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Center of Childhood Resilience
All kids should have access to adults that can address their mental health needs. This is why we promote equitable mental health & welness where kids live, learn, and play!

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for the most up-to-date information regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19.

ComEd Bill Payment Assistance​​​​​​​
Helping Hand is the latest in a number of assistance options ComEd has developed since the pandemic to help customers, including a $18 million bill-payment assistance program announced earlier this summer (still available). ComEd has continued the suspension of service disconnections for low-income customers and those who express a financial hardship through March 31, 2021. Remember, they need to contact ComEd to notify us of their situation and learn more about the program. For other customers, it’s important that they continue to stay current to avoid higher past-due balances into the spring that will be harder to address.

Chicago Resiliency Fund
The Chicago Resiliency Fund is accepting applications by phone now! The Chicago Resiliency Fund is a cash assistance program created to support Chicago residents who were excluded from federal stimulus aid in response to COVID-19. The fund will provide $1,000 per household for eligible Chicago residents, which includes undocumented individuals, mixed-status families, dependent adults, and returning residents.

Financial Assistance from Erie Neighborhood House Community Relief Fund
The Erie Neighborhood House Community Relief Fund is providing support for needy families, particularly those with undocumented individuals, who participate in the organization’s programs.

Free Internet Access
XFinity is offering free access to all “xfinity” public wifi networks.

Education Resources in Spanish
El Departamento de Educacion tiene como mision promover el alto rendimiento academico y la preparacion de los estudiantes para la competitividad global al fomentar la excelencia en la educaion y garantizar la igualdad de acceso.

Illinois State Board of Education Mental Health
Trauma-informed care has become an essential aspect of how educators approach caring and supporting all children, which has shifted educational opportunities and outcomes in a positive direction. To ge​nuinely provide the best care for our students, we also must take care of ourselves – as human beings.

Mental Health Coping Strategies
The coronavirus can significantly affect mental health for everyone, but especially for those with mental illness. Both the anxiety of contracting the disease as well as the disease as well as the increase in loneliness and isolation can worsen and trigger symptoms.