Peoria County Resources
View lists of resources available in Peoria County, Illinois including Job Training/High Demand Fields, Computer Classes, Job Skills/Resume Development, Scholarships, Transportation to Employment or Training, and more.
GED Prep and Testing
“Without Common Place to guide me or ‘be there’ when my children have struggled in school, I don’t know what I’d do. I rely on the After School Youth Program for my kids and the Adult Literacy Program support for myself. My goal is to earn my GED and make certain that my children graduate!”
Can you imagine how you’d feel if you couldn’t read:
To your child or help him/her with homework?
Street signs or maps?
Job ads or job application forms?
Directions on labels?
Today, scores of non-readers from the more than 45,000 adults with literacy challenges in the Peoria area are learning to read at COMMON PLACE, thus increasing their changes for a job or improved quality of life.
Various opportunities are available to help adults learn:
- Adult reading and writing classes with an individual tutor or in small groups
- Math classes
- Pre-GED Study
- Supplemental computer-assisted instruction
- Peoria Reads! and other special interest activities
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Housing • Shelter • Food • Legal Aid • Clothing • Education • Counseling • Utility Assistance • Health Care • Transportation • Volunteer Opportunities • Employment Programs • Disaster Response
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Financial Stability Program
The purpose of the Financial Stability Program is to help participants to increase their revenue while decreasing their expenses, thus helping them to improve their quality of life. This is a case management program that provides financial, credit and employment education, training, coaching and mentorship while providing basic needs like food, clothing, transportation, healthcare, and hygiene products.
Our mission is to do the work of Jesus Christ, providing hope, respect, and guidance towards a path to prosperity. We refer to our clients as “friends,” because our intent is to make everyone who walks through our doors to feel like they belong, and not like a component of some program.
There are 4 main components to this program
- Financial Literacy
- Workforce Readiness
- Income Supports
- Basic Needs Support
We provide one-on-one financial coaching, working to build relationships with friends and establish short-term and long-term financial goals and strategies. We also provide peer financial support groups and financial education classes to provide general information on budgeting, savings, expense and debt reduction and credit repair. We also connect friends to financial service products, free tax preparation services, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit program, and asset development tools such as matched savings accounts or twin accounts.
Employment services often serve as the entry point through which our friends participate in financial coaching and public benefits assistance. We establish and strengthen relationships with potential employers to match our friends with employment opportunities. When working with the unemployed or underemployed, we focus on job development and counseling, resume development, job interviewing skills and enrollment in appropriate workforce/education programs. When working with employed clients, we focus on job advancement, enrollment in workforce or adult basic education classes and long-term career planning. In both cases, our goal is job retention and long-term career planning.
Even when our friends are employed, their wages and benefits may be insufficient to meet their daily needs. Public benefits play a key role in helping families to meet basic needs and to support long term job retention and success. Given the often cumbersome and complicated application process, our friends may need assistance to access the benefits for which they qualify. We screen our friends for public benefits, help them understand what they qualify for, help them to enroll, regularly reevaluate their eligibility for benefits as their circumstances change, help to ensure that they submit recertification applications on a timely basis and advocate at various agencies that administer benefits such as SNAP, Social security benefits, utility assistance, childcare assistance, and Earned Income Tax Credit.
Basic Needs Support
In order to help our friends reduce their expenses so that they can afford to live a better quality of life, we offer basic needs items and services that include:
- Dental Care
We also offer our friends basic needs through strategic partnerships we have with other organizations that include:
- Legal advice
- Emigration classes
- Domestic violence consultation and therapy
- Dental Care
We help roughly 75 friends through this program on an annual basis.
Call for an appointment: (309) 671-5200
1825 NE Adams, Peoria
The issue of hunger in America is a growing concern. Currently, more than 16% of children go to bed without food. To ease this pain we have partnered with Peoria Area Food Bank, as well as Midwestern Food Bank to help supply the Catholic Charities Food Bank on NE Adams Street in Peoria. Adults must present a photo ID and may receive assistance monthly.
Days & Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 – 11:30 am
Please bring ID
Seeking additional volunteers to help with distribution on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from 9:30-11:30 am. Also seeking volunteers to help restock inventory on Wednesdays from 1:00-4:00 pm (must be able to do heavy lifting).
If interested, please submit the online volunteer request below.
Donations of canned good and non-perishable foods are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Bessette Center in the Catholic Charities Warehouse.
Greater Peoria LISC works in a range of programmatic areas dedicated to specific neighborhoods. These programmatic priorities are a great way to get involved in the work LISC is doing - whether you are a resident seeking service opportunities or an organization looking to build capacity, there is potential to grow with our office.
Our cadre of loan products, grantmaking, and technical assistance supports programming in the following areas:
Increasing Family Income and Wealth Building
Partner Capacity and Engaging Resident
Peoria County Colleges and Universities HVAC Programs
HVAC/R-MAR Technician Program Overview The HVAC/R–MAR Technician Program provides installation, repair and maintenance training for the heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration industry. The program also provides installation and repair training for the major appliance industry.
HVAC Technician Certificate The HVAC Technician certificate program will provide students with the knowledge and skills pertaining to the maintenance and repair of air conditioning systems as well as the following heating systems: natural gas, propane, electric, air source heat pumps, and geothermal heating systems.
Programs and Services
Adult Learning Center
State Certified teachers provide GED and Pre-GED instruction. The program also offers adult basic skills upgrade. Small group classes and individualized instruction are provided to assist the learning experience. Computer assisted instruction, and online practice tests enable adult students to be comfortable with the new format of the Computer-Based GED Test.
GED Classes,Tuesday and Thursday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.or email GED Program
After-School Tutoring Program
Provides free tutoring in all subjects for all grade levels (K-12) and college-level students
Tomorrow's Scientists, Technicians And Managers Program (TSTM)
Encourages and motivates minority and other similarly disadvantaged youth to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Business. The program offers: out-of state field trips, scholarships, hands on training, motivational speakers, career mentoring, academic awards, after- school tutoring, computer lab access and Annual TSTM Recognition Banquet.
Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)
The summer program for 16 to 24 year olds introduces youth to the wonderful world of work with meaningful employment experiences for youth. Educational opportunities, career counseling, and enriched vocational activities are provided. The participating youth are rewarded with paid work experiences.
Community Technology Center (CTC)
State of the art, cutting edge, technology center, serves people of all ages. Group training, open lab access, limited adaptive technology, basic and intermediate computer instruction for youth and adults are available. Technology lab is available for rental. We are a Certiport Authorized Testing Center for the IC3 computer program.
Get Job Ready
Computer Classes & Workshops – Instructor led classes focus on computer basics, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, plus job readiness. Additional workshops and seminars focus on related job skills topics: resumes, interviewing skills, online applications, business writing, professionalism in the workplace, social media, skills employers are looking for, goal setting, banking/finance, internet security, tablets and cell phones, and more.
E Learning - E-Learning – Online classes cover topics in computers, customer service, life skills, job skills and a variety of other topics.
- GoodGuides® Youth Mentoring – This program serves at-risk youth ages 12-17 in central Illinois by giving them a positive influence through the guidance of a trusted mentor.
- Goodskills Teen Workshops – These programs serve all area youth with life and career related experiences.
- GoodSkills Traveling Workshops – Like our GoodSkills teen workshops, but our staff brings the experience to your classroom or organization. Workshops are for ages 11 to 17.
- The Retail Project – Students ages 14-18 get hands-on work experience at a Goodwill store.