Volume 6, Issue #6 | May 13, 2022
Day Care Financial Assistance
Applications are available here.
Due July 15th!
Supervisor's Message

Recent Board of Trustees accomplishments of particular interest to residents include:
 
  • Approval of the FY23 General Fund and General Assistance Fund budget at the noticed Budget Meeting on Tuesday, which will be posted in the Budget section of the website upon filing with the County.

  • To ensure orderly, public Township meetings, the Board approved Rules of Order including a content-neutral public comment policy. Our meeting information is available on our website calendar.

  • The Board voted to expand income eligibility for Financial Assistance from 225% of the 2013 Federal Poverty Levels to 250% of the 2022 Federal Poverty Levels, such that a family of four with less than $69,372 in net annual income are now eligible.

  • The Board voted to expand eligibility for Discounted Taxi Service to all Food Pantry clients regardless of age or disability.

While Mental Health is always an important component to quality of life, May has been designated as an awareness month and our agency partners have been increasing visibility about various topics and their services. In today’s issue, we spotlight the local mental health resources with whom the Township partners to help meet the needs of our community. Explore their websites, events on our calendar, or by making a first phone call. If, for any reason, you find yourself unsure about a first step, our Social Services Administrator, Jeanne Winsted Rosser, would be pleased to help make the connection. She may be reached at the Township at 847-446-8201 or email Jeanne Winsted-Rosser

Together, we “greened New Trier” last weekend, recycling close to 10,000 lbs. of paper during our Spring Paper Shred Event hosted by Regina Dominican High School. Thanks to all who helped, including agency-partner The Volunteer Center of NE Illinois, who provides a generous font of volunteers in the community!.
 
Hearty congratulations and good luck to those of you who are part of the graduation from our four Township high schools! One critical item that sometimes gets forgotten post graduation is how to ensure access to a medical team in case of an emergency now that the graduates are no longer ‘minors.’ On June 9th, we are offering a free educational event about Health Care Power of Attorney at 5:30 PM at agency-partner Winnetka Youth Organization in conjunction with agency-partner North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic. A legal clinic to complete the form with an attorney is slated for August 3rd at the Township. More details below.
 
As always, if you have ideas or questions, feel free to contact me or join us for an event or meeting. 
 
Best,
 
Gail Schnitzer Eisenberg
Township Supervisor

CLASS OF '23
HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES & PARENTS/GUARDIANS
Deadlines and Information
Property Tax Exemption 
The Cook County Assessor's Office 2021 Property Tax Exemption forms are available online. Contact New Trier Township Assessor Jan Churchwell or Leonard Shifflett for assistance. 847-446-8200; jchurchwell@newtriertownship.com and lshifflett@newtriertownship.com

Updates to eligibility for Immigrants over age 55 Illinois launched health care coverage for older immigrant adults aged 55 to 64 last week. Eligible undocumented immigrants (or those with under five years citizenship and an annual household income at or below $18,754 for one person; $25,268 for two people) may apply online here or call the ABE Customer Call Center at 1-800-843-6154.
 
Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) might be an option for relief if you are facing water related payment challenges. Crisis Program for Water and Wastewater provides a benefit of up to $1,500 for reconnection assistance, disconnection prevention, and other balance and fee assistance. Learn more at 800-571-2332 or online.
 
Illinois Homeowner Assistance Fund (ILHAF) - The State is accepting applications from homeowners for grants of up to $30,000 to eliminate or reduce past-due mortgage and property tax payments. Learn more at https://illinoishousinghelp.org/ilhaf
 
Citizens Utility Board (CUB) will conduct a free review of your gas, electric, and telecom bills to find ways for you to save! Call their toll-free hotline 8AM - 4PM Monday-Friday at 1-800-669-5556 or read more here.
 
The Cook County Department of Health (CCDPH) offers in-home COVID-19 vaccination services to any individual 5 years and older in suburban Cook County (1st, 2nd, and 3rd doses and boosters). 
To register, complete the form found here. You may also call the hotline to have someone fill out the form for you: 833-308-1988.

Day Care Financial Assistance Applications are due July 15th. Applications are available here.
CALENDAR
MAY

18 (Virtual) Free Legal Aid Clinic* for Domestic Violence, Immigration, and tenant-side Housing matters by appointment. 10AM - Noon. Provided by the North Suburban Legal Aid ClinicThird Wednesday of each month. Appointments are required and can be made by SignUpGenius here or by calling the Township at 847-446-8202, or the Clinic at 847-737-4042.

19 Webinar-Healing: Our Path from Mental Illness to Mental Health 7PM Former Director of Nat'l Institutes of Health, Thomas Insel, MD and Compass Health Center CEO David Schreiber, MD provide timely insights and data on the topic of mental health. Registration here. Sponsored by the Family Action Network (FAN).

19 Fair Housing Rights in Cook County (Presented by Cook County Commission on Human Rights & Open Communities).6PM - 7PM Learn more about your fair housing rights in this virtual workshop that covers housing protections under the Human Rights Ordinance. The webinar will focus specifically on your rights under the Just Housing Amendment as well as Source of Income protections, which have recently been extended statewide.
Register for this presentation here.

21 Fishing at Skokie Lagoons 10AM-12PM Open to New Trier Township youth! Sponsored by GJHP. For more details and register here.

