Community Wellness

Aunt Martha’s community wellness services promote healthy lifestyles, strengthen communities, and improve the self-sufficiency of youth and families. We provide a safe, confidential and supportive environment where youth and young adults can express themselves and learn how to address their needs. We also provide crisis intervention and help those in the juvenile justice system avoid incarceration.

School-Based Programs

Aunt Martha’s works with primary and secondary schools and school districts throughout our service area to educate students on a variety of topics, including:

  • Bullying prevention
  • Teen pregnancy prevention
  • Substance abuse prevention

Parent Support

Parenting is hard! Aunt Martha’s is committed to making sure both you and your child are healthy and prepared for whatever life throws at you. Even before your baby is born, our home visitors will work with you to gain the baby items you need, connect you to the services you want and help you plan for the future you hope for. You can enroll yourself and your baby calling 708-679-8212.

Since 1978, Aunt Martha’s has helped more than 3,000 people find jobs through our comprehensive employment programs. We help job-seekers prepare for and find jobs, connect them to career services, and provide a range of resources, such as:

  • Occupational training (based upon federal eligibility guidelines)
  • Resume writing
  • Interview skills
  • Financial literacy
  • Job placement

All services are free of charge. Please call our workforce centers in advance to get information on hours of operation, orientation, and workshop details.

  • In Chicago, call (773) 994-7459
  • In south suburban Cook County, call (708) 679-8000
  • In Vermilion County, call (217) 446-1300.

Aunt Martha’s Family & Youth Crisis Services work closely with schools, healthcare providers and local police to identify youth in crisis, and provides a broad range of services to help youth, parents and families recover from crises and strengthen family relationships. We provide:

  • Crisis Intervention
  • Family Reunification
  • Family Preservation

We also encourage referrals from those who are concerned about themselves, friends, family or students. The following people and organizations can make a referral to us by calling the numbers on this page:

  • Youth
  • Parent/Guardian
  • School
  • Friends
  • Police
  • Other Providers

In Cook County, call (708) 679-8100

In Grundy County, call (815) 768-8750

In Kane County, call (847) 608-4250

In Kankakee County, call (815) 937-0100

In Kendall County, call (815) 768-8750

In Vermilion County, call (217) 446-1300

In Will County, call (815) 768-8750

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If you do not know who to contact,
please call the statewide crisis hotline at (877) 870-2663.

A roof over your head can be easy to take for granted. At Aunt Martha’s, we provide supportive housing services so that youth and families in crisis always have a safe place to go.  We provide the following services:

  • Emergency Housing – We will take care of your immediate needs and provide a care coordinator who will help you build the skills necessary to succeed on your own. For information in Joliet, call (815) 768-8750; Kankakee, call (815) 937-0100; Chicago’s South Suburbs, call (708) 679-8000.
  • Outreach – Our staff visits areas runaway and homeless youth are known to go and provides crisis intervention, access to emergency shelter, survival aid and healthcare education.
  • Transitional Housing – We will provide a safe environment for youth to receive medical services and learn life skills that will enable them to become self-sufficient.

Evening Reporting Centers

Our Evening Reporting Centers (ERCs) are community-based alternatives to detention for a target group of minor respondents who would otherwise be detained in Cook County’s Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. Our ERCs serve youth age 10-18 who are on home confinement and assigned to the program by the court.

This program aims to:

  • Help youth remain arrest-free;
  • Minimize risk-taking and delinquent behaviors during and beyond program participation;
  • Reduce recidivism and the likelihood of re-arrest; and,
  • Ensure that clients attend their scheduled court appearance.

Pre-Trial Services

Our Pre-Trial Services program provides an alternative to detention for youth who commit less serious offenses or for whom placement at the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center is not appropriate.

The program aims to help youth:

  • Remain arrest-free while in the program;
  • Minimize risk-taking and delinquent behaviors during and beyond program participation; and,
  • Reduce recidivism and the likelihood of re-arrest.

Aunt Martha’s provides full assessments and tailored treatment plans for individuals who are dealing with and recovering from substance abuse. We also facilitate individual, group and family counseling and can make referrals for:

For more information, please call: 773-731-9100

  • Psychiatric consultation
  • Medication management
  • Crisis services
  • Child care
  • Employment training