Alex M. Martino

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Mrs. Everaert

Social Worker - Martino Jr. High

The State of Illinois has launched a new way to receive support during COVID-19. It is called Call4Calm. This is a FREE and ANONYMOUS helpline. Please text the words TALK, HABLAR (for Spanish speaking) to 552-020. Within 24 hours that individual will receive a call from a mental health professional employed by a local health center.

If you are in need of financial assistance, please text UNEMPLOYMENT, FOOD, or SHELTER to 552-020 to receive information on how to navigate and access supports and services.

Information for Parents/Guardians

How to help children during the COVID Pandemic:


Online Resources During COVID-19--https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1TYXu0OPBe3o_XziU93in2B23g1psA1ZIIndHudBuuRw/edit?usp=sharing

Keep Your Middle Schooler Organized -- https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/thinking-about-kids/201201/keep-your-middle-schooler-organized

Social Media Safety Presentation Information -- cyber_smart_parent_night.pdf

Social Media Safety Information -- https://www.naperville.il.us/services/naperville-police-department/programs-and-services/youth-programs-and-resources/internet-safety/

When your child has Anxiety - https://www.npr.org/2020/11/11/933797230/how-to-help-your-kids-reframe-their-anxiety-and-reclaim-their-superpowers

When your child won't go to school resource --  School_Refusal_Tips_for_Parents.pdf

When your child won't go to school resource --  https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/shyness-is-nice/201309/what-do-when-your-child-wont-go-school

When your child tells you they injure themselves resource -- How_to_handle_disclosure_of_Self-Harm.pdf

When your child tells you they were abused resource --How_to_Handle_Disclosure_of_Sexual_Abuse.pdf

LGBTQ+ --https://pflag.org/chapter/pflag-homer-glenlockport

Navigating the Coming Out Conversation

Autistic Valedictorian of High School Story:


Financial Assistance

Back to School Fair 2019 -- Catholic Charities Joliet

Free School Supplies from MorningStar -Morning Star Mission

Reduced Price Internet -- Internet Essentials Comcast

Free Cell phones and service - Illinois

Community Holiday Help --Mornng Star Mission

Community Agencies New Lenox Area

Head Start New Lenox Area

Walter & Connie Payton Foundation

  • Each year the New Lenox Police Department host a Coat Drive to ensure every child has a coat for the upcoming winter. Please contact me if you are need of a voucher for the season. This coat drive is held in the month of October every year.
  • Each year the New Lenox Police Department offers Shop With A Cop for village residents. Please contact me if your child would benefit from picking out gifts during the Shop with A Cop Event. This event is held in the month of December every year.
Support in the Community


Addiction and Your Loved Ones Workshop 2019 Addiction_and_Your_Loved_One_Workshop_2019.pdf

Trans and Gender Expansive Youth Conference 2019 Trans_Youth_and_Family_Summit_2019.pdf

Counseling and Other Services in the Area:

Kathleen Carlson, Orland Park (Marriage, Family, Individuals, Play Therapy) 708.478.8260

Jeffrey DeVries, Tinley Park (Family, Individuals, Couples) 708.541.2448

Frankfort Counseling Associates, Frankfort (School Problems, Divorce, Mental Health) 815.469.6480

Lynn Shapiro, Tinley Park (Depression, Anxiety, Bi-Polar, Coping Skills, Evaluations) 708.342.1773

Dr. Dora Wolfe & Associates, New Lenox (Anxiety, ADD, Depression, Abuse, Trauma) 815.770.5234


 Aunt Martha’s, Joliet (Comprehensive health & social services) 877-692-8686

Catholic Charities, Joliet (Housing, Family & Individual Therapy, Early Childhood Services) 815.723.3405

Department of Children & Family Services (to report abuse of child) 800.252.2873

Guardian Angel, Joliet (Domestic Violence Therapy, Emergency Shelter) 815.729.1228

 Screening Assessment Support Services (SASS), (Mental Health Crisis, Possible Hospitalization) 815-727-8480

 Will County Health Department, Joliet (Health & Mental Health Therapy) 815.727.5065


 Alcoholics Anonymous (<-- Click Link for Meeting Locations & Times) 815.741.6637

Cancer Support Center, Mokena 708.478.3529 

Crisis Line of Will County, New Lenox  815.485.7366 

Eating Disorder Support Group, Orland Park, 708-269-4935 (Group Leader)



Parent/Caregiver Resource for Supporting Children during times of traumatic events:


Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Children during COVID-19:

Helping Children with trauma and grief related to COVID-19helping_children_with_traumatic_separation_or_traumatic_grief_related_to_covid19.pdf

Tips for Survivors of a Pandemic: PEP20-01-01-020_PDF_508c.pdf



Corona Virus and Parenting Article:


Parenting Right Now is Really Hard Article


Suggestions about communicating with children about COVID 19:


Mental Health Support Resource:


Emotional Responses to COVID-19 Article:


Suggestions on how to manage emotions about the holidays:


Online AA Meetings Available: