Coronavirus Update

Oak Park Township Updates - Effective May 29, 2020

Board and Staff Planning Phased Reopening
Oak Park Township has been open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and continues to offer services via telephone, telehealth appointments, and online groups. Please call the Administrative offices at 708-383-8005, Senior Services Center at 708-383-8060, Youth Services at 708-445-2727 or the Community Mental Health Board at 708-358-8855 for assistance. As the state enters Phase 3 towards reopening fully, our staff is following the guidance of the Village of Oak Park Public Health Department as well as state and federal officials to ensure the health and safety of staff, volunteers and clients. Please continue to access our website and Facebook page for updates. For the Governor’s press release on Phase 3 guidelines, please click here.

Senior Services Provides Meals, Counseling and Referrals
Oak Park and River Forest Townships Senior Services are providing meals, case management, transportation to medical appointments, and referrals specifically for older adults. We also have specialists trained in Adult Protective Services for those experiencing abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation. Please call 708-383-8060 for additional information on local help. The Illinois Department on Aging and Age Options are other regional agencies that offer assistance.

Home Delivered Meals and “Take Out” Meal Distribution
Older adults who have requested meals are receiving them every other week in the form of shelf stable and frozen nutritionally balanced meals. We are also providing “take out” lunches to older adults who are able to pick them up at our Senior Services building. With the help of staff and pre-screened volunteers, we are limiting face-to-face contact with others out of health concerns for everyone. During June, meal distribution will be June 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th and 29th. For detailed schedules and updates, please see our Senior Services webpage at https://oakparktownship.org/senior-services/.

General Assistance Phone Appointments
Financial assistance for residents meeting guidelines from the Illinois Department of Human Services is administered through Oak Park Township’s General Assistance Department. Residents without minor children, not receiving government-sponsored assistance, and meeting income requirements may visit https://oakparktownship.org/general-assistance/ to learn more about eligibility and to download an application. The phone number for additional information is 708-383-8005, ext. 123.

Mindful Middle-Schoolers Program in June
DePaul University, in partnership with the Oak Park Township Community Mental Health Board and D97, will offer a series of VIRTUAL community talks on June 3rd and 10th to the Brooks/Julian community as part of The Mindful Middle-Schoolers Program. Registration is available at this link.

COVID-19 Community Resource Guide
The Community Mental Health Board (CMHB) of Oak Park Township has created a resource guide available at this link: bit.ly/oprfguide. It lists social service agencies and organizations throughout the area accessible or via phone and text. The organizations listed are accepting clients and providing resources to all residents during this time. This guide is intended to be used for informational purposes only and does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement to any particular group or service. This guide does not constitute legal or health advice and is subject to change without notice. The CMHB may be reached at 708-358-8855.

Other Township Services - 708-383-8005
Administrative staff, the Assessor’s Office, and General Assistance staff are providing information, assistance and referrals over the phone. Youth Services and Senior Services are in contact with the individuals and families with which they work, and are offering assistance to our community partners. Currently, a limited amount of Medical Equipment is available; however, we are not accepting donations at this time. Please call 708-383-8005 for more information.  Taxi Coupon booklets ($6.00 for a book of 10) for adults 60+ and individuals 18+ with disabilities may be purchased; please mail in a check to Oak Park Township, 105 S. Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302.  In addition, applications for CTA senior reduced farecards and disability placards may be picked up at the 105 S. Oak Park Avenue office.

If you or someone you know is in need of Township services, please call 708-383-8005 for Administrative Services, General Assistance or the Assessor’s Office, 708-383-8060 for Senior Services, 708-383-4806 for Transportation, or 708-445-2727 for Youth Services. Phones will be answered from 9am to 5pm weekdays. You may leave a message at other times and staff will get back to you the next business day.

Distribution of Cloth Face Masks
The Oak Park Police Department at Village Hall, 123 Madison, is distributing cloth face coverings to residents as supplies are available. The masks were provided by volunteers coordinated by the Park District of Oak Park. The Police Department will collect names and addresses of those in need of masks if supplies run out. The non-emergency phone number for the Police Department is 708-386-3800.

