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Through our CARES Programs, Loaves & Fishes provides low-income families support to meet immediate needs and educational programs/services to achieve long-term self-sufficiency.
We accomplish this through collaboration with community partners and health professional, building a network of support for underserved members in our community.
Cars donated by the community are repaired and given to families who lack reliable transportation to get to work. Eligible individuals must go through an application and documentation process.
Please review the requirements for receiving a donated vehicle.
After completing requirements, a Certification of Completion will be issued. Ownership of the donated vehicle will occur after all requirements have been met.
Seven-session courses in computer and software skills are offered in partnership with People’s Resource Center.
Drop-In Health Clinic
A walk-in diabetes clinic offering free health screening is scheduled every 4th Thursday in partnership with Midwestern University. It is open to the public.
ELA: English Language Acquisition Class
Semester- length weekly classes to improve reading, writing, listening and speaking skills are offered in partnership with College of DuPage.
Emergency financial assistance for basic needs such as rent and utilities is available to residents of Naperville, Naperville Township or members of a Naperville congregation. Eligible individuals must go through an application and documentation process. Clients may be required to complete the budget and credit workshop offered through H.O.M.E. DuPage before receiving financial assistance.
Read our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about this and other programs.
A professional counselor is available to provide care and support for individuals experiencing emotional challenges. Sessions are strictly confidential and are provided through SamaraCare Counseling and Fox Valley Institute. Appointments are required.
Job Search Assistance
Volunteers provide coaching sessions to improve your resume and interview skills. Appointments are required.
Job coaches are available on-site at Loaves & Fishes on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and all day on Wednesday’s. Please call the reception desk at 630-355-3663 to make an appointment.
Legal consultations are available for a variety of legal issues.
Monthly small group discussions and one-on-one individual sessions are available to help you with your personal finances and money challenges.
This program is called “Financial Fitness”. It is a one hour workshop and is offered each week on site. This program also offers one-on-one counseling sessions after completion of the workshop.
The “Budget” workshop is offered on the first and third Wednesdays from 4:00pm-5:30pm at Loaves & Fishes and at area agencies in DuPage County. Clients will learn how to develop a spending plan, track income and expenses and begin the practice of saving.
The “Credit” workshop is offered every second and fourth Wednesday from 4:00-5:30 at Loaves and Fishes. Clients will learn how to read a credit report, learn the significance of good credit and how a poor credit score can impact their life.
Please register for the workshop at the Loaves & Fishes front desk at 630-355-3663. Offered in partnership with H.O.M.E. DuPage, Inc.
Moving UP is a sixteen week program where clients investigate the impact poverty has on their lives. We provide a safe-space where participants work and study their own circumstances and develop relationships with others who are experiencing similar struggles. Towards the end of the 16 weeks, the participants create a plan for the life that they want, with action steps attached to the plan. During the Moving UP program, participants not only gain new friends, but they gain a greater understanding of themselves and others and learn new skills to improve their lives. Each week a meal is provided, along with childcare and $25 gift card for each participant.
The next Moving UP starts January 10, 2018. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Benefit Assistance
A certified representative can help you determine eligibility and assist in completing an application for these programs: SNAP (LINK card), LIHEAP, Medicaid, Marketplace health care coverage, Access DuPage.
Meet with a resource specialist to discuss family needs and learn about agency and community resources.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
Volunteers are trained to help prepare your tax return during tax season from January – April at no cost to you. Appointments are required.
Please call the front desk at 630-355-3663 for more information.