12th District E-Newsletter A Season of Giving
Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Dear Neighbor:

As 2009 comes to a close, I would like to extend to you and your loved ones a safe and happy holiday and New Year.

This past year has been full of many challenges for organizations and individuals alike. Many who used to make donations now find themselves in need of those same services to meet their basic needs. This holiday season and in the new year please consider helping those in need either by volunteering or donating money or unused items. There are many organizations in our community that do wonderful work for those in our own neighborhood and I have listed some of them below. I will be adding these organizations and others to my website so please feel free to contact me if you have an organization in our community you would like to add to the list.

Thanks for taking the time to read my e-letter and again, have a safe and happy holiday and New Year!

Very Truly Yours,

Sara Feigenholtz
State Representative
12th District

  • Lincoln Park Connect
  • Volunteer or Donate in our Community

  • Lincoln Park Connect

    Lincolnparkconnect.com is a project of the Children's Memorial Hospital Community-Wide Forum. Their goal is to connect Lincoln Park community services-specifically, those people, groups and institutions who need resources and those that have resources-through a social service and community service website.

    For example, if you have a sofa that you want to get rid of but don't know where to take it, you can use Lincolnparkconnect.com to find an organization in our community that has a need for it. The range of items you can donate goes from toys to airline miles. Take a few minutes to check out the website by simply going to http://lincolnparkconnect.com/donate and look on the left side of the page to find the category of donation you would like to make. You will then get a list of organizations accepting that type of donation.

    Volunteer or Donate in our Community

    Lakeview Pantry
    3831 N. Broadway
    (773) 525-1777

    Our mission is to eliminate hunger in our community by: providing food to fill the basic need of hungry people, increasing the independence of our clients through self-help initiatives and other innovative programs, and raising awareness of hunger and poverty and work towards solutions to eliminate them.

    Our vision is to be a stable presence in the communities we serve, and to be a model of compassionate, effective, and collaborative service delivery.

    Our ultimate goal is the eradication of hunger and poverty in our communities.

    We provide on-site food distribution, a home delivery service for the homebound, distribute free clothing and have a case management program in order to help clients connect with other services they may need to address the causes of food insecurity.

    Those we see are of every race, religion, age and background. In fact, they have only two shared characteristics: they are poor (average income is less than $500 per month) and they have nowhere else to turn. Clients can visit the Pantry once a month and will walk out with enough food to last them for two weeks - enough to make their lives a little less of a struggle. Lakeview Pantry is one of the few pantries in the city to offer food distribution to homeless people. We purchase, or obtain, donations of specially packaged foods that do not require refrigerator storage or can openers for the homeless clients in need of our services.

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    4101 N. Ravenswood
    (773) 572-5500

    Thresholds has never been a more important resource. Thresholds provides a comprehensive, individualized program of mental health services that include psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery programs, outreach programs, housing, educational advancement, social opportunities and employment services. The organization is committed to the use of "Evidence-Based Practices" - techniques and services that are validated by the most up-to-date research. We assure our efficacy by offering the latest in innovative services created from years of this research, and we are recognized as a national and international leader and pioneer in the field of mental health. Most programs are covered by Medicare and Medicaid or private insurance. Those seeking services must meet certain eligibility requirements for various programs, and not all people are eligible to receive services.


    The Night Ministry
    4711 N. Ravenswood

    Since 1976, The Night Ministry, a non-denominational, non-profit organization, has served Chicago's most vulnerable. We accept people where they are regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or social status.

    The Night Ministry is not affiliated with one particular faith tradition. Our staff and volunteers come from a wide variety of faith traditions or no faith tradition, as do the youth and adults we serve. We provide our services to all, regardless of their religious beliefs.

    We offer services in a welcoming and affirming environment. Our "ministry" is one of serving others, being present with them.

    Our programs fall into two categories, Outreach & Health Ministry and Youth Services.

    Volunteer or Donate

    Center on Halsted
    3656 N Halsted
    (773 ) 472-6469

    Chicago has long been the center of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in the greater Midwest, and in 2001 a dedicated group of community leaders came together and shared a vision to create a united front and a focal point for this burgeoning community.

    Through their vision and dedication, Center on Halsted became a reality in 2007, bringing a wide array of LGBT organizations and resources in the city together to collaborate, share resources and extend their reach. As the most comprehensive LGBT community center in the Midwest, our mission is simple: In a safe and nurturing environment, the Center on Halsted serves as a catalyst for the LGBT community that links and provides community resources and enriches life experiences.

    Center on Halsted has become an exciting and highly visible symbol for the LGBT community of Chicago, serving diverse social, recreational, cultural, and social service needs of youth and adults in a safe, inviting and nurturing environment. It has office and meeting space for community organizations, drop-in space for youth and for older adults, gallery space, cultural programming and recreational space including basketball and volleyball courts along with parking, ground level retail and a rooftop memorial garden.

    The Center offers support networks and programming to meet the cultural, emotional, social, educational and recreational needs of the LGBT community and friends. Current services include support groups for youth and seniors, mental health services, an info line for LGBT individuals and a hotline for HIV and STD concerns, prevention, treatment, and advocacy related to domestic violence, community technology center providing internet access and technology training and a range of life-enrichment programs.

