Community Resources for Students

Please note: Hours and access to these services may change during the COVID-19 response. Please check with individual organizations listed below for their current hours of operation.


Call4Calm                                       Text TALK to 552-020 (for Spanish, text HABLAR to 552-020)

   Text keywords, such as unemployment, food, and shelter to get information on those resources.  Individuals who text can be connected to a mental health professional for support.  This service is free, anonymous, and available regardless of personal circumstances. 

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline  (800) 985.5990    TTY: (800) 846.8517

                                                       Text TALKWITHUS to 66746 (for Spanish, text HABLANOS TO 66746)

  Provides FREE 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support.

Find community resources for assistance with child care, health, housing, immigration and more. Harper College does not condone, promote or exclusively favor any of the organizations listed below, and is providing this list as an informational source.

Resource Type Organization Name Phone Number Location Services Provided  
Child Care Northwest Suburban Daycare Center 847-299-5103 Des Plaines Low cost childcare based on income  
Child Care IL Action for Children 312-823-1100
Calls Accepted Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. and Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.  
Child Care Children's Home and Aid Society 630-671-2400 Schaumburg Low cost childcare at three locations: Schaumburg, Palatine and Elk Grove Village  
Clothing Community Threads   Algonquin Palatine A thrift store providing clothing, furniture and housewares to facilitate the journey from homelessness to self-sufficiency  
Dental Harper Dental Clinic 847-925-6534 Palatine Low cost cleanings for adults and children  
Dental Northwest Community Mobile Dental Clinic 847-358-6110
Elk Grove Village
Low cost cleanings and extractions for adults and children  
Domestic Violence Between Friends 800-603-4357 (Crisis Line)
847-818-8900 (regular line)
Rolling Meadows Courthouse Legal advice and representation on domestic violence, Free Legal clinic every third Wednesday of the month, noon-2 p.m.  
Domestic Violence WINGS 847-221-5680 (24 Hours) NW Suburbs Safe house for domestic violence victims, transitional housing for homeless women and children  
Education Support Harper Academic Support   Palatine Offers tutoring and supplemental instruction for Harper courses  
Financial Aid Harper College Financial Aid and Scholarships (FAFSA)   Palatine General application for federal loans and grants and apply for scholarships available to all Harper students  
Food/Nutrition North Suburban FCRC 847.483.7171  Rolling Meadows The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly Food Stamps) helps low-income people and families buy the food they need for good health  
Food/Personal Supplies Hawks Care Food Pantry     Food and personal care supplies for Harper College students  
Food/Personal Supplies Habitat for Humanity     Provides a path to homeownership by building a home alongside volunteers and paying an affordable mortgage  
Food/Personal Supplies Palatine Township Food Pantry     Provides food assistance to anyone living within the Palatine Township borders  
Healthcare Advocate Hospital Network     The largest health system in Illinois, including Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital  
Healthcare AMITA Health-Alexian Brothers     A full-service health system serving the Chicagoland area  
Healthcare Northwest Community Healthcare     Medical group and hospital providing treatment and care  
Healthcare Northwest Community Healthcare (Harper Campus, Building M)   Palatine Outpatient care on the Harper College campus  
Housing Journeys Palatine 847-963-9163 Palatine Providing shelters, hot meals. Day program includes mental health support, job counseling and referrals  
Housing Fellowship Housing 847-882-2511 Hoffman Estates Transitional housing for single mothers. Must have a job and be referred by church or agency.  
Housing Faith Community House 847-342-0846 Arlington Heights Temporary assistance with securing affordable rental housing  
Housing Habitat for Humanity     Provides a path to homeownership by building a home alongside volunteers and paying an affordable mortgage  
Housing Housing Forward 708-338-1724 or 888-338-1744 West Cook County Emergency shelter and housing support  
Immigration National Immigrant Justice Center Chicago 312-660-1370 Chicago Legal assistance for applicants for citizenship, U-Visas, DACA and individuals facing deportation  
