The mission of The Link & Option Center, Inc. is to empower youth, adults, and families with quality prevention and intervention services that will create a bridge across systems of care and maximize opportunities offered through schools and communities.
The vision of The Link & Option Center, Inc envisions an integrated system of care built on bonded collaborative relationships that promote positive decision making attributes in youth, families, and adults, enhance self worth, and foster cultural pride and economic success to create healthier families and communities.
The Link & Option Center, Inc., is a comprehensive, nonprofit 501(c)3 human services organization and Community Mental Health Center, that continues its commitment to being personally responsive to the plight of children, youth, adults and families’ indigenous barriers to opportunities since its foundation in 1995.
Ms. Green started the agency in response to struggles her teenaged son was experiencing. He struggled to set himself apart from negative forces in the community, which led him down a path away from positive influences and towards educational problems and delinquency. As she worked with her son, Ms. Green discovered that her God-given talent was to inspire unfocused youth to stay in school, rise above their situations and strive to achieve their fullest potential.
The initial purpose of the agency was to stimulate and support the education and knowledge of African-American and other minority young adults between the ages of fourteen and twenty-one in the South Suburban Cook County area by helping to strengthen their academic skills, make the transition to post-secondary education and define their career goals. ScholarShop, a college prep and career development transition program, was the first flagship program offered by TLOC.
The needs of the community have led TLOC to widen its purpose to include prevention, intervention and other public safety-type services. Services now include Integrated Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment, Reentry; Case Management, Domestic Violence, Emergency Services for Homeless Prevention and Housing Stabilization; Workforce Development; WorkKeys - National Career Readiness Certification Testing; Certified Medicaid Application Counselor Organization; Health Insurance Services; Financial Education Services; Housing and Credit Counseling, 6th District Youth Diversion, Community Resource and Referral Center; DUI Evaluation and Education; and Cook County Adult Probation Treatment Services.