A new model for homeless services

The Breakthrough Adult Support Network is intentional about treating every person in need with dignity and respect, so they receive much more than a bed to sleep in -- they receive the tools necessary to achieve self-sufficiency.

Trauma-Informed Model

Our trauma-informed model is comprehensive. It provides direct collaboration and advocacy on behalf of individuals as well as systemic advocacy and community involvement. Being “trauma-informed” means that we understand the people we serve have suffered some form of trauma -- and trauma impacts their decision-making. Our goal is to meet people where they are and to challenge them to move from crisis to stability without retraumatizing them with our rules or program structure.

In need of services?

Men's Center: (773) 346-1785 - 402 N. St. Louis Ave., Chicago
Women's Center: (773) 722-0179 - 3330 W. Carroll Ave., Chicago

Daytime Support Center

Breakthrough's men's and women's daytime support centers aim to meet the immediate needs of food and shelter. Guests receive a toiletry kit, a space to shower and are granted access to our laundry room and clothing closet. A nutritional lunch is also served.

Once primary needs are addressed, guests receive access to on-site medical care and basic employment coaching and housing information. Support center hours are from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Lunch is served at noon.

Transitional Shelters (Overnight Services)

Breakthough’s transitional shelters aim to help people move from crisis to stability. Guests receive their own bed and storage space that they return to each night. In addition to what is offered at our daytime support center, overnight guests receive three meals a day, one-on-one employment coaching, behavioral health care, and housing search assistance and placement.

Employment Assistance

We empower individuals through a four-month program that focuses on skill-building, discovering personal assets and linking participants to opportunities where they can contribute. Services are available to those in our Homeless Intervention program and local residents in our Neighborhood Transformation program. We also partner with the Illinois Department of Human Services’ SNAP Employment and Training program. Participants gain skills, and sometimes most importantly, build relationships with professionals and get connected to appropriate resources.

Permanent Supportive Housing

Breakthrough regularly houses the hardest to house by seeking those who might not otherwise be able to live independently including people with extreme mental illness and chronic addictions.  Our “Housing First” model is rooted in the idea that all people have the right to housing. We increase the ability to stay housed by providing regular case management from Breakthrough staff and provide health, employment and recovery services.  

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