Help Wanted: CHORE Program Aides
Senior Citizens and the disabled living in Maine, Niles, New Trier, Evanston, or Northfield Townships are eligible for free services to help them maintain their independence. Currently, we have openings for responsible persons seeking additional income while assisting older seniors who find it more difficult to manage day-to-day living in their own residence.
Chore Aides are paid hourly to provide any of the following: light housekeeping duties, grocery shopping
assistance with light meal preparation, laundry and yard work. It's also a way to be a
friend and companion to help overcome isolation and an advocate to encourage a healthier lifestyle.
The CHORE program is offered through the Center of Concern to further its mission to "provide
housing assistance, support services and counseling for seniors, disabled and others in need,
enabling them to live with dignity and independence."
CHORE workers improve the daily lives of seniors who have made great contributions in
their lifetime and now require added assistance to safely remain in their homes. Hourly rate as of
5/1/2017 is $12.00.
To apply or inquire call our CHORE coordinator, Belinda at (847) 823-0453, email email@example.com
or click here to apply online.
Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
Community Service Day - April 29th
The Center of Concern announced plans to celebrate National Volunteer Week, a time dedicated to demonstrating to the nation that by working together we can meet challenges and accomplish goals. The Center of Concern is planning to help homebound seniors on Saturday, April 29th with a Community Service Day by window washing, yard maintenance, and other tasks to help them maintain their independence.
Individuals, couples, families, groups of friends, student clubs, service organizations, businesses, companies, and organizations - all are welcome to volunteer. A continental breakfast, lunch, and volunteer t-shirt will be provided as well as the opportunity to give back to your community!
John McNabola, Executive Director of the Center of Concern said, “Our annual Service Day activity is a great opportunity to everyone in the community to come together and make the lives of our oldest generation stronger and more secure.”
Day: Saturday, April 29th, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
National Volunteer Week, April 23-29, 2017, is about taking action and encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change – discovering and demonstrating their collective power to make a difference. National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 and has grown exponentially each year, with thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week.
Senior Companion Program Informational Sessions to be held in Park Ridge, Des Plaines, and Skokie
Senior Companion Program Informational Sessions to be held in Park Ridge Des Plaines, and Skokie
Adults 55 and older residing in suburban Cook County can improve the lives of isolated seniors in their nearby communities and earn an income stipend. Senior Companion volunteers provide support and companionship to senior clients that may require additional assistance to continue living independently in their own homes. Senior Companion volunteers are matched with clients within their own communities who offer their assistance, companionship, and friendship.
If you are 55 years of age or older, enjoy working with seniors, and can commit to serving at least 15 hours per week in your community, please join us in learning more about this opportunity. Income-eligible volunteers receive an hourly, non-taxed stipend. All Senior Companion volunteers receive mileage reimbursement, pre-service and ongoing training sessions, and other benefits as funding allow.
The Center of Concern is hosting three informational sessions:
Tuesday, March 14, 2017, from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM at the Park Ridge Library
Tuesday, March 21, 2017, from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM at the Des Plaines Public library
Tuesday, March 28, 2017, from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM at the Skokie Public Library
To RSVP or learn more about the Center of Concern Senior Companion Program Informational Sessions please contact Mary O’Reilly at 847-242-8010 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The program is funded by the Corporation for National and Community service. The Center of Concern is a non-profit social service agency providing services and housing solutions to seniors, the disabled and others in need, enabling them to live safely and independently.
Blarney Bash to kick off St. Patrick’s Celebrations- March 11
On Saturday, March 11, 2017, the Center of Concern will host the annual Blarney Bash to kick off St. Patrick’s week festivities. The annual Bash will be held from 6:30 to 11:00 p.m., at Fountain Blue at 2300 Mannheim Road in Des Plaines. 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 Concern.