 

Oak Park Township Updates - Effective May 12, 2020

Evaluation of Phased Reopening
As a result of Governor Pritzker’s extension of the Shelter in Place order until May 30th, the Oak Park Township Board of Trustees and staff leadership are evaluating processes for a phased reopening.  We will be following the guidance of the Village of Oak Park Public Health Department as well as state and federal officials to ensure the health and safety of staff, volunteers and clients.  Please continue to access our website and Facebook page for updates.  For the Governor’s press release on the Shelter in Place order which includes details on modifications for businesses, please click here.

Townships Provide Essential Services During Pandemic
Oak Park Township, as well as several state Townships, was highlighted in the Township Officials of Illinois’ May Perspectives magazine for responses to COVID-19 and helping residents.  In particular, our meal distribution to older adults, the monthly Memory Café, and the Community Resource Guide were recognized as helpful services.  Please click here to see the entire article.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and Older Americans Month
Together with Riveredge Hospital, National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) ,and  Thrive Counseling Center,  the Community Mental Health Board is spreading the word to all residents about Mental Health and Wellness resources.  Please visit their websites and social media for information on telehealth, support groups, and more for individuals and families.

Oak Park and River Forest Townships Senior Services are providing meals, case management, transportation to medical appointments, LIHEAP application processing, and referrals specifically for older adults.   We also have specialists trained in Adult Protective Services for those experiencing abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation.  Please call 708-383-8060 for additional information on local help.  The Illinois Department on Aging and Age Options are other regional agencies that offer assistance.

COVID-19 Community Resource Guide
The Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township has created a resource guide available at this link:  bit.ly/oprfguide.  It lists social service agencies and organizations throughout the area accessible or via phone and text.  The organizations listed are accepting clients and providing resources to all residents during this time.  This guide is intended to be used for informational purposes only and does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement to any particular group or service.  This guide does not constitute legal or health advice and is subject to change without notice.

Home Delivered Meals and “Take Out” Meal Distribution
Older adults who have requested meals are receiving them every other week in the form of shelf stable and frozen nutritionally balanced meals.  We are also providing “take out” lunches to older adults who are able to pick them up at our Senior Services building.  With the help of staff and pre-screened volunteers, we are limiting face-to-face contact with others out of health concerns for everyone. During May, meals will be distributed on 5/15, 5/22, and 5/29. For detailed schedules and updates, please see our Senior Services webpage at https://oakparktownship.org/senior-services/.

General Assistance Phone Appointments

Financial assistance for residents meeting guidelines from the Illinois Department of Human Services is administered through Oak Park Township’s General Assistance Department.  Residents without minor children, not receiving government-sponsored assistance, and meeting income requirements may visit  https://oakparktownship.org/general-assistance/ to learn more about eligibility and to download an application.  The phone number for additional information is 708-383-8005, ext. 123.

Mindful Middle-Schoolers Program in May and June
DePaul University, in partnership with the Oak Park Township Community Mental Health Board and D97, will offer a series of VIRTUAL community talks in May and June to the Brooks/Julian community as part of The Mindful Middle-Schoolers Program.  Registration is available at this link.

Other Township Services
Administrative staff, the Assessor’s Office, and General Assistance staff are providing information, assistance and referrals over the phone. Youth Services and Senior Services are in contact with the individuals and families with which they work, and are offering assistance to our community partners.  Currently, a limited amount of Medical Equipment is available; however, we are not accepting donations at this time.  Please call 708-383-8005 for more information.

If you or someone you know is in need of Township services, please call 708-383-8005 for Administrative Services, General Assistance or the Assessor’s Office, 708-383-8060 for Senior Services, 708-383-4806 for Transportation, or 708-445-2727 for Youth Services. Phones will be answered from 9am to 5pm weekdays. You may leave a message at other times and staff will get back to you the next business day.

