2019 Crystal Ball Spotlight Charity
My Joyful Heart is a unique children's charity that provides both life's basic essentials and letters of encouragement to Chicagoland area kids in need. It's not a "one-size-fits-all" organization-the gifts and notes give to children enrolled in the program are personalize. Children receive necessities like clothing, hygiene products, and even food five time throughout the year, not just at Christmas. If you would like to learn more about this year's Crystal Ball Spotlight Charity, please click here.
In addition to the individuals we serve, the following organizations were the recipients of the gracious donations from our supporters.
We thank you for your continued support.
We thank you for your continued support.
South Chicago Heights
The mission of Alicia's House is to alleviate hunger and the problems associated with hunger by providing food at no cost to the low income residents of Crete, Beecher, Steger, Monee, Peotone, University Park, and South Chicago Heights.
Answers for Angels
Answers for Angels addresses the challenges cancer patients and their families face by helping patients pay for treatments and services that improve their well being. By providing information on a variety of treatment related topics, by helping patients and families address financial challenges cause by the diagnosis, and by simply showing their love and care to those experiencing cancer-related hardship.
Aunt Martha's Youth Center
South Chicago Heights
Aunt Martha's mission is to provide heath care, social workers, educators, counselors, and advocates to their patients and clients. They are dedicated to connecting those they serve with exactly what they need through the services they provide.
Bethel Community Facility
The mission of the Bethel Community Facility is to address the spiritual, social, physical, emotional, and cultural needs of people regardless of race, creed or color. They serve the disadvantaged of Suburban Cook County by participating in the economic and social development of the community, promoting the educational growth of both children and adults, and assisting in the strengthening of families.
Bloom Township Food Pantry
The mission of Bloom Township is to provide courteous, caring, and individual service to their residents while at times assisting with their special needs and being adaptable to changing circumstances as they arise.
Bridges To A New Day
Bridges to a New Day is a charitable organization whose mission is to provide prevention, intervention, and education services which foster non-violence in the lives of children and adults. Through their series of workshops for the community and other social services agencies, they hope to address the effects of violence on the lives of children and their families. They provide the tools and resources necessary to prevent further occurrences of violence and to promote a healthy, non-violent life style.
Cancer Support Center
Homewood & Mokena
The Cancer Support Center is here to give strength, guidance, and support to anyone living with a cancer diagnosis, as well as to their loved ones. Their programs and resources are delivered by professional therapists, counselors, nutritionists, and experts. They host these programs in a warm, welcoming, and nurturing setting at no cost to participants.
Catholic Charities, St. Anne's Monday Night Dinners
Dinners St. Anne’s in Hazel Crest provides charity to anyone in need by providing compassionate, competent, and professional services that strengthen and support individuals, families, and communities based on the value of dignity of human life.They offer 150 programs taking care of these in need from cradle to grave, including emergency services, homeless prevention, nutrition programs, senior service, food pantries, weekly suppers, veterans’ services as well as behavioral health.
CTF Illinois Orland Park is a nonprofit organization that has provided services throughout the state of Illinois for 18 years. CTF assists children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, metal illnesses, physical disabilities, hearing and vision impairments, and learning disabilities. Their supports include community day training, therapy, residential services, social and recreational opportunities, psychosocial rehabilitation, community support, job development, and more. Through all of their services, they are guided by their mission and by their vision to create a culture where people are not defined by their differences but recognized for the value they bring to their communities.
Crisis Center for South Suburbia
The Crisis Center for South Suburbia is a non-profit community organization that provides emergency shelter and other essential services for individuals and families victimized by domestic violence and addresses the societal issues that contribute to domestic violence.
Cheer Extreme Expire provides and opportunity for athletes to compete in cheerleading programs through the Special Olympic Program.
Exceptional Children's Charities
Exceptional Children's Charities assist special children and their families through continued support from their generous donors.