This year's event features the finest in Irish traditional music from America's heartland - Chicago Reel and the famous Shannon Rovers Irish Pipe Band. Traditional Irish corned beef and cabbage, Dublin Freshly whipped Potatoes, Dingle Green Garden Salad, Cork Assorted Rolls, and delicious Cheesecake will be served, as well as a cash bar featuring some great Irish Beers, wine, and cocktails (soda and water are free). The popular "Shamrocks and Clovers" game, Pot O' Gold - Split the Pot, Green Raffle, Live Painting, Live and Silent Auctions that include some great vacation destinations and more.....
If you “Table Up” you can "Ride in Style". With a table purchase, your name will be automatically entered into the Blarney Bash "Ride in Style" pick up and drop off drawing. A limousine will drive you and your guests to and from your residence in Blarney Bash style. All table purchase names (everyone in your party) will be added into the Blarney Bash "Ride in Style" draw and one name will be drawn on March 1st and you will be contacted so you can plan to attend Blarney Bash in style.
“We are looking forward to wearing our green on March 11th to celebrate the luck of the Irish – Center of Concern style”, said John McNabola, Executive Director of the Center of Concern.
For more information, purchase tickets click here.
Senior and Senior Freeze Exemption renewal applications deadline extended to March 1, 2017
Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios announced today that his office has extended the deadline for the Senior Citizen Exemption and Senior Freeze Exemption renewal applications for Tax Year 2016. Savings from these exemptions will appear as deductions on the 2017 Second Installment Property Tax Bills mailed this summer. The extended application deadline is March 1, 2017.
The office of Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios has mailed Senior and Senior Freeze Exemption renewal applications for Tax Year 2016. Savings from these exemptions will appear as deductions on the 2017 Second Installment Property Tax Bills mailed this summer.
The Senior Exemption application is part of a booklet sent to eligible seniors. The booklet also contains the separate, income-based Senior Freeze Exemption application.
“Seniors must remember that, under Illinois law, they must reapply annually for both the Senior and Senior Freeze Exemptions in order to continue to receive the deductions on their Second Installment Property Tax Bills,” Berrios said.
To qualify for the Senior Citizen Exemption for Tax Year 2016, the property owner must have:
- been born prior to or in the year 1951
- owned the property during 2016 or have a lease or contract for 2016 which makes them responsible for the real estate taxes
- used the property as a principal place of residence in 2016
To qualify for the Senior Freeze Exemption for Tax Year 2016, taxpayers must have:
- been born prior to or in the year 1951
- a total household income of $55,000 or less for [income]Tax Year 2015
- owned the property or had a legal, equitable or leasehold interest in the property on January 1, 2015 and January 1, 2016
- used the property as a principal place of residence as of January 1, 2015 and January 1, 2016
- been liable for the payment of 2015 and 2016 property taxes
“If you don't qualify for the Senior Freeze Exemption because you exceed the income level, this does not mean you will not be eligible for the Senior Exemption,” Berrios explained. “The Senior Exemption has no income restrictions and I'm concerned that seniors might discard the entire booklet and not receive the Senior Exemption savings to which they are entitled.”
Seniors receiving the Senior Citizen Exemption automatically receive the Homeowner Exemption. Seniors receiving the Senior Freeze Exemption automatically receive both the Homeowner and Senior Citizen Exemptions.
Eligible seniors who have never applied for the Senior and/or Senior Freeze Exemptions in the past may visit the Assessor's web site at www.cookcountyassessor.com and download an application or contact the Assessor's Office at 312-443-7550 and request a form be mailed to them. Applications for the Homeowner Exemption are also available online. Applications for additional exemptions administered by the Assessor's Office will be available within the next few weeks.
"Our office continues to reach out to Cook County seniors, hosting local community seminars to make them aware of the available exemptions and also help with the application process," Berrios said. "We held a record number of outreaches in 2016 and will work this year to provide local services to an even greater number of seniors in order to ensure they are receiving as much exemption savings as possible."
