Get Additional Assistance
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 professionals, building a network of support for underserved members in our community.
Due to the low inventory of donated cars, this program is not accepting new applicants at this time. Please check back again soon.
Cars donated by the community are repaired and given to families who lack reliable transportation to get to work. Eligible individuals must be working, have a referral from their employer or social service agency, attend Financial Fitness classes and complete a detailed application and documentation process.
Emergency financial assistance for basic needs such as rent and utilities is available to residents of Naperville, residents of Aurora who live in DuPage County, members of a Naperville congregation, or families referred by a District 203 or District 204 school social worker. Eligible individuals must go through a detailed application and documentation process.
Please call 630-355-3663 and select Option 4 or email CARESPrograms@loaves-fishes.org
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. The number of sessions is limited, strictly confidential and are provided through SamaraCare Counseling and Fox Valley Institute interns. Please call 630-355-3663 to be connected to a counselor.
H.O.M.E. DuPage is now offering their Financial Fitness budget and credit workshops virtually. These classes and meeting with a H.O.M.E. DuPage financial counselor are a requirement of the Loaves & Fishes Car Program. Please go to www.homedupage.org to register.
Screening can help you spot important health concerns. Midwestern University School of Pharmacy offers free blood pressure and blood sugar testing in Naperville and Bolingbrook during food distribution hours. Check for dates this month here.
2nd Saturday of the month (9-11 am)
4th Thursday of the month (5 pm-6:30-pm)
1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month (4-6 pm)
Job Search Assistance
Volunteers provide coaching sessions to improve your resume and interview skills. Appointments are required.
Legal consultations with DuPage Legal Aid are available for a variety of legal issues on the third Friday of the month. A screening questionnaire must be completed before an appointment is scheduled.
Unleash your potential with Moving Up!
Moving Up is a 20-week session that is offered once a year and is designed to help individuals discover what is holding them back from living a more self-sufficient life. Program graduates will develop goals to help them create their own bright future stories. Interested individuals must complete an application and interview process.
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 what’s 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
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.”
“I’ve always had the inspiration to do better, but life is hard. It was hard to know who to reach out to or where to go for help. I am so thankful for this program.”
*Free family meal before each session
*Free on-site babysitting
*$25 gift card for each session you attend
*Budget & Credit Workshops
Contact Moving Up at Loaves and Fishes Community Services
630.355.3663 Ext. 4
Public Benefit Assistance
Loaves & Fishes has certified volunteers who can help determine eligibility and provide consultation for these public benefits: SNAP (LINK card), LIHEAP (DuPage County only), Medicaid, and Access DuPage.
Due to COVID, appointments are limited so please call 630-355-3663 to reserve your appointment. LIHEAP appointments are also available through DuPage County Community Services at 630-407-6500 or your local township office.
Meet with a resource specialist to discuss family needs and learn about agency and community resources.
Need Help with your Tax Return? Loaves & Fishes is an IRS-approved VITA site, offering FREE help on state & federal tax returns for low-income households. (Annual income of $60,000 or less)
For more information, please call (630) 355-3663
Bring your documents:
- A copy of the previous years tax return (if available)
- Photo ID and Social Security cards
- W-2, 1098 or 1099 forms
- Information on any other income sources
- Information on your tax credits and deductions
- Document from your bank with routing number and your account number
- Form 1095-A for ACA insurance
- Economic Stimulus payment letter form 6475
- Advanced payment of Child Tax Credit form 6419
- Unemployment Benefits 1099-G