Should you find yourself needing help or the assistance of others, we wanted to provide a webpage with links to various McHenry County Agencies and Resources that can help. If you need immediate help or assistance we recommend calling 2-1-1 which will put you in touch with an operator that can direct you to your needs.


Dial 2-1-1
2-1-1 is an easy to remember telephone number assigned by the Federal Communications Commission to streamline access to health and human services.

2-1-1 is available on a 24-hour basis to connect residents to a wide variety of human services or social services across the state.
If someone needs information or referral services but has little or no prior knowledge or experience, dialing 2-1-1 is much simpler than other options. Once the person dials 211, a professional Information and Referral specialist will then either refer or connect that caller to the correct agency based on the services needed.
Callers to 2-1-1 can get LIVE assistance with needs such as: food, shelter, counseling, income supports, employment, healthcare, and services for specialized populations such as the elderly and persons with disabilities and much more.
All calls are free, anonymous and confidential.


4-C: Community Coordinated Child Care
667 Ridgeview Drive
McHenry, IL 60050

Visit 4-C

What we do: Services for families include child care financial assistance to income eligible families; child care referrals and consumer education to those seeking child care.

Who we serve: Children and families in McHenry, DeKalb, Lee, Ogle, Carroll and Whiteside counties

Eligibility requirements: None

A Safe Place (24-hour crisis line)
17th Street Zion, IL 60099
Business – 847-731-7165
Crisis Line – 847-249-4450
Visit A Safe Place

What we do: Provide emergency shelter, transitional housing, counseling, order of protection services, supervised visitations and exchanges, and batterer intervention services

Who we serve: People who have experienced domestic violence

Eligibility requirements: Have experienced domestic violence

Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County
4318 B W. Crystal Lake Rd.
McHenry, IL 60050
Visit BBBSMcHenry

What we do: Provide adult mentors to children between the ages of 6 and 14 who reside in McHenry County

Who we serve: Children between the ages of 6 to 14 at the time of enrollment

Eligibility requirements: Children who are lacking the support of two positive role models in their home and are in need of another adult friend to spend time with outside of their home.

Blessing Barn
8310 Railroad St.
Crystal Lake, IL 60012
Visit Blessing Barn

What we do: We provide basic life need items (clothing, household, kitchen misc. other items) to those who consider themselves in need.

Who we serve: Anyone in McHenry County who considers themself in need: unemployed, single moms and dads, etc.

Eligibility requirements: None

Catholic Charities McHenry
5141 W. Bull Valley Road
McHenry, IL 60050
Visit Catholic Charities McHenry

What we do: We provide community counseling, adoption services, unplanned pregnancy services and emergency financial assistance such as rental, utility and prescription for low income persons or others in need. Also serve as a referral source for other community services.

Who we serve: McHenry County/Catholic Diocese of Rockford residents who are low income, disabled or otherwise in need of services.

Community Action Agency for McHenry County
100 N. Benton Street Suite 3 Woodstock, IL 60098
Contact Community Action Agency for McHenry County

What we do: We administer Head Start, a comprehensive developmental preschool program, which promotes school readiness.

Who we serve: Children who reside in McHenry County between the ages of three and five years

Eligibility requirements: Must meet low-income eligibility standards.

Crystal Lake Food Pantry
42 East Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Contact the Crystal Lake Food Pantry
Visit Crystal Lake Food Pantry

What we do: The Crystal Lake Food Pantry provides temporary food assistance for residents of Crystal Lake.

Who we serve: Residents of Crystal Lake within the boundaries of School District 47 and 155.

Eligibility Requirements: Residency and income requirements

FamiliesETC Community Resource Center
620 Dakota Street Crystal Lake, IL 60012
Call:  815-308-0861
What we do: FamiliesETC is a non-profit, charitable organization of families serving other local families across McHenry County. We provide a variety of services to families raising children with serious emotional challenges and adhere to the values of Family-Driven care. Family-Driven care means that we deliver support and services with compassion, seeking first to strengthen family bonds, while encouraging parent empowerment and participation in every aspect of their child’s care. We offer comprehensive assistance, support, advocacy, and education services and, last year, FamiliesETC helped over 400 families and youth through these and other critical support programs and services. Our Programs and Services include: Professional Wraparound, Project Success Program, DCFS System of Care (SOC), Parent Mentoring, Peer Mentoring, and Resource Center & Diaper Bank.

Who we serve: Families, Children and Adolescents; Adults

Eligibility requirements: Specific program eligibility varies; Community Resource Center and Resource Navigators are open to any individual or family living in McHenry County.

