Message from the Executive DirectorApril 02, 2020
Dear Friends & Supporters,
I hope this finds you safe at home and staying well. Since last week's announcement, there have been many changes in our country and throughout the world as a result of the rapid spread of COVID-19. For us here in Illinois, Governor Pritzker extended the stay-at-home order through April 30.
While our physical offices remain closed through at least April 30, please know that we are here for you, your family and the community. Our staff is working diligently to ensure our community is receiving the care and resources it needs during this trying time. Please call our main number anytime: 847.784.6000. We are checking messages during weekday business hours and returning calls as quickly as we can.
While the uncertainty of what lies ahead is on everyone's minds, I am proud to share how North Shore Senior Center is responding to the unique and ever-changing landscape we find ourselves in:
- Senior & Family Services continues to work with clients remotely. We are reaching out to all of our clients to check-in on each of them. Some support groups have begun to meet virtually and we plan to have the remaining groups accessible to members soon.
- Adult Protective Services continues to receive reports of abuse and neglect; investigations are ongoing.
- Senior Options therapists continue to provide virtual counseling sessions for those experiencing anxiety or depression.
- House of Welcome Adult Day Services is checking in regularly with families, and is now meeting (virtually) with participants of the Day Program and our early memory loss program, Mind Matters.
- Volunteer Services is creating virtual opportunities for community members to become involved.
- This marks our second week of offering free online Lifelong Learning classes. I'm thrilled to share that more than 150 knowledge seekers have attended each class! Click here to see what we have planned for the coming weeks. This list will continue to grow as we add classes so check back frequently.
Uncertainty is our new normal, yet I do remain certain about the importance of staying connected – to those we love, those we serve and to our neighbors. Please continue to check on the older adults in your life and if we can help, please call us at 847.784.6000.
Stay well & stay positive,
Tish Rudnicki, MSW
P.S. – Despite the heaviness of our current situation, I'd like to share one of the many good things that are still happening out there. Fasten your seatbelt for "Some Good News" with "The Office" actor John Krasinski.