Distribution of Cloth Face Masks
The Oak Park Police Department at Village Hall, 123 Madison, is distributing cloth face coverings to residents as supplies are available.  The masks were provided by volunteers coordinated by the Park District of Oak Park.  For information or to volunteer, contact Maureen McCarthy at Maureen.mccarthy@pdop.org or 708.725.2021.  The Police Department will collect names and addresses of those in need of masks if supplies run out.  The non-emergency phone number for the Police Department is 708-386-3800.

 

 

Oak Park Township Updates - Effective April 27, 2020

Evaluation of Phased Reopening
As a result of Governor Pritzker’s extension of the Shelter in Place order until May 30th, the Oak Park Township Board of Trustees and staff leadership are evaluating processes for a phased reopening.  We will be following the guidance of the Village of Oak Park Public Health Department as well as state and federal officials to ensure the health and safety of staff, volunteers and clients.  Please continue to access our website and Facebook page for updates.  For the Governor’s press release on the Shelter in Place order which includes details on modifications for businesses effective May 1st, please click here.

COVID-19 Community Resource Guide
The Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township has created a resource guide available at this link:  bit.ly/oprfguide.  It lists social service agencies and organizations throughout the area accessible or via phone and text.  The organizations listed are accepting clients and providing resources to all residents during this time.  This guide is intended to be used for informational purposes only and does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement to any particular group or service.  This guide does not constitute legal or health advice and is subject to change without notice.

Home Delivered Meals and “Take Out” Meal Distribution
Older adults who have requested meals are receiving them every other week in the form of shelf stable and frozen nutritionally balanced meals.  We are also providing “take out” lunches to older adults who are able to pick them up at our Senior Services building.  With the help of staff and pre-screened volunteers, we are limiting face-to-face contact with others out of health concerns for everyone. During May, meals will be distributed on 5/4, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22, and 5/29. For detailed schedules and updates, please see our Senior Services webpage at https://oakparktownship.org/senior-services/.

Appeals Deadline is May 1st
Oak Park residents have until Friday, May 1st, to file a property tax appeal.  Those who need assistance in filing an appeal can call 708-383-8005 for a phone appointment with a member of the Oak Park Township Assessor’s office.

General Assistance Phone Appointments
Financial assistance for residents meeting guidelines from the Illinois Department of Human Services is administered through Oak Park Township’s General Assistance Department.  Residents without minor children, not receiving government-sponsored assistance, and meeting income requirements may visit  https://oakparktownship.org/general-assistance/ to learn more about eligibility and to download an application.  The phone number for additional information is 708-383-8005, ext. 123.

Other Township Services
Administrative staff, the Assessor’s Office, and General Assistance staff are providing information, assistance and referrals over the phone. Youth Services and Senior Services are in contact with the individuals and families with which they work, and are offering assistance to our community partners.  Currently, a limited amount of Medical Equipment is available; however, we are not accepting donations at this time.  Please call 708-383-8005 for more information.

If you or someone you know is in need of Township services, please call 708-383-8005 for Administrative Services, General Assistance or the Assessor’s Office, 708-383-8060 for Senior Services, 708-383-4806 for Transportation, or 708-445-2727 for Youth Services. Phones will be answered from 9am to 5pm weekdays. You may leave a message at other times and staff will get back to you the next business day.

Distribution of Cloth Face Masks
The Oak Park Police Department at Village Hall, 123 Madison, distributed over 80 cloth face coverings to residents this past Saturday.  The masks were provided by volunteers coordinated by the Oak Park Park District. Very limited supplies remain, however the Park District was expected to deliver more masks this afternoon.  The Police Department will collect names and addresses of those in need of mask if there are none available.  The Village will then make arrangements to deliver the mask once they are available again.  The non-emergency phone number for the Police Department is 708-386-3800.

 

Oak Park Township Updates - Effective April 17, 2020

Appeals Deadline is May 1st
Oak Park residents have until Friday, May 1st, to file a property tax appeal.  “Although the Oak Park Township Assessor’s office has already helped over two thousand local property owners file appeals, those who want to file an appeal but have not yet done so can call 708-383-8005 for an appointment during the extended appeal period.  These appointments will be conducted over the phone,” as stated by Oak Park Township Assessor Ali ElSaffar.

