Established in 1998, Mayor's Office on Domestic Violence contracts with the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Womens Network to operate the Help Line. Callers to the Help Line are provided with general domestic violence information, referrals to appropriate domestic violence services and a three-way phone linkage between the caller and the domestic violence services. Trained domestic violence advocates – Victim Information and Referral Advocates (VIRAs) – staff the phones 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. VIRAs provide victims with immediate information about their options, information on safety planning, referrals to community based providers including: Shelters Counseling Legal advocacy Civil legal services Supervised child visitation centers Perpetrators services
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Hands Across the Water (HATW) is committed to building healthy families and relationships by offering a variety of family support services for individuals, couples, and families. Some services offered are counseling, education for parents, resources on foster care and adoption, pregnancy counseling, and referrals to other services as needed by clients.
Cornerstone Alliance is a non-profit, investor-governed economic development organization primarily focused on increasing employment opportunities, private sector capital investments and the local tax base in Michigan’s Great Southwest with specialized business services offered in economically distressed areas. Cornerstone Alliance also has a Women's Business Center to help individuals who are interested in starting, strengthening, or expanding a business by providing technical business assistance, business/financial education, and direct loans.
The Moran Center for Youth Advocacy provides integrated legal and social work services to address the critical needs of youth and their families. The Moran Center’s services are free to qualifying individuals. Its Expungement & Sealing Help Desk at the Skokie Courthouse serves any individual with a Cook County criminal record, regardless of age or income. For all other programs, participants must (1) reside within Evanston Township; (2) be 26 or younger or a parent of a school-aged child; (3) live at or below 80% of poverty as determined by HUD.
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. It is a not-for-profit social services agency that provides bilingual advocacy at our locations in Elgin, Carpentersville, and Hanover Park for more than 15,000 immigrants every year. Centro serves mostly low-income, Hispanic immigrants residing in the greater Fox Valley area, but welcomes clients of any nationality from surrounding counties and states.