The mission of Onward Neighborhood House is to empower families and individuals in need to achieve their full potential in a community-based setting through participant-driven educational, recreational and social service programs.

Onward House has succeeded by developing programs to meet the emerging needs of our neighbors. Our enduring strength has been our ability to adapt to societal changes – decade after decade – and provide services to disadvantaged families of all backgrounds.  In the early 20th century, people in the West Town community needed food, clothing and shelter – and Onward House responded. Today, Adult Education and affordable child care ranks among the community’s greatest needs – Onward House is the only comprehensive Adult Education providers in Belmont Cragin and one of the major providers of high-quality Early Childhood Education.

Today, Onward House programming focus includes:

  • Education for children, youth, and adults
  • Workforce development including job readiness and assistance for entrepreneurs
  • Support by connecting families with additional services, and providing access to a food pantry