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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.
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.
ESL Conversation Corner
Practice conversation skills at Loaves & Fishes from 10 AM – 12PM on the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month. There is no charge to attend! *
* ESL – English as a second language
Free English tutoring for adults at Literacy DuPage. Please text or call them directly at 331-472-7160 to sign up. This is a free service.
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 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. Topics alternate weekly between Budget and Credit workshops.
During the “Budget” workshop, you’ll learn how to develop or strengthen skills to develop a spending plan, track income and expenses and begin the practice of saving.
During the “Credit” workshop, you’ll learn how to read a credit report, learn the significance of good credit and how a poor credit score can impact your 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.
Unleash your potential with Moving Up!
Moving Up is a 16 week, 50 hour class in which we will investigate the impact poverty and low wages have on us and what it takes to move from just getting by to Moving Up.
The goal is to build resources for your financial future based on your plan for life. No one teaches you what you need to learn-you’ll discover whats best for you by participating in informal problem-solving discussions in a kitchen-table small group format.
Moving Up gives you the opportunity to:
- Build on your strengths
- Investigate community resources
- Create a plan for the life you want including SMART goals and action steps
- Gain new friends, a greater understanding of yourself and others and learn new skills to improve your life situation
- Work with a mentor to make a positive difference in your life
Even in hard times you can move ahead, learn new skills and change your life for the better.
Read what past participants have said about Moving Up:
“I was living my life without any tools. After Moving Up, I have some. I can never go back to living that way again.”
“It was hard to define my goals when I was living day to day, paycheck to paycheck. My mentor helped me with small steps toward my goals. I needed someone to listen about what’s going on in my life and encourage me.”
Contact Moving Up at Loaves and Fishes Community Services
630.355.3663 Ext. 4
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.