We are local youth on a mission to help the homeless and less fortunate here in our community. All of the items we receive during this endeavor will be given to the Good Samaritan House and the Women’s Shelter. All monetary donations will be given to the Southern Illinois Coalition for the Homeless. Jackson County currently has a poverty rate of 30.4%, and Williamson County is at 15.8%. The Sparrow Coalition is working with organizations like the Good Samaritan House and SICH to help our neighbors in need, but these organizations need our help and support. Please help us help them!
Give generously to youth who will be standing outside of local shops raising funds and collecting needed items on July 21, 22, and 23 for our three main providers of housing: Good Samaritan House, the Women’s Center, and Southern Illinois Coalition for the Homeless.
Items Needed for Care Packages:
Travel Size: For kids/teens:
Deodorant Small toys
Tooth brush Books
Razor Nail Polish
Shaving Cream Other prizes
Shampoo Other items:
Soap Baby Wipes
Wash cloth Socks (all sizes)
Are your youth interested in participating? Contact organizer Jaci Arthur for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, if your church, business, or organization is willing to participate, let us know. We very much hope everyone can get involved in helping these organizations continue their important work in these difficult times. Every bit helps. Thank you!
You may also make direct tax-deductible donations through Sparrow’s GoFundMe Account at gofundme.com/sparrowcoalition or send to Sparrow Coalition, 306 W. Monroe St., Carbondale, IL 62901 with “Youth Fundraiser” in the memo line.
Poor Health: Health Consequences of Extended Poverty was the topic of discussion at the May 25th meeting of the Community Forum: Challenges of Poverty in Carbondale, at the Carbondale Public Library, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
‘Poor health’ might well be the answer to the question: How are the people of Southern Illinois doing these days?
Indeed, such were the findings of the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment presented by Angie Bailey, Community Benefits Manager of Southern Illinois Healthcare, who will participated. The goal of the tri-annual assessment is to determine the most significant health issues in the area and how to improve them.
The report cited three major health issues in Southern Illinois – cancer, cardiovascular disease and mental health, each of which requires different approaches, according to Bailey.
Ms. Baily was joined in the discussion by Miriam Link-Mullison, Chief Administrator for Jackson County Health Department, who as one of the leaders of the Healthy Southern Illinois Delta Network of regional county health departments, too, helped us understand the state of health of residents in our region.
Yet, for those of us following the long-term impact of regional poverty, the health status of our fellow citizens, are not surprising given the strong tie between health conditions, race and socio-economic status Indeed, according to a recent report by researchers at the University of California School of Medicine: “Socioeconomic status is the most powerful predictor of disease, disorder, injury and mortality we have.”
And, according to the 2016 Illinois Poverty report, conducted by the Social Impact Research Center of Heartland Alliance, 7 of the 11 most southern counties of Illinois were issued poverty warnings.
The role of explaining the consequences of multigenerational poverty in our region fell to Dhrubodhi Mukherjee, Associate Professor in the SIU School of Social Work, who, too, has his finger on the pulse through his efforts to advance collaborations with local health agencies to deal with the health issues cited in Community Health Needs Assessment.
The Forum is organized by SIU’s Imagining Geographies, Carbondale Public Library, and the Sparrow Coalition.
For more information, contact Imagining Geographies facilitator, Peter Lemish, at (618) 534-3989.
The goal of the Emergency Response Team is the provision of inclement weather emergency shelter for people who cannot be served by existing programs, and to seek ways to help families prevent homelessness when emergency financial situations arise.
The Long Term Housing Team is building a comprehensive long-term plan for manifesting affordable housing for the most vulnerable individuals and families among us in our region. This effort focuses on three distinct trajectories, including (1) Development, design and building of a sustainable, mixed-economy, job-creating Tiny House Community Village; (2) directly placing the homeless with interested landlords; and (3) supporting both emergent and already existing long term housing programs like that of the Southern Illinois Coalition for the Homeless.
Communications & Advocacy
The Communications & Advocacy Team works to give voice to those struggling with poverty and homelessness, and to educate the community on these issues. We advocate for humane and sustainable policies and projects to address poverty and homelessness in our region. We promote the efforts of the Sparrow Coalition, and the needs and concerns of regional social service agencies. We share information via digital media, press interviews, special events, and public speaking.
