Township Supports Citizens in Need
Make or buy? Make or buy? Organizations must ask themselves whether to make or buy what they need to accomplish their mission. Can I hire someone or ask existing staff to do this work, or can another organization that specializes or has economies of scale do the job for me better or at a lower cost?
In several areas the Township has strengths that allow it to be very effective and efficient in providing for citizens in need. The Township Food Pantry supplies thousands of items to hundreds of recipients over the course of a year using contributions and volunteers. Paid staff is a single part time employee.
Each year the Human Needs Committee (HNC) meets and evaluates applications from social service agencies that serve Township residents. The agencies provide a detailed application and meet with the committee for a face-to-face meeting. The committee evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of each agency's program(s) and develops a recommended plan for the Township Board.
Many of the agencies bring expertise that the Township doesn't have and couldn't afford to to hire; for example, the Mobile Dental Van brings dentists to the needy residents of Palatine Township and Alexian Brothers Mental Health Services assists residents with professional counseling. Do we want to hire and supervise dentists and clinical psychologists? Not likely.
Areas where we assist township residents through support of other more specialized agencies include: needy seniors, adults in crisis, needy or in-crisis youth, low income dental and health care, support for the mentally challenged. Please see the areas of services for fiscal 2014 below.
In the fiscal year ending February 28, 2015 Palatine Township provided $622,000 of support to social services agencies for services provided to Township residents, including the market value of free rent provided to two agencies. Community volunteers provide their time and expertise to develop and annual recommendation to the Township Board.
Many thanks to Kathy Allegretti, Tracey Coleman, Gary Dindia, Bill Huley, Jennifer Iannuzzelli, Garrett McNally, Bill Pohlman, Jean Schwab and Mike Thompson. These volunteers do a critical job in focusing the use of taxpayer funds toward important services in the most efficient manner possible.
Services/programs supported in 2014, the last year include:
- Six programs for needy seniors at the Palatine Township Senior Center
- Assistance in housekeeping so seniors can remain in independent living
- Rolling Meadow Senior Center socialization programs
- Escorted rides to doctor appointments
ADULTS IN CRISIS
- Marital and family abuse counseling
- Employment search support
- Troubled pregnancies
- Rape crisis
- Homeless shelter/job search
- MS support via fitness classes
- Day care, pre-school for low income residents
- Troubled youth counseling
- Emergency housing for youth
LOW INCOME HEALTH CARE
- Dental Van
- Mental health services
- Alcohol and drug programs/classes
- Medical visits and prescriptions for the needy
- Countryside, Clearbrook, Glenkirk, Little City
- Independent housing assistance