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Every organization below offers employment services.  Read the description of services carefully for the type of services offered.
Organization Web Site Contact Alternate Contact Description of Services
Adult Education & Vocational Services, IDOC
3506 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 773-342-4729
Four Like Skills sites in Chicago-Cook County; other sits in central and southern Illinois; provides transitional services for offenders upon release
Affirmation House
11542 S Yale Ave
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 773-527-0352
Phone 2: 773) 660-1067
Arthur Young: Executive Director
sanemoloy1@juno.com
Sandi Brown: President Men in Transition MIT over 35 yr old; 7 Week Intensive Re-Entry Preparation & Transitional Job-Site Training Program job placement assistance GRASP it; Gentlemen's Closet.
Bethel New Life
4950 W Thomas
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 773-473-7870
www.bethelnewlife.org Community Development programs to support housing; family; elders; and employment needs
Breaking Ground-APL Teaching Factory
3501 W Fillmore St
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 773-265-1370
www.breakingground.net Peter Payne: Director of Discipleship House
Phone: x129
peterpayne@breakingground.net
Jeff Dennis: Executive Director
jeffdennis@breakingground.net
APL Learning GED, Job Advocacy; Employment in Carpentry and Window Cleaning; Manufacturing; Temporarily Closed: Discipleship House; Support Group Meetings Christian Org - part of Navigators
Breakthrough Urban Ministries-Men's Services
5237 N Ashland
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 773-989-8353
Phone 2: 773-989-4383
www.breakthroughministries.com Arloa Sutter: Exec Director Shelter for Men; showers; food; Christian counseling & employment services
Business and Human Resources Center
4800 W Chicago Ave Ste 100
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 773-786-0148
www.theBHRC.com Kevin McCauley: Westside Jobs Collaborative
Phone: 773-252-3663 ext 112
kmccauly@antihunger.org
Sponsored 2-day "Second Chance Ex-Offender Job Connection" at Truth and Deliverence Temple, 3 S Laramie Ave. Chicago
CARA Program
703 W Monroe St
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 312-798-3319
www.thecaraprogram.org Maria Kim: VP Resource & Career Development
Phone: 312-798-3319
assists individuals (homeless) to secure quality employment; transformation for live; case mngmnt; life skills; Motivation classes; skills &job readiness training; works with about 80 employers
Careers, Etc.
5301 E State St, Ste 207
Rockford, IL
Phone 1: 815-964-3491
www.careersetc.org Stephen M. Haight: President & CEO
steveh@careeretc.org
Employment Prep, placement and transitional jobs.
Catholic Charities of Chicago
720 N LaSalle St
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 312-655-7500
www.catholiccharities.net Counseling, Casemanagement, Referrals, Food, Job prep
Catholic Charities, Chicago
651 W Lake St
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 312-655-7700
Phone 2: 312-655-7718
www.catholiccharities.net Rev. Michael Boland: President, CEO
Phone: 312-655-7032
Ellen E. Gorney: Director of Programs
Phone: 312-655-7758
Family Shelters; New Hope Apartments-transitionlal; employment training; substance abuse; food pantry; clothing; case management services
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet
611 E Cass St
Joliet, IL
Phone 1: 815-774-4663
Catholic Charities, North Chicago
671 S Lewis Ave
Waukegan, IL
Phone 1: 847-782-4000
Chicago Anti-Hunger Federation-Oliver's Kitchen
4345 W Division St.
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 773-252-3663
www.oliverskitchen.org Oliver's Kitchen is a professional culinary training program that provides homeless, welfare-to-work and under-employed or unemployed individuals; a free 12-week program includes job placement.
Chicago Christian Industrial League
2750 W Roosevelt Rd
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 773-826-8721
www.theleague.org
Phone: 773-435-8385
Transitional housing; Food Training Program; Landscaping; clothing; food; shelter; counseling; literacy; employment preparation; case management
Chicago Ex-Offender Re-entry Initiatives
City Hall - 121 N LaSalle, Rm 507
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 312-744-1234
egov.cityofchicago.org Multiple job training and employment opportunitieswithin city government including collection and recycling on Goose Island; landscaping, beautification; city vehicle reapir; transitional jobs.
Chicago Jobs Council
29 E Madison St, Ste 1700
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 312-252-0460
Robert E. Wordlaw: Executive Director Organization of more than 100 community-based organizations, civic groups, business and individuals to ensure access to employment, career advancement for people in poverty.
