Letter to the Editor: Center of Concern being adversely impacted by State Budget Impasse

February 16, 2016

Dear Editor,

The state budget impasse is having a direct effect on local residents as social services agencies struggle to maintain services for residents facing hardships.  While most media attention is directed toward larger non-profit agencies, services offered by smaller local agencies such as the Center of Concern are being adversely impacted as well.

As the budget stalemate continues, the Center of Concern continues to place a larger burden on staff and redirects already stretched general operating dollars to cover shortfalls in funding. In order to maintain current service programs for local senior citizens, family caregivers and residents seeking homelessness prevention services, it is imperative for state elected officials to understand that the Center of Concern will be forced to reduce service delivery and shift a greater burden onto taxpayer funded police, fire and emergency room first responders.

The Center was forced to rely more heavily on donations from individuals and local businesses when it lost finding from the City of Park Ridge and the United Way in recent years. The latest reductions in funding from the State of Illinois present an even greater need for private support.

Besides the economic impact – the impact to our neighbors is the most troubling. We are here to help people remain independent and help persons keep functioning as citizens in our community. Soon the lack of funding will seriously affect our older citizens’ ability to remain independent and will lessen their healthy quality of life. The shortfall in state funding not only affects citizens in the here and now but impacts their future as well.  Issues and problems that go unanswered or unmet in the short term will lead to a greater social cost to our local community.

Kathleen Rolsing,  President, Board of Directors

John McNabola,  Executive Director

Blarney Bash is March 12!

Tis the season of the Irish, and the wearin’ o’ the green. We are looking for a reason to celebrate, we think you know what we mean! A light heart lives longest (so the Irish say) and so we’re having a party to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and Support the Center of Concern.

Saturday, March 12th
6:30 – 11:30

Fountain Blue
2300 Mannheim Road
Des Plaines, IL

This year’s event features, Character Fleadh: since its formation in 2008 has performed at Irish bars, weddings, colleges, and festivals throughout Chicago and the Midwest. Character Fleadh plays Irish music with rock “oomph.” The band’s high-spirited music pairs traditional Irish tunes and songs with a driving rock rhythm section, creating music that appeals to dancers, drinkers, and listeners alike!

The Shannon Rovers Irish Pipe Band: the Rovers have been a cultural fixture in the Chicagoland area. From parades to politics, weddings to funerals, generation to generation, the Shannon Rovers have been there through it all, bringing the passion of Irish music with them.

Food and Fun: (Traditional Irish Corned Beef and Cabbage, Dublin Freshly whipped Potato, Green Garden Salad, Belfast Assorted Rolls and Irish Cheesecake), the Blarney Bash Shamrocks and Clovers game, Pot O’ Gold Split the Pot, Raffle, Live and Silent Auctions that include vacations to Maui, Hawaii, Sedona, AZ and Lake Tahoe, CA.

Your ticket includes the Irish Buffet dinner, drink ticket and all the Blarney Bash fun you can muster. Click here to purchase your ticket!

Free Estate and Housing Planning Seminar – February 25th

The Center of Concern will sponsor a free public estate and housing planning seminar for the community hosted by The Summit of Uptown, 10 N. Summit Avenue in Park Ridge, 10:30 a.m. February 25.  The Seminar will include local professionals who will answer questions from  attendees on estate and housing planning.

Free public estate and housing planning seminar hosted by The Summit of Uptown, 10 N. Summit Avenue in Park Ridge, 10:30 a.m. February 25.

The panel of local experts will include Joseph Capitani, Attorney with Madden Jiganti, Moore & Sinars LLP,  Robert Paneral, Vice President with Wintrust Wealth Management, Jo Ann Flynn,  Vice President/Branch Manager at Village Bank and Trust, Amy Sullivan, Accountant with Sullivan and Johnson,  Irene Swaka, Executive Director of the Summit of Uptown and Eric Homer, Director of Programs with the Center of Concern.

John McNabola, Executive Director of the Center of Concern said, “Estate Planning is extremely important, regardless of the size of your estate or home.  Planning now will help your loved ones in the future”.  Estate planning is the process of anticipating and arranging for the distribution/disposal of an estate, or the net worth of a person at any point in time.  The plan and planning allows one to ensure their property and assets will be handled correctly, while reducing taxes, court costs and attorneys’ fees and it also provides comfort that loved ones will not be burdened with unnecessary barriers and financial confusion.   For more information click here!