In our Proyecto Cuídate — literally translating to “Project Take Care” — programs, we provide an array of services to support, inform, and educate the community on topics that strengthen the individual and family unit. Working primarily in Little Village, our aim is healing, building relationships, and creating safe spaces to promote wellness in the community.
Proyecto Cuídate also collaborates and partners with agencies and schools throughout Chicago and in partnering towns to provide educational supports around trauma, mental health, domestic violence, bullying prevention, and restorative justice, as well as other community wellness and safety topics.
Proyecto Cuídate is one of Illinois’ Family Advocacy Centers under the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).
Individual Counseling Services
Through Proyecto Cuídate, our clinical therapists provide free, individual, social-emotional and behavioral counseling services to support children, teens, adults and families when they need it most.
And in our Early Childhood Education, School-Age, and Youth Options Unlimited (YOU) programs, students have access to our on-site clinical psychologist and team of graduate interns who provide those in need of socio-emotional support with individual, age-appropriate counseling to promote healthy growth and development.
DCFS Case Support and General Case Management
Our Proyecto Cuídate team advocates for families and foster care alumni as they work with the Department of Children and Family Services.
We also coordinate services provided for families by offering referrals such as family law supports, connections with immigration representation for survivors of violence, and/or linking clients with agencies (including in-Erie House services) to best support their needs.
Nutrition Education and Workshops for All Ages
We host workshops and cooking demonstrations, provide coaching, and deliver other resources to support wellness, including diabetes prevention and cardiovascular health.
Supportive Groups for Women and Parents
We provide safe spaces for women to explore, discuss, and learn about building coping skills for emotional well-being, with topics ranging from self-care and self-esteem to communication and healthy relationships.
In a series of weekly sessions, we provide educational, dynamic trainings for parents in topics including: developing realistic expectations of children, appropriate discipline, developmental states and areas of child development, and utilizing self-regulating techniques.
Volunteer with us
Check out our list of volunteer positions with our programs — including virtual opportunities to get involved.
Support our work
You can help us continue and expand our critical work to reach more individuals and families in need of mental health and community wellness support.