About Us

Our story:

Incorporated in 1998, ALSO was created to coordinate services for youth and families in the Logan Square community on Chicago’s Northwest Side. Becoming aware of the devastating impact of community violence on those families ALSO began to take action by implementing prevention programs to end street violence.

However, violence is pervasive and spans beyond the streets. In 2007, ALSO expanded its violence prevention and intervention efforts to include intimate partner violence. By working to end violence more broadly, ALSO began to see connections between violence on the streets and violence in the home.

Today, ALSO works both locally and nationally to end violence. By expanding its reach, ALSO informs its national work from a local perspective and brings knowledge and best practices from around the country to our neighborhoods in Chicago.

Our beliefs:

  • Oppression is the foundation that supports violence
  • Government and community are equally responsible to solve issues of violence
  • No One is free from the threat or act of violence until we are all free from the threat or act of violence

Our values:

• Respect     • Safety     • Collaboration     • Diversity     • Honesty     • Accountability

Our work:

  • Builds alliances
  • Shares knowledge about promising practices
  • Develops, promotes and implements model policies and programs

Contact Us


The Alliance of Local Service Organizations does not discriminate in its services, hiring or employment with regard to race, ethnicity, creed, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, citizenship status, military service, marital status, order of protection status, handicap, disability including HIV/AIDS status, or any other factor determined to be unlawful by federal, state, or local statutes.

Employees, volunteers, or individuals receiving services from ALSO  who believe that they have encountered discrimination may file a complaint with the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA), the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR), the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) (for employees), and the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Civil Rights (OCR). ICJIA complaint forms can be found at ICJIA's website or by contacting the ICJIA’s Civil Rights Officer at 312-793-8550.  Complaints filed with ICJIA may be filed via the web (http://www.icjia.state.il.us/public/), mail (Civil Rights Officer, Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, 300 West Adams Street, Suite 200, Chicago, Illinois 60606), or email (cja.civilrightsofficer@illinois.gov). The individual may also file a complaint directly with the OCR at the following address:  Office for Civil Rights; Office of Justice Programs; U.S. Department of Justice; 810 Seventh Street N.W.; Washington, DC 20531, or their local EEOC office. Complaints may also be filed with the IDHR: 100 W. Randolph Street, 10th Floor, Intake Unit, Chicago, IL 60601, (312) 814-6200 or (886) 740-3953 (TTY)