COVID-19 Community Resource Guide
The Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township has created a resource guide available at this link:  bit.ly/oprfguide.   It lists social service agencies and organizations throughout the area accessible or via phone and text.  The organizations listed are accepting clients and providing resources to all residents during this time.  This guide is intended to be used for informational purposes only and does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement to any particular group or service.  This guide does not constitute legal or health advice and is subject to change without notice.

Home Delivered Meals and “Take Out” Meal Distribution
Older adults who have requested meals are receiving them every other week in the form of shelf stable and frozen nutritionally balanced meals.  We are also providing “take out” lunches to older adults who are able to pick them up at our Senior Services building.  With the help of staff and pre-screened volunteers, we are limiting face-to-face contact with others out of health concerns for everyone.

Feeding Seniors Safely During COVID-19
The Wednesday Journal recently published an article about our Senior Services Programs – please click here or above for the complete article.  We have seen a steady increase in inquiries for home-delivered meals, and older adult residents of Oak Park and River Forest may call (708) 383-8060 to make arrangements.  For schedules and updates, please see our Senior Services webpage at https://oakparktownship.org/senior-services/.

Thank you to Volunteers
We are grateful to the many volunteers who have applied to help our staff deliver meals, pick up groceries, or run errands for older adult residents in Oak Park or River Forest.  Many of the residents have expressed their gratitude.  Thank you also to the Park District of Oak Park for their partnership in coordinating the volunteer sign-up portal.

Other Township Services
Administrative staff, the Assessor’s Office, and General Assistance staff are providing information, assistance and referrals over the phone. Youth Services and Senior Services are in contact with the individuals and families with which they work, and are offering assistance to our community partners.  Currently, a limited amount of Medical Equipment is available, however we are not accepting donations at this time.  Please call 708-383-8005 for more information.

If you or someone you know is in need of Township services, please call 708-383-8005 for Administrative Services, General Assistance or the Assessor’s Office, 708-383-8060 for Senior Services, 708-383-4806 for Transportation, or 708-445-2727 for Youth Services. Phones will be answered from 9am to 5pm weekdays. You may leave a message at other times and staff will get back to you the next business day.

 

Effective April 1, 2020

Oak Park Township Provides Essential Services

Thank you to the many volunteers and community partnerships assisting our staff to serve residents in need.  We are continuing to provide services by telephone and tele-conference in our departments of Youth Services, Senior Services, General Assistance and Assessor Services.  Most of our staff are working remotely.

Older adults who have requested meals are receiving them every other week in the form of shelf stable and frozen nutritionally balanced meals; as of last Friday, we have modified our congregate “take-out” service.  With the help of staff and pre-screened volunteers, we are limiting face-to-face contact with others out of health concerns for everyone.  We have seen a steady increase in inquiries for home-delivered meals, and older adult residents of Oak Park and River Forest may call (708) 383-8060 to make arrangements.  For schedules and updates, please see our Senior Services webpage at https://oakparktownship.org/senior-services/.

Volunteer Opportunities
Transportation for older adults to dialysis and important medical appointments may be scheduled by calling (708) 383-4806.  In addition, we are running errands for older adults including pick-up and delivery of grocery items with the help of our staff and volunteers.  We have created, in partnership with the Park District of Oak Park, an on-line portal for volunteers to sign up to help us meet the essential needs of seniors. If interested in volunteering with Oak Park Township Senior Services, please go to the Oak Park COVID-19 Community Response Volunteer Interest survey at https://bit.ly/399p9zW.

Other Township Services and Resource Guide
Administrative staff, the Assessor’s Office, and General Assistance staff are providing information, assistance and referrals over the phone. Youth Services and Senior Services are in contact with the individuals and families with which they work, and are offering assistance to our community partners.

The Community Mental Health Board has created a resource guide available at this link:  https://bit.ly/oprfguide.  It lists many agencies and organizations offering health and wellness services throughout the area or via phone and text.