The Knowledge Mobilization Team develops partnerships & knowledge-related collaborations with researchers, agency representatives, community organizations, residents, persons in poverty, and fellow Sparrow Coalition members. The team works to gather, organize, and disseminate research, policies, and policy analyses, approaches employed by relevant organizations, and so forth. The team previously organized the Community Forums on Poverty, working with the Sparrow Coalition Communications Team and SIU Imagining Geographies in sharing the products of our efforts.
Want to be part of a team?
‘Housing First’ Initiatives
IDEAS Driving Housing First Initiatives: “Housing First is an approach to ending homelessness that centers on providing people experiencing homelessness with housing as quickly as possible – and then providing services as needed. This approach has the benefit of being consistent with what most people experiencing homelessness want and seek help to achieve.” National Alliance to End Homelessness
VIDEO ‘Housing First’– a way towards ending homelessness Video: TEDx local production
Juha Kaakinen describes the main features of the Housing First concept. He also tries to challenge the `prevailing prejudices about homeless people. TED Published on Sep 19, 2014 [ 16:58” ]
WHAT ARE OTHERS DOING TO ADVANCE THE IDEAS OF ‘Housing First’ Initiatives ?
- ONE MAN Builds a Shelter
VIDEO: Man Builds Tiny House for a Homeless Woman Sleeping in the Dirt! Hezakya News [6:35”]
- A CHURCH ACTS, Westfield, NY
VIDEO: Church Community Creates Portable Homeless Shelter [ SBU-TV: Westfield, NY ]
Members of the St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Westfield, N.Y. decided to create a portable homeless shelter to temporarily house those in the community who are unable to make the 20-mile trip to the nearest shelter. The poor church cannot afford better housing at the moment, but believe the insulated hut will make a difference while dealing with sub-zero temperatures. [1:37”] Published March 7, 2014
- COMMUNITY-WIDE ACTION FOCUS of September 29 Presentation
CASE STUDY – ‘Square One’, Eugene Oregon
Tiny Houses – Square One / Opportunity Villages Eugene, Oregon
Square One website History & actions taken in establishing, first, Opportunity Village, and recent additional initiatives.
CNN Brief report: Homes for the Homeless. Short article about Opportunity Village, OR
VIDEO: Homeless not Hopeless[ Opportunity Village, Eugene, OR ]
Transitional micro-housing community helping to create solutions. Published on Sep 20, 2014 [9” ]
- STATE-WIDE ACTION: UTAH
VIDEO: A Rational Response To Homelessness – It’s ACTUALLY Happening! [Utah] [8”]
“In eight years, Utah has quietly reduced homelessness by 78 percent, and is on track to end homelessness by 2015. How did Utah accomplish this? Simple. Utah solved homelessness by giving people homes. In 2005, Utah figured out that the annual cost of E.R. visits and jail stays for homeless people was about $16,670 per person. Published on Feb 8, 2014
- NATION-wide ACTION in United States National associations & resource aggregators
The American Tiny House Association promotes the tiny house as a viable, formally acceptable dwelling option for a wide variety of people.
National Alliance to End Homelessness Housing First page
Tent City Urbanism and The Village Collaborative
* Prepared by Civic Soul Media, an Imagining Geographies Initiative, in collaboration with The Sparrow Coalition. September 2015.
AGING & DISABLITY SERVICES
Office of State Guardian-The Office of State Guardian (OSG) handles the personal, financial, and legal affairs of developmentally disabled, mentally ill, and elderly individuals with disabilities.
Egyptian Regional Office
Address: #7 Cottage Dr. Anna, IL 62906 Phone: 618/ 833-4897 Fax: 618/ 833-5219
Social Security Office: Serving Alexander, Jackson, Perry, Pulaski, and Union Counties
Address: 250 W. Cherry St. Room 104 Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: 1- 800-772-1213 or 1-877-714-0377
Illinois Department on Aging (Ombudsman Resident Advocate) – Advocacy who seeks to resolve complaints on behalf of people who receive long-term care services.
ASSISTANCE WITH PRESCRIPTIONS/ MEDICAL CARE
SCBC Prescription Advocacy-SCBN Prescription Advocacy was founded in 2002 to help lower income patients afford their medications and serve as a single point of access to over 250 Patient Assistance Programs. For often as low as $25 per medication, per month, SCBN provides patient advocacy for ongoing care, plus case management for processing applications and managing renewals.
