Other Local Resources and Support Groups

Catholic Charities
1400 S. Austin, Cicero 60804
Phone: 708-222-1491
708-329-4024 (Direct line to intake)
Food pantry, clothing, outreach for Medicare/LINK; referral to emergency assistance program; suburban shelter; family and elder services; counseling and psychotherapy; outreach to survivors of suicide; immigration; children and adolescent pregnancy program (CAPP); adoption services and intact family services program; respite services.

CEDA (Community & Economic Development Assn.) Near West
6141 W. Roosevelt Road, Cicero 60804
Phone: 708-222-3824
A variety of services for income-eligible families including Family Case Management, Access to Care, Kid Care applications, Head Start, WIC, energy assistance (LIHEAP), weatherization, rent and mortgage assistance.

The Children’s Clinic
320 W. Lake Street, Oak Park 60302
Phone: 708-848-0528
Email: info@childrenscliniciws.org
Sponsored by Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society
Provides full range of medical services including nutritional screening and counseling. Provides mental health services including bilingual psychiatric evaluation and treatment. Available to low-income children (birth – age 18). Medicaid, All Kids, sliding fee scale. No child is refused care for inability to pay.

Fussy Baby Network at the Erikson Institute
Phone: 888-431-BABY
A variety of services including free parent support phone line, home visit program, English and Spanish support groups, and fussy baby clinic.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group
at RUSH-Oak Park Hospital, 500 Maple Avenue, North Conference Room, Oak Park 60304
Phone: 708-660-2005
Group meets 6:30 – 8:30 pm on the 2nd Thursday of each month, September – May. Grandparents have the opportunity to network and get answers to many child-rearing questions; discussion groups and guest speakers. Children are provided a light supper and supervised activities.

Hephzibah Children’s Association
1144 W. Lake Street, 5th Floor, Oak Park 60301
Phone: 708-649-7100/708-649-7140
Fax: 708-649-7194
Services for children and families; case management/social work; parent support & training; foster care; information and referral; advocacy.

Maryville Academy Crisis Nursery
4015 N. Oak Park Avenue, Building B, Chicago 60634
Phone: 773-205-3637
Fax: 773-205-3633
Offers short-term care for children birth – age 6, for families experiencing crisis such as domestic violence, medical emergencies, or family instability.

Oak Park Families with Children from China (OPFCC)
Email: oakparkfcc@gmail.com
Playgroups, cultural activities, social events, and support groups for families with adoptive children from China, & families who are in the process of adopting.

Oak Park MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)
at First Presbyterian Church, 7551 Quick Avenue, River Forest 60305
Email: info@oakparkmops.com
Support for mothers of children birth – 5 years; provides a supportive “morning off” with craft projects, guest speakers, and fellowship from a Christian perspective; meets 9:00 – 11:00 am on the 1st & 3rd Fridays, September – May. Children participate in supervised activities; variable fee structure. Online chat forum also available.

Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry
848 Lake Street, Oak Park 60301 (basement of First United Church of Oak Park, enter thru parking lot)
Phone: 708-386-1324, ext. 107
Email: info@oprffoodpantry.org
HOURS –
Saturdays: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon
1st Wednesday of month: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Wednesday of month: 3:30 – 500 pm
Clients select an allotment of food once a month; assistance with food stamp applications. Clients must reside within service boundaries and meet income guidelines set by the Illinois Emergency Food Assistance Program; photo ID and proof of residence.

Prevail (formerly Oak Park River Forest Walk-In Ministry)
848 Lake Street, Oak Park 60301 (basement of First United Church of Oak Park, enter thru parking lot)
Phone: 708-386-1946
Direct services: job center; help with replacing IDs and birth certificates, eviction & utility shutoff, and public transportation for essential appointments. Referrals to medical, dental, and vision services; overnight shelter and rental assistance; meal programs and food pantries.

