Financial Assistance Resources


  • JCFS Chicago
    • The JCFS Financial Counseling program emphasizes services that include education and resources in support of sustainability and financial stability. Participants are asked to commit to assessing and addressing their financial situation, open up to new and changing perspectives, learn new skills, and take charge of the difficult decisions needed to be stable.
    • Our Financial Counseling program is not an emergency funding source. While there may be financial assistance as part of an individual’s plan, assistance is not guaranteed.
    • Participants are only accepted to the program as a referral. Call 855.275.5237 for more information about the requirements. If someone is not eligible for the financial counseling program, external resources can be provided.
  • The ARK
    • The ARK helps Chicagoland Jews, who are facing adversity, navigate toward self-reliance. ARK professionals, volunteers, and donors provide free, comprehensive services within a framework of Jewish values and laws. The Ark is a safety net for all Jewish Chicagoans who are struggling to make ends meet. 
  • EZRA
    • EZRA works to prevent homelessness, relieve hunger, reduce isolation, and ease other barriers to self-sufficiency. In addition, EZRA offers social activities and holiday celebrations to ensure that Jews who live in poverty remain actively connected to their heritage. EZRA is funded through the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and is administered by JCC Chicago. EZRA provides assistance to Jews and non-Jews. 

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