Rooted in a rich history of social services, Onward House has completed its moved to a new neighborhood to support and empower the community through Early Childhood Education, adult education, computer training, and employment assistance.

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Rising costs of living in West Town moved many of the families we serve elsewhere. As our families have migrated, so has the need for the services we provide. Onward House has completed its move to the northwest neighborhood of Belmont Cragin - where demand for services has soared in recent years. In May 2017, we officially opened the “Hank and Kim Marshall Community Resource and Education Center”. The Center hosts programming for community residents, including computer and eCommerce Workshops (topics like Google Drive tools, Building an Online Presence, Online Payment Tools, etc.). We provide open work space for entrepreneurs and small business owners to use computers and office equipment, host meetings or conduct business if they have not yet established an office space. With enough resources, Onward House also has a vision to include an entrepreneurship and mentorship training module for youth in 2018. The Center also supports the employment aspirations of job-seekers with ongoing job club - including goal-setting and skills assessment, resume building, computer classes, English as a Second Language, and GED courses.

Celebrating 125 Years of Service

In 2018, Onward Neighborhood House will celebrate 125 years as a community resource.

In the early 20th century, the West Town community needed food, clothing and shelter – and Onward House responded.

Today, affordable early childhood education, adult education, and job seeking assistance rank among the Belmont Cragin community’s greatest needs.

Our newly opened Hank & Kim Marshall Community Education & Resource Center provides adult education programming and workshops – right down the street from our Early Childhood Education facility. Together these facilities provide opportunities to impact two generations at once and empower families and individuals to lead better lives.



Education is the cornerstone of Onward Neighborhood House programming. We provide educational opportunities for all ages.


Onward House provides support to families in crisis through a Food Pantry, and connections to resources and other partnership organizations.


Onward House provides job readiness classes and one-on-one assistance for job seekers, as well as computer classes and resources for entrepreneurs.

The success of Onward Neighborhood House is made possible because of the generosity of our donors. Onward House welcomes monetary gifts of all sizes. We also welcome donated items and the service of volunteers.

Your contributions allow us to maintain the high level of quality educational and community-based services in light of increasing operating costs. Onward House only spends 3% of our funds on fundraising costs.


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Onward Neighborhood House is now serving the Belmont Cragin community with the newly completed Hank and Kim Marshall Community Resource & Education Center!


Our Community

“There is a need for higher-paying jobs and career training opportunities that address our specific population mix including recent immigrants, undocumented residents, limited English-speaking residents and re-entry citizens”

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In FY17, we served:

  • Approximately 950 families and impacted 5,500 individuals
  • 843 individuals for Adult Education classes
  • 180 children in Early Childhood Education programming
    • 30 children with disabilities
  • 58 Youth in School Age program
  • 41,134 lbs of food and helped up to 67 individuals per week in our Food Pantry

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Our Stories

Estella’s Story – Business Incubator

“I had never touched a computer before, and because of Onward House, now, I can do so much. They were willing to teach me everything.

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