For hundreds of seniors like Barbara and Robert, the Center of Concern’s staff and volunteers bring confidence, hope and companionship to residents by offering housing solutions, counseling, and supportive services to help residents overcome hardships and remain in their homes with dignity and independence. The Center of Concern imagines a brighter, stronger future for home-bound and lonely seniors by building stronger communities. But we can only continue our valuable programs through the generosity of people like you, who have been an integral part of our mission for nearly 40 years. Can I count on you? As a citizen of our community, you can provide the leadership and commitment necessary to help our most at-risk seniors remain in their homes and find expert help to overcome challenges related to aging. Tonight, when you close your eyes, imagine the love and concern you can provide seniors by giving during this holiday season.
Your Guide to All Things Electronics!
The Digital Connection – Your Guide to All Things Electronic!
Personal one-on-one interaction in variety of technology topics such as computer, mobile device, and internet help answer your questions. If you have questions about settings up, or how to use your Electronic device come to “Your Guide to All Things Electronic”. The digital Connection will spark excitement and enthusiasm over an activity so beneficial for keeping pace with technology and maintaining a stronger connection with family and friends.
The Digital Connection is a partnership with the Park Ridge Rotary Club, the “Connecting for Good” program which helps students build leadership and communication skills as they introduce computer and social media technology to adults served by the Center of Concern. Maine township students and Boy Scouts pursuing Eagle Scout merit awards are active participants in this exciting intergenerational program.
The Digital Connection – “Your Guide to All Things Electronic” will be held at the Park Ridge library on December 27th from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm and January 8th from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm. You can make reservations by calling Center: 847-823-0453, and walk-ins are also welcome.
The Center of Concern’s “Connecting for Good” program is funded in part by NobleCause and the Park Ridge Rotary Foundation.
Adopt-a-Senior on or before #GivingTuesday
Adopt-a-Senior on or before #GivingTuesday, November 29 and spread some joy this holiday season with a gift of a Poinsettia, personally delivered by one of The Center of Concern’s trained volunteers. Now in its second year, this successful social services program lets you send a beautiful, iconic holiday plant to seniors the Center of Concern serves or your special senior, family member, friend or neighbor. You’ll not only be brightening the life of a senior, but you’ll be supporting one of the Center’s valuable social services programs.
HOLIDAYS CAN BE A LONELY TIME: The holidays can be a lonely time for those who live alone or without family nearby, and this program goes a long way to brighten those lives and alleviate feelings of loneliness and isolation. Two-thirds of seniors live alone in suburban Maine Township. According to A.A.R.P., an increasing number of retired adults have few family members to provide companionship and care. Social contacts steadily decrease with retirement, loss of friends and family, heightened anxiety and lack of mobility. Regardless of the cause of a senior’s isolation, the consequences can be devastating.
GIVE A POINSETTIA AND SPREAD SOME JOY: Poinsettia gifts will be delivered to seniors living at home, in assisted living, rehabilitation, memory care or skilled nursing facilities during the week of December 5th. You can place orders any time during the month of November or on #Giving Tuesday, November 29th. Plant sizes vary between 4” and 4.5” and colors vary in hue within the holiday palette. You can order one or ten to spread some joy. If a poinsettia just isn’t their cup of tea, there are a number of other generous options to brighten someone’s life this holiday season when you Adopt-a-Senior.
Let's play Bunko!
The Center of Concern Auxiliary invites you to attend a BUNKO PARTY, an exciting special event that features Bunko, special prizes, raffles, silent auction, great food, cash bar and lots of fun with friends and family.
Bunko is an easy game to play and learn - beginners are welcome! We play 3 games of Bunko during the event, and our Master of Ceremonies rings a bell to signal the beginning and end of each round. During the game, players at each table take turns rolling three dice to try and earn points. Players do not move tables at this event, so you will stay with your group.
You can purchase a ticket to one of two Bunko parties, which will be held on November 11th at the Park Ridge Country Club. The lunch event starts at 12:15 and the dinner event starts at 6:30. The cost of a ticket is only $25.00 per person. Bring your friends and neighbors, all are welcome.
For more information or to register click here.