Phone: 1-888-331-1002 (Enrollment) Website: http://www.scbn.org
Simple Fill Prescription Assistance- Simple fill was founded to help uninsured and under-insured Americans afford their prescribed medications. You must not have prescription coverage and must fall within our income guidelines in order to qualify for our program. The income guidelines vary depending on the prescription you need help with. It is usually between 200% and 400% above the Federal Poverty Guideline.
Phone: 1-877-386-0206 (Enrollment) Website: http://www.simplefill.com
The RX Advocates- The Rx Advocates was founded to help uninsured and under-insured Americans gain access to prescription medications they cannot afford. To meet the guidelines for these programs you typically need to be in a financial hardship, you cannot have prescription insurance, and you must be a U.S citizen or resident.
Phone: 1-866-949-7353 (Enrollment) Website: http://www.therxadvocates.com
Carbondale Township Relief Office-They help only single adults with no dependents with rent (up to $110, based on persons needs), utilities, medicines, and food and laundry vouchers. This is also the office where crosswalk agency is located for Jackson County by Appointment base ONLY. (Carbondale Residents ONLY)
Address: 217 E. Main St. Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 457-3366
Murphysboro Township Relief Office
Also offers community service based employment while searching for permanent employment (max benefits of $294 mo for 59 hours of work)
Contact Person: Sue Givens Phone: 618/ 687-1142
Catholic Newman Center- SIU student assistance (also assist the local community on a need basis)
Address: 715 S. Washington St. Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 529-3311
St. Francis Xavier Church- Emergency assistance
Contact Person Marilyn Bush: Phone: 618/ 457-4556
Address: 303 S. Popular St. Carbondale, IL 62901
Childcare Resource and Referral — Individuals who are income eligible and are working or enrolled in an approved education/training program are eligible for assistance in their child care payments. CCR&R partners with the Department of Human Services in assisting Illinois families with their financial child care needs. To qualify for financial assistance your total monthly gross income must be below federal poverty guidelines for your family size.
Mailing Address: 700 Logan College Rd. Carterville, IL 62918 Phone: 618/ 985-5975
Physical Address: 607 S Greenbrier Carterville, IL 62918 Fax: 618/ 985-3528
CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES
Phone: 1-800-25- ABUSE (1-800-252-2873)
Illinois Sex offender Information Hotline
Phone: 1- 888-414-7678 Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00am- 5pm
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Phone: 1-800-THE- LOST (1-800-843-5678)
Children’s Medical Resource Network- Comprehensive Medical Exams of children that are reported victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse, and neglect.
Address: 1155 E. Vienna St. Anna, IL 62906
Contact Person: Ginger Meyer, MSW Phone: 618/ 833-6488
Lutheran Social Services– Network through DCFS, provides temporary and permanent foster placement for children. Train and Certify those wanting to be foster parents.(private and open adoption services) Serving 14 counties in Southern Illinois.
Address: 1616 West Main St. Marion, Ill 62959 Phone: 618-997-9196
Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS)
Address: 1210 Hanson St. Murphysboro, IL 62966 Phone: 618/ 687-1733 Fax: 618/ 684-2088
Child Support Regional Office- Serving all counties in Southern Illinois.
Address: 3419 Professional Park Dr. Marion, IL 62959 Phone: 618/ 993-7801
DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES-DHS/ FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Division of Human Capital Development (HCD)-The Division of Human Capital Development helps Illinois residents by connecting them with many programs and services. While our division is well known for helping people with cash, medical, food stamps, and childcare, our staff will help you find services from other DHS divisions, other state agencies, and from your local community.
Phone: 1-800-843-6154 (Referral Service)
DHS Family Community Resource Center in Jackson County- Receives applications for Cash, SNAP, and Medical Assistance by fax, mail or in person.
Address: 342 North St. Murphysboro, IL 62966 Phone: 618/ 687-1705 Fax: 618/ 684-2732
Illinois Coalition against Domestic Violence IDHS Hotline
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Phone: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
The Women’s Center
24-hour crisis hotline intervention: Emergency shelter, food, supplies and transportation individual and group support, counseling information, referrals, education case management, legal, medical, and personal advocacy. Serving Franklin, Jackson, Perry, and Williamson counties.