    The Center on Halsted also houses a number of organizations serving Chicago's LGBT community. Currently, numerous cultural, recreational and advocacy organizations that serve the LGBT community are Resident Community Partners at the Center, which acts as an incubator providing operational support and room for collaboration to the diverse community of nonprofit organizations that may otherwise find it difficult to interact.

    The Center's vision is to reflect An LGBT journey...celebrating, affirming and discovering possibilities. Join us on this journey.

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    Counseling Center of Lakeview
    3225 N. Sheffield Ave.
    (773) 549-5886

    The Counseling Center of Lake View is a private non-for-profit organization committed to the provision of quality, comprehensive, mental health, substance abuse, and domestic violence services for the residents of the Lake View and adjacent communities. The Center is especially concerned about the development of services for population groups traditionally underserved by mental health and substance abuse providers.

    As an agency, the Center has developed programs for Spanish-speaking individuals, substance abusers, children and adolescents, homeless youth, older adults, post-hospitalized psychiatric patients, and persons with a long term mental illness. The range of services includes: prevention, diagnostic evaluation, case management (community support), counseling and therapy, psychiatry, advocacy, and networking.

    The Center is committed to a flexible service-delivery approach with maximum accessibility tailored to individual service needs. This approach incorporates low fees based upon a discount schedule, individual advocacy, outreach, and maintenance of cooperative relationships with other institutions and resources in the community. The vision includes advocacy for policy reform as well as community education regarding the social service needs of our clients.


    Howard Brown Health Center
    4025 N. Sheridan Road

    Howard Brown Health Center is one of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) healthcare organizations. With an annual budget of over $18 million, the agency serves more than 36,000 adults and youth each year. Its diverse health and social service delivery system focuses around the following programmatic divisions: primary medical care, behavioral health, research, HIV/STD prevention, case management, social services, youth services, elder services, and community initiatives.

    Based in Chicago,Howard Brown'smulti-site operation includes a main health and research center in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood, Triad Health practice at Illinois Masonic Hospital, the Broadway Youth Center, and three Brown Elephant Resale Shops.

    Volunteer or Donate

    Anixter Center
    6610 N. Clark Street
    (773) 973-7900

    The mission of Anixter Center is to enhance the ability of individuals living with or at risk of disabilities to live, learn, work, and play in the community. Having merged with three nonprofits (CALOR, Chicago Hearing Society, and the National Lekotek Center), Anixter Center is now the 13th largest nonprofit in Chicago.

    Each year, at dozens of locations across greater Chicago, Anixter Center provides an array of effective, innovative services to more than 5,000 children and adults. These services include education, employment, life skills, communication, recreation, health care, counseling, and support.

    Most of the people who receive services have a significant disability - physical, intellectual, developmental, sensory, psychiatric, or HIV/AIDS-related - and many have more than one disability. Most, about 90 percent, also have low incomes. In addition to providing services, Anixter Center advocates for the rights of people with disabilities to be full and equal members of society. The agency was founded in 1919.

    Volunteer or Donate

    St. Vincent de Paul Center
    2145 N Halsted St
    Chicago, IL 60614

    Since 1915, St. Vincent de Paul Center has been serving the needs of the working poor of Chicago at the corner of Halsted and Webster. Sponsored by the Daughters of Charity, St. Vincent's provides vital programs and services in the areas of child development, social services, outreach to the homeless and services for the elderly.

    • Child Development: St. Vincent's provides care for over 440 children, ranging in age from three months to 13 years. The program includes early childhood education programs, kindergarten programs, and a before/after-school/summer camp program.The program is NAEYC accredited, which is the mark of high-quality early childhood education.
    • Services for the Elderly: The Center provides outreach, assistance and case management for more than 100 low-income, isolated and mobility-limited Chicago seniors.
    • Clinical Services support: St. Vincent's master's-level social workers provide support and services for both children and families.
    • Homeless Outreach: The program offers services to homeless individuals and those in danger of becoming homeless through preventive measures, provides basic needs items and services to clients, and connects clients with programs and services, such as housing and job training, that will improve their situations.
    In these programs, and in all that it does, St. Vincent de Paul Center strives to carry out its services and programs in the Vincentian tradition of compassionate charism, while serving the community with dignity and respect.

    Whether you are seeking services or are interested in volunteering or making a donation to our agency, we invite you to become a part of the St. Vincent de Paul Center family.

    St. Vincent de Paul Center-"we're here because we care."

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    Christopher House
    2507 N. Greenview Ave.

    Christopher House is a catalyst for strengthening and empowering low-income children and their families. We provide a web of support that helps families become self-sufficient and allows communities to become stronger.

    We help children through programs that enhance their cognitive, social, physical, and emotional development enabling them to succeed in the classroom and in life. We work with their parents to provide educational, financial, and emotional support to help them to build strong families. Our Vision

    As an emerging national leader in the nonprofit sector, we provide low-income children and families with equal access to tools and opportunities. Our programs are dynamic, innovative, creative, and designed to improve the quality of family and community. Christopher House's best practices will be replicated across the country because of our clear and measurable impact toward strengthening families and communities.

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