It’s time to OKTOBERFEST
The Center of Concern's annual fall celebration, Oktoberfest, is scheduled for Saturday, October 15, 2016 and will be from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Park Ridge Country Club.
Oktoberfest will be a fun night of community support, friends, Authentic German buffet dinner, music, dancing, German Beer Garden, Photo Booth, Silent and Live Auctions, Cash Bar, German Raffle, 50/50 raffle, games (Hofbrauhaus - Strong Arm Competition, Wein (Wine) Ring Toss, 10X Envelope), awards presented for outstanding Leadership and more.....
Live music featuring Alpine Thunder! Alpine Thunder features a driving alpine sound; playing waltzes, polkas, marches, ballads, swing tunes, blues, and a variety of German folk songs. Alpine Thunder performs in both English and German (or both), and yes, they yodel!
The 2016 Center of Concern Leadership Awards will be presented for outstanding contributions to the Center of Concern and the Community. The 2016 Awardees are:
Mr. Chuck Manson, Park Ridge – Volunteer of the Year
Mr. John Maag, Des Plaines – Dee Heinrich Award
Alderman Don Smith, Des Plaines– Excellence in Leadership Award
Park Ridge Garden Club – Partner of the Year
Judge, James, Hoban, and Fisher, LLC - Partner of the Year
Join us at 6:00 for the German Beer Garden - Center of Concern style!
“We expect another great Oktoberfest this year that everyone will enjoy. We've added a few new items - like a German Beer Garden Reception, German photo booth, and new games ," said Mary Massari, Co-Chair of the event. “It’s a great night to meet up with friends and neighbors, enjoy a fun evening out, and raise money for an organization that helps so many seniors in our communities.”
General admission tickets are $60 in advance, $115 for a couple, table of 8 is $440, table of 10 is $500. Tickets are $75 at the door. Click here to get your tickets today!
For information or to purchase tickets contact the Center of Concern at 847-823-0453 or email the Center of Concern at email@example.com.
Coffee, Classics and Connections in Glenview this Saturday - September 24th!
Coffee, Classics and Connections in Glenview! The annual classic car show will be held Saturday, September 24th. The Center of Concern has teamed up with Glenview Bank & Trust, Mariano’s, AT&T, Learning Express, Kiwanis Club of Glenview-Northbrook, The Reserve Glenview, For Eyes and others to sponsor Coffee, Classics & Connections, a networking and family event featuring classic cars!
Coffee, Classics, and Connections will be held in the Glenview Bank & Trust parking lot (99 Waukegan Road) in Glenview from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.
“Folks from all walks of life enjoy seeing the old cars and talking with car owners about the history and legacy behind the cars," said John McNabola, Executive Director of the Center of Concern. “It’s a unique and fun time that brings all ages”.
Michael K. Moylan, Vice President at Glenview Bank and Trust said, ‘We are excited to host Coffee, Classics, and Connections. In addition to the classic cars you come out for a free cup of coffee, get your flu shot, meet the local Kiwanis, win a raffle or learn about the services provided to seniors in the community”.
Open to all ages and is free. For more information click here.
2016 Leadership Awards
The 2016 Leadership Awards to be presented at the Center of Concern's Oktoberfest on October 15, 2016, for outstanding service to the Center of Concern, its clients, and the communities we serve.
Don is an Attorney in private practice in Niles since 1987 with the firm of Ptasinski & Smith and primarily concentrates in the areas of estate planning, real estate, and probate ant-trust administration. A few other things but that is most of it.
Don currently serves as the Des Plaines 7th Ward Alderman and was an Alderman from 1997 until 2009. He was appointed Alderman in October 2014 to take the place of Joanna Sojka who very unexpectedly died in August 2014. Don was elected to a two-year term in April 2015 which expires in April 2017.
Don is currently a member of the Des Plaines Frisbie Senior Center Board of Directors for the last 10 years or so. Is an active member of the Niles Chamber of Commerce and a member of several state and local bar associations.
