Reentry Programs in Illinois
40 groups specialize in helping people with criminal records in Illinois

Here are non-profits organizations that assist ex-offenders finding employment in Illinois

  • 1. America Works of Illinois

    America Works places hard-to-serve populations and has jobs for all skill levels.

    205 West Randolph Street, Chicago, 60606

    312-726-5627

  • 2. Ashunti Residential Management Services Inc.

    We provide up to twenty-four month of housing and supportive services for men and women. Our members experience employment barriers such as having a criminal record.

    4944 West Huron Street, Chicago, 60644

    773-379-6981

  • 3. Back on My Feet - Chicago

    Back on My Feet recruits members (individuals experiencing homelessness) at homeless and residential facilities around the country and begins with a commitment to run three days a week in the early morning. After 30 days in the program, members with 90% attendance earn the opportunity to move into the second phase of the program called Next Steps, which provides educational support, job training programs, employment partnership referrals and housing resources. Almost 80% of individuals who start the program move into Next Steps.

    1467 N. Elston Ave., Chicago, 60642

    773-697-8508

  • 4. Centerstone Alton ? Edwards Street

    Centerstone provides support to help you overcome employment barriers and achieve vocational goals.

    2615 Edwards Street, Alton, 62002

    877-467-3123

  • 5. Centerstone Carbondale ? South

    Centerstone provides support to help you overcome employment barriers and achieve vocational goals.

    2311 South Illinois Avenue, Carbondale, 62903

    877-467-3123

  • 6. Centerstone Career Connect - Southern Illinois

    Career Connect is a set of free evidence-based, employment-focused services and wraparound supports designed specifically for young adults, ages 18 to 24, who have had any form of involvement with the criminal justice system. Utilizing a Career Pathways approach, participants will learn new work skills, obtain certifications or degrees and develop opportunities for lifelong careers.

    200 N Emerald Ln., Carbondale, 62901

    618-997-5336 ext. 7783

  • 7. Central States SER

    Central States SER is a community-based organization that believes in the potential of each and every individual. We help some of the hardest-to-reach youth and adults ? people trying to improve their lives but who are at risk of slipping through the cracks.

    3948 West 26th Street, Chicago, 60623

    773-542-9030

  • 8. Champaign County Regional Planning Commission

    The Young Adult Reentry Program creates apprenticeship opportunities and increased prospects for gainful employment.

    1776 E. Washington Street, Urbana, 61802

    217-328-3313

  • 9. Children's Home and Aid

    Our services include child welfare, counseling and treatment programs to parenting supports, childcare and early education. These services are individualized supports designed to address racism, equity, economic mobility and other potential barriers.

    21333 Johnson Road, Granite City, 62040

    312-424-0200

  • 10. Children's Home and Aid Society of Illinois

    125 South Wacker Drive, Chicago, 60606

    312-424-0200

  • 11. City of Chicago Ex-Offender Reentry Initiatives

    The Mayor`s Office of Workforce Development (MOWD) Program assists formerly incarcerated individuals find jobs in a variety of industries, such as hospitality and warehousing. This unique program provides rapid attachment to the workforce for men and women with felony backgrounds using time-limited, publicly-subsidized jobs that combine real work, skill development and supportive services.

    121 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago, 60602

    312-746-7297

  • 12. Comprehensive Community Solutions, Inc.

    Comprehensive Community Solutions, Inc. is an organization that drives fundamental transformation of neighborhoods, communities and the circumstances of those who reside there through facilitation of workforce development that leads to a sustainable wage, meaningful community engagement and affordable housing.

    917 South Main Street, Rockford, 61101

    815-963-6236

  • 13. Crossroads Adult Transition Center

    The Safer Foundation helps formerly incarcerated individuals re-enter their communities. Safer has been working for more than 30 years to reduce recidivism by helping people with records obtain employment and social services.

    3210 W. Arthington Street, Chicago, 60624

    773-533-5000

  • 14. DeKalb County Youth Service Bureau, Inc.

    Our mission is to assist youth as they build healthy lives and relationships with their family, friends and community! Youth & Family Counseling offers individual and family counseling to youth aged 8-18 and their families.