If you or someone you know is in need of Township services, please call 708-383-8005 for Administrative Services, General Assistance or the Assessor’s Office, 708-383-8060 for Senior Services, 708-383-4806 for Transportation or 708-622-8535 for Youth Services. Phones will be answered from 9am to 5pm weekdays. You may leave a message at other times and staff will get back to you the next business day.

 

Effective March 27, 2020

Oak Park Township Continues to Serve Residents

The Oak Park Township Board is appreciative of all the support and help provided by the community. We are also fortunate to have a staff that is dedicated to providing professional supportive services to those in need on a year-round basis. It is because of their day-to-day professionalism and preparedness that they are able to step up in a situation like this to provide the comfort and service that people in the community need.

Like all of us, the staff of Oak Park Township is following local, state and federal guidance regarding COVID-19 and is taking shelter in place directives seriously.  Out of concern for those we serve and our team, we are working to limit face to face contact as much as possible.

Most staff is now working off-site, and the limited staff that is on site is taking the recommended cautions for social distancing, hand washing, etc. Group activities are postponed. Despite these measures and as much as possible, our dedicated staff is continuing to serve the community with as little disruption as possible, just as they do on a daily basis.

Administrative staff, the Assessor’s Office, and General Assistance staff are providing information, assistance and referrals over the phone. Youth Services and Senior Services are in contact with the individuals and families with which they work, and are offering assistance to our community partners.

Senior Services is maintaining contact with regular clients, and participants in other programming. Senior Services Transportation continues to be available for medical trips. Senior Services Nutrition is providing quantities of frozen and shelf-stable meals for seniors to last for multiple days.

The Assessor’s Office continues to provide assistance over the phone with appeals, with additional staff working from home to submit a large number of appeals to the Cook County Assessor. The County’s deadline has been extended indefinitely.

The Community Mental Health Board has created a resource guide available at this link:  https://tinyurl.com/oprfguide.  It lists many agencies and organizations offering health and wellness services throughout the area or via phone and text.

If you or someone you know is in need of Township services, please call 708-383-8005 for Administrative Services, General Assistance or the Assessor’s Office, 708-383-8060 for Senior Services, 708-383-4806 for Transportation or 708-622-8535 for Youth Services. Phones will be answered from 9am to 5pm weekdays. You may leave a message at other times and staff will get back to you the next business day.

 

Effective March 24, 2020

 

Please Read!  An Important COVID-19 Message on Program Updates from Oak Park Township Senior Services 

Effective March 24th, 2020, Oak Park Township and River Forest Township have issued a public announcement on how to obtain services during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic.  We continue to provide services to seniors in both communities, even though offices are closed to the public.  Please click this link for the complete announcement.

 

Effective March 23, 2020

Due to the State of Illinois' Order to Shelter in Place, we continue adapting procedures to safely serve residents.  Oak Park Township staff continue to provide essential services; meals, transportation to medical appointments, tele-appointments and well-being checks for Youth Services, Senior Services, and General Assistance clients.

The Township is developing a service to assist older adults with pick-ups of grocery and other items.  We are very grateful for the many volunteers who have already joined us and we'll be seeking additional volunteers. Prescreening of volunteers will ensure everyone's safety.

The Cook County Assessor's office has suspended appeal deadlines and assessment notice mailings until further notice.  The original deadline of April 7th has been extended to a date unknown.  We encourage homeowners who would like assistance appealing their property taxes to call 708-383-8005; phone appointments are being set up Monday through Saturday.

For public health and safety, we are encouraging members of the public to stay home and shelter in place, per the order of the Village.  For those that must come in for services from the Township, we are asking them to reach out before coming in.  Please call ahead weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.:

Senior Services - 708-383-8060
Youth Services - 708-445-2727 or 708-622-8535 (updated phone #)
Administrative Services, Assessor Services - 708-383-8005
Community Mental Health Board - 708-358-8855

The Township is also supporting our social services partners in the community, both directly and in a coordinating role.  We will reassess throughout this week and going forward, as situations and the necessary responses change.  Thank you for your support.