Over the years I have been on the Board of the United Way of Skokie Valley, a member and past President of the Niles-Morton Grove Rotary club, school board member, and homeowner association board member, but those all go back several years and are really not that current. Don has three adult children, all of whom have flown the coop at this point.
Three years ago Chuck retired from Glenbard South High School in Glen Ellyn, where he was a guidance counselor and coach. He thoroughly enjoyed his job; the interaction with students and faculty, as well as the different challenges each day, brought.
Now a volunteer here at the Center of Concern, Chuck helps people with their Medicare concerns. Eligibility, enrolling in Part A and B, drug plans, and comparing various plans that supplement Medicare are some typical issues he deals with.
Chuck and his wife, Joan, have lived in Park Ridge for 33 years. Their children graduated from Maine South High School; Kevin graduated from the University of Illinois and resides with his wife in Minneapolis, while daughter, Melissa, graduated from Indiana University and lives in Washington DC.
His interests include basketball, golf, and travel, having recently returned from Europe where he and his wife visited Berlin, Prague and Vienna.
The Park Ridge Garden Club has been in continuous existence for 83 years and we are still "growing". Our current membership stands at 101 strong. The Park Ridge Garden Club was organized on April 5th, 1929 and incorporated as a 501(c) corporation in 2012. The Clubs Objectives are to; Stimulate an interest in gardening and the protection of the environment; Conduct meetings at which members may learn about horticulture, conservation/ecology, landscape design, and/or the artistic use of plant materials and Improve and beautify the community of Park Ridge.
We invite you to join us October 15th in a celebration as we thank these dedicated individuals, organizations, and business for their generosity and contributions!
Oktoberfest will be held at Park Ridge Country Club, 6 pm to 11 pm. For tickets click here.
Community Service Day for Seniors - September 10th!
As part of our agency’s 40-year mission to serve the needs of senior citizens in the Park Ridge and Maine Township areas, we are looking for volunteers to help with the Center of Concern’s Community Service Day on September 10th! Join us and help provide seniors with window washing, yard maintenance, and other tasks to help them maintain their independence in their homes and prepare for the winter season. Individuals, couples, families, groups of friends, student clubs, service organizations, businesses, companies, organizations – all are welcome!!!
Center of Concern and FISH of Park Ridge Join Forces
Senior transportation services for Maine Township and Park Ridge
Two long-time Maine Township agencies are joining forces to provide senior transportation services to Park Ridge and Maine Township residents beginning June 27, 2016. The Center of Concern and FISH of Park Ridge will provide reliable volunteer-based transportation to and from medical and dental appointments for residents who are mobile and live in Maine Township or Park Ridge.
There will be no changes to the current process of FISH transportation service for Seniors. Transportation services are free and there is no charge for a caregiver who accompanies a senior client.
Vehicles are driven by volunteers and are not equipped with special lifts, ramps or other devices. Drivers are not trained to assist those with special needs, and everyone who uses this service must be able to get to, into, and out of a car with minor assistance. Canes and walkers can be accommodated, however, clients who rely on wheelchairs should use a paratransit service. Return transportation from any procedure or operation where anesthesia or opiates are administered such as oral surgery, colonoscopy, cataract surgery, root canals, etc. is not available.
FISH of Park Ridge services will be operated out of the Center of Concern.
To schedule a ride or to volunteer call 847-823-0453. At least one week in advance of appointment is needed to schedule transportation service.
The mission of The Center of Concern is to provide housing assistance, support services, and counseling for seniors, the disabled, and others in need enabling them to live with dignity and independence.
The mission of FISH of Park Ridge is to provide reliable volunteer-based transportation to and from medical and dental appointments for Park Ridge and Maine Township residents who are mobile and live in the communities we serve.
Center of Concern and FISH of Park Ridge are 501(C) 3 not- for-profit agencies operated by volunteer Boards of Directors. All donations are tax deductible -please consult your tax professional.