Address: 610 S. Thompson St. Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 529-2324
General Equivalency Diploma (GED) testing sites and classes- A test administered by the American Council of Education that is considered a high-school equivalency exam.
Class Location in Jackson County (GED)
John A. Logan Community College – The GED test is for people just like you! Every year thousands of people get their GED (General Educational Development) Diplomas. In Illinois over 60,000 people attend an Adult Education class every year. The ABE/GED program at John A. Logan College provides an opportunity to earn your GED regardless of how long you have been out of school. Also offered; Adult Basic Education/GED, Literacy Program, Adult Secondary Education Program http://www.jalc.edu/adult-basic-secondary-education/adult-basic-education-ged
Address: 700 Logan College Road, Carterville, IL 62918 Phone: (618) 985-8539
Contact Person: Karla Tabbing
Address: 205 N. Oakland Dr. Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 549-8232 Ext. 223
Testing Location for Jackson County (GED) / Regional Superintendent- Donna Boros
Plan to register for the exam at least two weeks in advance. Sometimes the testing sessions fill up quickly. When you register you will need to take: photo identification (Driver’s license preferred-if driver’s license does not list your current address then you need to bring a piece of mail with your current address.) Registration fee of $50.00. Must be cash or money orders. No personal checks. A verification letter from your high school if you have passed the U.S. and Illinois Constitution test at the high school level or a constitution certificate from your GED class.
Address: 1001 Walnut St. Murphysboro, IL 62966 Phone: 618/ 687-7290 Fax: 618/ 687-7296
Southern Illinois University
Address: Carbondale, IL Phone: 618/ 453-2121
Western Egyptian Economic Opportunity Council- The LIHEAP is designed to help income eligible households pay for their upcoming winter energy services and reduce their energy burden. Residents in Jackson, Monroe, Perry, and Randolph, Counties will be able to make an appointment for an application for a home energy grant through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
Address: Murphysboro below the DHS office- (CLOSED UNTIL OCT 1, 2015) Phone: 618-684-3341 or Main Office (Sparta): 618-443-5231
Crosswalk Community Action Agency- Serving Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Williamson counties
Address: 410 W. Main St. West Frankfort, IL 62896 Phone: 618/ 937-3581 (OPERATES OUT OF CARBONDALE TOWNSHIP-BY APPOINTMENT ONLY)
Murphysboro Ministerial Alliance
Address: 116 N. 11th St. Suite C 724 Mulberry Murphysboro, IL 62966 Phone: 618/ 687- 2012
EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES/ UNEMPLOYMENT
Job Corps- Job Corps offers a comprehensive array of career development services to at-risk young women and men, ages 16 to 24, to prepare them for successful careers. Job Corps employs a holistic career development training approach which integrates the teaching of academic, vocational, employability skills and social competencies through a combination of classroom, practical and based learning experiences to prepare youth for stable, long-term, high-paying jobs.
Address: 345 Job Corps Rd. Golconda, IL 62938
Phone: 618/ 285-6601 or 1-800-733-JOBS (1-800-733-5627)
Man-Tra-Con-Serving Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Perry, and Williamson Counties. Man-Tra-Con is involved in several community based special projects, youth program initiatives, and services for dislocated workers. Provides tuition relief for some areas of education.
Address: 3000 West Deyoung St. Ste800b Marion, Illinois 62959 Phone: 618/ 998-0970
Address: 2015 W. Main St. #1 Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 457-0414
FOOD ASSISTANCE/CLOTHING ASSISTANCE
Good Samaritan House- Pantry & Soup Kitchen
Address: 701 S. Marion St. Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: (Pantry) – 618/ 457-0323
Phone: (Soup Kitchen): 618/457-5794
Murphysboro Food Pantry- Pantry
Address: 906 N 14th St Murphysboro, IL 62966 Phone: 618/ 684- 8243
Murphysboro Youth & Rec Center
Address: 1818 Walnut St Murphysboro, IL 62966 Phone: 618/ 684-8243
Shalom Cooperative Parish
Address: 610 Front St. Grand Tower, IL 62942 Phone: 618/ 565- 2227
The View First Baptist Church
Address: 302 W. Main St. Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 457-8216
University Baptist Church
Address: 700 S. Oakland Ave. Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 457-0323
Victory Christian Center
Address: 607 E. College St. Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 351-8018
Carbondale Senior Citizen Center/ Carbondale Meals on Wheels- Food assistance for Senior Citizens
Address: 409 N. Springer St. Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 457-4151
Murphysboro Senior Citizens Center/ Murphysboro Meals on Wheels- Food assistance for senior citizens
Address: 17 N. 14th St. Murphysboro, IL 62966 Phone: 618/ 687-1641
The Jackson County Court House
Address: 10th & Walnut, P.O. Box 730 St. Murphysboro, IL 62966 Phone: 618/ 687-7300
The Jackson County Circuit Clerk
Address: 10th & Walnut, P.O. Box 730 St. Murphysboro, IL 62966 Phone: 618/ 687-7300
The Jackson County Clerk
Address: 1001 Walnut St Murphysboro, Il 62966 Phone: 618/ 687-7360
The Jackson County Treasurer
Address: 1001 Walnut St. Murphysboro, Il 62966 Phone: 618/ 687-7350
The Jackson County Sheriff
Address: 1001 Mulberry Murphysboro, IL 62966 Phone: 618/ 687-3822
The Jackson County State’s Attorney
Address: 1001 Walnut St. Murphysboro, IL 62966 Phone: 618/ 687-7200
The Jackson County Regional Supt. of Schools
Address: 1001 Walnut Murphysboro, IL 62966 Phone: 618/ 687-7290
The Jackson County Supervisor of Assessments
Address: 20 S. 10th St. Murphysboro, IL 62966 Phone: 618/687-7220
The Jackson County Chairman, County Commissioner
Address: 1001 Walnut St. Murphysboro, IL 62966 Phone: 618/ 687-7240
Jackson County Public Defender’s Office
Address: 22 S. 10th Murphysboro, Il 62966 Phone: 618/ 687-7250
Ed Dorsey (Income Based)
1809 W. Main St. #236 Carbondale, IL 62901
HEALTH DEPARTMENT– JCHD provides both individual services – such as immunizations and case management, and community services – such as disease surveillance/control and recycling drop-off sites. They are dedicated to improving the health of this community through both our direct efforts, and by collaborating with other community partners.
Address: 415 Health Department Rd. Murphysboro, IL 62966 Phone: 618/ 684-3143 Fax: 618/ 684-0623
Good Samaritan House- Homeless Shelter
Address: 701 S. Marion St. Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 457-5794 Fax: 618/ 549-5138
Homebuyer Assistance Program-The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) has awarded Homebuyer Assistance funds to the City of Carbondale. The Homebuyer Assistance Program will use these funds to assist lower-income persons with the purchase and rehabilitation of a home located within the Carbondale city limits. The Homebuyer Assistance Program can provide up to $10,000 in down payment and closing cost assistance to the home buyer and further funds for rehabilitation of the property to bring the dwelling up to the City’s housing codes. The home purchaser must provide at least $1,000 towards the purchase price and qualify for and obtain financing from a participating lender.
Contact Person: Khristina Vaughn, Housing Program Administrator Phone: 618/ 549-5302
Jackson County Housing Authority– Housing program that is designed for individuals with limited incomes. Housing units are in Murphysboro, Elkville, De Soto, Carbondale, and Grand Tower.
Address: 300 N. 7th St. Murphysboro, IL 62966 Phone: 618/684-3138 Fax: 618/ 684-3222
The Fields Apartments (Lesa Shelton / Assistant Manager) – Section 8 (rent based on income and includes water, sewer and refuse pick-up, electric not included but utility allowance is given toward the rent)
Address: 700 S. Lewis Ln Carbondale, IL 62901 Phones: 618/ 549-7377 Fax: 618/ 457-5848
Mill Street Apartments
Address: 703-a3 S Rawlings St. Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 529-3371
Address: 810 W. Mill St. Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 529-3371
Memorial Hospital of Carbondale
Address: 405 W. Jackson St. Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 549-0721
St. Joseph’s Hospital
Address: 2 Hospital Dr. Murphysboro, IL 62966 Phone: 618/ 684-3156
Land of Lincoln- Provides low income and senior residents of central and Southern Illinois with high quality civil legal services that consist of; advice, representation, advocacy, education, and collaboration. Such programs include housing, family, homeownership, consumer, education, public benefits and health, services for senior citizens and disabled persons.
