From the Barrio Foundation recognizes that while Robert is an incredible resource who can inspire our youth to ask for help, Robert and the Foundation do not have all the expertise necessary to help those in need.  If you represent a program that works with individuals who are dealing with issues of abuse, substance abuse, homelessness, homework help or life skills, please contact us here and let us know about your program. If you’re in need of help or support, please consider contacting any of the below organizations:

At-Risk Behavior Resources


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s mission is to provide immediate assistance to individuals in suicidal crisis by connecting them to the nearest available suicide prevention and mental health service provider.
Federal Partner: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

National Hopeline Network
1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
This national crisis hotline network connects people who are depressed or suicidal, or those who are concerned about someone they love, automatically to a CONTACT USA or AAS certified crisis center.
National Organization: Kristin Brooks Hope Center

National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
1-800-787-3224 (TTY)
A hotline for victims of domestic and family violence at home, and concerned family and friends.

National Child Abuse Hotline
1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)
A hotline for parents, children, professionals, and anyone concerned that child abuse is occurring.
National Organization: Childhelp USA

National Sexual Assault Hotline
1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673)
This hotline connects sexual assault victims to local rape crisis centers.
National Organization: The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)

National Runaway Switchboard
For runaway youth, teens in crisis, and concerned friends and family members.
Federal Partner: Family and Youth Services Bureau, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Girls and Boys Town Hotline
1-800-448-1833 (TDD)
Crisis, resource and referral line staffed by trained counselors – “the only hotline available to anyone at any time”.
National Organization: Girls and Boys Town

Covenant House “Nineline”
1-800-999-9915 (TDD)
Covenant House, which serves runaway and homeless youth, operates this hotline for kids and parents with any kind of problem.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)
For families and law enforcement agencies reporting a missing child and seeking search assistance; people reporting the sighting of a missing child or child exploitation; professionals seeking resources.

Kane County

Kendall Immediate Medical Care – 1851 Douglas Road, Montgomery, IL 60538, (630) 844-9900;

Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry – 659 S. River St, Aurora, IL 60506, (630)897-2127;

Association For Individual Development/Victim Services – Assissts those who have been affected by crime and/or trauma. 24/7 services, (630)966-4350, crisis line: (630)-966-9393,

Aurora Township Youth and Community Center – Programs designed to fit our children’s and community’s needs, offering delinquency prevention and outreach, including after-school homework help  and tutoring, summer day camps, and recreational programs, (630)859-7501,

Family Counseling: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Kane and Kendall Counties – Youth between ages 6-12 mentoring program, adults offer guidance and role modeling, (630)844-9090, e-mail:

Family Focus – After school programs at middle schools and East Aurora High School, homework help, life skills, arts & crafts, field trips, college visits and family events, (630)844-2550,

Hesed House, Inc. – Provides services to poor and homeless individuals and families, (630)897-2156,

Kids Hope United – Dedicated to protecting children and strengthening families with prevention and intervention programs for individuals and families, (630)513-6277,

Mutual Ground– Provides domestic violence-abuse and sexual abuse counseling services, emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence, (630)897-0084,

Quad County Urban League – Supports academic achievement, job placement and training, equal access to employment, housing and cultural enrichment for low-income displaced citizens; programs are geared toward youth, (630)851-2203,

Salvation Army – Offers youth programs, (630)897-7265

Faith-Based Resources

Wayside Cross – Offers urban youth programs after school and summer camp, provides a mentoring environment for youth, (630)892-4239,

Military Resources

United Mexican-American Veterans Association – Promoting understanding, appreciation and respect for the sacrifices and commitment given to the United States of America by the American Veteran, in general, and the Hispanic/Mexican-American Veteran in particular and focusing on:

Honoring Yesterday by collecting and preserving the past through photographs, stories and artifacts;
Appreciating Today by making a positive difference in the lives of surviving Veterans through recognition, camaraderie and solidarity; and
Inspiring Tomorrow through education and advocacy.

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The From the Barrio Foundation is currently implementing From the Barrio to the Classroom in Chicago Public Schools and schools and youth prisons around the country. To view where the program is being utilized see our program usage page.

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