We are here to help!
GSU4U is an initiative by the Office of the Dean of Students (ODOS) to strengthen support for student success. GSU4U connects students to campus and community resources when they are facing personal difficulties, such as food and housing insecurity. We are dedicated to assisting all students experiencing personal difficulties no matter how serious or small the situation may seem.
What we do:
- We connect students to community agencies that offer assistance with housing, food, clothing, utility, and prescription fulfillment.
- We assist with applications for food stamps and medical assistance.
- We connect students to healthcare and counseling services.
- We connect students to academic tutoring and planning services.
- We provide departmental presentations related to helping students and staff identify distressed students.
What students say:
"GSU4U has been the bridge to help me to succeed here at GSU. The hardship of being a student without a stable place to live is extremely difficult especially when you do not have a family support system. GSU4U has given me access to resources and stability that will help me to succeed in my program and to continue towards graduation. I believe in GSU4U." - Anonymous Student
you or the student you are assisting has an emergency, please call GSU
Public Safety at 708.534.4900 or local police at 911. Please contact the
Office of the Dean of Students at 708.235.2845 for all other matters.
If you need assistance, please contact GSU4U. Your information will be kept private.
Illinois Hunger Coalition will be on campus to assist students with completing LINK card applications for SNAP benefits: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 11 am - 4 pm in the Jaguar Den (A2140). Be sure to bring a photo ID (state ID) and information about your income.
Walk-ins are permitted, appointments will be given priority
Sign up for an appointment here
GSU4U Ambassadors Workshop (For Faculty & Staff)
Has a student told you they aren’t sure when their next meal might be? Perhaps you have seen a student sleeping in the library or student lounge?
Faculty and Staff are invited to attend this workshop to become GSU4U Ambassadors to gain information, resources, and services to better support students experiencing challenges with food and housing.
Wednesday, November 14, 3-4:30 pm in B2203. Registration Required.
Visit the GSU Food Pantry located in the Jaguar Den in A2140.
View a list of food pantries and meal services here: GSU4U Food Resources
Housing & Shelter Resources
View a list of homeless shelters and housing resources: GSU4U Housing & Shelter ResourcesSouth Suburban Cook County Call Cente
r assists with housing referrals and can be reached at 877.426.6515 on Monday-Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm. The call center provides two types of referrals: Homelessness Prevention (HP) Referrals (rental assistance, security deposit) & Diversion/Short Term Stabilization (STSS) Referrals (Non-financially based, case management). To qualify for the HP referrals the individual must have a income and proof of their hardship, (i.e. what prevented them from paying last months rent or proof of why they must move and can't pay forward for security deposit). STSS referrals are given to those who do not qualify for HP. However, STSS referrals are limited and it is recommended to call early in the day for assistance.
Illinois Legal Aid Online's mission is to increase access to justice for lower-income and vulnerable Illinois residents. The website includes information on legal issues (laws, filing paperwork), how to find a lawyer, and connections to resources. Information is available regarding the following issues:
- Family & Safety
- House & Apartment
- Money & Debt
- Health & Benefits
- Business & Work
- School and Education
- Citizens & Immigration
- Crime & Traffic
Immigration Legal Services Resource Guide provides a directory of organizations that assist with immigration and naturalization services in Illinois.
Cook County Free/Low Cost Legal Services Directory
Will County Free/Low Cost Legal Services Directory
GSU Student Health & Counseling Center offers free medical and counseling services to registered students.
Aunt Martha's offers care coordination, healthcare services, child welfare, and community wellness resources.
Location: 19990 Governors Highway, Olympia Fields, IL 60461