Chicagoland Prison Outreach
407 W. 104th Street
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 708-331-3301
Phone 2: 708-932-8334
Dan Swets: Chaplain Corey Buchanan: Chaplain
Phone: 708-932-8334
coreycpo@yahoo.com
Prison Ministry that teaches carpentry and welding trades, and Bible study, to exprisoners
Chicagoland Youth & Adult Training Ctr- KKC
6301 S Halsted
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 773-783-0441
Train ex-offenders and at-risk young adults in automotive repair techniques. The training center is located at Kennedy-King College. City of Chgo Workforce reentry
CleanSlate
703 W Monroe St
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 312-798-3319
www.cleanslatechicago.org Cleanslate is a neighborhood beautification/recycling program. Its provides a bridge to employment for hard to place individuals - 'on the job training program" and coaching classes to address issues
Construction Industry Service Corp. (CISCO)
616 Enterprise Dr, Ste 100
Oak Brook, IL
Phone 1: 630-472-9411
www.cisco.org IDES and IETC centers provide detailed information about apprentice programs, and location of construction trades now hiring.
Creative Force Communications
1593 Valencia Ct
Calumet City, IL
Phone 1: 708-868-6147
Job and employment search agency
East St Louis Area Township Ofc
1210 State St
East Saint Louis, IL
Phone 1: 618-874-3650
Life Skills training; computer resume services; contracted through IDOC; Reentry Center helping with employment readiness; shelter, transportation, & counseling
Fourth Presbyterian Church
126 E Chestnut St at North Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 312-787-4570
David Donovan Career transition network
Goodwill Industries Englewood Site
2435 W 63rd St
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 773-863-6030
www.goodwillchicago.org providers of education, training, and career services for people with disadvantages, such as welfare dependency, homele
Goodwill Industries Great Lakes (Workforce Ctr)
PO Box 88-7210
Great Lakes, IL
Phone 1: 847-473-7120
Phone 2: 312-212-1290
www.goodwill.org providers of education, training, and career services for people with disadvantages, such as welfare dependency, homelessness, and lack of education or work experience
Goodwill Industries of Metropolitan Chicago
819 S Wabash Ave-4th Fl
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 773-863-6030
Phone 2: 312-212-1290
www.goodwillchicago.org providers of education, training, and career services for people with disadvantages, such as welfare dependency, homelessness, and lack of education or work experience
Heartland Human Care Services Inc.
4411 N Ravenswood Ave 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 773-751-4000
Phone 2: 773-728-5960
www.heartlandallince.org Abby Coppock
Phone: ext 6211
Provides a mix of mental health, substance abuse and job/employment assistance, including women and criminal justics clients.
Howard Area Employment Resource Center
1623 West Howard Street
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 773-262-3515
www.howardarea.org Charles Hardwick
Phone: 773-262-3515
Clara Hayes
Phone: 773-262-3515
Must live in city/Chicago, be motivated to become employed or improve employment status, 18yrs or age/older, low-income under the city of chicago income guidelines
IL Deparment of Employment Security
check web for local office
IL
Phone 1: 888-337-7234
www.ides.state.il.us/exoffenders/ Ex-offender Resource Page; RESP worker - employment services for ex-felons; bonding & tax- incentives; Career Resources Network-skills assessment; job fairs posted, etc.
IL Department of Employment Security
14829 S Dixie Highway
Harvey, IL
Phone 1: 708-596-2325
IL Department of Employment Security
1515 E 71st St
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 773-947-3645
Archie Gayden: Re-entry liaison
IL Department of Employment Security
1657 S Blue Island Ave
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 312-243-5100
Phone 2: 312-738-0766 (TTY)
IL Department of Employment Security
3500 W Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 773-227-7117
Phone 2: 773-227-0489 (TTY)
IL Department of Employment Security
715 E 47th St
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 773-538-5627
Phone 2: 773-538-8260 (TTY)
IL Department of Employment Security
8750 S Stoney Island
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 773-221-3737 x 267
Jerry Brumfield: Re-entry Liaison
IL Department of Employment Security-Rkfrd
3134 11th St
Rockford, IL
Phone 1: 815-395-6600
www.ides.state.il.us/exoffenders/default.asp Leon Hansen: RESP Coordinator
Phone: 815-395-6683
lhansen2995@yahoo.com
IDES RESP worker for Rockford; tax incentives, bonding, employment services to FELONS
Infant Jesus of Prague Chruch
1131 Douglas Ave
Flossmoor, IL
Phone 1: 708-798-6579
Jim Ross
Inspiration Corporation
4554 N Broadway, Ste 207
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 773-878-0981
www.inspirationcorp.org Employment Services, Café - Culinary, Studios, Food, Social services, Laundry, Community Voice Mail
Lewis & Clark Marine Inc.