30 *** MEMORIAL DAY EVENTS & OBSERVATIONS ***

28th SSFX Jubilee Jog 8:30 AM In conjunction with the Village of Wilmette Jubilee. For more information and to register, click here. Proceeds will benefit the New Trier Food Pantry.

Winnetka Memorial Day Parade and Observance 10AM
A ceremony this Memorial Day to remember and honor those who gave their lives serving our country. The parade kicks off at 10am from the corner of Glendale and Elm Street, then heads east to the Village Green Park for a ceremony. Rain location for the ceremony is the Skokie School auditorium.

Wilmette’s Unity Walk and Ceremony 10:30AM
The Unity March will begin at the St. Joseph Church parking lot and will proceed at 10:30 a.m. to Village Hall via Lake Avenue, Park Avenue, and Wilmette Avenue. The Ceremony will begin at Village Hall following the arrival of the marchers.

31 Deadline for Help Illinois Families utilities relief program assistance. You can learn more at HelpIllinoisFamilies.com or clicking here.


 * Be advised that for immigration and housing matters, clients using the services should fall at 250% of the federal poverty income guidelines (there are no income limits for domestic violence) Mark your March 16th is next month's Legal Aid Clinic. Click here to reserve an appointment slot. Spaces are limited.


JUNE

9 Health Care Power of Attorney for Recent Graduates 5:30 PM Winnetka Youth Organization in conjunction with agency-partner North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic. Free.

14 Township Board of Trustees Meeting 7:30PM at New Trier Township, Alan Goldberg Community & Conference Room. 739 Elm Street, Winnetka.
Register for the Cook County Fair Housing Presentation here.
New Trier Township PASSPORT SERVICES
Services Resume June 27th
Click on our website for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Mental Health Resources
of New Trier Township
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
847-716-2252
NAMI works to educate, advocate, listen and lead to improve the lives of people with mental illness and their loved ones. NAMI Basics is a free 6-session education program available online and in-person for parents, caregivers and other family who provide care for youth (ages 22 and younger) who are experiencing mental health symptoms. NAMI also offers a variety of support groups to those struggling with, recovering from, or supporting a loved one with mental illness, trauma, or grief. Learn more here: https://namiccns.org/support-groups/

Erika's Lighthouse 847-738-2300
Our mission is to make sure no young person feels alone in their depression. We are dedicated to creating a community of empathy and education. We create middle school and high school teen depression awareness programs so educators and teens can create safe spaces to learn about depression, letting students know they are never alone, and there is somewhere to turn.

Counseling Center of the North Shore
847-446-8060
The Counseling Center of the North Shore is a private, nonprofit mental health center in Winnetka. They offer affordable fees and accept many insurance plans. The Center helps people through life's challenges and transitions by providing counseling, therapy, and community education.

Family Service Center 847-251-7350
Counseling support for students grades 5-12, help with stress, depression, substance abuse, relationships and child behavior. https://soundcloud.com/user-105720808/new-trier-township-podcast-episode-2-text-a-tip

Family Service of Glencoe 847-835-5111
Promote a stronger community by meeting individual and family needs through services that identify, prevent and resolve social and emotional problems. We believe that healthy families make for a strong and healthy community. https://soundcloud.com/user-105720808/new-trier-township-podcast-episode-2-text-a-tip
The Josselyn Center 847-441-5600
The Josselyn Center provides affordable mental health services that make lives better for our clients, their families and the community. Their Adult Drop-In Service offers a safe and supportive space for clients to identify and understand mental illnesses and build connections with individuals on a similar path. Living Room Zoom Hours: M-Th 9am-7pm, Fr 9am-4pm & Sat 9am-2pmCall your Living Room Team at: 847-496-3170 and 224-423-5263. Those experiencing stress can text TALK to the Illinois Call4Calm Text Line (552020).

Youth Services 847-724-2620
The mission is to ensure that every child grows up happy, healthy, and hopeful with a vision is to be the center of collaborative social-emotional support for children and youth. Most important, Youth Services is proud to have the most generous sliding scale program in the area and many of our programs are offered free-of-charge. No family is ever turned away based on ability to pay. Angles informs and empowers young people by providing health care, education, and support relating to their sexuality.

Thresholds 773-572-5207
Thresholds provides services and resources for persons with serious mental illnesses and substance use disorders in Illinois. We work with many populations, including youth and young adults, veterans, young mothers, deaf, and individuals experiencing homelessness, among others.

Link to our full Resource Directory here.
Register at NSSC at 847-784-6030 or online here.
CONNECT WITH YOUR TOWNSHIP OFFICIALS
Residents of New Trier Township are welcomed and encouraged to contact
your representatives about the things that matter to you as we work alongside one another with the motto Caring in Action.

Township Board of Trustee meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 739 Elm Street in Winnetka. The next meeting is June 14th . Residents are invited to attend the meetings at the 2nd Floor Alan Goldberg Community and Conference Room.
 
Our Meeting Schedule is available here.
  • New Trier Township Officials
Gail Schnitzer Eisenberg, Supervisor

Nicole Capretta, Clerk

Jan Churchwell, Assessor

Katherine Casale MacNally, Trustee

Stefan Mozer, Trustee

Elliott Robbins, Trustee

Danielle Ruben, Trustee