Volume 6, Issue #8 | June 10, 2022

SUMMER FOOD DRIVE!
June 24th

10AM - 4PM at Grand Foods, Winnetka

Supervisor's Message

Summer has arrived and with it some exciting events and changes at New Trier Township. As residents celebrate Pride Month and Immigrant Heritage Month, we renew our commitment to our Township Welcoming Resolution that recognizes the value and importance of all in our diverse community. We are proud to support Youth Services' Pride Program and North Suburban Legal Aid’s Immigration work year round. 
 
Congratulations and good luck to graduates from our four Township high schools! One critical item that sometimes gets forgotten post graduation is how to have access to a medical team in an emergency now that the graduates are no longer ‘minors.’ On June 9th, we offered a free educational event about Health Care Power of Attorney 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.

This week, we restarted in-person shopping for Food Pantry clients, allowing more personal choice. We also digitized the Pantry to help streamline the process and collect valuable data to plan our pantry needs and ensure clients are receiving any additional assistance for which they qualify. With these changes we saw a significant increase in Pantry usage, particularly by seniors. Food Pantries across the U.S. are experiencing higher demand and costs and we are no exception.

We continue to appreciate our township neighbors and organizations that help stock our pantry shelves throughout the year. But, unanticipated increased use and the normal summer uptick in demand for families with school aged children who normally rely on free or reduced school lunch make our June 24th Food Drive (Grand Foods, Winnetka) and July 29th Community Food Drop Off Day (the Township) dates. We are always grateful for individual or group drop-offs during the week at our drop-off bins in the Township and have created a list of priority needs. Remember to wear your mask in the building to ensure the safety of our higher risk client populations. We are also launching a new “pantry pals” program to assist clients with shopping and provide a friendly ear to residents. If you are interested in volunteering a few hours a week, please contact Brian Leverenz at bleverenz@newtriertownship or 847-446-8203.

Summer is also a time of transitions. Longtime Executive Director of agency-partner Zacharias Center, Torrie Flink, is leaving her post at the end of this month. Her vision and dedication for the past 25+ years has seen a major difference in providing support and advocacy for victims of sexual violence. During this time, the agency has gone from a small office in Gurnee to a multi-million dollar agency with locations in Cook and Lake County. We are proud to support their important work, including support groups and resources which provide hope to those who feel unsafe in their intimate relationships. 

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
Deadlines and Information
The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Help Line at 1-800-843- 6154 has trained caseworkers are available to assist with baby formula questions. The Help Line is designed for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and WIC customers primarily but is open to all residents of Illinois.

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. 
 
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.

Before/Afterschool Scholarship Program Applications are due August available here.

Home Weatherization Repairs may be available for eligible single or multi-dweller homes based on the need and income level. Eligibility and more information is available online at CEDA.



CALENDAR
JUNE

13 Family-To-Family: 9-week program for families and close friends of adults with mental illness. (flyer below) This program provides information to help connect better with a loved one living with mental illness (e.g. major depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and other disorders). Call 847-716-2252 or click here.

13 (Virtual) Meet Career Resource Center: A Virtual Tour 12PM - 12:45PM. Free Event; Register here.

13 Rainbow Alliance Support Group for LGBTQIA+. Grades 6-12. 6-8PM at the Warming House, Wilmette. Register online.

14 Grab & Go Boxed Lunch Day for Seniors 12:30-1:30PM at North Shore Senior Center. *First 100 people through receive free Potbelly turkey sandwich and chips.
14 B.E.S.T Program on Tuesdays at the Warming House. Grades 6-12. 6-8PM. The program will cover "essential skills" (e.g. cooking, budgeting, time management) Reserve your spot here.

14 Township Board of Trustees Meeting 7:30PM at New Trier Township, Alan Goldberg Community & Conference Room. 739 Elm Street, Winnetka. The agenda is available on our website here.

15 Graying of the Rainbow: Best Practices for Working with LGBT Clients 9-11AM This program is open to the community and to professionals who work with older adults. Britta Larson of the Center on Halsted will introduce language and terminology associated with the LGBT community and discuss ways to identify the unique challenges and barriers facing aging members of this population. Participants will learn best practices for creating safety and inclusion for aging LGBT members and leave with tools and resources to advocate for policy and program change. Register with North Shore Senior Center here.
 
15 (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 here or by calling the Township at 847-446-8202, or the Clinic at 847-737-4042.

15 "Sad Isn't Bad: Supporting Children Coping With Loss" from The Cancer Wellness Center. Children ages 6-16. Wednesdays, June 8-29. 6:30-8:30PM. Certified Child Life Specialist, Elyssa Siegel, walks participants through 4 sessions designed to help kids cope with their grief after losing a family member to cancer. A safe-space to share feelings while having fun. Learn more about the program and register here.

22 (Virtual) Meet Career Resource Center: A Virtual Tour 12PM - 12:45PM. Free Event; Register 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.


SAVE THE DATE!
July 4th Parades

Winnetka: Starts at 10 AM
Glencoe: Starts at 1 PM
TEENS: Grades 6 - 12
*Food Pantry priorities list is available on our website here.
And, right around the corner...
4th of July in New Trier Township
WINNETKA - Parade Start 10 AM
  • Start: Corner of ELM ST + GLENDALE AVE
  • End: Village Green, 525 MAPLE ST
GLENCOE Parade Start at 1PM
  • Start: Intersection of SOUTH + HAWTHORN 
  • End: HAZEL AVE.
(Heads EAST on SOUTH, north on VERNON, east on PARK, south on VILLAGE COURT)
Is someone in your family struggling with mental illness?
The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free, 9-week course for families and close friends of adults with mental illness.

The course is taught by trained teachers who are also family members and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness, such as major depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and other disorders.

Many family members have benefitted from the information and support gained from this experience, calling it "life-changing." 

For more information and to sign up, contact NAMI here.

Family to Family participants:
* Learn about family responses to the trauma of mental illness
* Receive current information on serious mental illnesses
* Learn about symptoms, medications and side effects
* Practice problem-solving skills and communication techniques
* Develop strategies for handling crises and relapses
* Learn about local community resources and supports
* Focus on self-care and coping with stress

Passport Services Resume June 29th
Click on our website for more information or to schedule an appointment.
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 and the agenda is available a week prior to the meetings 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