Oak Park Women’s Guild
at The Nineteenth Century Club, 178 Forest Avenue, Oak Park 60301
Email: opwomensguild@gmail.com
Non-profit volunteer organization with a focus on community service as well as social opportunities. Meets 9:00 – 11:00 am, two Wednesdays per month September thru May. Babysitting provided for a small fee.

Parenthesis Family Center
405 S. Euclid Ave., Oak Park 60302
Phone: 708-848-2227
Email: info@parenthesis-info.org
New mothers group.
Parent-child center offering parenting education and support for all families. Morning Family Drop-in offers networking, workshops, work time and discussion groups. Parenting On Our Own support group for single parents; Parenteen support group for pregnant and parenting teens; New Moms Group; Family Wrap in-home support also available.

PCC Family Health Centers
14 W. Lake St., Oak Park 60302
6201 W. Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn 60402
Phone: 708-383-0113 / 708-386-0845
Breasfeeding Support Line: 708-524-7679, ext. 1. Both PCC locations offer lactation consultation and home visits, breastfeeding peer-counseling program for PCC primary-care patients. Maternal depression support is available at both sites for PCC primary-care patients. Comprehensive health care for all ages, including prenatal care; accepts private insurance, Medicaid, All Kids, sliding fee scale discount program available for uninsured patients. Call for appointment. Behavioral health services include family and couples counseling. In order to receive behavioral health services, you must be a PCC primary-care patient.

Pillars
6918 Windsor Avenue, Berwyn 60402
6415 Stanley Avenue, Berwyn 60402
Phone: 708-386-2100 / 708-745-5277
24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 708-485-5254
24-Hour Sexual Violence Hotline: 708-482-9600
Community mental health center offering a range of services including social services for children ages 2 – 17 and their families; child psychologist on staff; early childhood mental health; bereavement, crisis, individual and family counseling; (SASS); domestic violence shelter.

POCHA (Parents of Children with Allergies)
Contact Diane Fascione (slicendice@earthlink.net) for more information.
Support group for families who have children with food allergies. Support, education, and advocacy for families and children in the Oak Park – RIver Forest area. No dues; quarterly meetings and regular informational emails.

Rainbow Families of Illinois
Phone: 773-472-6469, ext. 464
Email: info@rainbowfamilies-il.net
Support and social events for lesbian, gay, transgender parents & their children.

Sarah’s Inn
P.O. Box 1159, Oak Park 60304
Phone: 708-386-3305
Email: sarahsinn@sarahsinn.org
Comprehensive domestic violence services for children and women; individual and group counseling; parenting classes; court advocacy; abuser services; art therapy; computer training.

TAPP (Teenage Parent Program)
at Oak Park – River Forest High School, 201 N. Scoville Avenue, Oak Park 60302
Phone: 708-434-3199 (Erin Graziano)
Email: egraziano@oprfhs.org
Provides care for children (6 weeks – 5 years) of teenage parents while they attend classes at OPRFHS; sliding fee scale. For more support for teenage parents, see listing for Parenthesis.

Thrive Counseling Center
120 S. Marion Street, Oak Park 60302
Phone: 708-383-7500
Email: admission@thrivecc.org
24-Hour Crisis Line: 708-383-7500
Community mental health center with 24-hour crisis line; sliding fee scale; parent, family, and youth (ages 12 – 18) counseling; drug & alcohol prevention programs; bullying and conflict prevention programs; youth anger management; client advocacy and case management; victim and witness assistance program.

West Suburban MOMS (Mothers of Multiples)
Email: wsmoms@gmail.com
Provides support and encouragement to parents of twins, triplets, and multiple-birth children. Online support group, monthly meetings at the Oak Park Arms (408 S. Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park), and other social & special events. Parent meetings held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 7:30 – 8:45 pm.

West Suburban PADS
1851 S. Ninth Avenue, Maywood 60153
Phone: 708-338-1724 / 888-338-1744
Emergency homeless shelter, supportive services & housing, employment readiness and one-time homelessness prevention program.