Health & Wellness

There are a number of programs and services dedicated to improving health and wellness in our community!


Catholic Charities logoCatholic Charities /Jadonal E. Ford Center (JEF) Adolescent and Parenting Programs use evidence based parenting education curriculums in the delivery of services for each program. The curriculum focuses on group topics, child-development, parent/child interaction activities and skills to help the expectant parent develop prenatal relationships and create a safe and stimulating home environment.

The curriculum encourages the parents to think of themselves as their child’s “first teacher.”  The Family Support Worker/Case Manager/Parent Coaches provides home visits to ensure families are connected and developing positive parent/child relationships, and engage in all medical, dental, mental health and address other support services. The JEF Center Programs also provide certified Doula services in the Roseland Adolescent Parenting Program (RAPP). Doulas are trained mentors/coaches who help young families establish strong parent-child relationships from seven months prenatal to two months post-partum (before and after the birth).

These are the JEF Center’s Pregnant and Parenting Programs:

  • Roseland Adolescent Parenting Program (RAPP) – 13 to 19 years
  • Maywood Adolescent Parenting Program (MAPP) – Maywood residents
  • Family Case Management (FCM) – All pregnant women
  • Better Birth Outcomes Program – All High risk pregnant women
  • Arts of Living Institute (AOL) -(School Based Services at Fenger Academy High School)
  • Independent Living Program DCFS/(ILO) – DCFS male and female clients Only
  • Parent Adolescent Support Services (PASS) for DCFS pregnant and parenting teens only

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10570548_10154533920920511_1285740108421671494_nMetropolitan Family Services empowers families to learn, to earn, to heal, to thrive. Part mentor, part motivator, part advocate, since 1857 Metropolitan Family Services has been the engine of change that empowers Chicago-area families to reach their greatest potential and positively impact their communities.

Their emotional wellness programs are designed to provide supportive, caring counseling for individuals and families in any phase of life to better handle life’s challenges.

These are the emotional wellness programs offered at Metropolitan Family Services’ Calumet location:

  • ACES: (At Risk Counseling and Education Services): Is a school-based program for at-risk youth identified by teachers, school counselors and parents. Goals include improving school behavior, social skills, social/emotional problems, cognitive functioning and parental involvement. ACES is offered in designated Chicago Public Schools.
  • Adoption Preservation: Provides home-based intervention to families formed through adoption or subsidized guardianship. Adjustment, grief/loss resolution, attachment, educational and emotional issues are addressed through counseling, crisis intervention and 24-hour on-call assistance. Therapeutic respite services and related referrals, psycho-educational and support groups, workshops and help with securing resources also are provided. The program is supported by DCFS.
  • CLASS (Community Leaders Achieving School Success): Serves cadets at Carver Military Academy, targeting at-risk youth with chronic truancy, suspensions, expulsions and academic challenges. CLASS provides school-based counseling services including family and group services.
  • Community Based Care Transition Program: Community Based Care Transition Program seeks to improve transitions from the inpatient hospital setting to other care settings, improve quality of care and to reduce readmissions for high risk beneficiaries. The collaboration, which also includes Catholic Charities and five south suburban hospitals: Ingalls, Little Co. of Mary, Metro South, St James-Olympia Fields and St. James-Chicago Heights; provides eligible Medicare recipients with a hospital visit, an in-depth home visit 24-48 hours following discharge, and follow up calls at two, seven, fourteen and thirty days.
  • Counseling: Builds on individual strengths and capacity for change, while addressing special needs, behavioral and situational problems or mental illness. Counseling services are offered for children, families, adults and seniors. Psychiatric services are available at certain centers.
  • Extended Family Support: Provides wide-ranging services for relative caregivers who face issues that threaten the safety, stability and placement of the child within the home. Extended Family Support helps relative caregivers obtain guardianship, apply for public aid grants, advocate with the schools, and access other community resources and referrals. The program is funded by DCFS
  • Family Violence Intervention Program: Is an early intervention service program for survivors of partner abuse and their children. The program also offers services to teens and children who have witnessed domestic violence. Staff provides outreach, education, counseling, safety planning, information and referral and case management. Also provides legal services.
  • Local Area Network: Local Area Network (lan) is a community-based group that works together to ensure that children with mental, emotional, behavorial and school/academic problems and their families can access needed services and supports.
  • Mentors of Mothers (MOMs): Is a school and community partnership that delivers services to pregnant and parenting teens in Chicago Public Schools. Mentor moms and teens meet for group sessions to enhance healthy parent involvement with their children, prevent child abuse, avoid unwanted second pregnancies and to support academic success.
  • MOMs Plus: Is offered to pregnant and/or young mothers ages 13-21 who are DCFS wards. The program provides home-based counseling services and support groups to help increase the mother’s knowledge of parenting skills, promote healthy child development, create supportive networks among young mothers, address trauma that may impact emotional and/or behavioral functioning, and link foster families and caregivers to resources.
  • Parents Plus: Promotes healthy child development and helps strengthen the parent’s role as their child’s first teacher. Parents with children ages birth to 3 years participate in a drop-in program which includes parent-child play activities, field trips, parent education, skill building and resources. Parents Plus also helps promote literacy for parents.
  • Safe Start: Provides services to children 0-6 and their families who have been exposed to violence, including media violence, community violence, domestic violence and abuse/neglect. Family support groups, mental health services, case management, referrals and outreach are provided.
  • Systems of Care (SOC): Is a DCFS-funded program which provides weekly home-based individual and family therapy to DCFS wards and their foster families to stabilize foster placements. Case management and support are provided along with school intervention. Services typically span 9 – 12 months and include a psychiatric evaluation, medication monitoring, foster parent support and group activities.

