Work Desk

RESOURCES

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. 

IMPORTANT NUMBERS

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

ABUSE, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
& NEGLECT

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:

   1-800-799-SAFE

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

ADULT EDUCATION & ESL

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

CHILDREN’S EDUCATION & CHILDCARE

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

 

CITIZENSHIP

Organizations and services that assist immigrants seeking immigration assistance

 

The Refugee 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

CLOTHING ASSISTANCE

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

Goodwill

Salt & Light Ministries

Salvation Army

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

His Kid’s Closet

 

COMMUNITY INFORMATION

Information on community businesses, events, travel, and fun


2-1-1 Information & Referral

Chambanamoms.com        

Champaign Park District

Disability Resource Expo

LGBT Resource Center

New American Welcome Center (NAWC)

Smile Politely

Urbana Park District

Visit Champaign County

YourewelcomeCU.com

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

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

FOOD ASSISTANCE

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

HEALTHCARE

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.

 

CHILDREN

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

SmileHealthy

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

 

DENTAL

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

SmileHealthy

 

MEDICAL

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

 

METAL HEALTH & COUNSELING

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. ‡ 

VISION

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

HOUSING & RELOCATION

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

SHELTERS & EMERGENCY SERVICES

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:

    Emergency Shelter Program

PERMANENT HOUSING OPTIONS

The following website lists the apartment complexes that have both subsidized and unsubsidized units, listed alphabetically by city.  If you sign a lease for full rent, you will owe full rent with no subsidy.

https://www.lowincomehousing.us/IL.html

 

The following document is produced by the Champaign-Urbana Tenants Union and is updated monthly.  It explains how to apply for subsidized housing in Champaign County.  It also lists a number of apartment complexes with low cost housing units.

Champaign County Low Cost Housing

The Champaign-Urbana Tenants Union can help tenants who have landlord problems.

http://www.cutenantunion.org/

IMMIGRANT & REFUGEE SERVICES

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

The Refuge Center

Immigrant Services of C-U (this website)

New American Welcome Center (NAWC)

 

IMMIGRATION LAW

The Immigration Project

GENERAL

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

New American Welcome Center (NAWC)

Ruth E. Wyman Law Office LLC*

Student Legal Services University of                Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Refugee Status Overview

Naturalization Overview

Asylum Overview

Overview of Special Immigrant Status Types

TRANSPORTATION

Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District

Amtrak

Greyhound Bus Lines

Illini Shuttle 

Driving Guide to the USCIS Indianapolis      Office

Guide to Getting a Driver's License in           Champaign, IL