2801 Rock Rd
Granite City, IL
Phone 1: 618-877-7200
Phone 2: 618-876-0200
www.lewisandclarkmarine.com Employment on Mississippi River barges that transport general commodities and dry bulk materials.
Lincoln Park Community Shelter
600 W Fullerton
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 773-549-6111
www.lpcsonline.org Overnight shelter, interim housing, and employment resources
Michael Barlow Center
2120 W Warren Blvd
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 312-226-6270
Mary Hornschemeier: Education Director Jim Zangs: MB Center Director Provides literary assessment, adult high school, intro college courses; training in food service prep, building maintenance; employment assessment; all for men and women
North Lawndale Employment Network
3726 W Flournoy
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 773-265-7940
www.nlen.org Brenda Palms Barber: Chief Executive Director Referral Network; Employment program for Ex-offenders; Re-entry federal program - job training & Placement w/ Urban farming (bee-hives; landscaping, etc.) Youth Employment; Business and Job Develepmen
OAI, Inc
180 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 312-528-3500
Phone 2: 312-528-3561
www.oaiinc.org Kreshina Ingram: Prog Coord
kingram@oaiinc.org
Christian Candelaria
ccandelaria@oaiinc.org
Pre-employment education, training
Old St Patrick's Church
711 W Monroe St
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 312-906-9908
Phone 2: 312-906-9908 ext 11
Tom Murray Career Transition Center with scheduled sessions
PACT {Pathways to Apprenticeships in the Construct
13725 S Wabash Avenue
Riverdale, IL
Phone 1: 708-201-7156
Phone 2: 312-528-3524
www.oaiinc.org Kreshina Ingram: Program Coordinator
Phone: 708-201-7156
Assists minorities to gain acceptance into construction related apprenticeship programs. (Requirements-High School diploma or equivalent, 10th grade equivalency in math, Valid driver's license
Peace CRC Employment Ministry
833 E 168th St
South Holland, IL
Phone 1: 708-596-2887
Linda Lester: Director
Prisoner Release Ministry, Inc.
37 East Cass St
Joliet, IL
Phone 1: 815-723-8998
www.prisonerreleaseministry.com Roger Logue: Executive Director
Phone: prministry@sbcglobal.net
prministry@sbcglobal.net
Help prisoners find employment for over 32 years, 95% placement in 06; 69% placement in 08. Set goals, develop plan, self-improvement reading, educ, work skills
Re-Entry Works Demonstration Project
4750 N Sheridan Ste 200
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 773-728-5960
Phone 2: 800-705-9613
www.heartlandalliance.org Abby Coppock
Phone: ext 6211
Provides employment assistance, job placement assistance, job search assistance, local employment leads, use of computer resource room.
Released To Freedom
Inspired Heights
Rockford, IL
Phone 1: 815-298-2020
www.inspiredheights.com Tony Stratton: Founder
Phone: tony@inspiredheights.com
RTF@inspiredheights.com
Phyllis Stratton
Phone: 815-298-0979
Job training/placement in construction (church repair), and support groups for ex-ofenders in budget, anger management, Christian life teaching and accountability.
Roosevelt University - Life Skills Centers
10357 S Halsted
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 773-881-2958
Phone 2: 312-341-4348
Life Skills training; computer resume services; contracted through IDOC; Reentry Center helping with employment readiness; shelter, transportation, & counseling
Roosevelt University- Life Skills Center
100 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 312-633-1670-x2001
Phone 2: 773-342-4729
www.roosevelt.edu David Briggs: Case Manager
dbriggs@roosevelt.edu
Life Skills training; computer resume services; contracted through IDOC; Reentry Center helping with employment readiness; shelter, transportation, & counseling
Safer Foundation
571 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 312-922-2200
Phone 2: 312-913-5796
www.saferfoundation.org Diane Williams: President Employment Services-Job Readiness and Placement for Ex-offenders;contracts with IDOC to run two Adult Transition Centers - pre-release community work centers.
St. Chrysostom's Episcopal Church
1424 N Dearborn St
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 312-944-1083
Michael K. Cade Employment council; job club, networking, support group
St. Michael's Church
14327 Highland
Orland Park, IL
Phone 1: 708-349-7696
Phone 2: 708-349-0903
Buzz Van Hecke
STRIVE Chicago Employment Service - South
4910 S King Dr
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 312-624-9700
www.strive.ccts.cs.depaul.edu Cheryl Bland Wimbush: Director
sealb_99@yahoo.com
Multiple job readiness, job training in food service, drug store customer service, hospitality industry, non-custodial fathers work placement.