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tca-health-logoTCA Health, Inc. is a Federal Qualified Health Center (FQHC) which helps to serve residents of the Altgeld-Murray Development on the Southside of Chicago as well as the surrounding areas: Roseland, Pullman, Dolton, Riverdale, Calumet City.

These are TCA Health’s services:

  • Internal/Family Medicine: Our Primary Health Care Clinic provides comprehensive primary medical services for our adult patients by our board certified staff physicians. Our primary care physicians and family nurse practitioners include those in the areas of Internal Medicine and Family Practice.
  • Dental: TCA’s general dentistry department provide a comprehensive variety of dental services; including diagnostic and preventive services such as exams, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants and x-rays; restorative services which includes composite resin fillings, amalgam fillings and crowns. They also provide simple extractions.
  • Pediatrics: The pediatric department here at TCA provides comprehensive pediatric services, including well child care, immunizations, school physicals, and general pediatrics.
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology: We provide a full range of Obstetrical/Gynecology Services. Our Staff Physicians are on-call 24 hours per day, seven days per week at Trinity Hospital, Roseland Hospital, and Metro South Hospital.
  • Employment Services (SNAP): In partnership with the Department of Human Services, the SNAP program activities will work to enhance your skills and help you to search for employment.
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker: Our clinical social work will help individuals as well as families work through issues with academics, planning for college, depression, peer pressure as well as conduct psychosocial assessments.
  • Healthy Start Program: The Healthy Start Program is your partner in assisting you towards a healthy pregnancy and delivery. We will provide quality comprehensive perinatal services which respond to the physical, psychosocial, and economic needs of our pregnant patients and their families.
  • WIC: WIC helps parents to feed their children properly during critical periods of growth and development. The combination of nutrition education, nutritious foods, and yearly health care visits strengthens families long after their WIC eligibility has ended. WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. It is administered in Illinois by the Department of Human Services (DHS) and is funded by the United States Depart of Agriculture (USDA).
  • Carver Military Academy School Base Health Center: The School Base Health Center (SBHC) provides comprehensive health services as a part of the school health program sponsored by the Illinois Department of Human Services, Bureau of Primary Healthcare, TCA Health, Inc, NFP, and Carver Military Academy. A Physician Assistant and Licensed Clinical Social Worker will be available to provide primary healthcare and psychosocial services to all students who have signed parental consent.

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Upcoming Events

February 1, 2018
  • Early Learning Coalition Meeting

    February 1, 2018  12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Carver Park Fieldhouse, 939 E. 132nd Street

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