Breaking Free has been accredited by CARF International for its Intensive Outpatient Adolescent and Adult Integrated treatment programs,
Outpatient Adolescent and Adult Integrated treatment programs, Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention programs, and Family Based child
abuse prevention programs.
CARF International establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs
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At Breaking Free we provide hope and help to
people each day. Every single
dollar makes a huge
difference in a child's future, an adolescent's path,
and an adult's choices.
Our sliding scale fees mean no one will
be turned away
because of economic circumstances.
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For 40 years Breaking Free's passionate and proven approach
has been strengthening the lives of 15,000 people annually.
staff uses nationally recognized prevention and
educational programs to build the life skills people need to thrive and
decisions for themselves and their families.
Examples of our impact in the past year:
• DREAM After-School Program in West Chicago
reached 255 youth
• Nurturing Parenting Curriculum reached 751 adults and children
• Counseling Services helped 881 clients
with substance abuse disorders and mental health concerns
• Community Comprehensive Prevention Programs working with schools and
community coalitions reached over 13,981 people!
How We Make A Difference
Breaking Free is committed to one goal: helping individuals and families live in a community where everyone reaches their full potential.
Free cannot accomplish its goal alone. Based in Aurora, IL, we collaborate with schools, law enforcement agencies, local coalitions
and other human service organizations to help strengthen communities in the five-county area we serve.
Breaking Free was founded in
1975 by a community coalition and incorporated in Illinois in 1977 as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.
Thank you to our valued supporters!
We couldn't do what we do without you!
Thank you to INC Board, a Community Mental Health Funding Alliance, for their continuing support!
We provide the highest quality education,
prevention and counseling services
focused on drug and alcohol abuse,
child abuse, family relationships,
health and wellness.
Students Participating in Currier Elementary's DREAM Program Learn About Kindness, Friendship and Overcoming Challenges
As part of
the 21st Century Learning grant, Breaking Free provides after school programming (also known as the "DREAM" program) for elementary
and middle school students in the West Chicago school district.
See what they've accomplished and what they've learned!