Senior Programs Available

| January 1, 2013

MEALS ON WHEELS AVAILABLE FOR SENIORS

Senior citizens, 60 years old and older, who are unable to get out to shop for themselves can receive a hot lunch delivered to their home. The Meals on Wheels Program provides a hot lunch five days a week, delivered between 10 am and 2 pm. A spouse or caretaker living in the household can also qualify even if they are not 60. In addition, frozen meals that can be easily prepared on the weekend, are available. The program also provides a well being check of the senior every weekday. The Meals on Wheels Program works in partnership with West Suburban Senior Services (WSSS) and conducts a background check on their drivers. The cost of a daily meal is a suggested donation of $3.25-$3.50 but anyone in need of the program should apply. To learn about the program, please call WSSS at 708-547-5600 or contact Meals on Wheels at 847-678-8777 to sign up.

LOW INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OR LIHEAP

A representative will be at the Franklin Park Village Hall every Tuesday from 9 am to noon beginning again on January 8th to process applications. Please bring the following documents with you; a Social Security/SSI (monthly) benefit letter for 2012, your pension letter for the last 30 days, a valid Photo ID, Social Security Card for all members in the household, proof of income for the last 30 days for all house members 18 years or older, a current NICOR and ComED bill (disconnect notices have to be included if you are applying) and bring your medical card.

THE CAFE AT THE CENTRE AT NORTH PARK HOSTS DAILY LUNCH FOR SENIORS

The Franklin Park Community Cafe is open to all seniors, age 60 and over, and serves a daily hot meat at 11:30 am, Monday through Friday, at an affordable price. The Cafe is located at the entre at North Park, located in the Park District facility at 10040 West Addison, and most days it also includes an optional Soup/Sandwich/Salad Bar. The Cafe opens at 9 am and closes at 2 pm and features daily Bingo! In addition, the Cafe schedules movies, guest speakers, Health Fairs, Day Trips, parties. It’s a great place to get together with friends and neighbors over a cup of coffee. For more information, call 847-678-8777, or stop by to pick up a menu for the month. The suggested donation is $2.75 – $3.00. Your first lunch is always FREE! This program is part of Cook County’s Community Nutrition Network.

DIAL-A-RIDE SERVICE AVAILABLE IN FRANKLIN PARK

Franklin Park residents can utilize the RTA’s Dia-A-Ride service for assistance getting to medical appointments and for transportation to shopping destinations within Leyden ownership and to select locations outside the area. This service is open to everyone and requires advanced call-in of up to seven days for medical appointments and up to one day for all other trips. Fares are Disabled $1.25, Senior $1.25, Student $1.25, Other $2.50. To make a reservation, call 1-888-699-6999, 1-800-504-7689 TTY.

SENIOR ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE AT FRANKLIN PARK VILLAGE HALL

Having problems accessing senior services? A representative from West Suburban Senior Services will be available at Village Hall, on the fourth Wednesday of the month, from 9 am to Noon to help. Assistance is available for a variety of programs including helping you complete Circuit Breaker applications, and to sign-up for Medicare and Medicaid. For details, call 708-547-5600.

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Barbara is the publisher of People and Places Newspaper which she started in August of 2011. A lifelong resident of Schiller Park, she always felt it important that residents needed to be kept informed about their communities. Since newspaper coverage for Schiller Park stopped about twenty years ago, she made it a goal to bring a newspaper back to the area. She tries to include all of Leyden Township in her reporting and wants to keep true with the mission of the paper to "inform, educate and entertain."

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