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#GivingTuesday & Mental Health Awareness Month

As we count down to Mental Health Awareness Month starting May 1, and #GivingTuesday on May 5, we want to give back to a community we have seen come together in an amazing way.

Our community is challenged by experiences like never before. No one could have truly prepared for this - but there is help and support. Independence Center continues to serve in all capacities to ensure our community receives the services they require to sustain independence and mental health. While there are a lot of "what ifs" we will not falter and we invite you to join us in our mission.

Follow our Mental Health Journey as we seek to provide tips, tricks, resources and outlets for overall wellness. Every day we will share information on more ways you can stay healthy and happy from the safety of your homes, while socially distancing in the workplace, or while experiencing firsthand the worst of the illness that plagues our generations. Additionally, we will filter requests for support and need and do what we can to make connections to those reaching out.

You are not alone! Independence Center provides ongoing social, educational, vocational, and housing opportunities in order to fulfill our mission of enhancing the quality of life, promoting independent functioning, and facilitating personal growth for adults with a history of mental illness. Whether diagnosed or not, whether a current member or not, whether you are are supported elsewhere or not...we are here to support you.

For those who are able and willing to aid in this cause, support can be given at HERE by making a monetary donation or providing much needed supplies to staff and Members. We thank you for giving, and honor your compassion in our Mission.  

Covid-19 Response

With the safety of our community in mind and to comply with the state-mandated shelter in place, Independence Center services are being delivered via telephone, computer, and appointment only.  For assistance, please contact us during regular business hours.

Continue to monitor our social media channels for great ways to manage your physical and mental health while you shelter at home. Our Staff, Members, and Board wish you good health. 


About Us


How We're Helping

The Mission of Independence Center is to enhance the quality of life, to promote independent functioning, and to facilitate personal growth for adults with a history of mental illness. To achieve this, Independence Center provides ongoing social, educational, vocational, and housing opportunities. 


Get Involved

Do you share our passion for this cause? Let us know! We are always looking for volunteers, community connections, donors and long-term advocates to help us make our vision a reality. We'll help you find a way to get involved that best suits you, and we're excited to have you join our team!


Become a Member

Our goal is to provide adults with mental illness seeking the opportunity to be productive members of society the tools they need to achieve their goals in independence. To that end, the Independence Center endeavors to provide quality rehabilitative programs, vocational training, and other support services that allow for reintegration into full social functioning, serving effected individuals and their community.

Special Thank You to Our Sponsors


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Your generous gift will help us fund our mission. 

Thank you for giving the gift of independence.

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Contact Us

Independence Center

2025 Washington St, Waukegan, Illinois 60085

(847) 360-1020


Monday - Thursday: 8:30am - 3:30pm

Friday: 8:30am-2:30pm

Saturday - Sunday: Closed

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