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For Challenging Times: Social Resources and Services

Essential Services: Emergency Services | Essential Services: Warming Centers | Essential Services: Food Pantries | Essential Services: Food Stamps | Essential Services: Personal Care | Essential Services: Seniors | Financial Services | Health Services | Housing Services | Legal Aid | Unemployment Resources | Utilities Assistance | Miscellaneous

Essential Services: Emergency Services

A Safe Place : Lake County Crisis Center Domestic Violence Shelter
24-Hour HelpLine: 847-249-4450
Office: 847-731-7165

Journey from PADS to HOPE
1140 E. Northwest Highway
Palatine, IL

Women Infants and Children

Illinois Department of Human Services
Available 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Find Help Lake County's Resource Guide

Find Help Lake County's Services


Essential Services: Warming Centers


Public Safety Facility
400 N. Northwest Highway
Barrington, IL
All Hours

Train Station
201 S. Spring St.
Hours: Mon - Fri. 5:00 am - 8:00 pm

Village Hall

200 S. Hough St.
Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:00 am - 4:30 pm



Keep Warm Illinois
Illinois Department of Human Services


Essential Services: Food Pantries

Cook County::

Greater Food Depository
Illinois Food Bank Association

Journeys from PADS to HOPE
1140 E. Northwest Highway
Palatine, IL


Kane County:

Northern Illinois Food Bank

Elgin Food Pantries
Lighthouse Food Pantry
325 South St., Elgin, IL
Hours: Wednesdays 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Two Rivers Head Start
620 Wing St., Elgin, IL
Hours: Mondays - Thursdays, 1:00-4:00 p.m.


Lake County:

Northern Illinois Food Bank
Open Arms Mission
1548 S. Main St., Antioch, IL
Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Project Hope
320 E. Franklin St., Barrington, IL
Hours: Mondays - Fridays, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


McHenry County:

Northern Illinois Food Bank

Cary Grove Food Pantry
8901 S. Cary-Algonquin Rd.
Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., 1st & 3rd Saturday, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Crystal Lake Food Pantry
257 King Street
Hours: Mondays & Fridays, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Barrington Township:

Barrington Food Pantry
602 S. Hough. St.
Hours: Mondays - Fridays, 8:00 - 11:00 a.m., and 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.


Cuba Township:

Cuba Township Food Pantry
Hours: Once a month.


Palatine Township:

Palatine Township Food Pantry
721 S. Quentin Rd.
Palatine, IL
Hours: Mondays - Fridays, 8:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Essential Services: Food Stamps

Illinois Department of Human Services
Available: 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.


Essential Services: Personal Care

Low Cost Haircuts

Cook County

Cosmetology & Spa Academy
142 East Golf Road
Schaumburg, IL   60193

Empire Beauty School
1166 East Lake Street
Hanover Park, IL 60133

Salon Apprentice
For free or inexpensive haircuts and color treatments for males and females. Select from a list of licensed cosmetologists. To set up an appointment, please contact them directly via phone or e-mail.


Dental Hygiene Clinics

Cook County

Harper College Dental Hygiene Clinic
Avante Center, Building X, Room X102
1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine, IL 60067
Convenient parking in Lot 4A.
Telephone number: 847-925-6534
Fall Semester : Tuesdays -Thursdays, 8:00 a.m. - 12 noon, 1:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Spring Semester: Mondays -Thursdays, 8:00 a.m. - 12 noon, 1:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Summer Semester: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8:00 a.m. - 12 noon, 1:30 - 5:30 p.m.<br/ >

Lake County

College of Lake County Dental Hygiene Clinic
111 N. Genesee
Waukegan, IL 60079
Fall Semester: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Essential Services: Seniors

Barrington Area Council on Aging
6000 Garlands Lane, Suite 100
Barrington, IL 60010

Resource Directory For Older Adults : A Guide to Information for Seniors and Caregivers in the Barrington Area


Financial Services:

Money Management International

3601 Algonquin Road, Suite 620
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

150 N. Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL
Locations in Chicago suburbs provide free credit counseling services and financial educational programs.

General Assistance: Illinois
Available: 8:00 -5:30 p.m.

General Assistance: Algonquin Township Residents

General Assistance: Barrington Township Residents
Angel Fund of Barrington
602 S. Hough St.
Hours: Mondays - Fridays, 8:00 - 11:00 a.m., and 1:00-3:00 p.m.

General Assistance:Cuba Township Residents
Cuba Cares Fund

General Assistance:Ela Township Residents
Phone: 847-438-7823

General Assistance: Palatine Township Residents
Phone: 847-358-6700, x6110.


Health Services:

Alcohol and Drug Helpline
National referral hotline for drug and alcohol treatment.

Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital

Community Crisis Line (All of Illinois)

Depression Awareness Hotline
Informational hotline for depression and related disorders.

Ecker Center - Psychiatric Emergency Program (PEP)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Talkline Help Lines
TEEN-LINE: 1-708-228-8336
KID-LINE: 708-228-5437
24-hour crisis intervention hotline which provides emotional support, information and referral.


Counseling: Illinois:

Alexian Bros. NWMental Health Center

Barrington Youth & Family Services
Serves as a community-based, non-profit social service agency, providing comprehensive family counseling, youth outreach and prevention programming.

Ecker Center for Mental Health
Community mental health resource center provides an array of outpatient mental health services to adults and their families in Barrington Township and in the northern two-thirds of Kane County.

Family Services of Barrington Area
Provides residents with counseling for families, individuals and couples. Sliding fee scale for services.

Illinois Department of Human Services
Available - 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.


Medical: Illinois:
Illniois Department of Human Services

Available: 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.


Medical: Palatine Township Residents:
Health and Wellness


Forest Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Patient Assistance Program
13600 Shoreline Drive
St. Louis, MO 63045
800-851-0758 for application and questions
Free prescription medication for qualifying patients.
Many pharmaceutical companies have similar programs.


Housing Services:

Acorn Housing Home Equity Loss Prevention
Nonprofit organization provides foreclosure counselors to intervene with lenders.

Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan
Provides assistance to homeowners eligible for assistance.

Illinois Department of Human Services
Available: 8:00 - 5:30 p.m.


Legal Aid:

Catholic Charities Legal Assistance
651 W. Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60661

Illinois Legal Aid

Prairie State Legal Services


Unemployment Resources:

Illinois Unemployment Benefits

COBRA Insurance-Labor Department

COBRA-Continuation of Health Coverage


Utilities Assistance:

Utilities Assistance - Cuba Township Residents

LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program)

Utilities Assistance - Palatine Township Residents

ComEd Energy Assistance Program

Nicor Gas Sharing Program
Crystal Lake Salavation Army Office
290 W. Crystal Lake Rd., Crystal Lake, IL


Miscellaneous: is the official benefits website of the U.S. government, with information on over 1,000 benefit and assistance programs.

Lake County Animal Care and Control Pet Food Pantry
29278 N. Highway 83, Mundelein, IL
Contact Cathy Sabin at 847-828-1521
Hours: Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon.


For additional information on services,
please contact the Barrington Area Library
Telephone number: 1-847-382-1300, x 1.


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