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.
If you need assistance, please contact the GSU4U Program in the Office of the Dean of Students. Your information will be kept private.
* Off-campus organizations and resources listed on this page are provided for informational purposes only. Any reference obtained from this webpage to a specific organization does not constitute or imply an endorsement by Governors State University of the organization. The views and opinions expressed in any referenced document do not necessarily state or reflect those of Governors State University.
Need help? Start with a GSU4U Ambassador!
GSU4U Ambassadors are staff and faculty who are aware of the challenges
students may experience around hunger and housing and can help students
connect and navigate resources. Ambassadors can be identified by the
GSU4U Ambassador sticker (pictured at right).
Want to become an Ambassador? Workshops occur each semester, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
| ||Collice King ||email@example.com|
| ||Mark Crawleyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Center for the Junior Year||Lakia Colquittemail@example.com|
| ||David Rheafirstname.lastname@example.org|
| ||Peer Success Coaches||Office: C1321|
|College of Arts & Sciences||Merri Wilkersonemail@example.com|
| ||George Nkulenufirstname.lastname@example.org|
| ||Novia Pagoneemail@example.com|
| ||Kerri Morrisfirstname.lastname@example.org|
| ||Ben Almassiemail@example.com|
|College of Education||Raquel Riosfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|College of Health & Human Services||Cynthia Carremail@example.com|
| ||Runez Benderfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dual Degree Program ||Jessica Spechtemail@example.com|
| ||Student Transition Assistants||Office: A2122|
|Enrollment Management||Randi Schneiderfirstname.lastname@example.org|
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|Financial Aid ||Carol Pierson-Milhousemail@example.com|
|Financial Services||Linda Theres-Jonesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
| ||Jeanna Brown ||email@example.com|
|Human Resources||Stephanie Juarezfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Institutional Research||Phyllis Streeteremail@example.com|
|New Student Programs||Roshaunda Rossfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Office of the Dean of Students||Aurelio Valenteemail@example.com|
| ||Nikki Witt Penwellfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Office of the Provost||Colleen Sextonemail@example.com|
|Public Safety/GSU Police||Officer Turnerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
| ||Kimberly Petersonemail@example.com|
|Student Life||Sheree Sandersonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Undergraduate Academic Advising Center||Lisa Helmemail@example.com|
| ||Stacy Amedeofirstname.lastname@example.org|
| ||Sabrina Slocumemail@example.com|
| ||Rebecca Schreursfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|University Housing||Ashley Stewartemail@example.com|
| ||Betsy Josephfirstname.lastname@example.org|
| ||Corinne Martinemail@example.com|
| ||Mushtaq Choudharyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Quick Overview of Campus Resources
Toolkit of GSU Campus Resources includes information about housing support, financial aid, food, storage, shower facilities, books and class materials, Career Closet, and emergency necessities.
Link Card (SNAP Benefits) Applications
Illinois Hunger Coalition
assists with completing LINK card applications for SNAP benefits.
Illinois Hunger Coalition will be on-campus several times per semester.
Spring 2018: Tuesday, March 20 & Tuesday, April 17
Appointment signup! - Appointments given priority, walk-ins welcome.
you need assistance before the next on-campus date, please contact the
Illinois Hunger Coalition Hunger Hotline at 800.359.2163 or online at http://www.ilhunger.org
A photo ID (state ID) and information about your income is required to complete an application.
To be eligible as a full time student, you must be one of the following:
- working 20 hours a week
- participating in the work study program
- raising a child under 6
- raising a child over 6 without access to childcare
- over the age of 50
- have a physical or mental impairment preventing you from work
Questions about eligibility for benefits can be directed to the Illinois Hunger Coalition.
Applications can also be completed online through the Illinois Department of Human Services.
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 Health and Student 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
Transportation for Medicaid Participants
First Transit assists Medicaid Participants who have limited access to non-emergency transportation to and from a Medicaid covered health care service.
First Transit is the call center that the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) contracted with to provide the review of prior authorizations for most non-emergency transportation. First Transit is NOT a transportation provider, and does not arrange transportation. First Transit does maintain a list of enrolled Medicaid transportation providers for Participants to select from.
Information on eligibility and scheduling transportation is available on the First Transit Website.