Salvation Army,  located at 20 Glory Place in Belleville, provides emergency services to persons in need of counseling, groceries, meals, temporary lodging, travel, job placement, utility and rental assistance. The Salvation Army also offers a latch key program for after school care. Hot meals are served from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. There is no cost for the services. To reach the shelter call 618-236-2167. For other information call 618-235-7378. Other locations include: 616 N. 16th St. in East St. Louis, phone 618-874-3136; 138 S. Walnut, Centralia, phone 618-532-5942; 3007 E. 23rd St. in Granite City, phone 618-451-7957; 525 Alby St., Alton, phone 618-465-7764.

Scott Air Force Base Family Support Center  is located at 375 MSS/DPF 502 Ward Dr., Scott AFB. The Family Support Center provides active duty and retired military persons and their families with crisis assessment services, financial counseling, relocation assistance, followup program, career assistance, financial aid and deployment assistance. There is no cost for the services. For more information call 618-256-8668.

Second Chance Shelter,  is located at 240 N. 6th St. in East St. Louis. The shelter offers emergency shelter for those who are homeless due to a crisis or a disaster. Rental and utility assistance for Illinois residents is offered when funds are available. Life skills training and education programs, tutoring for school-aged children, counseling services to homeless families, a food pantry and referrals to other agencies are provided. Second chance serves people living in St. Clair and Madison County. There are no fees. For more information call 618-874-0223.

Social Security Administration, located at 1652 Lebanon Ave. in Belleville, administers all provisions of the Social Security Act, retirement disability, survivors, Medicare benefits and Supplemental Security Income. Hours are from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information call 618-235-0455. There is also an office at 350 Missouri Ave. in East St. Louis. That phone number is 618-482-9110.

St. Clair County Children's Advocacy Center, located at 226 West Main St. in Belleville, provides child-focused response to child sexual abuse cases. Investigation, prosecution and treatment referrals are coordinated between the Department of Children and Family Services, local law enforcement and the State's Attorney. The objective of the program is to minimize the stress created for the child and his/her family by the investigative and judicial process and to ensure that more effective treatment is provided for the child and his/her family. There are no costs. For more information call 618-277-1134.

St. Clair County Health Department, located at 19 Public Square, Suite 150 in Belleville, provides maternal and child health (including WIC), lead screening, vision testing for children, immunizations, communicable disease control (including HIV and TB testing); environmental health, which includes restaurant inspection, water supplies, private sewage disposal, solid waste disposal, potable water supplies and control of health related public nuisance and emergency preparedness and response services. Provides free screenings for breast  and cervical cancer for eligible women. Hours are from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information call 618- 233-7703.

St. Clair County Housing Authority, is located at 100 N. 48th St. in Belleville and provides (with specific guidelines) housing for low income and middle income families. Fees are based on a sliding scale. Hours are from 8:30 until 4:30 Monday through Friday. For more information call 618-277-3290.

St. Clair County Intergovernmental Grants Department(IGD), is located at 19 Public Square in Belleville. IGD offers assistance with utilitybills, call 618-257-9246 for more information about utility bill assistance. IGD also offers programs and services to individuals, communities and businesses in St. Clair County. Hours are from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information call 618-257-9246.

Sunshine Ministries, is located at 1520 North 13th St. in St. Louis. Sunshine Ministries offers a shelter and long term rehabilitation program for men. Sunshine Ministries also offers a food pantry and clothing store for women and children registered with the agency. Various actives and programs for kids such as camps, field trips and an after school progam. The shelter hours are from 5:30 p.m. until 5:45 a.m. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m.until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information call 314-231-8209.

University of Illinois - Division of Specialized Care for Children is located at 10 Collinsville, Ave.Room 102 in East St. Louis and serves St. Clair, Madison, Monroe, Randoph, Bond, Clinton, Washington, Jersey, Calhoun, Macoupin and Montgomery counties. The program provides case managment services  to families of children with medically eligible conditions. Financial assistance is available for famlies who qualify. Medical condition must be chronic and amenable to treatment and fall within one of the following catagories: orthopedic, nervous system impairments, cardiovascular impairments, craniofacial anomalis, hearing impairments, cystic fibrosis, hemophila, metabolic conditions, eye impairments and urinary system impairments. Hours are from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information call 618-583-2220 or 800-842-7204.

Urban League is located at 690 N. 20th St. in East St. Louis. The Urban League provides emergency food and clothing; financial aid for utilities and rent when funds are available; budget and housing counseling; energy conservation program. Hours are from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information call 618-274-1150.

Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois, is located at P.O. Box 831 Belleville, Ill. 62222. Services offered to victims of domestic violence (men, women, children and elderly). The Center also provides shelter, counseling, support groups, court advocacy and medical services. Children's services include counseling, group education, recreation and health assessments. Services are provided to residents of St. Clair, Monroe, Randolph, and southern Madison counties. The number for the 24-hour hotline is 618-235-0892. For other information call 618-236-2531.

Visitation Exchange Center, one of the programs of the Children First Foundation, serves families experiencing exceptional difficulty in the transfer of children for visitations.  Court-ordered child exchanges are done by program staff so that parents never have to see each other.  The Visitation Exchange Center is free to St. Clair county residents with minor children who use overnight visitation.  For more information, call 618-235-6192 or visit the web page at

Volunteer InterFaith Caregivers, is located at 123 E. Dee St. in Lebanon and serves Lebanon, Belleville, Mascoutah, Trenton, Summerfield, O'Fallon, Swansea and Fairview Heights. Volunteer InterFaith Caregivers provides assisted transportaion referral information. For more information call 618-537-2636.

Young Men's Christian Association of Southwestern Illinois, is located at 15 N. First St., in Belleville and offers group activities, social, recreational and education services for boys, girls, men and women, elderly and handicapped. Other locations include: East Belleville Center, 2627 Carlyle Rd, Belleville phone 618-236-9983; O'Fallon Center, 284 North Seven Hills Rd; CMT Center, 1 Town Center Dr. Maryville, Sonnenberg Center, 9100 Lebanon Rd, Belleville phone 618-398-1475; Family Recreation Center, 2437 Park Road in Belleville. Hours are from 8:15 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information call 618-233-1243.