Additional Resources

Additional Resources

Care for Real has expanded its core mission of providing food to our neighbors in the Edgewater community by adding a free clothing closet, pet food distribution, and a job readiness program. We recognize that our neighbors have many other needs beyond these programs and provide the following links as a source for additional assistance. Other providers may be available, but we have focused our information on listings which are in or near the Edgewater neighborhood. By providing the information below, Care for Real does not endorse or validate the listings nor does it constitute a qualified referral by Care for Real.


When using the listed resources, please make sure you:

  • Check any qualifying requirements by the organization
  • Contact the organization to ensure they still offer the listed services
  • Verify the organization’s location and hours of operation
  • Notify Care for Real of any changes or errors at info at


Food Assistance

Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens

If you need food and live in the Care for Real service area, view our page for location and times of food distribution. The Care for Real service area is Lawrence Ave. (4800 N) to Devon Ave. (6399 N) and Western Ave. (2399 W) to Lake Michigan.

If you need food and do not live in Care for Real’s service area:

  1. GCFD Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen Locator

Food Purchase

If you need financial assistance for the purchase of food:

  1. Illinois Link Card
  2. Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)
  3. Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

Housing Assistance


If you are homeless and need immediate shelter

  1. Call 3-1-1 and ask for “Short Term Housing Help”. Hours are Monday through Thursday until 4:00.
  2. Outside of these hours, go to the nearest police station or hospital emergency room for assistance.

If you’re looking for extended short term housing assistance

  1. Heartland Alliance — Housing
  2. Cornerstone Community Outreach – Helping the Homeless in Chicago
  3. Salvation Army Evangeline Booth Lodge
  4. Sarah’s Circle (for women)
  5. Northside Housing and Supportive Services (for men)
  6. Inspiration Corporation Housing services for the homeless

Rent/Mortgage/Bills Financial Help

If you are having trouble making payments and need financial assistance

  1. Emergency Fund

Medical Assistance


If you cannot afford insurance

  1. County Care – Cook County Health and Hospitals System
  2. Medicaid
  3. Medicare
  4. WellCare Benefits Advisor
  5. Asian Human Services Healthcare

Drug Addiction

  1. Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Chicago


If you need immediate medical attention

  1. Call 9-1-1
  2. Uptown Neighborhood Health Center, 845 W Wilson Ave, Chicago, 60640; (773) 744-1938

Domestic Services

If you are a victim of domestic violence and need support for you and/or your children

  1. DHS Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)
  2. Illinois Child Support Services
  3. House of the Good Shepherd
  4. Apna Ghar

Employment Assistance

If you are unemployed and need assistance in finding or gaining the skills necessary to get a job

  1. Care for Real Employment Resource Center
  2. The CARA Group For information only. Please do not contact CARA, as entry into the program is only through referrals by qualified agencies.
  3. Asian Human Services Employment
  4. Inspiration Corporation Employment Services

U.S. Acclimation

If you are new to the United States and need help adjusting financially and socially

  1. Pan African Association
  2. Refugee One
  3. Centro Romero
  4. Asian Human Services