COVID-19 Updates & News
Fall 2020 Update: Continuing Onsite & Virtual Programs & Other Services
In accordance with phase 4 guidelines from the city of Chicago and the Mayor's Office to reduce community spread of COVID-19, the Gary Comer Youth Center building will open with a variation on fall programs on Monday, September 21.
Registration will open for onsite & virtual fall programs the first week of September. Please continue to check your e-mail for updates on our new membership and program registration system. New and returning members must enroll for a 2020 — 2021 membership to register for both onsite and virtual programs. For additional information, please contact the Membership Team.
Culinary meal services will open Monday, September 14th. Free Meals are available to all members and can be picked up Monday — Friday from 4 — 6:30 pm. Teen employment will operate virtually September 30 — December 11. Access at Gary Comer Youth Center is open and accepting clients.
For the most recent news and information, please visit the City of Chicago's COVID-19 Site.
For additional resources and updates, sign up for the COVID-19 Community Newsletter.
Summer Hours (until 8.14)
- Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 7:00am — 6:00pm
- Tuesday & Thursday: 7:00am — 8:30pm
- Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 9:00am — 5:00pm
- Tuesday & Thursday: 9:00am — 7:30pm
- Monday - Friday: 9:00am — 8:00pm
- 5th - 8th Grade: 4 — 6:00pm
- Teens: Hours vary, please check with your ASM instructor.
Stay connected with Comer through Virtual Programs
We may not be able to all be together but GCYC’s passion for connecting with our youth members and community is still strong. In addition to daily communication, GCYC will be hosting a variety of onsite & virtual programs September-December of 2020 as well as private or small group tutoring, Family Nights where a group of nine of your family members can reserve the Game Room for Pool or Gaming, Fitness Center for workouts, and more! Although we may not have foreseen our young people still learning from home, our instructors are innovating to bring education and experiences in this new online-learning world.
Members, you can enroll and register to join your favorite instructors for a mix of onsite & virtual programs or just sign up for virtual programs to stay connected at home! Please visit the calendar for program days and times.
Are you a member of a Teen Employment Program at GCYC?
Are you a parent of a GCYC Youth Member and have questions or concerns?
Fall Meal Service Program
Free Meals for Youth prepared with fresh ingredients by our Culinary Team and Comer Crops!
- Snack and Dinner will be provided in a Grab n’ Go style
- Monday — Friday, 4 — 6 pm
- September 14 — December 16
- Pickup at the front entrance of Gary Comer Youth Center at 7200 S. Ingleside Avenue.
Members attending onsite programs at GCYC can pick up a FREE grab n’ go snack Monday — Friday from 3 — 3:45 pm and dinner from 6 — 6:30 pm. Call 773.358.4100 for more information.
To learn more, get involved, and become a more effective advocate, please explore the resources below:
• Learn more about how to support Community Bond Funds across the state to advance social justice and community health. Chicago Community Bond Fund
• For allies and institutions, support Crossroads and their anti-racism work in chapters across Illinois.
• Learn more about how to help Chicago Youth at My Block, My Hood, My City.
Mental Health Resources
Finally, as a reminder, we all need help and support right now. If you need someone to talk to please utilize the resources you have available to you which are listed below:
• Connect to a NAMI Chicago Helpline mental health counselor by calling 311 or directly at 833-626-4244
• Connect to Bright Star Community Outreach's trauma counseling helpline at 833-TURN-123
• Connect to free teletherapy services at Chicago Department of Public Health Mental Health Centers by calling 312-747-1020.
• Crisis Text Line which serves anyone, in any type of crisis, 24-hours a day. Instructions: Text HOME to: 741741 to access a trained crisis counselor.
• Use Call4Calm by texting "TALK" to 552020 or "HABLAR" to the same number
• Utilize our EAP Services for staff members through Unum for free unlimited help by the phone by calling 1-800-854-1446
Nearest Food Pantries
This list was supplied by the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
Martin Temple Community Ftn
- 6930 S. Cottage Grove Ave, Chicago, IL 60637
- Contact: Victoria Williams
- Hours: Monday 11:30am-1:30pm
- Serves Cook County
- 331 E. 71st St, Chicago, IL 60619
- 773.224.1022 ext 214
- Contact: Rev. Matthew O’Donnell
- Hours: Wednesday 10:00am-12:00pm
- Serves zipcodes 60619 & 60637
Inner-City Missions Network
- 7445 S. South Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60619
- Contact: Rene White
- Pantry Hours: Thursday 1:00pm-3:00pm
- Serves zip codes 60617, 60619, 60637, 60649
Edward G. Irvin Foundation
- 500 E. 67th St, Chicago, IL 60637
- Contact: James McMurray
- Hours: Every 4th Saturday 12:00pm-2:00pm
- Serves Cook County
For SNAP, WIC or Medicaid benefits assistance, call 773.843.5419
Support Services for Youth & Families
To Our GCYC Families, Parents & Caregivers,
We know that these uncertain times can be both frightening and challenging for youth, caregivers, and families. We recognize the impact the closure of the Youth Center will have on our members. We continue to be committed to the mental health and well-being of our youth and families. If you are in need of assistance in supporting your child during this difficult time or are in need of support yourself, you will find resources listed below to assist you.
Office of Student Health & Wellness
- CPS Command Center at 773.553.KIDS (5437).
Information on locating medical care for those affected by Coronavirus
- Providing free 24/7 services via text for anyone experiencing a mental health crisis of any kind or in need of support due to the anxiety around Coronavirus.
TURN Center Trauma Counseling
- 833.TURN.123 (8876)
- M, W, F 9am-6pm
- free counseling via phone for youth 12 and above and adults
Calm - An app for meditation to promote sleep and calming thoughts.
Breathe - An app to utilize breathing techniques to promote calming and mood balance.
MoodKit - Therapy tools housed in an app on your phone.
If you have any questions on mental health resources or services for your family or child please reach out to Perry Roof, Youth Counseling Manager via e-mail or call 773.358.4060.
How to Protect Yourself and Prepare for the Coronavirus
Here’s what you can do:
- If you feel sick, stay home
- Wash your hands. With soap. Then wash them again.
- Stay informed
- With children, keep calm, carry on and get the flu shot
- Don’t stockpile masks
- Do stock up on groceries, medicine and resources. Don't Hoard.
- Slow down the community spread of the COVID-19 virus. Learn more about social distancing guidelines
There are so many free resources to explore while youth and families are sheltering at home. Check them out here!
Sustain Our Mission
During this unprecedented time, we cannot predict the future, but we can invest in it. If you are able, please consider making an online or in-kind donation to help sustain our mission.