Effective March 19, 2020

Due to the Emergency Declaration from the Village of Oak Park along with the Order to Shelter in Place, which is effective tomorrow, Friday, March 20th through April 3rd, Oak Park Township is continuing to adapt procedures to safely serve residents.  The Township is providing essential services; meals, transportation to medical appointments, tele-appointments and well-being checks for Youth Services, Senior Services, and General Assistance clients.  Staff that are able to do this work from home are doing so.

For public health and safety, we are encouraging members of the public to stay home and shelter in place, per the order of the Village.  For those that must come in for services from the Township, we are asking them to reach out before coming in.  Please call ahead weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.:

Senior Services - 708-383-8060
Youth Services - 708-445-2727
Administrative Services, Assessor Services - 708-383-8005
Community Mental Health Board - 708-358-8855

The Township is also supporting our social services partners in the community, both directly and in a coordinating role.  We will reassess throughout the day and going forward, as situations and the necessary responses change.  Thank you for your support.

 

Effective March 17, 2020

As the situation regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) evolves, with new developments occurring daily, please be assured that the health and safety of our clients, community, staff and volunteers remains our top priority. While we have no plans to shut down Oak Park Township operations at this time, this message is intended to provide an update on the Township’s response.

The Township continues to monitor the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Village of Oak Park Public Health Department (VOP) closely. Please keep in mind that the current situation is extremely fluid, and guidance from health officials may change quickly. Out of an abundance of caution, Oak Park Township is taking the following steps for the safety of staff, clients, and the community:

  • We have postponed or suspended all group activities at the 105 S. Oak Park Avenue (Youth Services, Assessor Services, Prevention Services, General Assistance and Administration) and 130 S. Oak Park Avenue (Senior Services) buildings.
  • We are doing our best to maintain contact with our regular program participants and to continue providing services where we can.
  • Although our Senior Congregate Meals program has been suspended, we are continuing to provide meals to participants on a “to go” first-come-first-served basis at the Senior Services building, 130 S. Oak Park Avenue.
  • We are continuing to maintain our Home Delivered Meals program, serving between 65 and 85 older adults on a daily basis. Our staff is in contact with all clients in accordance with all suggested health and wellness guidelines.
  • Our Senior Services Case Managers remain in contact with clients by phone and are following all suggested guidelines from the CDC and the Illinois Department on Aging (IDOA).
  • Property Assessment Appeals appointments have been transitioned to phone appointments. Please call 708-383-8005 to request appeal assistance.  Residents may also visit the Cook County Assessor website at https://www.cookcountyassessor.com/online-appeals.
  • Transportation: In addition to the above steps, we are having our vehicles and facilities deep cleaned and directing staff to take other preventative measures.  Our drivers are still providing curb-to-curb service for older residents and adult individuals with disabilities upon request.  The Transportation Department may be reached at 708-383-4806.
  • Youth Services staff are in contact with clients and providing intake assistance by phone; those in need of supportive services may call 708-445-2727.  Communication with the schools, Community Mental Health Board and other agencies is continuing.
  • Community Mental Health Board: The Health Connection Hub https://healthconnectionhub.org/ is a free searchable database of supportive services; it is available for those who need social services including housing, food, healthcare, and other assistance.  Support4U is an app that connects students at D90, D97, and D200 with a licensed clinician 24/7; it is confidential.  The contact number to text to is 844-670-5838.
  • Community Partnerships: We are in contact with our community partners including the Village of Oak Park, District 200, District 97, Oak Park Public Library and the Park District as well as other agencies to keep informed and direct residents to helpful and accurate resources.In the meantime, as we all go through this together (with the appropriate degree of social distance), we encourage you take the following steps to slow the spread of the virus:
  • Stay home at any sign of sickness, such as cough, fever, shortness of breath, or other flu-like symptoms.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cough and sneeze in the crook of your elbow, or a tissue, then throw that tissue in the trash and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.

Finally, here are some links to credible information: