Adventures in Motivation offers programs for high school students, living in the East St. Louis area, who have demonstrated leadership potential and scholar merit. Adventures in Motivation is located at 8321 Church Rd. in East St. Louis. The program offers a Leadership Recreational Program for children from 5 to 14 years old, a summer leadership program for children in kindergarten through the 9th grade, and many other programs. For more information call 618-397-2467.
 
Aldersgate Community Development Center is located at 715 N. 80th Street in East St. Louis. Hours are 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The centers offers KUMASI UMOJA Safe Haven, and after school program for children in kindergarten through 8th grade; mentoring for boys and girls ages 10 through 14; a summer enrichment program for children ages 5 through 12; a ten week day care camp and voter registration. For more information call 618-397-8494.
 
American Red Cross, located at 10218 Lincoln Trail in Fairview Heights, provides 24-hour assistance for disaster victims, military and their families. It also offers classes in health and safety and recruits and trains volunteers. The Red Cross provides blood to local hospitals. Hours are from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information call 618-271-1700. The American Red Cross also has an office at Scott Air Force Base. For more information call 618-256-1855.
 
Attorney General of Illinois, located at 201 West Pointe Plaza Dr. in Belleville. Services to the public include referrals for customer complaints. Hours are from 8:45 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information call 618-236-8616.
 
Baptist Children's Home and Family Services is located at 4950 Old Collinsville Rd. in Swansea. The home offers counseling for children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. The home also provides adoption services, foster care and has a maternity home and residential home for adolescents. Costs are based on a sliding scale. For more information call 618-624-4060.
 
BEACON of Belleville is an organization of local churches operating as a social outreach clearinghouse that links people in need with church volunteers for person to person help. For more information call 618-397-6038.
 
Beck Area Career Center is located at 6137 Beck Road in Red Bud. The center offers an optional education program for dropout students, ages 16-21. Remedial work with basic academics, vocational classes for 11th and 12th grade high school students practical nursing program, nurses aid, social services for students in need, bus transportation and a lunch program. For more information call 618-473-2222 from 8 a.m. through 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
 
Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois is located at 6400 West Main St., Suite G in Belleville. The program provides children ages 6 through 14 with positive role models. It serves at-risk girls 14 years and older by matching them with a caring adult; assessment and short term counseling; in-school mentoring. Contact Big Brothes and Big sisters from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday by calling 618-398-3162.
 
Call for Help Inc. is located at 9400 Lebanon Rd. in Edgemont. Call for help offers suicide and crisis intervention through a 24-hour counseling hotline. Short term adult residential services are available for individuals in crisis. Call for Help also offers sexual assault services to all victims and family members. Community education. The Referral Program provides information and referrals to appropriate agencies; offers once a year assistance for emergency life threatening medications. FEMA funds for rental assistance. There is also a transitional living shelter that assists homeless young women 16 and above in their pursuit to become self-sufficient. Parent/Youth Help Line provides a link to community support systems for all families including adoptive, foster and reunified. For more information call 618-397-0963.
 
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), advocates on behalf of abused and neglected children up to 18 years of age. Located at 101 West Main St. in Belleville, CASA is open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information call 618-234-4278.
 
Caritas Family Solutions is located at 8601 West Main St. in Belleville. Caritas Family Solutions provides individual, couple, family and group counseling; adoption and foster care services; a residential home for abused and neglected children ages 6 through 12; and independent living for developmentally disabled adults. For more information call 618-394-5900 or visit www.caritasfamilysolutions.org.
 
Catholic Childrens Home, located at 1400 State St. in Alton, provides emergency shelter, diagnostic and long-term residential services for boys ages 11 through 18 who are victims of abuse or neglect. For more information call 618-465-3594.
  
Catholic Urban Program, located at 771 Vogel Place in East St. Louis, provides emergency services such as food, shelter, clothing, transportation, transient assistance and referral. Hours are from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information call 618-398-5616,

Children First Parenting Education Classes, located at 2600 West Main Street, Suite 200, Belleville, IL  62226.  The program provides divorcing parents the opportunity to learn and discuss the effect of divorce on the family.  This is a court mandated program and an appointment is needed to attend the sessions.  There is a $50 fee.  For more information call 618-236-2099 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
 
Children First Foundation helps children and families deal with divorce, separation, custodial conflict and visitation exchange issues by providing a continuum of relative programs and services.  The agency owns and licenses the Children First Parenting Education Curriculum, and teaches it in Belleville.  They also offer a Visitation Exchange Center at their agency.  The address of the agency is Children First Foundation, 1909 Dublin Blvd., Suite B, Belleville, IL  62221.  Office hours are 9:00 am – 3pm, Monday – Friday, and the phone number is 618-235-6192.  For more detailed information visit the website at www.children1stfoundation.org
 
Child and Family Connections, 4941 Benchmark Centre, Suite 200, Swansea. Child and Family Connections will help families with children between birth and age 3 to obtain early intervention services. Hours are from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information call 618-624-3309.
 
