Key Community Programs
All services and programs provided by ICCS are confidential and free.
24/7 Crisis Counseling
Our Comprehensive Community Based Youth Services program provides 24-hour crisis intervention, emergency shelter and individual and family counseling, and referral and linkage to other assistance agencies. These services are available for youth ages 11-17 in the counties of: Clark, Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Moultrie and Shelby.
Trained counselors and staff are available for crisis calls 24/7 at 217.345.1221
1 in 5 children in Illinois are hungry
ICCS works to combat this issue facing our most vulnerable residents as we believe a tangible solution for ending childhood hunger exists.
The consequences for childhood hunger are far-reaching, especially for children. During this critical period in their human development, the impact of hunger can be extremely detrimental. Children who experience chronic hunger are at greater risk for physical and mental health difficulties, behavioral challenges, social struggles, and low academic achievement. These effects are both short and long-term plaguing children through their adolescence and teen years and into adulthood. Early childhood is a narrow window of time in which one builds the basic capacity to learn and amass complex school skills as they grow.
We work year-round to identify low-income, food-insecure communities and work to alleviate this heartbreaking problem. In conjunction with our sponsors, we provide healthy, nutritious meals to children in our communities all over the state. We have a summer food initiative and a weekend backpack initiative.
Summer Food Program
ICCS targets schools and communities in which more than 50% of its young students are eligible for free or reduced lunch. We then provide warm, nutritious meals Monday through Friday that are comparable to what they would eat on a normal school day. All children under 18 are eligible to participate in this program.
We also partner with libraries, museums and school districts to provide fun, educational, age-appropriate activities such as: playground games, arts and crafts and computer time. It is our goal to provide communities with a healthy, safe and nurturing environment for youth and families.
The Summer Food Program runs May through August.
Our Summer 2017 sites are:
- Calvary Baptist Church - Springfield
- Centralia Community Youth Center - Centralia
- Charleston Teen REACH - Charleston
- DePue High School - DePue
- First Baptist of Litchfield - Litchfield
- First Missionary Baptist Church of Metropolis - Metropolis
- Girard First Baptist Church - Girard
- Illiopolis Township Office - Illiopolis
- Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church - Springfield
- Riverton Elementary School - Riverton
Backpack Bites for Kids
ICCS' Backpack Bites for Kids program targets schools in which 50% or more of the student body qualify for free or reduced lunch. We arrange for nutritious, non-perishable food items to be delivered to each school every week. The food is then packaged for the children to take home in their backpack each Friday. The bags include two breakfasts, two lunches, and two dinners, Common items included in the packs are: cereal, granola, fruit cups, juice boxes and shelf stable milk.
Our program currently operates at 9 schools for the 2016-2017 school year.
Our Open Door program provides support to families and individuals who find themselves in a crisis situation or in need of multiple services. Our staff may provide direct support and/or connect you with appropriate resources to meet individual needs.
These services include:
- short-term food assistance from our on-site food pantry
- youth and family counseling
- connection to community services such as mental health, substance abuse, sexual abuse, low-income housing and budgeting resources
- access to our on-site computer labs to assist with job searches, resume building or social service applications such as SSI
Contact Open Door staff at 217.549.2987
(Responsibility, Education, Achievement, Caring, Hope)
Teen REACH is a on-site after-school youth intervention program. At Teen REACH, we partner closely with local parents to keep youth busy with positive and safe activities. These activities include:
- Homework assistance
- Life skills education
- Sports and recreational activities
- Community service projects
- Field trips
- Cultural outings
Contact Teen REACH staff at 217.549.2106
Trafficking Victims Assistance Program
ICCS' Trafficking Victims Assistance Program (TVAP) works to advance the rights and lives of human beings who have been forcibly uprooted from their communities and homes. This sickening form of modern-day slavery involves the exploitation of someone for the purposes of compelled labor or a sex act through force, fraud, or coercion.
Victims of trafficking do not often disclose their trafficking situation or may not even know they are a victim of trafficking. Knowing what clues to look for and what questions to ask can help you identify potential victims.
-Is the person accompanied by another person who does not let them speak for themselves, seems controlling, or interrupts them?
-Is the person unwilling or hesitant to engage in conversation?
-Can you detect any physical or physiological abuse or neglect?
-Is the person unaware of the location and/or time?
-Is the person in possession of his/her own money, identification or other personal items?
ICCS’ administers its TVAP program in the counties of Champaign, Clark, Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Moultrie and Shelby.
We help survivors with short-term housing, food assistance, clothing assistance, employment assistance, medical assistance, mental health counseling, transportation, community orientation and legal assistance.
How You Can Help
If you or someone you know is in need of help, please call an ICCS team member immediately at 217.345.1221