Address: Old National Bank Building, Third floor 509 S. University Ave. Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: 618/ 457-7800
MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDERS/ DRUG REHABILITATION/DUI COUNSELING
Illinois Suicide & Crisis Hotline
Phone: 1-800- SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) OR 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse (DASA) – Treatment services for alcoholism & addiction are offered through an extensive state-wide provider network
Phone: 1-866-213-0548 (Referral Service)
Division of Mental Health(DMH)- DMH funded agencies provide mental health services based on a mental health assessment to adults and children who are diagnosed with a mental illness or emotional disturbance and an impaired level of functioning. Services are designed to restore, manage, and rehabilitate an individual’s mental condition. Services are focused on recovery and assisting individuals to participate fully in the community.
Phone: 1-800-843-6154 (Referral Service)
Piney Ridge Center-All treatment is individualized, employing group, individual, and family therapy, as well as education plans, and psychiatric treatment designed to move teens from self-defeating to self-enhancing life styles. They Provide a variety of services which include; Pre- Adolescent (Ages 7-12) Strength- Based Program, Sexual Offender Program (male & female units- ages 12-18), Psychiatric and Behavioral Programs (Ages 12-18), Gender Specific Trauma Focused Therapy, Dual Diagnosis Treatment Approach, and Transportation Services Available.
Address: 1000 Hospital Rd. Waynesville, IL 65583 Phone: 618/ 774-5353
Caritas Family Solutions, Social Services– Provides the community with adoption choices, foster care and counseling services.
Address: 10286 Fleming Road Carterville, IL 62918. Phone: (618) 985-2000
Centerstone – Individual, Family, and group counseling. Child & adolescent mental health services for youth ages 3-18. Psychiatric evaluation & medication management available. Medical card accepted. Patients without a payer source will be seen or provided assistance in finding a source of funding when possible. Homeless youth program- Contact Tina Brooks
Address: 2311 S. Illinois Ave. Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 457-7814 Fax: 618/ 549-3734
Address: 200 N. Emerald Ln. Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 457-6703
Centerstone Crisis Center- H Group Crisis Center helps people- 24 hours day, 7 days a week- experiencing a behavioral health crisis, such as a suicide threat, or feelings that might cause someone to be a danger him/ herself or others.
Address: 403 Commerce Dr. Carterville, IL 62918 Phone: 1-855-985-0911
Southern Illinois Behavioral Services
Address: 1110 Cedar Court Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 457-4144
Cenerstone/Mental Health Juvenile Justice Initiative (MHJJI)- Case Management for youth age 10 to 17 ½ involved in, or at risk of being involved in, the criminal justice system who also have a mental health related issue.
Contact: Tina Brooks
Centerstone/SOC (systems of care)- Work with DCFS wards (and their foster parents) in danger of a pacemen t disruption. Contact: Tina Brooks
Residential treatment. Offers In- patient and Out-patient services (ACCEPTS MEDICAL CARD)
Address: 1080 E. Park St. Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 529-1151 Fax: 618/ 549-9540
Adolescent Health Center
Address: 101 S. Wall St Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 969-8283
Murphysboro Health Center
Address: 7 S. Hospital Dr. Murphysboro, IL 62966 Phone: 618/ 687-3418
Shawnee Health Care (Carbondale)
Address: 400 S. Lewis Ln. Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 519-9900
PHYSICIANS THAT ACCEPT MEDIAID
All Kids- All Kids is Illinois program for children who need comprehensive, affordable health insurance, regardless of family income, immigration status or health condition.
Phone: 1-866-ALL-KIDS (1-866-255-5437)
UIC Division of Specialized Care for Children- The division of specialized care for children (DSCC) can help families arrange, coordinate, access, and pay for their child’s specialized medical treatment when the child has an eligible medical condition
Illinois Women’s Health-Line-All uninsured women between the ages of 40 and 64 can receive free breast cancer screenings, and uninsured women between 35 and 64 can receive free cervical cancer screening.
Phone: 1-888-522-1282 (Referral Service)
Center of Medical Arts- Multi-specialty Clinic with Family Medicine, GI, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, General Surgery, Urology, Radiology, Lab, Pharmacy, Prompt Care, Registered Dietician.
