Need Help? This May Be Just What You're Looking For.
If this is an emergency and you are looking for immediate help, contact the Community Crisis Center Hotline 847-697-2380, 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. We also have put together a "Hard Times Guide" to help you locate services that may be of assistance, available to download here.
The Kane County Guide to Community Services
An internet-based information and referral service, for almost any social, health, or human service need in Kane County. Find rent and utility assistance, food pantries, foreclosure assistance, health and financial services, and more in Kane County. The United Way of Elgin acted as both a funding and program partner with several area organizations to create this current, accurate, and easily accessible way for people to find help.
A complete list of pantries, broken down by areas served (Kane County, Elgin/South Elgin, Hampshire/Burlington, No location required), including requirements and hours, is available for download here.
The Elgin Cooperative Ministries operates a rotating Soup Kettle 7 days a week. Download the location schedule here.
Reading Tips and Resources
Dolly Parton Imagination Library: The Imagination Library sends free books monthly to registered children from birth to age five in Elgin, South Elgin, Hampshire, Burlington, and La Fox.
Reading Tips Websites:
Born Learning, the United Way of America's early learning resource site.
Thinkfinity, the Verizon Foundation's educational resources.
NAEYC, the National Association for the Education of Young Children's tips.
PBS, the PBS reading and writing tips site.
Greater Elgin Family Care Center Summit Health Center, Seneca Health Center: Help with healthcare services, medication and referrals for those in need. 847-608-1344
Well Child Center Pediatric Dental Clinic: Provides comprehensive dental services for children from birth through age seventeen. 847-741-7370
Well Child Center Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women and Children: Equips low-income women and children with nutritious meals and information on healthy eating. 847-741-7370
Emergency Shelter and Services
PADS of Elgin Emergency Shelter: Provides safe overnight shelter, support services, healthcare and food for the homeless. 847-608-9744
Community Crisis Center Economic Crisis Program: Services includes shelter, counseling, financial assistance, information and referral, emergency food, transportation, homeless outreach, and transitional living. 847-697-2380
Salvation Army Emergency Assistance: Helps Elgin residents with emergency assistance, food, rent, utility and clothing.
Family Service Association CHOICES: Educates on financial literacy and money management, allowing people to become more economically stable. 847-695-3680
YWCA Elgin Financial Literacy Program: Provides adults with basic budgeting skills, tax preparation, and money management. 847-742-7930
Senior Service Associates Economically Stable Seniors: Offers a financial analysis for older adults and connects seniors with all public and private benefits due to them that will enhance their income. 847-741-0404
Literacy Connection Adult Volunteer Literacy: Helps functionally illiterate adults acquire the ability to read, write and speak English. 847-742-6565
YWCA Family Literacy: Provides ESL and parenting classes to parents along with preschool for children. 847-742-7930
Mental Health Programs
Association for Individual Development Independance through Employment: Helps with maintaining employment, job search, housing, social skills and work place problem solving. 630-966-4000
Ecker Center for Mental Health Therapy Services: Services range from early intervention to recovery and include crisis, psychiatric, case management, rehabilitation, residential, and psychotherapy assistance. 847-695-0484
Family Service Association of Greater Elgin Area Therapy Services Program: The program provides information, education, community resources, and affordable mental health services to youths, adults, and their families. 847-695-3680
One Hope United Elgin Child and Family Resource Center: Provides high-quality, accessible, and affordable child care for low-income, at-risk infants and toddlers. 847-697-7100
YWCA Elgin School Age Child Care: Helps to empower low-income working parents and their families with a safe place for their children. 847-742-7930