Flossmoor Community Church
The mission of Flossmoor Community Church is to enter into a faithful, Christ-like relationship with others. They welcome both friend and stranger, celebrate all gifts, embrace the hurting, and labor with others to restore what is broken. Through their Christmas Angels program, they help organize the distribution of surprise one-time gifts to families in need.
Dedicated to helping individuals with Down Syndrome in Chicago's south suburbs. The Tinley Park location offers more than 30 therapeutically and educationally based programs that advance speech and communication skills, literacy skills, math skills, motor skills and more for individuals with Down Syndrome of all ages.
Glenwood Academy is the Chicago area's only boarding academy for disadvantaged children. They nurture and educate at-risk children by inspiring excellence, building character and strengthening community. Glenwood encourages children who have been entrusted to the academy to live, learn, and grow through their network of educators, cottage families, and volunteers.
Good Shepherd Center
Good Shepherd Center, a community advocate for children and adults with and without disabilities, provides support, services, and education that empower individuals and families to lead exceptional lives.
Harold Colbert Jones Memorial Community Center
Their core mission is to improve quality of life for underprivileged and to assist others in a time of crisis, emphasizing emergency, supportive and education services to individuals and families until they stabilize.
Home 2 Home Project
The Home 2 Home Project in Orland Park, extends a helping hand to individuals and families in need as they transition to a new home. The Home 2 Home Project collects gently used furniture and household good from donations received from surrounding communities and repurposed them to create a warm, beautiful, and welcoming environment for their clients.
Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra
Provides concerts of compelling professional symphonic music education, and expand audience awareness of musical excellence for the diverse communities of the greater Chicago region.
Journey Care, formerly Midwest Palliative & Hospice Care Center, provides compassionate, exceptional care to terminally ill patients and their families regardless of their ability to pay.
Kicking It Back
Kicking It Back in Beecher improves the lives of young people through mentoring, sports, and education and provides after school programming for children at risk. In the communities they serve many children and teens are not able to participate in after school or extra-curricular activities due to financial limitations or lack of parental support and are in need of a place for guidance and enrichment activities after school. They are committed to assisting the children who reside in Crete, Beecher, Steger, Monee, University Park, Grant Park, and South Chicago Heights. They meet in the community hall in Beecher. Juan Hernandez founded this program after he was mentored by a man who taught him martial arts without charging him a penny. He paid for his travel, registration fees for tournaments as well as lessons. Juan became a multi-winner of National and World Championships in martial arts. He then helped him get to college and even grad school. While acting as the Chaplin for a police department He saw potential for the police force to have a positive impact on the lives of children in the area so he started the PAKT program. PAKT provides opportunities for youth and police to interact in a positive way and to provide youth with a positive influence.
KidsWork Children's Museum
The KidsWork Children's Museum is a cultural institution that brings children, families, and community together to engage in fun, hands- on interactive play so as to nurture life-long learning and discovery.
Moraine Valley Community College
The women of Suburban Service League offer scholarships to female students wishing to continue their college education at Moraine Valley Community College
My Joyful Heart
My Joyful Heart provides personalized assistance and encouragement for Chicago area and suburban children in need. They provide a positive influence to these children in need by providing them with basic life essentials, school supplies, clothing, toys, and encouragement through each year until their situation improves or they move from the area.
The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill advocates for better mental health care through support, education, advocacy, and research.
New Lenox Township Food Pantry
The New Lenox Township Food Pantry is available for Township residents in need of food supplies.
NextSteps of O'Conner Chicago
NextSteps offers a unique fusion of physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and personal trainers working in tandem to provide functional, activity- based and specific locomotor training for people with neurological disorders. NextSteps was the first free standing, non-profit physical therapy and exercise facility devoted to the rehabilitation and overall wellness of people living with some of the most challenging and devastating injures and disorders.
One Love Global Wellness Foundation
The One Love Global Wellness Foundation created the Mission Meals program to support local individuals and families in need. Serving individuals of all ages, the Mission Meals program is a free meal program that provides individuals with the opportunity to order and dine in a restaurant environment.
PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter)
South SuburbsPADS is an emergency shelter program that provides shelter located in various churches and temples throughout the south suburbs. In addition to overnight lodging, they also provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner through the months of October to May.
PASS Pregnancy Care Centers
PASS centers provide a safe, non-judgmental environment for pregnancy, parenting, family, relationship, and restoration resources.
Parents & Friends of the Ludeman Center
The mission of Parents and Friends of the Ludeman Center is to advocate for the rights of all residents of the Elisabeth Ludeman Center, to work with the center towards the quality of life enhancement, and to act as an all-volunteer support organization for the family members and friends of the residents.
Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest
The Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing comfort and distraction from painful procedures to children and teens who have been diagnosed with cancer, by providing gifts from the treasure chest.
PLOWS Council on Aging
PLOWS Council on Aging is a non-profit social service organization serving individuals 60 years of age and older in Palos, Lemont, Orland, and Worth Township. PLOWS places special emphasis on helping maintain people in their homes and provides a number of services with that objective in mind.
Prairie State College Foundation
The women of Suburban Service League offer scholarships to female students wishing to continue their college education at Prairie State College.
Reclaim13 was created to show victims of sexual trafficking that they are not alone, that people do care about their well being, people will help, and they are safe and loved.
Respond Now provides a host of essential services, such as food, shelter, monetary assistance, medical aid, and clothes, to people in need in south suburban Cook County.
Restoration Ministries is a Christian-based organization that serves all segments of the population with a special emphasis on at-risk, disadvantaged children and teens.
The Sanctuary houses a program that assists women with children to recover from homelessness and to achieve independence.
Sertoma Centre, Inc.
The mission of the Sertoma Centre is to provide opportunities that empower individuals with disabilities to achieve personal success.
South Suburban Family Shelter
South Suburban Family Shelter provides caring and confidential help to victims of domestic violence. Our professional counselors and advocates understand the dynamics of domestic violence and help clients identify and choose options in their life situations. All services are free of charge for victims and are available in English and Spanish.
South Suburban Special Recreation Association
Provides individuals with disabilities or special needs the chance to take part in year- round recreation activities.
Southwest Community Services
Southwest Community Services provide services that empower individuals with diverse disabilities to maximize their development and independence.
St. James Hospital Center for Diabetes
St. James Hospital Center for Diabetes houses a program that offers a camp for children with diabetes. Campers participate in recreational activities while learning and improving diabetes self-management skills.
Sunflower Special Olympics Gymnastics
The Sunflower Special Olympics Gymnastics is based out of the UGA Gym in Tinley Park. It provides and opportunity for athletes to compete in gymnastics through the Special Olympic Program.
SWIFT Outdoor Accessible Recreation
Devoted to enriching the lives of people with disabilities. They provide grants and accessible equipment to open up the wonderful outdoor and create therapeutic experiences for those who are disabled.
The Pantry of Rich Township, INC.
The Pantry of Rich Township food pantry is available for Township residents in need of food supplies.
Thomas Cellini Huntington's Foundation
South Chicago Heights
The Thomas Cellini Huntington's Foundation was formed to support families diagnosed with Huntington's Disease. The Foundation serves as a needed resource for the Huntington's community by providing services to those who have been diagnosed with or are at risk of developing Huntington's Disease, their families, and the communities that serve them.
Together We Cope
Together We Cope serves families in 27 communities of Chicago's south suburbs, bridging the gap in a number of ways to help them return to self-sufficiency.
Zelda's Kitchen Witches
Zelda’s Kittchen Witches in Palos Heights Zelda’s Kitchen Witches provides kitchen items for women moving into transitional housing seeking an independent life. This organization was founded June of 2018. They work closely with Home 2 Home and The Crisis Center for the South Suburbs setting up kitchens is new homes for women who have been in shelters or were homeless.
Individuals and Families
Additionally, Suburban Service League serves individuals and families in need of financial assistance due to hardship and/or illness. If you know of someone in need of our organization's help, please fill out this form to begin the process of receiving assistance.