The Employment Project of Inspiration Corp
4554 N Broadway, Ste. 207
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 773-878-0981
www.inspirationcorp.org Katherine Klein
Phone: 773-878-0981
Employment preparation training, career counseling, techincal job search assistance (resume writing, interview prep) and connections to local employers; Case management services for homeless
Tower of Refuge Inc
329 S New St
Springfield, IL
Phone 1: 217-492-9497
www.towerofrefugeinc.com B Lee
llouden@towerofrefugeinc.com
L Louden In Prison Re-entry Readiness Program: Resume; Interview Skills; Housing assistance; Networking with Employers Support Groups; Family Reconciliation ; health issues
UCAN/Southern IL Collegiate Common Market
3213 S Park Ave
Herrin, IL
Phone 1: 618-942-4710
Phone 2: 217-428-9414
www.siccm.com Life Skills training; computer resume services; contracted through IDOC; Reentry Center helping with employment readiness; shelter, transportation, & counseling
UCAN/Southern IL Collegiate Common Market
406 Elm
Peoria, IL
Phone 1: 309-655-1614
Phone 2: 217-366-3226
www.siccm.com Life Skills training; computer resume services; contracted through IDOC; Reentry Center helping with employment readiness; shelter, transportation, & counseling
Urban League
IL
Phone 1: 773-285-5800
Veterans Affairs-Chicago Ofc
100 W Randolph St, Ste 5-570
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 312-814-2460
www.state.il.us/agency/DVA/ Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program/ US Dept of Labor Grants/ Veterans Benefits: Education Assistance; Training Programs: Employment services; Medical Benefits; for Vets & w/in 18 mo of release
Veterans Service Office - Kane #2
460 Garfield Ave
Aurora, IL
Phone 1: 630-801-3565
www.state.il.us/agency/DVA/offices
Veterans Service Office - Kane Co. #1
254 Raymond St
Elgin, IL
Phone 1: 847-608-0138
www.state.il.us/agency/DVA/offices
Veterans Service Office - Will
2900 W Jefferson St.
Joliet, IL
Phone 1: 815-730-4334
www.state.il.us/agency/DVA/offices
Veterans Service Office Cook Co #1
100 W Randolph, Ste. 5-570
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 312-814-2460
www.state.il.us/agency/DVA/offices
Veterans Service Office Cook Co #10
14700 Ravinia Rd
Orland Park, IL
Phone 1: 708-403-2011
www.state.il.us/agency/DVA/offices
Veterans Service Office Cook Co #2
5200 S Cottge Grove Ave. Rm 101-103 North
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 773-363-1492
www.state.il.us/agency/DVA/offices
Veterans Service Office Cook Co #3
1551 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 773-292-7894
www.state.il.us/agency/DVA/offices.ht,
Veterans Service Office Cook Co #4
1010 Dixie Highway, Ste 211
Chicago Heights, IL
Phone 1: 708-754-6403
www.state.il.us/agency/DVA/offices
Veterans Service Office Cook Co #6
13838 S Springfield Rd Rm 157
Robbins, IL
Phone 1: 708-396-9840
www.state.il.us/agency/DVA/offices
Veterans Service Office Cook Co #7
6610 W Cermak Rd
Berwyn, IL
Phone 1: 708-798-0540
www.state.il.us/agency/DVA/offices
Veterans Service Office Cook Co #8
1647 W 59th St 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 773-918-7891
www.state.il.us/agency/DVA/offices
Veterans Service Office DuPage
421 County Farm Rd, Room 1-800
Wheaton, IL
Phone 1: 630-690-9449
www.state.il.us/agency/DVA/offices
Westside Health Authority
5417 W Division St
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 773-378-1878
Phone 2: 773-786-0226
www.healthauthority.org Rev. James Coleman
Phone: Roger Ehmen, Dir
Frankie White: Prisoner Reentry Coord
fwhite@healthauthority.org
Community Support Advisory Council - IDOC community networker and provider of reentry transition connections and services.
Women With Purpose
6216 W North Ave
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 773-637-7099
Beverly Rogers: Founder, Dir Reentry program for formerly incarcerated women, providing partnerships for life skills training, GED, employment training and entrepreneur training.
Women's Self Employment Project
118 S LaSalle, Ste 1850
Chicago, IL
Phone 1: 312-606-8255 ext131
www.wsep.net Roopa Akkineni
rakkineni@wsep.com
Entreprenuerial training for low-income and minority women; pilot program for those with criminal records; payment based on sliding ability-to-pay scale.
Workforce Network
211 Fulton St Suite 300
Peoria, IL
Phone 1: 309-495-8900
www.workforcenetwork.com Workforce Network is a partnership of state and local workforce organizations making their services available through a coordinated, one-stop system.