Find Community Resources


Photo of Shannon Butler, social work intern at the Carbondale Public Library by Byron Hetlzer for the Southern Illinoisan.

Are you looking for help? Come to the Carbondale Public Library and talk to an SIU social work graduate student who can connect you with community resources. Call 618-457-0354 ext 308 or check the websites below.

The 2018 Carbondale Resource Brochure is also available to download, print and share.

Community Resources

  • Bethel AME’s Feed My Sheep Community Kitchen serves free meals Monday-Friday starting at noon.
  • The Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale offers a positive environment for children providing educational, recreational, and social activities.
  • Caritas Family Solutions is a licensed child welfare and family service agency caring for the most vulnerable throughout Southern Illinois.
  • Centerstone is a not-for-profit provider of community-based behavioral healthcare, offering a full range of mental health services, substance abuse treatment, and intellectual and developmental disabilities services. Currently, Centerstone also offers employment services and incentives for 18 to 24 year-olds who have had a brush with the law, and who live in certain census tracts in Carbondale. Sex offenders and most violent crime offenders are not eligible at this time.
  • Egyptian Area Agency on Aging offers a wide range of services to seniors and their caregivers in Southern Illinois and maintains a comprehensive list of resources.
  • Good Samaritan Ministries operates an emergency homeless shelter, transitional house, soup kitchen, and food pantry.
  • Lutheran Social Services of Illinois is a not-for-profit social services agency serving children, families and adults.
  • Shawnee Health Care provides vital health, dental, and behavioral health services to members of the community. Shawnee has 11 health community health centers in Jackson and Williamson Counties.
  • connects Southern Illinois families to information and resources that improve lives for children and families.
  • SIU Wesley Foundation Food Pantry offers a food pantry for Southern Illinois University and John A. Logan College students.
  • Southern Illinois Continuum of Care offers a comprehensive area resource guide for 27 counties.
  • Southern Illinois Coalition for the Homeless provides HUD transitional housing and permanent housing with supportive services in Williamson and Jackson Counties. Opportunities for housing are open to all sub-populations, including those with disabilities, ex-felons, and persons living with HIV/AIDS. The “Homeless to Homeowner” Program helps low and very low income families purchase a home in nine counties.
  • The Women’s Center provides services and support to children and women who are survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
  • United Way of Southern Illinois serves 14 counties in Southern Illinois with the goal of changing the odds for children and families by focusing on the building blocks to self-sufficiency: education, income and health. Find community resources through the United Way by dialing 211.

A comprehensive area resource guide for Jackson and Williamson Counties compiled by Healthy Southern Illinois Delta Network is available here.

If you are aware of other area resources for those in need, please let us know at

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