Family Alliance
2028 N. Seminary Avenue
Woodstock, IL 60098
Visit Family Alliance

What we do: Provide primary care services, wellness-based day program services, memory loss day program services, care partner education, respite and support. In addition, mental health services include therapy, community support, psychosocial rehabilitation groups and psychiatry.

Who we serve: Adults who are experiencing mental, physical, emotional or social challenges.

Eligibility requirements: Adults age 50 and over.

Family Health Partnership Clinic
401 E. Congress Parkway
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Visit Family Health Partnership Clinic

What we do: The Clinic provides primary health care to people without health insurance. These services are provided through a small staff and 29 volunteer physicians.

Who we serve: Uninsured

Eligibility requirements: Must not have insurance of any kind, including Public Aid.

Home of the Sparrow
5342 W. Elm Street
McHenry, IL 60050
Visit Home of the Sparrow

What we do: Home of the Sparrow provides transitional and affordable housing and supportive services to homeless women and children. Supportive services include: Financial management/budgeting, life skills instruction, career planning/job readiness training, parenting skills education, and trauma recovery.

Who we serve: Home of the Sparrow provides housing and supportive services to homeless women who are single, pregnant, or accompanied by their children

Eligibility requirements: Must be 18 years or older, effectively managing mental health symptoms, no history of violence or pending criminal charges. Provide services to McHenry County and northern Illinois residents.

 McHenry Community Health Center
3901 Mercy Drive
McHenry, IL 60050
Visit McHenry Community Health Center

What we do: McHenry Community Health Center, a program of Greater Elgin Family Care Center, provides quality, affordable health care for all, including any person who is publicly insured, underinsured or uninsured. The Health Center offers a wide variety of services including: Pediatric Care, Adult Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Chronic Disease Management, Immunizations, Physicals, WIC, Public Benefits enrollment, Care Management and a full-service Laboratory offered by Centegra Health System. The Health Center is accredited by The Joint Commission and Patient Centered Medical Home certified.

Who we serve: Underserved patients including children, adolescents, adults, elders and expecting mothers.

Eligibility requirements: All are welcomed to receive care at McHenry Community Health Center.

McHenry County Crisis
PO Box 1990
Woodstock, IL. 60098
Visit McHenry Crisis

What we do: McHenry County Crisis is a 24 hour/ 7 days a week program designed to assist individuals who require mental health resources/ referrals, or a face to face consultation with a crisis counselor.

All Eligibility requirements: None

McHenry County Housing Authority
1108 N. Seminary Drive
Woodstock, IL 60098
Visit McHenry County Housing Authority

What we do: Provides rental assistance, public housing, senior housing, energy assistance, weatherization, home rehab, homeless prevention, dental vouchers, past due rent assistance and first month rent and security deposit assistance.

Who we serve: Low income residents of McHenry County.

Eligibility requirements: Must meet income limits as listed on website; other requirements may be applicable and listed on the website.

McHenry County PADS
14411 Kishwaukee Valley Road
Woodstock, IL 60098
What we do: A program of Pioneer Center for Human Services, McHenry County Pads offers emergency and transitional housing coupled with support services in order to help homeless individuals work toward becoming self-sufficient.

Who we serve: Homeless Adults and Families in McHenry County

Eligibility requirements: McHenry County residents with valid proof of residency for the past 30-days. Persons who have documentation of homelessness. Persons who are willing to work intensively with a case manager to develop a plan to end homelessness.

McHenry County WIC Program
2200 N. Seminary Avenue
Woodstock, IL 60098

What we do: WIC’s mission: to safeguard the health of women, infants & children who are at nutritional risk. WIC provides: Nutrition counseling, breastfeeding support, education & breast pumps, health screenings, coupons for supplemental foods redeemable at local grocery stores and during the summer at local Farmer’s Markets

Who we serve: Pregnant women, Breastfeeding women, Postpartum, Infants and Children to age five who meet eligibility requirements

Eligibility requirements: Income must be less than or equal to 185% of the US Poverty Income Guidelines. Reside in McHenry County.

National Alliance For Mental Illness McHenry County (NAMI)
620 Dakota Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60012
Visit National Alliance For Mental Illness

What we do: NAMI McHenry County offers Support Groups, Educational Classes, and Advocacy as well as referrals for local services for persons living with mental illness and their family members, friends or others interested in mental health.

Who we serve: Anyone needing assistance with mental illness issues.

Eligibility requirements: N/A

Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association (NISRA)
285 Memorial Drive
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

What we do: an extension of 13 park districts & municipalities, NISRA provides year round community recreation programs for children & adults with disabilities. Programs take place on weekdays, weeknights, and weekends.

