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What Services Are Available at Care For Friends?

Are you or someone you know in need of emergency shelter, meals, medical care or other homeless services? 

Services we offer at 530 W. Fullerton include:


Hot Lunches served with dignity and respect.

Mondays, Thursday, and Saturdays 10:30 am (meal service at 11 am)


Health Screening Clinic

3rd Saturday of the month 10:30 - noon.


Foot Care Clinic

4th Saturday of the month. 10:30 - noon.


We are thrilled to be affiliated with the Greater Chicago Food Depository, which allows us to connect our guests with a variety of of emergency and long-term resources.

Where is there a Food Pantry near me?


Consult the find food directory which lists both places that serve meals on-site as well as food pantries that provide take-away groceries.

Where are there Homeless Shelters in Chicago?


There are a variety of homeless shelters across Chicago, including those that cater to special needs.  Battered women, single men, families, and many more. Whatever your circumstance, there is a place for you.  

Access the shelter directory.

How do I get an Illinois LINK Card or SNAP benefits?

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly Food Stamps) helps low-income people and families buy the food they need for good health.

Benefits are provided on the Illinois Link Card - an electronic card that is accepted at most grocery stores. The program is managed by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the United States Department of Agriculture. The Department of Human Services administers the program in Illinois.

Anyone approved to receive cash assistance or SNAP (Food Stamps) benefits will be issued an Illinois Link card.  The Illinois Link card is a plastic card that looks and works like a debit card.  If you are eligible for cash and SNAP benefits, you will access both with the same card. Only one Illinois Link Card is issued per case.

You can apply for a LINK card on the Illinois Department of Human Services website.  Or you can request help with your application from a Greater Chicago Food Depository Benefit Coordinator.

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