Center of Concern launches Free Older Adults Lunch Program

Center of Concern launches Free Older Adults Lunch Program

“Lunch with Us” and Activities to be held at the Des Plaines Public Library

 A senior lunch service “Lunch with Us” to promote the health and well-being of older adults with a nutritious meal and informative, educational, and entertaining programs will begin Tuesday, June 13th at the Des Plaines Public Library. The meal is available to persons 60 years of age and older and their spouses regardless of age. The lunch is free but a suggestion donation for the lunch is $2.00.
The lunch will be available every weekday (Monday thru Friday) 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and optional program activities until 1:00 p.m. at the Des Plaines Public Library, 1501 Ellinwood Ave, Des Plaines, IL 60016. Doors open at 11:00 a.m.
According to the Center of Concern’s Executive Director John McNabola, “the “Lunch with Us” program will offer older adults the opportunity to socialize and participate in a wide variety of stimulating topics while benefiting from a nutritious meal.”
Des Plaines Library Director Holly Sorenson said, “Des Plaines Public Library already serves as the crossroads of the Des Plaines community and is a major destination for social services info and resources. Residents are familiar and comfortable with the library, our friendly staff, and accessible environment. We are pleased to extend those services even further by partnering with the Center of Concern to help bridge the nutrition gap in older adults and support the efforts of other organizations trying to reduce food insecurity in the community”.
To register for the congregate senior nutrition lunch program, contact Barb at  847-823-0453, or email bfleming@centerofconcern.org.  Walk-ins are also welcome every day.
The program is funded by AgeOptions and in partnership with the Des Plaines Public Library.

 

Luau and Mini Golf, Tuesday, June 6th

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Pull out the Hawaiian shirt, or a grass skirt if you dare and join us for the Annual Mini-Golf LuauTournament and Picnic.
Join us for a Luau themed party with music, food, and fun!  The evening includes Miniature Golf, Picnic Dinner with a Chocolate Volcano for Desert, 
Beverages, Balloon Artist, Raffle Prizes, Top Golfer Jacket, Best Hawaiian attire prize, Deep Ocean Treasure Split the Pot – (50/50), Aloha Raffle, Hawaiian Rubber Duck Game, Aloha
Shower Cap/Cheetos game and more…..
Palm trees, tiki torches, and golf balls await…we’re having a luau, please don’t be late!  All the fun will be happening at: 
Mountain View Adventure Center 
510 E. Algonquin Road
Des Plaines, IL
 
June 6th, 2017
(Rain date June 7th)
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
To purchase online tickets click here!

Or download the registration
form here.

Help Wanted: CHORE Program Aides

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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 chore@centerofconcern.org
or click here to apply online.

Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

Thank you
As a valued Center of Concern volunteer, please join us for our Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast.  As we acknowledge National Volunteer week, we would be honored to thank you personally for all your time and good work!
Time and Place:
Thursday, April 27, 2017
8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Paula Hassell O’Connor Community Building
733 N. Prospect, Park Ridge
Your help in serving our local community deserves special recognition and our staff looks forward to honoring your contributions of time, talent, and energy.
Please email your RSVP to Carol or call her directly at 847-224-8009.
Thank you again for all you do!  See you on April 27th!
               
John McNabola                                         Carol Gonzalez
Executive Director                                     Volunteer Coordinator

Community Service Day – April 29th

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Center of Concern Community Service Day April 2017 logo

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.

Click here to RSVP

Senior Companion Program Informational Sessions to be held in Park Ridge, Des Plaines, and Skokie

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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 moreilly@centerofconcern.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.

Senior and Senior Freeze Exemption renewal applications deadline extended to March 1, 2017

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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.”