Youth Resource Guide

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PREFACE

Where can I go to …
What is there to do …
How can I ….
Where do I go if I need a …?

These are all questions that youth could be thinking.

The Community Youth Services Project of Freeport, Illinois compiled the resources that YOUTH ages 11 to 24 may want to access. The Freeport CYS Youth Committee looked at current resource guides and thought about what resources they would use or need the most.

This guide lists the resources in or near Freeport, Illinois that are of most interest to youth.

We must extend credit and our unending gratitude to the Freeport Health Network. Their D.O.T.S. Community Resource Database available online 24/7, updated twice a year, and is searchable by categories. https://www.fhn.org/dots-community-resources.asp

Our entries are taken from their database and include links to information and even location information.

Because of COVID-19, some of the information and availability of resources may have changed. Please check the availability of services, hours of operation, and COVID requirements before going to the location.

The Freeport Community Youth Services project is coordinated by the Boys and Girls Club of Freeport and Stephenson County through funding from the Division of Family and Community Services of the Illinois Department of Human Services, Community Youth Services Award ID 846-17097.

We hope you find our Youth Referral Guide helpful.

By the Freeport CYS Youth Committee

DISTRIBUTION PLAN

The Youth Referral Guide became available in printed and electronically in June 2020.

Over 200 copies of the guide and 500 copies of a flyer with the website link were distributed to locations that youth frequent including public and private schools, Regional Office of Education #8, the public library, community centers, family resource centers, IDHS office locations, county health department, county probation office, child care facilities, healthcare facilities, park district locations, Freeport churches, and recreation organizations.

The website link to the Youth Referral Guide will be placed on the Boys and Girls Club’s social media accounts. It can be found at www.bgcfreeport.org.

The Freeport CYS Board and Freeport CYS Community Committee consists of representatives from many sectors: business, civic/volunteer organizations, education, healthcare, judicial/courts, social service agencies, faith-based organizations, law enforcement, local government, and philanthropic organizations.

Each member of the board and community committee are sharing the link to the Youth Referral Guide with their organizations and others within their sector. They are encouraged to publicize the link in their newsletters and other media.

The Youth Referral Guide will be updated and future editions distributed. Please send changes and recommendations to Karlene Johnson at kjohnson@bgcfreeport.org

The two following data bases are available if you cannot find what you need:
Freeport Health Network
searchable database of community resources
https://www.fhn.org/dots-community-resources.asp

Stephenson County Health Department (SCHD)
All Our Kids (AOK) Network (ages 0 – 8)
https://www.aok-nwil.com/

CRISIS & HOTLINES

Child Abuse Hotline
Phone: 800-252-2873
Poison Control Hotline
Phone: 800-222-1222

Illinois State Police Missing Person Hotline
Phone: 800-843-5763

Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)
Child protection agency
Phone: 815-235-7878
Fax: 815-235-7801
https://www.illinois.gov/dcfs/Pages/default.a spx
1826 S West Avenue
Freeport, IL 61032

VOICES Domestic Violence (DV)
24 Hour Crisis Line Emergency
Overnight and Rapid Re-Housing
Sexual Assault Services
Advocacy (legal, criminal justice, medical, case management)
Individual & Group Counseling (domestic & sexual violence)
815-235-1641 (Hotline/ Services)
815-235-9421 (General)
Fax: 815-233-2348
https://voicesofsc.org/
565 N Turner Ave.
Freeport, IL 61032

CONTACT of Northern Illinois
24/7 HOTLINE for Teens
Phone: 815-233-4357
Fax: 815-232-7558
http://nicontact.org/
P.O. Box 83
Freeport, IL 61032

FHN Family Counseling Center
Youth Crisis Services
Phone: 815-599-7300
Fax: 815-599-7394
https://www.fhn.org/counseling-services.asp
421 W Exchange
Freeport, IL 61032

Stephenson County Sheriff’s Office
Phone: 815-235-8252
Fax: 815-235-8306
http://www.co.stephenson.il.us/sheriff/
15 N. Galena Avenue
Freeport, IL 61032

Freeport Police Department
Administration Offices
Phone: 815-235-8222 (non-emergency)
Fax: 815-235-8235
320 W Exchange St
Freeport, IL 61032

Freeport Fire Department
Phone: 815-235-8217
Fax: 815-235-8877
http://www.ci.freeport.il.us/departments/fire_ dept_services.htm
230 W Stephenson Street
Central Freeport Fire Department
1650 S. Walnut Ave – 815-235-8217
Freeport, IL 61032