Children's Home + Aid As a leading child and family service agency in Illinois, Children's Home + Aid supports over 10,000 families in the southern part of the state through foster care, adoption, counseling, crisis intervention, early childhood education and other services. Their team of 120 professional staff reach families across 12 counties, and they operate from offices in Belleville, East St. Louis and elsewhere. For a full list of services in your community, visit childrenshomeandaid.org/southern or contact us at (618) 235-5335 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Community Child Care Center is located at 518 Washington Place in East St. Louis. The center offers child care services for children from 6 weeks to 6 years of age. Before and after school programs are available. Hours are from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information call 618-874-8501.
 
Community Development Block Grant Operation Center is located at 301 River Park Dr. in East St. Louis. The program assists low/moderate income residents in housing rehabilitation and neighborhood stabilization programs. Hours are from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information call 618-482-6635.
 
Counseling Center, Southwestern Illinois College offers counseling services to assist students and potential students with career and personal counseling. SWIC is located at 2500 Carlyle Ave. in Belleville. For more information call 618-235-2700 ext. 5206.
 
East Side Child Development Program (SIUE) provides a day care for children ages 2 though 5 whose parent is a teen that is employed, enrolled in a GED program, college or training program. Fee is based on a sliding scale.The center is located at 411 East Broadway in East St. Louis. For more information call 618-482-6971.
East St. Louis Housing Authority is located at 700 North 20th St. in East St. Louis. The Authority provides housing to senior citizens with moderate or low income. Hours are from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information call 618-482-6971.
 
Franklin Neighborhood Community Association offers structured after school programs, neighborhood gym, youth nutrition programs, honor student lunch, Halloween Safe Stop, random acts of kindness vouchers-school store, summer day camps, summer camp library, and tutoring. The Association serves residents of the Franklin and Jefferson School neighborhoods and it located at 308 N. 2nd St. in Belleville. For more information call 618-233-1710.
 
Even Start is located at 500 Willshire Drive in Belleville and offers services to residents of East St. Louis. Even Start is a family literacy program which is intended to improve the educational opportunities of children and adults by integrating early childhood education with adult education For more information call 618-397-8930. Hours are 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.Monday through Friday.
 
Family Hospice of Belleville Area is located at 5110 West Main St. Belleville, IL 62226. Family Hospice provides services to individuals and their families who are experiencing the last phase of an incurable disease. 24-hour emergency services are available. A bereavement program is also available for children. For more information call 618-277-1800.
 
Holy Angels Shelter, 1410 N. 37th St., East St. Louis, provides temporary shelter for women, children and families in crisis. For more information call 618-874-4079.
 
Hospice of Southern Illinois, 305 S. Illinois St. in Belleville. provides hospice services for individuals of all ages. For more information call 618-235-1703 or 800-233-1708.
 
Hoyleton Youth and Family Services is located at 8787 State St., Suite 207 in East St Louis. Hoyleton offers crisis services and case management for runaway. homeless and high risk youth. It also offers foster care and adoption services and independent living programs for pregnant and parenting. Services are offered at locations in Fairview Heights, Lebanon, Belleville and Freeburg. Office hours are from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information call 618-398-0900.
 
Human Service Center of Southern Metro East, 10257 State Route 3, offers Children First classes, counseling and divorce mediation, developmental training services and vocational rehabilitation services. For more informationc call 618-282-6233.
 
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has several locations throughout the Metro East. The state agency provides protective services for children who are neglected, abused, or exploited. Hours are from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information call 618-583-2080 pr 800-252-2873.
 
Illinois Department of Employment has several locations throughout the area including on at 4519 West Main St. in Belleville. The state agency provides employment services to persons 16 years of age or older. For more information call 618-277-5678. Hours are from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.