    330 Grove Street, DeKalb, 60115

    815-748-2010

  • 15. Goodwill Northern Illinois - LifeLaunch Program

    All of us need second chances sometimes. Through the Young Adult LifeLaunch program, Goodwill can help you get your second chance and gain the skills you need to earn a good job. Get FREE employment training and job placement help in warehouse and manufacturing related fields. If you are between 18 and 24 years of age, have dropped out of school or have been involved with the criminal justice system, and you want to work toward a better future, Goodwill can help you.

    850 N. Church Street, Rockford, 61103

    815-687-0283

  • 16. Goodwill Workforce Connection Center - Lombard

    Goodwill Industries provides work opportunities and skill development for people with barriers to employment.

    351 East Roosevelt Road, Lombard, 60148

    630-576-4660

  • 17. Leslie's Place

    Leslie conducts a range of support services for women in prison and just out of prison, including prison ministry and workshops on domestic violence, self-esteem, parenting, and motivation.

    1014 North Hamlin Avenue, Chicago, 60651

    773-342-8384

  • 18. Lutheran Social Services of Illinois - Des Plaines

    Re-entry Services for Returning Citizens is a multi-faceted program that supports people released from prison—returning citizens—as they transition back into the community. Re-entry Services connect returning citizens to needed supportive assistance and helps them successfully adjust to living back in their community. All of the core components are designed to provide transitioning individuals with job knowledge and experience, a support system, and a stable life.

    1001 E. Touhy Ave., Des Plaines, 60018

    618-997-9076

  • 19. Midwest Youth Services

    Our mission at Midwest Youth Services is to divert youth from the juvenile justice and child welfare systems while helping to strengthen and restore families.

    2001 West Lafayette Ave, Jacksonville, 62650

    217-245-6000

  • 20. New Directions - Second Chance Program

    The New Directions aims to give persons that have been incarcerated a second chance at a successful life.

    153 North Vermilion Street, Danville, 61832

    217-442-9026

  • 21. North Lawndale Employment Network-U-Turn Permitted

    North Lawndale Employment Network's U-Turn Permitted is a four-week job readiness training program for men and women who have a felony background.

    906 South Homan Avenue, Chicago, 60624-4106

    773-638-1825

  • 22. OMNI Youth Services

    OMNI is a comprehensive behavioral health organization serving the needs of children, adolescents and adults throughout Chicago?s Northwest Suburbs. We don?t only focus on resolving existing problems, but also pursue the development of skills for life.

    1111 West Lake Cook Rd, Buffalo Grove, 60089

    847-520-8856

  • 23. PACE Institute

    The Safer Foundation helps formerly incarcerated individuals re-enter their communities. Safer has been working for more than 30 years to reduce recidivism by helping people with records obtain employment and social services.

    2600 S. California Ave., Chicago, 60608

    773-927-1536

  • 24. R.E.A.D.Y.

    45 E. University Ave, Champaign, 61820

    217-239-0322

  • 25. Safer Foundation - South Holland

    The Safer Foundation helps formerly incarcerated individuals re-enter their communities. Safer has been working for more than 30 years to reduce recidivism by helping people with records obtain employment and social services.

    247 W. 162nd St., South Holland, 60473

    708-596-0037

  • 26. Safer Rock Island Employment Service

    The Safer Foundation helps formerly incarcerated individuals re-enter their communities. Safer has been working for more than 30 years to reduce recidivism by helping people with records obtain employment and social services.

    2827 7th Ave., Rock Island, 61201

    309-786-7711

  • 27. St. Leonard`s Ministries

    St. Leonard’s Ministries provides a setting in which men and women recently released from prison can achieve such a life. Residents are provided with an array of program services designed to assist them as they make the transition to successful, independent living.

    2100 W. Warren Blvd., Chicago, 60612

    312-738-1414

  • 28. The Cara Program

    The Cara Program model is committed to helping motivated men and women develop the necessary tools and opportunities to shed old behaviors and constraints, transform their lives and achieve real, lasting success.

    237 S. Desplaines, Chicago, 60661

    312-798-3300

  • 29. The Center for Youth and Family Services

    The major focus of the Youth, Family, and Community Outreach Services is to offer prevention, diversion and intervention services targeting youth to stabilize families in crisis, prevent juvenile delinquency and divert youth at risk of involvement in the child welfare or juvenile justice systems.

