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Coronavirus COVID-19/ NLEN Program Updates as of 5/18 3:00 pm
Important Update:
Due to the ongoing, and quickly evolving challenges our city, state and the nation are facing due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are doing our part to encourage curving exposure. In accordance with the federal, state and city orders, NLEN will extend our modified schedule until further notice. Because we care about the safety and wellbeing of our staff, our clients and the community, we are suspending in-person orientations, intake, and CEDA utility assistance application processing until June 30th.
CEDA applications processed by appointment only, Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm through June 30th.
Set up your appointments by contacting: Phone: 773-265-7940 or Phone: 773-584-4591.
Orientations are held every Monday and every first Friday of the month at 10 am by calling 773-584-4588 and entering code 4573 (Click here to view orientation flyer)
Intake will take place on Thursdays through a conference call. Our intake coordinator, Zhane Davenport, will directly contact all those who are interested in enrolling in job readiness training. Our READI and U-Turn Permitted programs will continue through virtual meetings and e-learning tools and we are exploring other virtual options and we will make those announcements known should they become available.
Workforce Programs

All workforce programs including U-Turn Permitted, the Financial Opportunity Center, Job Club and Moving Forward will be facilitated through a virtual learning platform over the next two weeks effective Monday, March 16th. Fast Lane Automotive Training is suspended until further notice as well as NLEN Bridge. iPathways is available for clients who desire to complete Bridge online. Upon the conclusion of this two-week period, the NLEN administrative staff will revisit the need for an extension or modification of this action plan based on the latest reports regarding the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

NLEN is prepared to provide phone card subsidies not to exceed $50.00 for current program participants who use their phones or personal mobile devices to access job readiness training via the online learning platform. Current participants will also receive two weeks of Ventra cards to assist with transportation needs during job searching or training in our customized skills training program.

  • Financial Opportunity Center Resource Center: Closed

  • Intake will take place on Thursdays through a conference call only. Our intake coordinator, Zhane Davenport, will contact all those who are interested in enrolling in job readiness training. 

  • All workforce programs will be held through Zoom online learning platform.

  • Moving Forward Training/Bridge Instruction: Fast Lane Automotive Training is closed until further notice. 

    • NLEN Bridge and Moving Forward participants are to return until further notice.

    • iPathways is available for clients who desire to complete Bridge online.

  • Financial Education/Literacy Training & Coaching:

    • Financial Trainings via Zoom

    • Coaching 1:1 via phone; Group Me meet up.

For questions about U-Turn Permitted, contact Jose Wilson at 773-638-8738 or


For questions about the Financial Opportunity Center, contact Tanesha House at 773-638-1813 or


READI Modified Schedule March 16th until further notice.

READI programming will operate Monday through Friday from 9 am to 10: 30 am via the ZOOM app to conduct Control+Alt+Delete (CAD) and Personal Development (PD) via the internet. Participants and staff can access the app through their cellular phone, computer, and tablet. Zoom is an online app that will allow participants and staff the capability to conduct their morning classes through a virtual conference. Participants who use their cell phones for the week are eligible for $50 to pay for their cell phone bills to supplement for their data usage.


Participants will need to submit a cell phone bill in their names for this incentive. Stipends will be distributed at the end of the week on Friday at 3 pm.

For questions about the READI program, contact Coretta Rivers at 773-584-4020 or

Supportive Services

The Resource room is suspended effective Monday, March 16th until further notice based on the latest reports on the spread of the virus. Sign-up for Divvy For All will be available via email only to:


In-person CEDA applications are suspended until further notice.  

It is important for us to come together as a community in these critical times. We all need to do our part to help reduce the spread of incorrect information and harmful rumors that place our community at risk. The coronavirus and the illnesses associated with it such as COVID-19 do not target people based on race or ethnic background. Specifically, being of Asian descent does not increase susceptibility to the virus or increase the chance of spreading it to others. Fight stigma and fear by supporting people who may be coming back to school or work after traveling internationally or completing a quarantine or isolation period for COVID-19.


Let us work together to remain safe and healthy. For the most trusted, up-to-date information, we recommend visiting the specific coronavirus websites of the CDC (Center for Disease Control) or the WHO (World Health Organization).

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


City of Chicago


World Health Organization: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters

4 Important Facts about Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

1. You can pass this disease to someone without showing symptoms.

Even if you feel healthy, it takes on average 5 days to show symptoms of COVID-19. Practicing hygiene and social distancing is not just about staying healthy yourself but making sure you are not unknowingly passing it to someone else. 


2. COVID-19 knows no race or ethnicity.

People of Asian descent, including Chinese Americans, are not more likely to get COVID-19 than any other American, just as no race or ethnicity is any more immune to this disease than another. Combat misinformation and stigma by letting people know that your race or ethnicity does not affect your chance of getting or spreading COVID-19. 


3. Social Distancing and increased hygiene are effective methods of keeping yourself and others safe.

You should be cleaning your hands for more than 20 seconds, using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, and avoiding touching your face during the day. Though it is difficult and may be impossible for some, you should stay at home as much as possible. Talk with your coach if you need support in navigating your employment situation during this time.


4. It is important to maintain your mental health as well as your physical health while practicing social distancing.

As we all shift our habits in radical ways, it can feel scary and uncertain. Make sure you are taking care of your mental state while taking appropriate precautions. Take a walk outside or give an old friend a call! 

External Resources
Healthcare Support

Here is a list of local-area hospitals that provide healthcare services to those with and without insurance. Please note that if you have a medical emergency, dial 911.

Mt. Sinai Hospital

1500 S. Fairfield Ave.

Chicago, IL 60608


John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County

1969 W. Ogden Ave.

Chicago, IL 60612



Saint Anthony Hospital

2875 W. 19th St.

Chicago, IL 60623



Loretto Hospital

645 S. Central Ave.

Chicago, IL 60644



Temporary Housing

For those who are housing insecure or in need of shelter, please see the following list of resources. Please note that NLEN has no control over or any ability to determine how these services are distributed.


A Safe Haven

2750 Roosevelt Road

Chicago, IL 60608



Deborah’s Place

2822 W. Jackson Blvd.

Chicago, IL 60612



The Boulevard

3465 W. Franklin Blvd.

Chicago, IL 60624


The Primo Center for Women and Children

1609 and 1615 S. Homan Ave.

Chicago, IL 60624



Food Banks and Pantries

For those in need of or have limited access to food resources, please see the list below. Please note that NLEN has no control over or any ability to determine how these services are distributed.

Breakthrough Fresh Market

3334 W. Carroll Ave.

Chicago, IL 60624



Casa Catalina Food Pantry

4537 S. Ashland Ave.

Chicago, IL 60609



Manna Food Pantry

1230 S. Millard Ave.

Chicago, IL 60623


Marillac House Food Pantry

2859 W. Jackson Blvd.

Chicago, IL 60612


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