It's more than help - It's a gift of compassion, hope and dignity
Helping local adults address challenges related to aging and maintain their independence in their own home has been the Center’s inspiration for nearly 40 years. With ever greater numbers of seniors living on fixed incomes and contending with higher costs of home ownership, healthcare and uncertainties in estimating the real costs of extended nursing care stays, more people than ever are in need of the Center’s housing solutions, supportive services, and counseling services. This past year has brought added challenges with the loss of state funding. A $43,000 deficit resulting from a reduction in State awarded funds has placed a larger burden on staff and volunteers to keep important services in place which allow seniors to remain safely in their homes longer, provide affordable housing solutions, and assist families with difficult decisions in caring for the elderly and disabled.
We need your help more than ever this Spring to keep our services in place and avoid a shift to costlier, taxpayer funded police, fire, and emergency room first responders. Your gift will also help us with new initiatives to engage greater numbers of volunteers to improve the quality of life for residents and the larger community. Please be generous in helping us keep all of our programs in place and avoid the reductions in service delivery which have been so widespread amongst other social service agencies.
Seniors from every community are faced with unexpected hardships. Our client Lilly lost everything important to her when her husband died unexpectedly. Life for Lilly was difficult and confusing until a friend told her about the Center’s supportive services. Ever since her call for help, Lilly has looked to the Center of Concern for friendship, support, and a home. After securing a job, apartment, and car. Lilly states, “I don’t know what I would have done if not for the caring and support from the Center’s staff. I was able to get back on my feet and everyone was so helpful in guiding me through a very difficult chapter in my life.” Every day, someone like Lilly walks through our door. These are your neighbors, and they need your help.
Your donation will make a tremendous difference in helping us improve lives in our community especially with continued delays in receiving State funding. With your help, we can continue continued delays in receiving State funding. With your help, we can continue serving residents so they can maintain their independence, well-being, and dignity.
Will you help the Center of Concern continue to be the place where Seniors can receive housing support, services, hope, and most importantly — dignity.
John McNabola, Executive Director
Spring Newsletter 2016
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Annual Mini Golf Tournament and Picnic - "What a Gas" on June 14th!
It's time to pull out the bell bottom pants from the closet and join us for the Annual Mini-Golf "What a Gas!" Tournament and Picnic. Be there or be square! Flashback to the 60's with music, food, and fun at this year's Mini Golf Masters "What a Gas" Tournament and picnic. The evening includes Miniature Golf, Picnic Dinner, Beverages, Balloon Artist, Raffle Prizes, Top Golfer Jacket, Music from the 60's, Best 60's outfit, Split the Pot, Groovy Raffle and more.....
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Reflections from Summit
This is the fourth in a series of columns we are excited to present from the Summit of Uptown called REFLECTIONS FROM SUMMIT.
Coping with information overload
Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the messages that come at us today from all directions? In the 1930s, the older folks in the family had a hard time getting used to the telephone and the radio. Today, television news is 24/7 on stations such as FOX, CNN, and CNBC. And we haven't even talked about the Internet yet which has given rise not only to email but to a plethora of social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter to say nothing of cell phones and that ubiquitous texting. It’s almost like learning a foreign language! By the way, if you haven’t learned how to text yet, you’re probably having a difficult time staying in touch with your grandkids.
Do you feel overwhelmed by it all? Does it seem like you've been standing still and technology has passed you by? How do you cope with all that information overload? Although there is no simple solution, there are some ways to keep things under control. For example:
- Spend your time with information that you need to know.
- Spend less time on things that might be nice to know.
- Be concise with your messages.
- Focus on one thing at a time.
And if you’re already spending huge parts of your day on the Internet or on your cell phone, disconnect and take the time to enjoy other activities. There are programs and classes that can help expand your horizons. Or you might consider volunteer work to help others. Or you could always turn off the technology and pick up a book and read.
To find out more about programs, activities, services, and amenities at The Summit of Uptown, which has been providing quality services for seniors for more than 30 years, visit the Summit Facebook page or our website at www.summitofuptown.com.