Address: 2601 W. Main St. Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 549-5361
Community Health & Emergency Services (Chesi- Cedar Court Clinic) –The clinic provides primary care and specialized care including internal medicine, pediatrics, geriatrics, obstetrics-gynecology, endocrinology and infectious disease management.
Address: 1340 N Cedar Ct. Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/457-7821
PREGNANCY /PARENTING CLASSES/ FAMILY SUPPORT
Child & Family Connections (Archway) – Pediatric specialists help infants and toddlers develop to their maximum potential through evaluations and individualized service plans. The 16 available services include speech therapy, physical therapy, hearing evaluations, developmental intervention, and nutrition. All services are home-based.
Address: 2751 W. Main St, PO Box 1180 Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 529-3147
Family Restoration Program/ Parenting Education Classes-The Children First Program is an educational seminar for divorcing parents. Participants meet in a group of 25 to 30 persons, with a group moderator. Group discussion is facilitated by viewing short videotaped examples of interactions which occur frequently during dissolution proceedings, and which have negative, often hurtful, effects on children. The most important aim of discussion is to focus attention on the feelings of the children involved, rather than on the problems, or feelings, of the parents.
Locations include: Rend Lake College, Ina, IL; Fairfield Community College, Fairfield, IL; John A. Logan Community College, Carterville, IL; First United Methodist Church, Carmi, IL; Mt. Carmel Public Library, Mt. Carmel, IL; Rend Lake College Market Place, Mt. Vernon, IL; Our Savior Lutheran Church, Lawrenceville, IL.
Phone: 618/ 262-2707 or 1-800-363-5237
The Women’s Center- Parenting Classes
Address: 610 S. Thompson St. Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 529-2324
Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois
Address: 901 W. Pleasant Hill Rd. Carbondale, IL/ 1818 Walnut St. Murphysboro, IL
Phone: 618/ 363-9027 Contact Person: Tina
Address: Campbell Hill
Phone: 618/ 559-8974 Contact Person: Bev
Address: 241 S. Lewis Ln. Carbondale, IL 62901 Phones: 618/ 549-2797
The CenterStone/ Big Brothers Big Sisters- Big Brothers Big Sisters are a nationally acclaimed program that connects caring adult volunteers to children ages 6-16 for friendship and fun.
Address: 200 N. Emerald Ln. Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: 618/ 457-6703
Carbondale Memorial Hospital- Mothers and fathers learn skills for childbirth and caring for an infant in this popular series of classes. The classes will prepare expectant parents both mentally and physically for participation, sharing, and individual satisfaction in pregnancy, labor, birth and introduction to parenthood.
Address: Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, Conference Room 1C or DEF, Carbondale, IL
Phone: 618/ 549-0721
Jackson County Mass Transit- Rides throughout Jackson County from 7:00am-6:00pm, Monday through Friday. To schedule a ride call from 7:00am – 3:00pm, 24 hours in advance. Call on Friday for Monday service. The price for a one-way trip varies from $0.00-$4.00.
Address: 608 East College, Carbondale, IL 62901 (Administrative Office) Phone: 618/ 549-0304 or 1-866-884-RIDE
Bart Transportation- Transportation to these locations in St. Louis: airport, train & bus stations, hospitals and doctors. Pick up points are in Benton, Carbondale, Carterville, De Soto, Du Quoin, Johnston City, Marion, Murphysboro, Pinckneyville, Vergennes, and West Frankfort.
Phone: 1-800-872-7245 (Call three days in advance)
Address: Carbondale, IL Phone: 618/ 453-5749
Address: Carbondale, IL Phone: 618/ 684-3506
Address: Carbondale, IL Phone: 618/ 549-8294
The WIC program in Illinois helps provide supplemental foods, health care referrals and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding postpartum women. If you are planning to apply for WIC benefits at Jackson County Health Department Murphysboro, then you may need to provide proof of income, proof of AHCCCS, TANF, food stamps or Section 8 participation that meets the IL WIC income guidelines and proof of residence or identity.
Address: 415 Health Department Rd. Murphysboro, Illinois 62966 Phone: 618/ 684-3143
BUSINESSESS THAT WILL HIRE/ASSIST FELONS
LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICES- PRISON AND FAMILY MINISTRY- Assisting first hand with individuals that were once incarcerated and now need help getting back on their feet. To avoid recidivism: they assist in job placement, housing, prescription co-pays, career specialist, obtaining identification (social security card, id).