Immigration Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights 855-435-7693 Chicago Screens immigrants for eligibility for public benefits and services (food, medical)  
Immigration HIAS Chicago 312-357-4666 Arlington Heights Legal assistance for applicants for citizenship, U-Visas, DACA, applying for public benefits and services  
Immigration HACES 847-244-0400 Waukegan Legal assistance for applicants for citizenship, U-Visas, DACA and individuals facing deportation  
Legal Harper College Free Legal Service 847-925-6242 Palatine Currently enrolled students, 30 minutes  
Legal CARPLS Legal Aide Hotline 312-738-9200 National Provides answers to everyday legal problems. Does not represent clients in court.  
Legal Legal Aid Chicago     Helps with legal matters involving family and safety, housing, financial issues, employment rights, health and disability needs, and immigration  
Legal Legal Assistance Foundation 312-341-1070 Chicago Legal Assistance in five areas: Child and family, consumer rights, housing, immigrant/worker rights, public benefits  
Legal Life Span Center for Legal Services 877-863-6338 Des Plaines, Chicago Divorce and child custody, order of protection, immigration, criminal court advocacy  
Medical Access to Care 708-531-0680 Suburban Cook County Medical care for low-income, uninsured individuals  
Medical Access Community Health Network 847-342-1554 Chicago and Suburbs Affordable medical care for underinsured or uninsured  
Mental Health Kenneth Young Center - Outpatient 847-524-8800 Elk Grove Village Sliding-fee counseling, psychiatry and recovery services  
Mental Health AMITA Health Center for Mental Health 847-952-7460 Arlington Heights Sliding-fee counseling, psychiatry and recovery services  
Mental Health Hoffman Estates Dept. of Health and Human Services 847-781-4850 Hoffman Estates Sliding-fee individual and family counseling  
Mental Health Lutheran Social Services 847-390-1458 Arlington Heights Sliding-fee individual and family counseling, substance abuse treatment  
Mental Health Northwest Community Hospital 847-618-1000 Arlington Heights Partial and full hospitalization programs for mental health and substance abuse  
Mental Health AMITA Health St. Alexius Medical Center 855-383-2224 Hoffman Estates Partial and full hospitalization programs for mental health and substance abuse  
Mental Health The Josselyn Center     Provides clinical and wellness programs for mental health.  
Mental Health OMNI Youth Services     Offers educational and behavioral resources to help children and young adults create pathways to healthy behavior.  
Mental Health The Bridge Youth and Family Services     Helps young people and families achieve social and emotional health.  
Miscellaneous Children's Advocacy Center of North and NW Cook County     Assists families struggling with child abuse by providing counseling, education, and advocacy.
Miscellaneous Harper College Police     Fully sworn police force on the Harper campus. Offers law enforcement, patrolling and safe escorts throughout campus.  
Miscellaneous Harper College Women's Program     Advising and financial assistance for individuals identifying as single parents, non-traditional career seekers, women fleeing domestic (intimate partner) violence, and/or women with limited English skills.  
Multiple Services Northwest Compass 847-392-2344 Mt Prospect Housing, food, utility assistance, employment  
Multiple Services Catholic Charities 312-655-7700 Des Plaines Rent assistance, housing food, counseling, legal, employment, veterans  
Multiple Services Salvation Army 847-981-9111 Des Plaines Rent and utility assistance, food, counseling  
Multiple Services Palatine Township 847-358-6110 Palatine Dental clinic, food, emergency financial, utility assistance, veterans  
Multiple Services Wheeling Township 847-259-7730 Wheeling Dental clinic, food, emergency financial, utility assistance  
Multiple Services Elk Grove Township 847-437-0300 Elk Grove Village Dental clinic, food, emergency financial, utility assistance  
Multiple Services Schaumburg Township 847-884-0030 Hoffman Estates Dental clinic, food, emergency financial  
Multiple Services Village of Mount Prospect 847-870-5680 Mt. Prospect Food, emergency financial, counseling  
Multiple Services Village of Arlington Heights 847-368-5791 Arlington Heights Emergency financial, counseling, utility assistance  
Multiple Services Willow Creek Care Center 224-512-2600 South Barrington Dental and eye clinic, food, clothing, employment, home and car repair, tax prep, legal  
Sexual Assault Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault (Northwest CASA)     Offers free services for sexual assault survivors and their loved ones including therapeutic and legal resources  

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