Resources for Residents

There is a wealth of resources available in the area to anyone with a problem or need. The list below is a small sampling of those offering help


Welcome to the River Grove Food Pantry

The food pantry is open to River Grove residents on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am until 11:30am, weather permitting. 

The Food Pantry is funded by donations from local organizations as well as residents of River Grove.  Residents often drop off groceries at the pantry and families of River Grove School children provide cereal as part of an ongoing school project.  Food coupons are purchased with cash donations from local charitable groups as well as local businesses.

First time food pantry recipients will be asked to fill out a form for residency verification.  You must be a River Grove Resident and able to furnish 2 proofs of residency.
We will fill your food order based on the number of people in your household.  Guests may visit the pantry once a month.  We try to stock basic food supplies on a regular basis. Please remember this is not a grocery store and some items may not always be available.  Our volunteers will fill your order while you wait or you may call ahead and we can have your order ready to pick up.

Our Food Pantry is staffed by our Family Services Director, Monica, and her assistants Anne and Billie. Please be patient with us as we are trying to serve as many families as possible during our short business hours.

Hours: Tues & Thurs        
9:30 am – 11:30 am  
2615 N. Thatcher Ave.
453-8000 ----  453-1818

Quick Links

Emergency Calls 9-1-1
For all Emergency Police and Fire Services.



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Leyden Family Services

 Illnois Dept. of Aging

Illinois DCFS

Chicago Abused Women Coalition

Chicago Narcotics Anonymous

National Suicide Prevention

Stop Bullying

River Grove Fire Department 

Education Programs for Residents of River Grove

CPR and First Aid Training
Child Fire Safety Classes
Home Fire Safety Checks
Public Fire Inspections
Blood Pressure Checks
Smoke Detector Checks

EMS and Fire Safety Evaluations & Pre Plans for People with Special Needs.



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Cooling/Warming Center

To establish a consistent procedure that offers our residents temporary relief from temperature extremes. This service is meant solely for temporary relief from extreme weather conditions and in no way is intended for use as permanent or long term housing or shelter.

The Cooling/Warming Center will be the River Grove Senior/Community Center located at 2611 N. Thatcher Avenue. 

The Cooling Center will be opened to the public when outside temperatures reach 96 degrees Fahrenheit and/or the heat index reaches 100 degrees Fahrenheit (O’Hare Airport reading).

The Warming Center will be opened to the public when outside actual temperature or wind chill temperature reach -5 degrees Fahrenheit.


  • When extreme temperatures occur, and the Cooling/Warming Center is activated, a permanent sign posted on the Community Center door will direct citizens to the Police Department 911 Dispatch Center (located at the same address, just north of the Community Center) for direction;

  • The dispatcher will notify the Police Shift Commander to direct an officer to open the center.  The officer will get the following information from all citizen(s) who will be using the center; name, address, phone number and an emergency contact phone number;

  • This information will be kept at the dispatch desk while the center is in use.  When the citizen(s) have departed, the information will be forwarded to the Fire Chief to be kept on file;

  • The dispatcher will notify the Mayor, Fire Chief and the Public Works Director that the center is in use.

  • The Fire Chief will notify the fire department EMS staff that a well being check shall be conducted immediately, and every 2 hours thereafter, to insure the safety of the citizens using the center

Cook County Sheriff Department

The Social Service Connector is designed to provide the residents of Cook County with a directory of social service organizations. Click on the link below to see a directory of organizations that provide services for those in need.

Social Service Connector

Leyden Township
Emergency Food Pantry

Leyden Township Emergency Food Pantry, is run by Leyden Family services. It is stocked by community donations and is open to any township resident in need.  To receive food, a picture identification and proof of residency (such as a lease or utility bill) is required.  The food pantry can be accessed up to four times per year.  Donations are received all year round during regular business hours. 

Leyden Food Pantry has a large shortage and is in need of donations. Donations can be dropped off at

Leyden Family Services
10200 W Grand Ave
Franklin Park

Leyden Town Hall
2501 W. Mannhiem Rd.
Franklin Park



 Leyden Township offers a free prescription drug card to ALL Township residents. Save up to 75% on prescription drugs, no paperwork to complete, no expiration date, no health restrictions, ready to use with no limits on usage and it covers many pet medications. Call the Town Hall at 847-455-8616 to get your free card.


Leyden Family Services

Provides a variety of counseling, treatment, and preventative services for children, adolescents, adults, senior citizens, and families. Furthermore, our services extend to people with many different types of needs. We support people who are suffering from temporary disruptions in their lives due to life changes, stresses, and traumas. We treat individuals with alcohol, substance abuse, and/or gambling problems.  Our staff serves clients with serious and persistent mental illness as well as those having difficulties associated with aging. Leyden Family Services also provides community education targeted toward life enhancement.

Start Here Addiction Rehabilitation & Education (SHARE)
SHARE is our not-for-profit residential alcohol and drug abuse detoxification and rehabilitation treatment facility. Gambling addiction treatment is also offered at this facility. Services include both outpatient and residential/inpatient programs. Click here to learn more about SHARE.