Address: 102 East Deyoung St. Ste B, Marion Illinois 62959 Phone: 618-997-9076
Contact Person: Sherra Robinson and/or Deann Strunk
E-Z RENTAL CENTER– Rent construction and equipment big jobs. For home, contractor, party, or commercial use.
Address: Address: 1817 W Sycamore St, Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: (618) 457-4127
BOB EVANS- Restaurant
Contact Person: Jennifer Brendle
Address: 2708 West Deyoung St. Marion, Illinois 62959 Phone: (618) 997-1487
TIMBERLINE FISHERIES- Factory work supplies wild animal food. They also offer a shuttle for transportation.
Address: 201 East Timberline Rd, Marion Illinoi 62959 Phone: 618-997-9311
SHOE SHINE BUSINESS– Provides temporary employment for individuals that have been incarcerated and/or homeless.
Address: Carbondale Phone: 618-559-6584
Contact Person: Rev Logwood
MANPOWER- Temp agency that hires felons and proposed permanent work
Address: 2015 W Main St. Ste 1, Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: (618) 457-0414
EXTRA HELP INC- Temp agency that hires felons and proposed permanent work
Address: 3911 W Ernestine Dr, Marion, IL 62959 · (618) 993-9675
RED LOBSTER- Restaurant
Address: 2900 W Deyoung St, Marion, IL 62959 · 12.87 mi Phone: (618) 993-6996
Superior Detail– Exterior Services- All exterior detailing services receive a Full Service hand wash/dry, cleaning of wheels, wheel wells, tires, tar, bug and road grime removal.
Address: 622 E. Main St. Carbondale, IL 62901 Phone: (618) 351-8445
The Home Depot– Department stores
Address: 3200 Banterra Dr. Marion, IL 62959 Phone: (618) 997-7100
Target- Department stores
Address: 3000 W Deyoung St. Ste 600 Marion, IL 62959 Phone (618) 997-8174
*Community Resource Guide created September 14, 2015. Compiled by Shannon Butler, MSW student at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, on behalf of the Carbondale Public Library, the SIU School of Social Work and the Sparrow Coalition.
Community Forum Series “Challenges of Poverty in Carbondale”
June 23, 2015 ~ Carbondale Public Library
“Homeless in Carbondale”
SIU Researcher Josh Phillips interviewed 10 homeless people over several months while working at a local homeless shelter. Phillips found that often benefits being offered or received do not match recipients’ needs. At the June 2015 Community Forum, Phillips shared their experiences and views on solutions to homelessness. Some of the common themes that emerged in his study are losing everything, navigating the system, manipulating the system, and seeking recognition and finding community. These experiences informed a dialogue in which housed and unhoused community members discussed how best to address the challenges of poverty in Carbondale.
Phillips emphasized that the voices of homeless people matter, and that we who are housed should listen carefully. “Dialogue between housed and homeless fosters a sense of mutual respect, personal empowerment, and shared ownership for public policy,” Phillips said.
Listen here to WSIU’s interview with Carbondale Interfaith Council President and Sparrow Coalition Facilitator Maurine Pyle and SIU Lecturer Josh Phillips about the “Homeless in Carbondale” Community Forum. Read coverage by the Southern Illinoisan here.
ABOUT THE SERIES: The Community Forum Series Challenges of Poverty in Carbondale is an initiative of the Sparrow Coalition and Imagining Geographies – Civic Soul, in partnership with the Carbondale Public Library and the Carbondale Interfaith Council. Following Civic Soul’s civic dialogue model, these community meetings seek to enable residents, members of ad hoc groups and civic organizations, researchers, policymakers, city staff, and civic leaders to discuss crucial issues of shared public concern.
Previous Community Forum events include a film screening of “The Homestretch,” in partnership with WSIU which follows the lives of three homeless teens; as well as screenings and discussions with homelessness documentarian Diane Nilan during Carbondale’s 11 Days of Compassion in March 2015.
The Forum will continue in September when one of the founders of Eugene, Oregon’s micro-housing development, Opportunity Village, will share the accomplishments of this project.