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As a result of COVID-19, the Village Board offered supplemental contributions to seven local social service and mental health agencies funded by “Northbrook Strong” vehicle sticker donations, budgeted funds, and fine fees.
“This is just one way that Northbrook shows it cares – for our community, for our neighbors, for the most vulnerable – during these difficult times.” - Sandy Frum, Village President
The agencies will each provide new and/or expanded initiatives designed to help Northbrook residents with the hardships brought on by the pandemic. Here's a little bit about them!
Community Action Together for Children’s Health (CATCH)CATCH's mission is to empower families to foster resilience and prioritize mental health and emotional wellness in children through educational programming, access to resources, and peer support. They look forward to sharing a beautiful message that will lift up our community and remind us all to find connections, which are so key to emotional wellbeing.
Family Service Center (FSC)FSC’s mission is to strengthen and empower families and communities by providing accessible evidence-based counseling, crisis response, and education. FSC will offer the “Resilience Builder Program,” a group treatment for youth focusing on skill building and coping, and “Coping during COVID-19,” a program for adults who may have limited time designated for self-care.
The Josselyn CenterThe Josselyn Center provides affordable, comprehensive mental health services and free programs that make lives better for clients, families, and the community. Through these contributions, they will offer free mental health programs to residents, specifically Mental Health First Aid training and Art Therapy groups.
North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic (NSLAC)NSLAC provides trusted, accessible, and free legal services in the areas of domestic violence, housing, and immigration. They offer seminars on these issues and enhance their programs through community collaboration. NSLAC is proud to continue their services through the pandemic, without interruption, to help the individuals and families they serve.
Northfield Township Food PantryThe Northfield Township Food Pantry serves Township residents who are unable to provide enough food for themselves and their families, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. With these contributions, the food pantry will be able to purchase a 16’ box truck with a lift gate to pick up food donations and deliver groceries to seniors, homebound clients, and others in need.
TotalLink2 CommunityTotalLink2 Community works with young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to provide social and educational programming and help them find jobs in the community. TotalLink will offer programs such as pop-up shops for handmade items, virtual get-togethers with peers, and a Parent Connection Program.
Youth Services of Glenview Northbrook Youth Services offers mental health services for children and adolescents with the mission that every child grows up happy, healthy, and hopeful. Through these contributions, Youth Services will provide necessary services like online seminars, individual therapy, grief/loss support, art classes, and pride resources.
"During the COVID crisis, we’ve seen our community’s needs increase, so it is critical to respond to that call by providing resources to outstanding local agencies who provide our residents with additional assistance and those who stand at the ready to help their neighbors." - Kathryn Ciesla, Village Trustee
“We contributed to organizations that were best suited to address domestic violence, mental health, and isolation of our residents. The hope is to both support these organizations and to overcome the negative stigma of individuals seeking support.” - Johannah Hebl, Village Trustee