The ARK *

Ark logo and tagline Not-for-profit, community-funded social service agency. Since 1971, The ARK's mission has been to create a safety net for Chicagoland Jews in need by providing vital human services within a framework of Jewish values and laws, and to build bridges between volunteers and those in need in the community. The ARK recognizes that many members of the Chicagoland Jewish family -- Jews from all walks of life -- are deeply in need of help and kindness, and works with each person or family in distress to create a unique and comprehensive care plan that draws upon The ARK's wide array of free social and medical services. Guided by the ideals of our shared Jewish tradition, The ARK provides opportunities for Jews of all backgrounds to volunteer their time and perform mitzvot (good deeds).

* Listings with an asterisk are part of the JUF/JF partnership of agencies serving the Chicago and worldwide Jewish community.

The ARK *

Email: ark@arkchicago.org
Web: http://www.arkchicago.org
Contact: Marc J. Swatez, Ph.D., Executive Director

Not-for-profit, community-funded social service agency. Since 1971, The ARK's mission has been to create a safety net for Chicagoland Jews in need by providing vital human services within a framework of Jewish values and laws, and to build bridges between volunteers and those in need in the community. The ARK recognizes that many members of the Chicagoland Jewish family -- Jews from all walks of life -- are deeply in need of help and kindness, and works with each person or family in distress to create a unique and comprehensive care plan that draws upon The ARK's wide array of free social and medical services. Guided by the ideals of our shared Jewish tradition, The ARK provides opportunities for Jews of all backgrounds to volunteer their time and perform mitzvot (good deeds).

The ARK Seymour H. Persky Building *

Main Listing
6450 N. California Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 973-1000
Fax: (773) 973-4362
Email: ark@arkchicago.org
Web: http://www.arkchicago.org
Contact: Marc J. Swatez, Ph.D., Executive Director

Services include medical, dental and eye care, pharmaceutical assistance, rent and utility assistance, food, transitional housing, legal aid, job search assistance, benefits advocacy, case management, psychological therapy and testing, a day program for the chronically mentally ill, and more.

The ARK Sarnoff Levin Residence *

6450 N. California Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 973-1000
Fax: (773) 973-4362
Email: ark@arkchicago.org
Web: http://www.arkchicago.org
Contact: Michael Bellows, Director

For homeless Jewish families and individuals in Chicagoland, provides short-term (up to 120 days) housing and supportive services in order to stabilize their lives and prepare them for the transition into permanent housing.

The ARK Northwest *

3100 Dundee Road, Suite 802
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (773) 973-0011
Fax: (847) 272-5330
Email: ark@arkchicago.org
Web: http://www.arkchicago.org
Contact: Marc J. Swatez, Ph.D., Executive Director

Services at the site include case management, a food pantry, rent and utility assistance, job counseling, a program for young adults with mental health needs, delivery of medications from The ARK's pharmacy, transportation to and from The ARK's main office, and other services as needed.

Hours are Mon., 9-7:30; Tues. and Thurs., 9-5; and Fri., 9-2.

What's New in the Guide

TRAINING FOR PROFESSIONALS

• Early childhood education 

• Internship program for social work and psychology

• Pharmacy Technician Training 

• Janitorial Training program

COMMUNITY EDUCATION AND SUPPORT

• Recovery from addiction and substance abuse prevention 

• Adoption and infertility 

• Support during illness, grief and loss

• Domestic violence 

• Sexual abuse prevention 

• Connections to counseling, education and prevention services through synagogue partnerships 

PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND THEIR FAMILIES

• Community-based group living 

• Support and assistance for independent living 

• Home-based waiver for children and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities 

• Specialized recreational camp for children and teens atCamp Firefly

• Job training and customized employment opportunities 

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