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Social Services

Lake County offers high-quality community resources for a broad spectrum of concerns — from teen pregnancy to uninsured families to substance abuse and those living with domestic violence. United Way of Lake County, with the support of local funding partners, created FindHelpLakeCounty.org as a way to connect agencies looking to provide help with those searching for it.

 
All forms required by both the Circuit County Clerk and the Lake County Court can be completed and printed from this website. This site also features a link to the Center for Self-Representation, designed to guide people through the court system without the assistance of an attorney.
United Way is a volunteer organization that seeks to improve the lives of Lake County residents. They work with local government and non-profit groups to connect people with the services they need. Use the Find Help Lake County tool to get the assistance you need.

Father Gary Graf Center
The Father Gary Graf Center, a ministry of Most Blessed Trinity Parish in Waukegan, offers assistance to immigrants and their families. Visit the Graf Center for ESL, GED, and Spanish literacy classes, get help applying for naturalization, and take citizenship and civics lessons.
 
More than a thrift store, the Salvation Army offers social services to people in need through their Community Care Ministries Department. They also offer spiritual support and fellowship.
 
Lake County’s crisis shelter provides emergency and long-term shelter, counseling, and court advocacy for women and children who are the victims of domestic abuse. Privacy is guaranteed.
 
PADS provides emergency overnight shelter to families and individuals during the coldest months of the year. The Assessment Center and day shelter, which are open year-round, afford visitors access to showers, laundry facilities, transportation, and client advocates who can connect you with the social services that best fit your needs.
 
Visit Catholic Charities of Lake County for a wide variety of social services all under one roof.  They offer emergency assistance, HIV/AIDS case management, immigration services, senior advocacy and much more.
 
The Veterans’ Assistance Commission, or VAC, was created to act as a central office for all veteran organizations. The VAC can help honorably discharged veterans file claims with the Veterans Administration and represents veterans before the VA. Assistance from the VAC is free.
 
Prairie State Legal Services is a non-profit civil law firm that provides free legal services to seniors and people with low incomes. Even if the lawyers from Prairie State are unable to represent your interests in court, they strive to provide free legal advice to every eligible person who comes to them with a civil case.

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Prairie State Legal Services is a non-profit civil law firm that provides free legal services to seniors and people with low incomes. Even if the lawyers from Prairie State are unable to represent your interests in court, they strive to provide free legal advice to every eligible person who comes to them with a civil case.