Suicide Hotline
All calls are free & confidential.
Hours: 24/7, 365 days a year
1-(800) 273-8255

Text: Hello to 741741

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211 Resource Center

Dialing 211 from your phone will put you through to your local resource center for more help.  You can also visit

National Runaway Safeline
Call 1-800-RUNAWAY
Text 66008

Hunger Hotline
(314) 726-5355 Ext. #1
Follow the instructions

Food Pantries
Locate local food pantries in the area.

Free Meals in The Metro East
Learn where you can get a free sack lunch, meal or hot meal.

Multiple Assistance Programs
Find help for shelter & housing, rent & utilities, food & clothes, medical & dental, counseling, school supplies, car repair, job placement, financial aid, emergency needs & more.

Parental Guidance
Resources for low-income parents, families in need, kids & teens, pregnant women and foster families.

Blessing Boxes
Search for local blessing boxes where food & basic necessities are placed where you can take what you need when you're struggling or to give what you can when you're able.

Addiction Hotline
(888) 633-3239

Sexual Assault Hotline
All calls are free & confidential.
Hours: 24/7, 365 days a year
 (618) 397-0975


Text: Home to 741741

Veteran's Crisis Hotline
All calls are free & confidential.
Hours: 24/7, 365 days a year
Call: 1-(800) 273-8255

Press 1 to talk.
Text: Send a tex
message to 838255

Veterans Matter, Too
Military Veterans can find help through these centers & programs.

Making A Difference For Pets
Pet owners can search for low-cost spay & neuters, pet food pantries, vaccination & microchip clinics, vet bill help, etc.

Thrift Stores

Locate thrift stores, resale shops & a few free stores where you can find gently used goods at low prices.

Free Little Libraries

Search for free little libraries where you don't have to pay for a membership.  You can take a book or give a book.

Kids Free Summer Lunch Programs
Find free lunches for kids 18 & under for  the summer of 2019.

Cooling Centers
Look for a local cooling center during the summer of 2019. 

Homeless Hotlines
All calls are confidential and free to make from a public phone. They will provide information on how to get help with Food Pantries, Emergency Shelter Referrals, Crisis Response, Housing Assistance, Clothing Resources, plus offer advice & support.

Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:30-4:30pm.  Leave a message 24/7 or during hours when they're closed.

Madison County - (618) 296-5300
St. Clair County - (618) 825-3330
St. Louis County - (314) 802-5444
or 1-(866) 802-7155

Metro East Illinois Resources

For the homeless and residents in need in Madison, St. Clair & Monroe Counties.