Weekly Update for April 11th
Social Work/Family Support
The Social Work/Family Support team kicked off Child Abuse Prevention Month with a Baby TALK Buffet focusing on stress. Social workers provided families with useful tips on how to parent under stress and the importance of caregivers taking time for themselves. We will also be providing parents with daily tips on how to nurture children. In addition, Ruby Taylor from Taproots will host a parent group on Wednesday April 13th on Parenting Under Stress.
After School Program
Common Threads, the after-school cooking program for children 8-12 years old, focused this week’s session on the culture and foods of Kenya. They prepared Kenyan sweet potato fries and sukuma wiki (green stew).
Through the Emergency Fund, our emergency client assistance partner, our program received 30 Cubs tickets for the 4/5/11 game. Our staff and Outreach clients were the recipients of the tickets.
Holy Family Parish in Inverness, Illinois, continues to support the Outreach program by supplying a large donation of used clothing that will benefit Outreach clients. The Outreach clients prepared a few personalized thank you cards for the parish to thank them for their ongoing support.
Peoples Gas wrongly classified an apartment with a code that would not qualify the household for LIHEAP benefits. The client is a blind senior widower in a wheelchair and recently suffered a stroke. Her service was scheduled to be disconnected for non-payment. Through our People’s Energy partner, we were able to reverse her classification code. We also supplied a two hundred dollar payment to prevent disconnection.
We were successful in placing a client into a 28-day program for drug rehabilitation.