Division Director of Community Services
Director of Daybreak Center
611 E. Cass Street
Joliet, IL 60432
Daybreak Center operates 24-hours a day, 365 days a year and provides emergency housing, and supportive services to individuals and families who are homeless. Some participants in the program are in need of short-term housing, as a result of a situational crisis. Others need support services as they work to reestablish permanent housing.
Homelessness prevention services are also provided to individuals and families who are at risk of losing their homes.
(Residents from outside of the Will County area are limited to a three day stay at the shelter. Also, youth under the age of 18 are not admitted except when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.)
At Daybreak Center We Offer…
- A safe and clean environment
- Comprehensive case management, coordination and assisted access of community resources
- Educational assessments, services and assistance enrolling in educational classes (GED and ESL – English as a second language)
- Child care for parents who attend classes at the center
- Employment assessments, programs and access to employment search office equipment
- Health assessments and services such as vision exams, hearing screenings and healthy living workshops
- Case management and group support meetings
- Depending on limited available resources, individuals and families may also apply for financial assistance for rent or a mortgage, temporary housing, food, utilities, prescriptions, transportation and other miscellaneous needs
- Referrals and access to HELP Food Pantry
- Closed A.A. meetings at 4:00 pm Friday, non-smoking, open to the public
- N.A. meetings at 8:00 pm Wednesday, non-smoking, open to the public
Feeding members of the community who are hungry and unable to provide for themselves by offering a free mid-day meal. Shepherd’s Table is also used as a warming and cooling center during extreme weather. To volunteer at Shepherd’s Table, contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 815.774.4663 x3138.
New Beginnings Permanent Supportive Housing
New Beginnings is a permanent housing program that provides a safe living environment to chronically homeless and disabled men. Clients reside in an independent living setting. All tenants must meet eligibility criteria. This program is limited to availability of housing.
- At least 18 years-old
- Have an income (tenants pay 30% for rent)
- Fit the HUD definition of “chronically homeless”
- Must have a documented disabillity
For an assessment for Permanent Supportive Housing, please contact:
Will County: Jackie Clarke 815-774-4663 extension 3136 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Kendall and Grundy Counties: Carla Gallman 815-774-4663 extension 3105 or email@example.com
Daybreak Transitional Housing
Single mothers and their children are provided with housing for up to two years while they work an independent, structured program in order to achieve their goals and maximize self-sufficiency.
Donations of items to Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet are greatly appreciated by the low-income clients who receive them.
Items accepted for donation:
- New and gently used clothing for men, women and children.
- Hygiene products, baby items, household supplies, toys, and gift cards.
Please drop off your donations Monday – Friday between 8:30am and 4:30pm at 203 N. Ottawa St. in Joliet. Questions? Call 815-723-3405.
Interested in volunteering at Daybreak Center? Contact Stephanie Ambrose (firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-774-4663 ext. 3138)
Interested in a Hearing More About Daybreak and Homelessness? A staff member is available to speak to your adult or youth church or civic group about Daybreak Center. For more information or to schedule a presentation, call our Volunteer Coordinator at 815.774.4663 ext. 3138 or email email@example.com.