Elk Grove Township expanding resident services for the month of March – Chicago Tribune

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In response to resident feedback, Elk Grove Township officials announced three new services for the township residents this month.
A mobile Secretary of State Unit, which was available at the Elk Grove Township Building, 600 Landmeier Rd. March 1, allowing drivers to obtain, renew, replace, or correct their driver’s license and/or state identification cards, according to a township news release.
Another service, coming March 30, will be a free employment seminar available for residents looking for a new job or career change.
Also announced was a partnership with the Josselyn Center, a nonprofit community mental health provider in Northfield. Through this partnership, township psychiatric services will be made more readily and promptly available for residents, the release states.
“Our priority is to listen to our residents and ensure they are receiving the assistance they need to manage their lives and care for their families,” Township Supervisor George Busse said in the release.
Busse also mentioned the other services that have already been made available for residents, hopeful that they will take advantage of them.
Elk Grove Township includes all or parts of the villages of Arlington Heights, Elk Grove Village, Mount Prospect, Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg, Wood Dale and Des Plaines.
The clerk’s office in the Elk Grove Township building provides residents access to passport applications, hunting and fishing licenses, voter registration and assistance, notary public services and temporary handicapped parking placards, the release indicates
The assessor’s office aids in property tax-related information, and the Employment Support Center offers resume reviews, interview training and other resources for job-seeking residents.
The township’s Youth Services Department provides programs dedicated to supporting children’s mental health, the release states, highlighting areas such as life and social skills, girls’ empowerment and leadership development. Community organizations such as schools and churches within the township also host a variety of support groups for young students.
Also located in the township building is a food pantry that follows the “client’s choice” model, allowing residents to choose which food items they would like, similar to a grocery store. Use of the food pantry is currently available by appointment only, according to the release.
Residents can also make use of the township medical equipment lending closet for free. There, lightly used medical equipment, such as walkers, wheelchairs, canes, bath seats and bedside rails, among other items, are usually available. Equipment can be borrowed for up to three months.
The township building also provides transportation services for the elderly on weekdays, as well as services for veterans to help manage their benefits. The building is also used as a warming center in dangerously cold weather, according to the release.
Joey Arnone is a freelancer.
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