Who we serve: children & adults with disabilities

Eligibility requirements: residents with disabilities of the 13 communities pay an in-district program fee; non-residents pay a higher, non-resident program fee.

Pioneer Center For Human Services
4100 Veterans Parkway
McHenry, IL 60050
Visit Pioneer Center

What we do: Pioneer Center delivers direct services to over 4800 individuals a year. We provide day, residential, and case management support services for individuals with developmental disabilities (including vocational preparation and training); day, residential services, and case management support for adults with mental illness; day program and case management support for those with traumatic brain injury; outpatient therapy for adults with mental illness as well as children and adolescents at risk and in need of counseling (including psychiatric services); pregnant and parenting teen education and support, delinquency intervention and after school program, and runaway and homeless youth services.

Who we serve: Developmental disabled, mentally ill, substance addicted, homeless, at-risk youth and their families, victims of sexual assault and others.

Eligibility requirements: Varies

Prairie State Legal
5320 W. Elm Street (Route 120)
McHenry, IL 60050
815-344-9113 / Toll Free: 877-480-3020
Visit Prairie State Legal

What we do: Provide free legal advice in a wide variety of civil legal matters. Provide free legal representation in civil legal matters including governmental/public benefit, landlord/tenant, mortgage foreclosures, utility problems, elder abuse, family law.

Eligibility requirements: US Citizen or legal alien and meet income guidelines or be 60 plus in age.

Safe Families for Children
223 So. Winnebago St.,
Rockford, IL 60012
Visit Safe Families for Children

What we do: Provide temporary child placements with authorized host families for families in crisis or duress.

Who we serve: Children of Families (single-parent or couples in duress) experiencing homelessness, domestic violence, medical emergencies or other health-related issues, treatment or acute incarceration, etc.

Eligibility requirements: The Host Family volunteers go through an authorization process of training, home study, background checks, etc. and the custodial parent of those children in placement sign a short-term guardianship and power of attorney for health care to the host family.

Samaritan Counseling Centerof the Northwest Suburbs
1000 Hart Road- Suite 201, Barrington, IL 60010
2296 N. County Line Road, Algonquin, IL 60102

What we do: Samaritan Counseling Center provides “HOPE, HELP and HEALING” through the provision of professional counseling services to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families experiencing a wide array of mental health problems through individual, couple, family and group counseling formats utilizing evidence-based and faith-based approaches when appropriate. Parenting Classes and Marital Enrichment Classes are also offered. Advantage EAP services are based at the Algonquin Office of the Center. Services are also provided through Church-based sites in McHenry, Crystal Lake and Cary.

Who we serve: Services are provided to people of all ages in need of behavioral health services

Eligibility requirements: None

Diaper Bank of Northern Illinois (Formerly St. Paul Diaper Bank Partnership)
3706 W. St Paul Avenue McHenry, IL 60050
Visit Diaper Bank of Northern IL

What we do: We collect children’s and adult diapers to provide our 17 social service and food pantry partners with diapers, so they can provide diapers to their clients in need.

Who we serve: Children and adults in need of diapers who live in McHenry County.

Eligibility requirements: Our partners set their eligibility requirements for their clients.

The Salvation Army of McHenry County
290 West Crystal Lake Avenue
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Visit The Salvation Army

What we do: The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by love for God. Its mission is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs.

Who we serve: McHenry County residents in need.
Eligibility requirements: We primarily serve those at or below 200% of poverty level, but each case is decided on an individual basis.

109 S. Jefferson
Woodstock, IL 60098
815-338-8324 Ext. 3
Visit Thresholds

What we do: Thresholds assists and inspires people with severe mental illness to reclaim their lives by providing the supports and skills needed to achieve hopeful and successful futures. We provide Community Support Services in both Individual and Team formats and also provide Community Support Groups to our Members.

Who we serve: Those with severe mental illness

Eligibility requirements: Adults with Medicaid

Turning Point
PO Box 723
Woodstock, IL 60098
Crisis Line: 800-892-8900
Visit Turning Point

What we do: Confront violence against women and children in McHenry County. We provide emergency secure shelter, crisis intervention, individual and group counseling, mental health therapy, partner abuse intervention program, violence prevention education programs, and referrals.

Who we serve: Women, Children and Men in McHenry County

Eligibility requirements: McHenry County Residents

St. Paul’s United Church of Christ of Crystal Lake would like to thank Options and Advocacy for providing this list and links to Community Resources on their website.