Location:1776 Moon Lake Boulevard
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
Phones: (847) 882-4181

Aftercare Center
Leyden’s Aftercare Center provides outpatient programs for adults, children, and adolescents, as well as other services for adults in transition and those suffering with serious and persistent mental illness.

Our Aftercare location is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm; Wednesday, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm; Saturday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Location: 10200 Grand Avenue
Franklin Park, IL 60131
Phone: (847) 455-5688

Crisis Services
and Public Benefits

Crisis Program
Good times can turn bad for anyone. Our crisis program provides 24-hour emergency coverage, seven days a week, for individuals and families in emotional distress. Responses include, but are not limited to, onsite evaluations, scheduling of appointments and/or referrals to outside resources, and pre-admission screening for adults needing hospitalization.
If you need help, please call our 24-hour crisis line at: (847) 451-1100.

Emergency Groceries
Our food pantry provides emergency food to families in distress.
For more information, please call: (847) 455-5688.

In Person Counselor
Leyden Family Service's In Person Counselor (IPC) Program assists uninsured individuals enroll in health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. We can help you learn your options for NEW affordable health care options! Leyden Family Service can also assist you in the entire enrollment process.
For more information or to make an appointment, call us at 847-451-8300.


Illinois Department of Human Services


Service Centers for River Grove -- Zip 60171

DHS Local Office:
West Suburban Local Office
2701 West Lake Street
Melrose Park, Illinois 60160-3800
708/338-7600 Voice
708/450-0562 TTY

Developmental Disabilities Services:
North Suburban Chicago Metropolitan Network
100 West Randolph Street
Chicago, Illinois 60601
312/814-5981 Voice

Rehabilitation Services:
Rolling Meadows Local Office
5340 Keystone Court
Rolling Meadows, Illinois 60008
847/253-6200 Voice
847/253-1362 TTY

Mental Health Services:
Elgin Mental Health Center
750 South State Street
Elgin, Illinois 60123
847/742-1040 Voice
847/429-5471 TTY

Most Requested Services

Emergency Services

Suicide Prevention

Suicide is NEVER the answer, getting help is the answer.

If you are suicidal, have attempted suicide, or are a suicide survivor, you will find help,
hope, comfort, understanding, support, love, and extensive resources here.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger because of thoughts of suicide

Please call 911 now


Get Help Now

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Calls to the National Suicide Hotline are connected to the nearest crisis center in your area.
(800)-273-TALK or (800) 273-8255
[24 hours].

Health Department

Behavioral & Mental Health

Access & Crisis Center

24 hours / 7 days
(630) 627-1700


is a live online network that uses instant messaging to respond to people in crisis. People need a safe place to go during moments of crisis and intense emotional pain

Delivering The Miracle of Hope and Help

IMAlive is the world's first virtual crisis center. It is the world's first crisis center where 100% of the volunteers are trained in crisis intervention. If you are in crisis or considering suicide, please visit us now. Once there click the Chat Now button to talk with one of our volunteers.

For Reading:
There is a great book to read which is free and online called Suicide: The Forever Decision from the QPR Institute - Download it HERE

For Telephone support:
Here is a list of our hotlines in the US

(800)442-4673 .....1-800-442-HOPE

(877)838-2838 .....1-877-Vet2Vet Veterans peer support line

(800)784-2432 .....1-800-SUICIDA Spanish speaking suicide hotline

(877)968-8454 .....1-877-YOUTHLINE teen to teen peer counseling hotline

(800)472-3457 .....1-800-GRADHLP Grad student hotline

(800)773-6667 .....1-800-PPD-MOMS Post partum depression hotline

For email support 24 x 7
It may take a few hours or more to generate a response


Suicide Warning Signs:

    • Appearing depressed or sad most of the time.
      (Untreated depression is the number one cause for suicide.)
    • Talking or writing about death or suicide.
    • Withdrawing from family and friends.
    • Feeling hopeless.
    • Feeling helpless.
    • Feeling strong anger or rage.
    • Feeling trapped -- like there is no way out of a situation.
    • Experiencing dramatic mood changes.
    • Abusing drugs or alcohol.
    • Exhibiting a change in personality.
    • Acting impulsively.
    • Losing interest in most activities.
    • Experiencing a change in sleeping habits.
    • Experiencing a change in eating habits.
    • Losing interest in most activities.
    • Performing poorly at work or in school.
    • Giving away prized possessions.
    • Writing a will.
    • Feeling excessive guilt or shame.
    • Acting recklessly.

It should be noted that some people who die by suicide do not show any suicide warning signs.

But about 75 percent of those who die by suicide do exhibit some suicide warning signs, so we need to be aware of what the suicide warning signs are and try to spot them in people. If we do see someone exhibiting suicide warning signs, we need to do everything that we can to help them.

If you or someone you know exhibits several of the suicide warning signs listed above, immediate action is required, so please read the information on the home page of this website and take action.

Always take suicide warning signs seriously.

For online chat support:

(none of these are 24 x7 but will tell you if online counselors are available)
The first online network with 100% of its volunteers trained and certified in crisis intervention.
7 Cups of Tea is an on-demand emotional health and well-being service. Anyone who wants to talk about whatever is on their mind can quickly reach out to a trained, compassionate listener through this network.
12 crisis centers which are part of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) and provide chat support in their areas of service.



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