    2610 Richwoods Avenue, Peoria, 61604

    309-323-6573

  • 30. The North Lawndale Employment Network

    The North Lawndale Employment Network operates an Urban Honey Transitional Jobs social enterprise as a strategy for providing local employment for formerly incarcerated individuals and other low-income North Lawndale residents, and for promoting community economic development.

    3726 Flournoy St., Chicago, 60624

    773-265-7940

  • 31. The Safer Foundation - Belmont Cragin

    The Safer Foundation helps formerly incarcerated individuals re-enter their communities. Safer has been working for more than 30 years to reduce recidivism by helping people with records obtain employment and social services.

    6352 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, 60639

    773-252-6439

  • 32. The Safer Foundation - Chicago

    The Safer Foundation helps formerly incarcerated individuals re-enter their communities. Safer has been working for more than 30 years to reduce recidivism by helping people with records obtain employment and social services.

    571 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, 60661

    312-922-2200

  • 33. The Safer Foundation - Rockford

    The Safer Foundation helps formerly incarcerated individuals re-enter their communities. Safer has been working for more than 30 years to reduce recidivism by helping people with records obtain employment and social services.

    119 N. Church Street, Rockford, 61101

    815-964-8577

  • 34. The Safer Foundation -Safer community office

    The Safer Foundation helps formerly incarcerated individuals re-enter their communities. Safer has been working for more than 30 years to reduce recidivism by helping people with records obtain employment and social services.

    808 S. Kedzie Ave., Chicago, 60612

    773-365-1320

  • 35. Tri-County Urban League

    The Tri-County (Peoria) Urban League, Inc., is dedicated to improving the educational, social, and economic opportunities for individuals in Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford and McLean Counties in the central Illinois area.

    317 S. MacArthur Highway, Peoria, 61602

    309-673-7474

  • 36. Young Adult Reentry Program

    The Youth Assessment Center (YAC) serves as the primary center for intake, screening, and service connection for Champaign County youth and families. Case managers screen at-risk juveniles and link them and their families with the community?s support and restorative services. The goal of the YAC is to connect youth with resources that help them to be resilient, resourceful, responsible, and restored to positive community involvement through prompt assessment, treatment/service recommendations, and follow-up.

    1776 E. Washington Street, Urbana, 61802

    217-531-8269

  • 37. Youth Advocate Program

    YAP provides young people, adults, and their families with intensive support right from where they live, learn, work and play through our YAPWrap model. YAP offers alternatives to detention and state incarceration, supports youth post-adjudication to help with compliance and other needs, and also provides reintegration support for youth transitioning out of these placements.

    202 E Eldorado Street, Decatur, 62523

    717-232-7580

  • 38. Youth Outreach Services

    Youth Outreach Services (YOS) is a Chicago-based non-profit organization that partners with at-risk youth and their families to help them discover what they are capable of achieving. We inspire positive development through a variety of child welfare, counseling, juvenile justice and prevention services to help overcome challenges such as abuse, substance use and homelessness.

    2411 W Congress Parkway, Chicago, 60612

    773-777-7112

  • 39. Youth Service Bureau of Illinois Valley

    For young adults ages 16-21 living without support in unstable and non-traditional settings arrangements. Youth are linked to area services, taught independent living skills, and aided in finding jobs. It is the goal of YSB to keep youth off the streets and safe.

    424 West Madison Street, Ottawa, 61350

    815-433-3953

  • 40. Youth Services Network, Inc.

    The mission of Youth Services Network is to develop, provide, and coordinate services to improve the physical, psychological and social well-being of youth and families. All services are trauma-informed, strength-based, and provided in the community. Children, adolescents, and their families are eligible for services. Each youth receives individual counseling, family counseling, if needed, case management, tutoring, school advocacy, group counseling, and life skill training by YSN Case Manager. The District 2 Rockford Police provide leadership skills, mentoring, and recreation. The Center for Nonviolence and Conflict Transformation provides computer literacy, computer programming, music education, and music recording. The goal of the program is to deter boys from becoming heavily involved in the Juvenile Justice System.

    107 N 3rd Street, Rockford, 61107

    815-986-1947

Data is retrieved from CareerOneStop. Last update on July 2021