Prairie State Legal Services
Legal Advocacy
Phone: 815-965-2902, 800-892-2985,
815-491-8110
Fax: 815-965-1081
https://www.pslegal.org/
303 North Main Street
Rockford, IL 61101

Tyler Justice Center for Children
Stephenson Carroll and JoDaviess
Phone: 815-947-6030
Fax: 815-947-6040
http://www.tylersjusticecenter.org/

YOUTH PROGRAMS - THINGS TO DO

Boys and Girls Club of Freeport
youth programs (Afterschool, TeenREACH,
Summer Club, Recreation)
Phone: 815-233-1600
Fax: 815-233-1603
http://www.bgcfreeport.org
511 Liberty Street
Freeport, IL 61032

Boy Scouts of America
youth programs
Phone: 815-397-0210
Fax: 815-397-7306
http://www.blackhawkscouting.org/
2820 McFarland Rd
Rockford, IL 61032

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois
youth programs
Phone: 844-476-4463
https://www.girlscoutsni.org/
1834 S. West Avenue – #21
Freeport, IL 61032

University of Illinois Extension
Unit 1 – Stephenson County
Phone: 815-235-4125
Fax: 815-232-9006
http://web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw/
2998 W Pearl City Road
Freeport, IL 61032

Family YMCA of Northwest Illinois
Activities and Programs
Phone: 815-235-9622
Fax: 815-297-0492
YMCA Child Care Center
815-235-2467
https://www.freeportymca.org/
2998 W. Pearl City Road
Freeport, IL 61032

Freeport Public Library
Internet access and education
Phone: 815-233-3000
Fax: 815-297-8236
http://www.freeportpubliclibrary.org/
100 E. Douglas Street
Freeport, IL 61032

Freeport Park District
recreation
Phone: 815-235-6114
Fax: 815-233-9210
https://freeportparkdistrict.org/
1122 S. Burchard Ave.
Freeport, IL 61032

Freeport Park District
Special Recreation Department
Phone: 815-235-6114
Fax: 815-233-9210
https://freeportparkdistrict.org/
1122 S. Burchard Ave.
Freeport, IL 61032

EDUCATION & LEARNING - Daycare & Preschool

Amity Society of Freeport
Phone: 815-233-0015
Fax: 815-233-1035
http://www.amitysocietyoffreeport.org/AmityLearning-Center.html
511 S. Liberty Avenue
Freeport, IL 6103

NICAA Head Start
Phone: 815-235-3740
Fax: 815-232-0739
http://www.nicaa.org/headstart.html
511 Liberty Street
Freeport, IL 61032

Creative Learning Center
Phone: 815-232-4911
http://www.princeofpeacefreeport.com/
2700 W Stephenson Street
Freeport, IL 61032

Family YMCA of Northwest Illinois
Phone: 815-235-9622
https://www.freeportymca.org/ymca-earlylearning-center
2998 W. Pearl City Road
Freeport, IL 61032

PASS Preschool – Regional Office of
Education
Phone: 815-599-1408
Fax: 815-297-9032
http://www.roe8.com/pass-preschoolprogram.html
27 S State Avenue
Freeport, IL 61032

YWCA Child Care Solutions
Child Care Assistance – Serves Freeport
Phone: 815-968-9681 or 888-225-7072 EXT 204
https://www.ywcanwil.org/child-caresolutions/
4990 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108

EDUCATION & LEARNING - Preschool/Elementary/High School

Freeport School District #145
Phone: 815-232-0329
Http://www.fsd145.org
501 E. South Street
Freeport, IL 61032

Immanuel Lutheran School
Preschool-Grade 8
Phone: 815-232-3443
http://www.ourgodwithus.com/school
1964 W Pearl City Road
Freeport, IL 61032

Tri-County Christian School
Preschool-Grade 8
Phone: 815-233-1876
http://www.tricountychristian.org/
2900 W Loras Drive
Freeport, IL 61032

Freeport Catholic Schools
Aquin Catholic Schools: High School Campus:
Grades 7-12 .
Phone: 815-235-3154
http://www.aquinschools.org/
1419 South Galena
Freeport, IL 61032

Regional Office of Education
Truants’ Alternative Education Program
Homeless Education Program
Phone: 815-599-1408
Fax: 815-297-9032
http://www.roe8.com

