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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or click here to apply online.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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:
To qualify for the Senior Freeze Exemption for Tax Year 2016, taxpayers must have:
“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.”
The Center of Concern has partnered with the Park Ridge Cultural Arts Council (PRCAC) and Brickton Art Center to brighten the lives of homebound seniors.
“Art for the Homebound” is a first for Park Ridge,” said Diddy Blyth, president, PRCAC. “Our aim is to enhance the lives of our isolated seniors and the disabled through in-home art sessions provided by local professional artists or trained art angel volunteers.”
Homebound seniors and the disabled will have the opportunity to appreciate and create art within the comfort of their own home. The program captures variety of disciplines such as writing, drawing, music, dance, and painting by engaging with talented volunteers. The disciplines include:
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.
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.