Ongoing Resources During COVID-19

ALSO's top priority and deepest commitment is the safety and health of our staff, participants and community. While closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and tailoring our approaches to this unique situation, ALSO continues to work in partnership with people living in risk of violence in Chicago and around the country to promote safer streets and homes. Below are resources that will help you find key information you may need during this time.

We will be updating these resources on a continuous basis. If you have any suggestions or information to share, please contact

ALSO Programs
National Resources
Local Resources, Chicago, IL
Criminal Justice System-Related Resources
Tools for Working Remotely
Resources for Service Providers
Self Care

Organizational Preparedness and Response
Resources in Spanish
Resources for Children
Mutual Aid Resources

ALSO Programs

Consolidated Youth and Engaging Men 

Safe Streets 

STAAR Project 

Underserved Technical Assistance Project Resource List

National Resources

John Hopkins Resource Page 

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233; TTY 1-800-7873224

National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-4673

The StrongHearts Native Helpline for domestic/sexual violence is available 7am-10pm CT, confidential, and specifically for Native communities: 1−844-762-8483.

The Trans LifeLine for peer support for trans folks 9am-3am CT: 1-877-565-8860 This hotline is staffed exclusively by trans operators is the only crisis line with a policy against non-consensual active rescue.

National Parent Helpline Monday -Friday 12pm-9am CT emotional support and advocacy for parents: 1-855-2736.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center COVID Resources

Futures Without Violence COVID Resources

Urban Indian Health Institute’s COVID Resources

International Association of Forensic Nurses COVID Resources

Asian Pacific Islander Institute on Gender-Based Violence’s COVID Resources

National Network to End Domestic Violence’s COVID Resource List

Resource Sharing Project’s COVID Resource Page

Local Resources (Chicago, Illinois)

Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline 877-863-6338

Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline 888-293-2080

National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255

National Human Trafficking Hotline 1 (888) 373-7888

LGBTQ Violence Resource Line - 773.871.CARE (2273) 

Illinois AIDS/HIV & STD Hotline 1.800.AID.AIDS (243.2437)

Metropolitan Family Services
Legal Assistance and Mental Health Services - 312-986-4000 (M-F; 8:30-5)

Streetlight Chicago contains up to date information on homeless shelters, drop-in centers, overnight beds (including the capability to reserve a bed in advance), health clinics, food sources, and other resources related to domestic violence, legal, mental health, survival sex, etc. This resource also available as a smartphone app which includes up to date information on COVID-19’s impact on these services.  

Crisis Centers

Apna Ghar, Inc.
Hotline Phone Number:(800) 717-0757

Hotline (888) 293-2080
180 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago , IL 60601
(312) 443-9603

Hotline (708) 482-9600
8020 West 87th Street
Hickory Hills , IL 60457
(708) 995-3883

Porchlight Counseling Services a Program of The Center for Law and Social Work
Chicago, IL 60640
Business/Número Telefonico : 773-728-7800
Hotline/Línea de Ayuda: 773-750-7077
Website/Página de Internet:

Criminal Justice System-Related Resources

The International Association of Police Chief's searchable database on COVID-19

Frequently Asked Questions Involving Courts and COVID-19

Tools for Working Remotely is the official website of the Federal Government's telework program. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) have established this interagency website to provide easy access to information on everything from guidance to agencies on implementing telework to training for employees. 

Adobe Connect is offering free 90-day access until July 1st for non-customers. In addition to webinars, users can utilize this as a video conferencing tool.

Resources to Help Set Up Remote Work

      1. Nonprofit Resources for Remote Work During the COVID-19 Outbreak
      2. Tips for Office 365 collaboration
      3. How Zoom Can Improve Collaboration at Your Nonprofit
      4. Managing documents in the cloud
      5. Meet up with other nonprofit tech workers in your area through NetSquared.
      6. Overview of Zoom
        1. Setting up a free account
        2. Zoom mobile
      7. How to turn your cell phone into a hotspot (Wi-Fi)
      8. Avoiding video conference fatigue while working remotely
      9. Remote Work Burnout

Resources for Service Providers

Privacy Matters: Working Remotely
ASL interpretation and English closed captions available

Using Technology to Communicate with Survivors 
ASL interpretation and English closed captions available

Digital Written Consent to Share Information

NNEDV’s COVID-19 Coalition Guidance for Programs 

Self Care

  1. Self-Care Assessment Worksheet
  2. Are you Practicing Good Self-Care?
  3. Managing Anxiety & Stress during COVID-19 Outbreak
  4. Protecting Your Mental Health During the Coronavirus Outbreak
  5. Care for your Coronavirus Anxiety 
  6. Anxiety is Also Contagious: Here is How to Calm Down
  7. 20 Reminders that may comfort your anxiety 
  8. Astronauts are sharing tips on staying sane during a quarantine 
  9. Coronavirus: Wisdom from a Social Justice Lens 
  10. American Psychological Association COVID-19 Tips & Resources
  11. American Psychological Association on Building Your Resilience
  12. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) COVID-19 Information & Resources 
  13. Tips on talking to children about COVID-19 
  14. Contact the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline (800) 985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746. Provides 24/7m 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
  15. United Way 211 Services re COVID-19

Organizational Preparedness and Response 

OSHA Guidance - Workplace Preparedness for COVID-19
HIPAA Privacy and COVID-19
ADA - Workplace Preparedness and COVID-19
Kresge Foundation's Nonprofit Guide to Accessing Capital through 2020 CARES Act

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: FAQs
Effectively Lead Amid COVID-19 (Harvard Business)

Recursos en Espanol / Resources in Spanish 

Recursos para la comunidad inmigrante durante Coronavirus /Resources for the Immigrant Community 

Uso de la Tecnologia durante una Crisis de Salud Publica / Use of Technology During a Public Health Crisis

Conjunto de Herramientas para Servicios Digitales/ Digital Services Toolkit

Prácticas Recomendadas al Utilizar Dispositivos Electrónicos para la Intercesoría /Best Practices When Using Mobile Devices for Advocacy

Resources for Children 

Amazing Educational Resources
Teaching Remotely for Grades K - 12 | Free Resources and Strategies  
Math Games  
Supporting Kids During the COVID-19 Crisis

Mutual Aid Resources

Mutual Aid Networks