FHN School Programs
Phone: 815-232-2121 EXT 236
1045 W. Stephenson Street
Freeport, IL 61032

EDUCATION & LEARNING - Alternative/GED & College

Illinois Adult Learning Hotline
Adult education and literacy programs
Phone: 800-321-9511
http://www.thecenterweb.org/alrc/hotline.html

Regional Office of Education
Regional Alternative Education Program
Phone: 815-599-1408
http://www.roe8.com

Highland Community College (HCC)
2998 W. Pearl City Road
Freeport, IL 61032

HCC College courses
Phone: 815-235-6121
https://highland.edu/

HCC Adult Education Program (GED/ESL)
Phone: 815-599-3460
https://highland.edu/adult-education/

HCC Volunteers Literacy Program / Adult
Education Program
Phone: 815.-599-3538
Fax: 815-599-3719
https://highland.edu/volunteer-literacy/

EDUCATION & LEARNING - Education Groups

Northwest Special Education
Phone: 815-232-0332
http://northwestcoop.com/
2037 W Galena Avenue
Freeport, IL 61032

Children’s Dyslexia Center of NW IL
Phone: 815-801-1274
http://www.childrensdyslexiacenters.org/
305 West Stephenson Street
Freeport, IL 61032

EMPLOYMENT & JOBS

WIA Youth Program – Elevate Stephenson
provide education and employment ages 14-24
Phone: 815-599-1408 EXT 136
Fax: 815-297-9032
http://www.roe8.com/elevate-stephensonbrochure.html

Social Security Administration
Social Security numbers (SSN) for Children
Phone: 800-772-1213
https://www.ssa.gov/
4 E Linden Street
Freeport, IL 61032

The Workforce Connection
Employment Services
Phone: 815-235-1801
http://theworkforceconnection.org/
307 W. Main
Freeport, IL 61032

Type in a GOOGLE browser: Job listings for Freeport, IL
Click on the blue GOOGLE to open the site. Jobs are listed. You can narrow your search
by many filters.

OUR COMMUNITY CARES

Bridge Ministry
Phone: 815-297-7965
https://freeportdc.com/bridge-ministry/
406 S Adams Avenue
Freeport, IL 61032

Child and Family Connections – ROE
Phone: 815-599-1408
http://www.roe8.com/child-and-familyconnections.html
27 S. State Avenue
Freeport, IL 61032

Freeport Dream Center
Phone: 815-801-3270
https://freeportdc.com/bridge-ministry/
406 S Adams Avenue
Freeport, IL 61032

Freeport Township
Phone: 815-235-8012
http://freeporttownship.org/
524 W. Stephenson Street – Suite 230
Freeport, IL 61032
Illinois Department of Children and Family
Services (DCFS)
Child protection agency
Phone: 815-235-7878
Fax: 815-225-7801
https://www.illinois.gov/dcfs/Pages/default.aspx
1826 S. West Ave
Freeport, IL 61032

Illinois Division of Rehabilitation
Home Service Program, Vocational Rehab
Phone: 815-233-5904
http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=29736

FHN Family Counseling Center
Parent Enrichment Program
Phone: 815-599-7300
https://www.fhn.org/fcc-parent-enrichmentprogram.asp
421 W Exchange
Freeport, IL 61032

FOOD PANTRIES

Abundant Life Christian
Phone: 815-233-5433
250 N Westwood Avenue
Freeport, IL 61032

Freeport Area Church Cooperative (FACC)
Phone: 815-233-0435
https://www.faccfreeport.com/
514 S Chicago Avenue
Freeport, IL 61032

Gospel Outreach
Phone: 815-232-6752
211 W Spring Street
Freeport, IL 61032

Joseph’s Pantry
Phone: 815-541-2861
https://josephspantry.org/
406 S. Adams Ave
Freeport, IL 61032

Mt Calvary Hearts that Care Whole Life Food
Phone: 815-232-4021
https://www.foodpantries.org/li/mt._calvary_
whole_life_food_pantry_61032
420 Challenge Street
Freeport, IL 61032

Salvation Army
Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen
Phone: 815-235-7639
https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/freeport/
106 W. Exchange Street
Freeport, IL 61032

CLOTHING

Amity Society of Freeport
Thrift Store
Phone: 815-232-8581
http://www.amitysocietyoffreeport.org/Amity-sAttic.html
22 W. Main Street
Freeport, IL 61032

