For the second straight year, the Proviso Public Partnership teamed up with Operation Care Package to collect donations for servicemen and women overseas. Watch this video to see how we packed up countless items for our troops.
The Way Back Inn and Grateful House in Maywood received a $10,000 grant from the Home Depot Foundation for their veterans transitional housing program. Volunteers from Home Depot, vets, and staffers from the Way Back Inn were on hand to clean, restore, replant and make the outdoor living space of this veterans home usable and sustainable.
The crews planted new privacy and fruit trees. They also built new retaining walls, walkways, stone patios and a vegetable garden. This video provides highlights of the event on June 19, 2015.
Removing the stigma attached to seeking mental health treatment was the focus of State Sen. Kimberly Lightford's town hall meeting at Riveredge Hospital Wednesday night. Proviso Township Mental Health Commission Executive Director Jesse Rosas was among the panelists who talked about the successful outcomes that they see among mental health providers while also pointing out the challenges of persuading people to seek help.
Sen. Lightford talked about legislation she has sponsored that would require mental health screening for school- age children in Illinois, an attempt to give families a heads up to mental health issues that may need to be addressed. Treating problems early on can affect quality of life and often avoid costly treatment down the road.
“Improving each citizen’s understanding of mental health improves the overall well-being of our state,” said Lightford.
One in four adults, approximately 61.5 million Americans, experiences mental illness in a given year. About 13.6 million people live with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar disorder in America, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
Thanks to Sen. Lightford, Riveredge Hospital, NAMI, Pillars and the Glen Elllyn Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and everyone who came for being a part of this event.
We're partnering with Villa Scalabrini Nursing and Rehabilitation Center to offer skilled nursing to residents of Proviso Township.
“This partnership brings the component of skilled nursing and rehabilitation into our group of service providers,” says PTMHC Executive Director Jesse Rosas. “Having this support helps to decrease anxiety, stress and depression. Sometimes people just don't know where to get help, but giving them options and information helps relieve some of these pressures that often lead to greater problems."
Rosas explained that a wide variety of individuals might use the services offered at Villa Scalabrini including those rehabilitating from surgery or people with complex medical needs who require long-term care.
Villa Scalabrini and PTMHC plan to host several health fairs throughout the year to introduce more residents to the facility and the services that they provide.
You can learn more about upcoming health fairs or the Proviso Township Mental Health Commission by calling 708-449-5508 or visit www.ptmhc.org.
It's the perfect time of year for a housewarming. We've teamed up with West Suburban PADS to create a holiday gift registry for formerly homeless individuals settling into new homes.
You'll find a special gift registry at Target for people who want to donate household items online.
We have 65 households and 83 people who have recently transitioned from shelters or the streets into homes. Making this transition can be stressful, and we are doing our part to help families stay as stress free as possible. Sometimes the smallest things can help the most.
You can view the Target registry and make purchases by going here.
There's something for every budget, beginning at $3.99 for kitchen sponges. Target will ship the items to PADS.
You can also drop off new home essentials at our office in Hillside. The deadline is Dec. 19 for the Target registry, and Dec. 24 for donations to PTMHC.
Help make someone's house a real home this holiday season!
Our partner agency Aspire has lived up to its name in a lot of ways. Aspire is leading the way with programs that have redefined what is possible for people with disabilities.
One of those programs is Aspire Coffeeworks. They've partnered with one of the nation's top artisan coffee roasters, Metropolis Coffee Company, to employ people with disabilities and to make darn good coffee.
Not only does this program give disabled adults the opportunity to live productive, fulfilling lives, but 100 percent of all purchases go right back to programs supporting adults and kids with disabilities.
So this holiday season, consider a gift that truly celebrates. To order or for more info, go to aspirecoffeeworks.com.
Youth Outreach Services provides help for troubled and disadvantaged youth and their families. It's one of many agencies supported by PTMHC.
"We believe every youth deserves the chance to be successful," says Executive Director Rick Velasquez. "Sometimes they need two or three chances."
Please take a moment to watch the video below to learn how Youth Outreach Services offers a variety of child welfare, counseling, juvenile justice and prevention services, helping kids overcome challenges such as abuse, neglect and homelessness.
We feature more videos about our partner agencies here. Let us know what you think.
Proviso Township Supervisor and Mental Health Commission President Mike Corrigan mer Patrick Kennedy, former eight term Rhode Island Congressman and leader of the Kennedy Forum on Mental Health, at a City Club Breakfast in Chicago recently. Kennedy was in Chicago to launch his Forum in Illinois.
In remarks to the City Club, Kennedy said mental illness is our new civil rights struggle. He called on everyone to work toward transforming attitudes toward people with intellectual disabilities. Kennedy is the son of the late Senator Ted Kennedy and nephew of President John F. Kennedy.
To our partners in the Loyola ACE program:
I'm glad to announce that Loyola and its partners in the ACE program are moving full steam ahead.
It may seem like things have been moving slowly, but I assure you that's not the case. There have been weekly meetings to address preparedness at many levels. We had a state review last month to determine our preparedness that went extremely well.
We couldn't have come this far without your support. Your ideas and even the criticism have helped us create a system that is unique and perfectly tailored for our area.
We have created a system than can now cover any medical, behavioral health or social service a child between 0 and 18, or their caregivers, may need. This is an accomplishment we can all be proud of.
Loyola Medicine and ProActive kids are teaming up to help kids struggling with unhealthy weight.
They are offering a free, 8-week program for kids ages 8 to 14 beginning Sept. 15th at Gottlieb Memorial in Melrose Park.
The program will offer exercise, nutrition lessons and discussions.
Childhood obesity is a major health issue in our community. Loyola and ProActive Kids are working to help children with weight problems lose weight and be more confident.
Children should be referred by their family physician in order to enroll.
For more information, or to learn how to enroll, click here.
The Proviso Township Mental Health Commission provides services to over 6,700 individuals in need of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Disabilities services through the 26 agencies the Commission currently supports.