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The following resources are intended to help immigrants, refugees, and supporters find their way through the complex process of making the United States a refuge and home. 


In a life-threatening fire, police or medical emergency, always go to the nearest hospital or call 911


Champaign County Sheriff
(217) 333-8911
Champaign Fire (217) 403-7200

Savoy Fire (217) 259-5814

Urbana Fire (217) 384-2420

Poison Control Center (800) 222-1222

Champaign Police (217) 351-8911

Savoy Police (217) 333-8911

Urbana Police (217) 384-2320

Crisis Line (217) 244-7911


Organizations that advocate, counsel and assist those who have experienced cruelty


Adult Protective Services

Champaign County Children’s Advocacy Center

Courage Connection

Crisis Nursery

Illini Christian Ministries Safe Families Program  

The Immigration Project

R.A.C.E.S. (Rape Advocacy, Counseling, and Education Services)

National Domestic Violence Hotline


Illinois Domestic Violence Help Line 1-877-863-6338


Below are conversation and tutoring groups

English Corner

International Hospitality Committee Friendship Group ‡                             

International Women’s Connection ‡ 

Project READ (Parkland College)

Wesley Foundation, International Coffee Hour ‡                                     

Formally instructed English language classes

First Presbyterian ESL Program

First United Methodist Church of Urbana (ESL Drop-In Center)

International Hospitality Committee English Classes

Mattis Avenue Free Methodist Church

Parkland College Adult and Workforce Education

Urbana Adult Education Center

Wesley Foundation


Programs that enhance child development through knowledge and skills building

Before and After School Child Care Program

Champaign County Early Head Start/Head Start

Child Care Resource Services

Crisis Nursery

Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club

Kids Plus Before & After School Program

READY Program

Regional Office of Education



Organizations and services that assist immigrants seeking immigration assistance


ECIRMAC 6 (East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center)

New American Welcome Center (NAWC)

Urbana Adult Education Center

The Immigration Project               

Law Office of Jason L.Spangehl

Immigration Law Office of Lauren A. Anaya

Matt Kuenning | Erwin, Martinkus, & Cole, LTD


Garments, shoes, jewelry, and more for low-income individuals


Salt & Light Ministries

Salvation Army

Warm-A-Kid Drive (Unit #4 School District)

His Kid’s Closet



Information on community businesses, events, travel, and fun

2-1-1 Information & Referral        

Champaign Park District

Disability Resource Expo

LGBT Resource Center

New American Welcome Center (NAWC)

Smile Politely

Urbana Park District

Visit Champaign County


For tax forms, informational packets, some free tax assistance, and student financial aid

Champaign Public Library

Salt & Light Ministries

Stevick Senior Center

University of Illinois Extension’s Money Mentor Program

The Urbana Free Library


Local food banks, food pantries, and meal programs


Champaign Church of the Brethren

Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

Daily Bread Soup Kitchen

Eastern Illinois Food Bank

Empty Tomb

Friends of Champaign County

Grace Lutheran Church

The Jubilee Café

Newman Shares

Restoration Urban Ministries

Salt & Light Ministries

St. Andrew’s Lutheran Campus Center

St. Luke CME Food Pantry

St. Vincent DePaul-Champaign

St. Vincent DePaul-Urbana

Salvation Army Pantry

Stone Creek Food Pantry

The Vineyard Food Pantry

University Place Church

Wesley Evening Pantry

Wesley Pantry at Parkland College

Windsor Road Christian Church


There are many healthcare providers in town for adults, children, and families. If you need help finding the best fit for you, please contact CU FAIR for assistance.



Free or low-cost medical care for children without insurance

Champaign County Healthcare Consumers

Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

Childhood Adversity & Resiliency Services (CARS) Clinic

Frances Nelson

Healthy Beginnings

The Pavilion

Sistering CU


UIC (University of Illinois at Chicago) Specialized Care for Children



Free or low-cost dental care for those with or without insurance

Champaign County Christian Health Center

Parkland Dental Hygiene Clinic

Champaign-Urbana Public Health District




Free or low-cost medical care for those with or without insurance

Avicenna Community Health Center

Carle Foundation Hospital

Carle Mobile Health Clinic

Champaign County Christian Health Center

Champaign County Healthcare Consumers

Frances Nelson

Hermes Medical Center

OSF Community Resource Center

Planned Parenthood



Confidential assessment and treatment

ABC Counseling & Family Services

Champaign County Healthcare Consumers

Childhood Adversity & Resiliency Services (CARS) Clinic

The Dialogue Advisor, LLC Employee Assistance Programs

Elliot Counseling Group

Jacqueline Thomas | The Rock Counseling Group

P.A.T.S. Prevention and Treatment Services33 SF

R.A.C.E.S. ‡ 


Low cost or free eye exams low-income individuals and families

Bard Optical

Carle Eye Care

Champaign Lions Club

The Eye Center

Jones Optical

Walmart Supercenter Vision Center Walmart Vision & Glasses


Low-income housing, Section 8 Housing, local emergency shelters, tenant assistance


Austin’s Place

Centralized Intake Champaign County Regional Planning Commission

Emergency Family Shelter

CU Men’s Shelter

Salvation Army

Tenant’s Rights and Long-Term Assistance C-U Tenant Union

Housing Authority of Champaign County



Privately-owned locations with project-based voucher from Housing Authority of Champaign County. Apply directly to the property owner or manager.

Hamilton on the Park

Homestead Apartments


The following complexes have some subsidized units and many that are not subsidized. If you sign a lease for full rent, you’ll owe full rent with no subsidy.

Dorchester Property Management

Providence at Sycamore

Providence at Thornburry

Douglass Square Apartments

Oakwood Trace Townhouses

Edge of the Mall Apartments

Round Barn Manor

Countrybrook Apartments

Sunnycrest Manor

Florida House

Aspen Court Apartments


Supportive services for low-income and limited English-proficient individuals

ECIRMAC SF* (East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center)

Immigrant Services of C-U (this website)

New American Welcome Center (NAWC)



The Immigration Project


Legal services for matters such as adoption, estate planning, or traffic offenses.

Champaign County Courthouse Self-Help Desk

Ellyn Bullock | Solberg & Bullock, LLC

John M. Wilkie, Attorney at Law

Kristen R. Solberg | Solberg & Bullock, LLC

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation

Law Office of Lauren A. Anaya

Matthew Peek | Erwin, Martinkus, & Cole, LTD*

New American Welcome Center (NAWC)

Ruth E. Wyman Law Office LLC*

Student Legal Services University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District


Greyhound Bus Lines

Illini Shuttle 

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