Mother Hubbard’s Kiddie Cupboard
Baby supplies
Phone: 815-233-5656
http://www.motherhubbards.org/
9 E. Main Street
Freeport, IL 61032

HOUSING

Doors Open Wide (DOW House)
Housing assistance for young mothers
http://www.doorsopenwide.org/
P.O. Box 96, Lena, IL 61048

Housing Authority of the City of Freeport
Phone: 815-232-4171
https://www.freeporthousing.org/
1052 W. Galena Avenue
Freeport, IL 61032
Freeport Area Church Cooperative (FACC)
Hope House, Chicago Ave Mission,
Hero House
Phone: 815-233-0435
https://www.faccfreeport.com/
514 S Chicago Avenue
Freeport, IL 61032

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Stephenson County Health Department (SCHD) http://www.co.stephenson.il.us/health/
10 W Linden Street, Freeport, IL 61032

Affordable Care Act Program – Phone: 815-599-8439
Affordable School Physicals – Phone: 815-235-8271
All Kids Insurance – Phone: 815-235-8390
All Our Kids (AOK) Network and igrow – Phone: 815-599-8404
Breastfeeding Education/Support & Breast Pump Loan – Phone: 815-599-8403
Community Health Education – Phone: 815-235-8354
Dental Clinic of SCHD – Phone: 815-708-6556
http://www.parkcitydentalrockford.com/Stephenson-County-Health-Department.html
Family Case Management – Phone: 815-235-8394
Family Planning – Phone: 815-235-8271
Health Families Illinois (HFI) – Phone: 815-235-8356
High Risk Infant Follow-up – Phone: 815-235-8394
HIV / AIDS Counseling and Testing – Phone: 815-235-8271
Illinois Family Connects – Phone: 815-599-8414
Immunization Program, Lab Health Screenings – Phone: 815-235-8271
Medical Presumptive Eligibility (Health Insurance for Pregnancy) – Phone: 815-235-8394
Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Clinic – Phone: 815-235-8271
Tuberculosis Program – Phone: 815-235-8271
Women Infant Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program – Phone: 815-235-8360

Freeport Health Network
https://www.fhn.org
Breastfeeding Classes – Phone: 815-599-6244
Prenatal Classes – Phone: 815-599-6244
Memorial Hospital Emergency Room and Services – Phone: 815-599-6105
1045 W. Stephenson St., Freeport, IL 61032
Physicians Immediate Care Urgent Care Clinic – Phone: 815-986-4200
1009 Fairway Drive, Freeport, IL 61032
Community Healthcare Clinic – Phone: 815-599-8414
10 W. Linden Street, Freeport, IL 61032
Family Counseling Center – Phone: 815-599-7300
https://www.fhn.org/counseling-services.asp
421 W Exchange, Freeport, IL 61032
Physician Referral – Phone: 815-599-7060
Eye Care Services – Phone: 815-599-7785

Monroe Clinic
Highland Women’s Care – Phone: 815-233-0999
https://www.monroeclinic.org/highlandwomenscare
3103 W Kunkle Blvd, Freeport, IL 61032
Urgent Care – Phone: 815-233-7185
https://www.monroeclinic.org/hours-locations/urgent-care
1301 S. Kiwanis Drive, Freeport, IL 61032
Eye Clinic – Phone: 815-232-1105
https://www.monroeclinic.org/eyecare/
1110 S. Park Boulevard, Freeport, IL 61032

Al-Anon
Phone: 888-425-2666, http://www.niafg.org/

NAMI of Stephenson County (Support for Mental Illness)
Phone: 815-821-4037 or 815-232-4841
https://www.nami.org/Local-NAMI/Details?state=IL&local=7b78afec-94c2-4d45-86cf-e46f268b68d2
813 S. State Street, Freeport, IL 61032

Freeport Pregnancy Center
Phone: 815-232-5433
http://freeportpregnancycenter.org/ 222 W Exchange Street, Freeport, IL 61032

Norman C Sleezer Youth Home
Residential Treatment Services
Phone: 815-232-8336
Community Outreach Counseling Program
Phone: 815-232-8336
http://www.sleezeryouthhome.org/
1401 S Sleezer Home Road, Freeport, IL 61032

RAMP
Youth Advocacy Services, Community Services, Information and Referral (Disability)
Phone: 815-233-1128
https://rampcil.org/
2155 W Galena Avenue, Freeport, IL 61032