Community Services

The Community Services Block Grant Program (CSBG) is designed to provide a range of services which assist low-income people to attain skills, knowledge and self-sufficiency.  This program also provides emergency services.  This program is funded through the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. 

Christmas Projects- Food baskets and Adopt-A-Family Christmas Program in participating counties.

Emergency Services- Provides food, shelter, medication and transportation in emergency situations.

Employee Support Program- Provides assistance with employment related expenses for uniforms, car repairs, etc. for low-income working individuals.

Family and Community Development (FCD)- Provides a program to assess a family's needs and resources and work with the family to devise a plan which will lead them to self-sufficiency.

Information/Referrals- Provide information and referrals to link low-income people with various resources.

Career Readiness- Provides supports for low-income students enrolled in the Kaskaskia College CNA-Plus Program.  In this program, students can earn a GED and CNA Certificate in as little as 16 weeks.  

Scholarships- Provides competitive scholarships to low-income students who are attending an Illinois college. See resources tab. 

Additional programs available through this department (pending availability of funds):

Clothing Pantries- Check your local county office

DHS Homeless Prevention- rent/deposit, mortgage and utility assistance for those experiencing a temporary economic crisis.

Emergency and Transitional Housing- Temporary homeless assistance and/or referrals to local homeless shelters
EFSP Program- emergency food, shelter, rent and utility assistance.


Serving individuals, families and children in Bond, Clinton, Marion and Washington counties since 1967.

Please fill in the following form information and press submit.  I will respond back as soon as possible, or call Tammy Chmielewski at 618-532-7388 Ext. 127...Thanks.

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