Will, Grundy, Kendall, DuPage, Kankakee, Ford, & Iroquois Counties


Undocumented Residents

  • Family Focus: provides immigrant families and individuals with bilingual services to provide pathways to success including assistance with citizenship process by accredited staff, DACA renewal, interpretation services, ESL and GED classes, citizenship classes, referrals to healthcare, education and employment resources, and more.

  • World Relief: immigration legal services, refugee resettlement, education, ESL, children and youth support, anti human-trafficking, and mental health support.

  • Dominican Literacy Center: any woman, age 17+, who wishes to learn to read, write, and speak English is welcome to register at the Dominican Literacy Center. Students are individually tested and receive materials targeted to their goals and learning level. Tutoring sessions for 1.5 hours a week, and may also participate in twice-weekly

  • Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR): ICIRR is dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of our diverse society.

  • Centro De Information: Centro de Información empowers Hispanics with the ability to effectively integrate into our greater community through the facilitation of information, education, citizenship and well-being.

  • Information about the path to citizenship.

Offenders/Incarcerated

  • Quad County Urban League: provides offenders unpaid work as a unique condition of probation or supervised release as a way to repay or restore the community. Offers flexible hours and has extensive experience working with offenders, probation and parole officers and local, state, and federal courts. The program is offered year-round.

  • RITAS Ministry: provides aftercare support for ex-offenders and their families, offers housing, food, transportation, case management, substance Abuse counseling and information and referrals.

  • Aunt Martha’s: offers pretrial services and evening reporting centers for youth and young adults.

Health and Wellness


Substance Abuse:

  • Gateway Foundation: offers personalized addiction treatment programs, programs for LGBTQ+, teen rehabilitation, family support and programming, addiction therapy, and mental health issues.

  • Breaking Free: offers substance abuse services, an anger management program, adolescent counseling, and nurturing parent programs.

  • Taking Control Counseling Services: offers a range of mental health services for both children and adults and a substance abuse treatment program.

  • Tools for Life Counseling: offers drug and alcohol addiction treatment and services.

  • List of facilities in Kane County offering safe disposal of pharmaceuticals and medications.

  • Care Clinics Inc: alcohol and drug evaluations, DUI evaluations, alcohol and drug counseling, DUI counseling, anger management evaluations and counseling, license reinstatement.

  • Family Counseling Services of Aurora: offers telehealth services, psychiatric evaluations, behavioral healthcare, and continuing education, and substance abuse care.


Healthcare:

  • Aunt Martha’s: offers telehealth services, care coordination, substance abuse treatment, healthcare services, free STI testing, and more.

  • VNA Healthcare: affordable healthcare such as free pregnancy testing, sick care, checkups and physicals, vaccinations, prenatal classes, dental, vision, and more for babies, children, and adults.

  • Healthy Aurora: offers resources to help you better understand healthcare and insurance.

  • Mutual Ground: offers Medical Advocates that provide crisis intervention, emotional support, and resource information for victims of domestic and sexual violence. Advocates provide emergency response for victims who present in local emergency rooms and law enforcement departments as a result of domestic battery or sexual assault/abuse.

  • Planned Parenthood Aurora: services offered include: abortion, birth control, HIV, LGBTQ+, men’s healthcare, emergency contraception, pregnancy testing and services, STD testing and treatments.

  • Open Door Clinic: provides primary care, education, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment services for who have or at risk of having a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) including HIV/AIDS and offers free STI tests.

  • Community Health Partnership of Illinois: offers affordable medical care, dental care, and support services and there is a sliding fee scale available for those without health insurance.


Mental Health:

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): offers a family support group for those who have a loved one with a mental health condition, a free Recovery Support Group offered to adults living with a mental health condition, expressive writing programs, a Women’s Friendship Circle for adult women experiencing a mental health condition, and also has an LGBTQ+ support group.

  • Family Counseling Services of Aurora: offers telehealth services, psychiatric evaluations, behavioral healthcare, and continuing education, and substance abuse care.

  • East Aurora Counseling: East Aurora Counseling is a private counseling practice whose aim is to support people dealing with issues of poverty and immigration, family, parenting, trauma, depression, anxiety, and issues of gender identity and sexual orientation.

  • Mutual Ground: the Counseling Services team provides support to adults, teens, and children impacted by domestic and sexual violence. Counseling aims to help victims and their friends and family heal from the effects of trauma, explore a variety of coping skills, and reclaim their personal power.

  • Crisis Community Center: provide safety, hope, advocacy, respite and education for those impacted by crisis and violence in the Fox Valley Region in Illinois. They offer services to victims of doemstic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, a crisis hotline, shelter, and other educational programs.


Disabilities:

  • Association for Individual Development: serves individuals with developmental, intellectual, physical and/or mental health challenges, those who have suffered trauma and those at risk. Offers developmental disabilities services, behavioral health services, and employment services.

  • Ride in Kane Inc: a public transportation service providing curb to curb bus or taxi service to seniors 65 and older, disabled individuals, and those with low income who qualify for the service in Kane County. Ride in Kane operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The current cash fare is $5.00 for the first 10 miles of a trip and $1.50 per each additional mile over 10 miles.

  • Autism Hero Project: helps to sponsor medical insurance coverage for children with autism to access Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy to attain life skills needed to be successful and provides a list of resources for additional assistance.

  • Achieving Independence and Mobility (AIM): can assist you in identifying funding for a Personal Assistant’s (PA) wages and can provide training on managing your PA. Also offers a Community Reintegration Program that provides transition assistance to persons with disabilities that are between the ages of 18 – 59 and reside in a nursing facility to locate and secure affordable, accessible housing in the community.


Food Assistance

Legal Services

  • Prairie State Legal: helps low-income individuals or those aged 60+ with legal cases related to public benefits, family law, housing law, healthcare, guardianships and powers of attorney, tax law, and education issues.

  • Administer Justice: one-on-one consultations, document assistance, pro-bono attorneys for family matters, housing, consumer issues, employment, probate issues, expungement, taxes and immigration for victims of human trafficking. Educational workshops for individuals facing divorce and financial literacy counseling also offered.

  • CASA Kane County: advocates for abused or neglected children within the Juvenile Court System at no cost.

  • Mutual Ground: offers Legal Advocates to help victims of domestic and sexual violence navigate legal systems and understand their rights. Advocates assist clients in obtaining protective orders, accompany clients to court, and provide support throughout the pursuit of safety at home, work, and school.

  • Land of Lincoln legal aid, for free legal assistance in northern and central Illinois, 1-877-342-7891.

  • Illinois Armed Forces Legal Aid Network, for free legal assistance for veterans, active service members, reservists and their dependents, 1-855-452-3526

  • Illinois Legal Aid Outline, for online legal research, forms, guidance and statewide legal aid directory.

  • Illinois free Legal Answers, a virtual clinic where low income Illinois residents can submit a question online to ask a lawyer for help with a civil legal issue.

  • New leaf Illinois, a network of legal aid organizations providing legal representation to help people expunge cannabis convictions from their records.

Other

  • Aunt Martha’s: provides comprehensive child welfare services such as foster home licensing, foster care, residential services, and independent living.

  • Aurora Public Libraries: offering one 60 minute computer session per day for essential work.

  • Kane County 2-1-1: calling this number can connect callers to local resources such as food pantries, medical services, counseling, employment support, legal assistance, and other support services. Help is available in over 150 languages.

  • Aurora Township: Offers a General Assistance program that provides monthly financial assistance to persons who do not have adequate income or resources to provide for their own basic needs.