In addition to connecting you with programs and services offered by the American Red Cross, the Greater Chicago Region offers referrals and resources for those in need. When additional help is required, we link clients with agencies who provide long-term assistance in the form of food, shelter, clothing, furniture and more. Below is a list of agencies that can provide assistance outside of the Red Cross domain.
Caring Closet (call for information)
1745 East 71st Street, Chicago
Serves the homeless and poverty-stricken families living between 35th & 103rd by providing free furniture, household items and clothing. REFERRAL NEEDED.
1668 West Ogden, Chicago
Provides emergency furniture assistance for individuals in current need of furniture or household items. Cathedral Shelter also may provide rental assistance, food, shelter and senior services.
721 North LaSalle Ave, Chicago
(312) 655-7500 or (312) 655-7700
Provides general assistance, including adoption, child care, domestic violence, employment and job training and more. Assists people of all faiths across Cook and Lake county.
8765 West Higgins Rd, Suite 450, Chicago
Since their founding in 1894, ChildServ has played a key role in Chicagoland's child welfare services. Today, ChildServ annually provides care and nurturing to nearly 3,800 children and their families across Cook, Lake and DuPage counties.
CRN Helplink (call for information)
300 North Elizabeth Street, Chicago
1 (800) 725-5314
Referral agency. Helps connect individuals, social service agencies and companies who otherwise may not have found each other.
208 South LaSalle Street, Suite 1818, Chicago
Provide general assistance, including housing, health care, human services and human rights protection, and more.
Various locations. Visit their website to find The Army near you.
General assistance, including social services, emergency relief and adult rehabilitation, and more.
St. Vincent DePaul
Various locations. Visit their website to find location near you.
Provide many services including food programs, emergency financial assistance, emergency transportation, shetlers, and more.
The Emergency Fund
208 South LaSalle, Suite 776, Chicago
(312) 379-0301 or (866) 286-1367
Provides immediate financial assistance to help Chicago-area low income individuals and families through a crisis or situation.