Community Helplines & Resources

For many, it can be hard to ask for help. While library staff are not qualified to help directly, we can provide helpful resources so you can get the help you may need.

Below are resources that can hopefully help if you or someone you care about are experiencing any of these situations.

Suicide Prevention

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Lifeline: (800) 273-8255
Text: Text HOME to the Crisis Text Line 741741

Domestic Abuse, Rape, Assault, & Harassment

Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women's Network

Illinois Domestic Violence Helpline: (877) 863-6338

Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Illinois Domestic Violence Helpline: (877) 863-6338

National Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 799-7233

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)

National Sexual Assault Hotline: (800) 656-4673

Resilience

Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline: (888) 293-2080

Sarah's Inn

Crisis Hotline: (708) 386-4225
Text: (708) 792-3120

Secretary of State (Illinois)

Child Abuse and Neglect: (800) 252-2873

Mental & Physical Health & Safety Resources

Illinois Attorney General

Visit the website for general resources

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

Phone: (800) 950-6264
Text: Text "NAMI" to 741741

Smart Love Family Services

Preschool: (773) 665-8052 ext. 1
Counseling: (773) 665-8052 ext. 4

Thrive Counseling Center

Crisis Hotline: (708) 383-7500

Veteran's Crisis Line

Crisis Hotline: (800) 273-8255 and Press 1

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

Phone: (703) 305-2062
USDA Information Hotline: (202) 720-2791
SNAP Toll-free Information Number: (800) 221-5689

Immigration Resources & Support

Immigration Advocates Network

Visit website for immigration legal resources and information through collaboration and technology

Temporary Visitor Driver's License (TVDL) For Undocumented (Non-Visa Status) Individuals

Visit website for Information about eligibility requirements and process for getting a Non-Visa Status TVDL in Illinois

LGBTQ+ Alliances, Support, & Resources

Center on Halsted - Anti-Violence Project

LGBTQ Violence Resource Line: (773) 871-2273
Email: avp@centeronhalsted.org

Center on Halsted - HIV/HCV Testing

Phone: (773) 661-0910
Text: (872) 243-1004

LGBT National Help Center

Youth Talkline: (800) 246-7743
National Hotline: (888) 843-4564

Trans Lifeline

Hotline: (877) 565-8860

The Trevor Project

Hotline: (866) 488-7386

Homelessness Resources

Melrose Park Warming & Cooling Centers

Call (708) 343-4000 or (708) 345-4350 on days of extreme hot or cold weather to learn of the location of the nearest warming or cooling center

Catholic Charities

Phone: (703) 549-1390

Cook County Warming Centers

Phone: (312) 603-8180

Housing Forward (formerly PADS)

Phone: Suburban Cook Call Center at (877) 426-6515
or the Support Center at (708) 338-1724
Toll Free (888) 338-1744)

National Runaway Safeline

Hotline: (800) 786-2929

Hunger Resources

Beyond Hunger (formerly Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry)

Main Office and Food Pantry are located in the lower level of First United Church of Oak Park
848 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL 60301

Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Wednesdays: 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Cosmopolitan United Church

Phone: (708) 865-0046
1112 9th Avenue, Melrose Park, IL 60160
Saturdays: 8:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m.

Illinois Hunger Coalition (IHC)

Hunger Hotline: (800) 359-2163

Lighthouse of Hope Assembly

Phone: (708) 344-7497
Email: gaizutisd@myloha.org
In the CLC Building: 1719 W North Ave Melrose Park, IL 60160

Serving Leyden & Proviso Township EXCLUDING Maywood and Broadview
Please bring a proof of address

Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 am

National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

Phone: (800) 545-7892 (Illinois)

The Parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Phone: (708) 344-4140
Wednesdays: 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

USDA Food & Nutrition Service: Summer Meals

Phone: (866) 348-6479
Text: Text "Food IL" or "Comidas IL" to 877877

USDA National Hunger Hotline

Hotline: (866) 348-6479

Addiction Resources

AddictionResource.net

For 24/7 Treatment Help call: (844) 597-0006