Emerge Program


ChildServ’s Emerge Program helps homeless young adults, between the ages of 18 and 24, achieve self-sufficiency through transitional housing and case management. The program serves up to 20 clients —15 individuals and five families, with a maximum of two children — and provides them with an apartment, as well as therapy to aid in the shift from homelessness to independent living.

  • To combat health issues, particularly those that may arise during homelessness, an on-site nurse assesses the client’s nutritional and medical needs within 30 days of placement.
  • In collaboration with Chicago Public Schools and local community colleges, we assist our clients in finding educational opportunities.
  • Caseworkers develop the client’s life skills in areas such as financial literacy and community safety.
  • ChildServ caseworkers advise Emerge clients on job readiness and employment placement, and when necessary, provide additional support, such as child care, food and public transportation stipends.
  • In the final phase of Emerge, ChildServ works with realtors to identify permanent, affordable, safe and transportation-friendly housing units with landlords willing to work with us to facilitate leasing and maintenance arrangements. ChildServ leases the apartment until the client accumulates the necessary resources and income to assume full responsibility.
  • Even after a client meets the program’s goals and obtains permanent housing, ChildServ provides additional support for up to six months.

Our Emerge Program Success

  • During Fiscal Year 2015, 90% of clients achieved at least one goal on their individual service plan within six months of program entry and 100% achieved at least four goals within one year of program entry.