District 95 Wellness Resources

Updated Weekly - 2/26/2021

It is an uncertain time in our schools, communities, and the world, and it is more important than ever that we take care of ourselves and encourage our children to do the same. As caregivers, it is our natural tendency to give so much of ourselves to our children and families; that’s what we do, and who we are. But as COVID-19 continues to impact our daily lives, we wanted to provide you with local and national wellness resources to help support your family.

We hope that you are staying safe and well.

District Contacts and Resources

Building Contact Information:


Lunch Distribution for Students Facing Food Insecurity:

  • For those in the hybrid model, fee waivered or fee reduced students will pick up their lunches after their session concludes at 10:30 am or 2:30 pm. For all students in remote learning, the pickup time is 11:00am - 2:00pm at Door 17 at S.E. Gross Middle School. Students/parents will either say their last name or student ID, whichever they remember when picking up.

Building Coping Skills During Coronavirus (Kids & Adults)

Suggestions for kids and adults to help deal with the stress and anxiety that is happening right now


https://copingskillsforkids.com/coping-with-coronavirus

Great Resources for Practicing Mindfulness/Self-Regulation

Access One of Our Virtual "Calm Corners"

This year, we have created virtual calm corners that students can utilize anytime they need to self-regulate or practice mindfulness. You can utilize one of our virtual rooms here.
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COVID-19 Resources for Staying Resilient

UCLA Center for Childhood Anxiety Resilience Education and Support resources click here

Taking Care of Yourself (and Your Family)

When you are a parent/guardian, self-care can slip to the bottom of the list. Taking care of yourself isn't a luxury though, it is essential. During this time, when children are home and stress is running high, it is more important than ever. Here are some online resources to support you:


Supporting and checking in with your kids, to see how they are coping is also really important. Here are some online resources to support you:

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What Are Responses to COVID-19 That I Can Expect From My Child and What Do I Do to Support Them?

Your children may respond differently to an outbreak depending on their age. Below are some reactions, according to their age group, and the best ways you can respond as their parent/guardian:

Preschool

Ages 6-12 Years

Ages 13-18 Years

Resources

Brookfield/LaGrange Park Local Village Information

Brookfield

  • Brookfield Police Non-Emergency Phone Number (708)485-8131


LaGrange Park

  • LaGrange Park Police Non-Emergency Phone Number (708)352-2151

Reasonably Priced Internet Access

Internet access for $9.99/month


Medical and Dental Care Free/Reduced Cost (including physicals & immunizations)


La Grange Family Medicine Center

Our clinic continues to accept uninsured patients, Medicaid, and also participates in the Vaccines for Children program so we should be able to catch up children who need them. These physicals and vaccinations done at our clinic are generally without cost to the families with any type of insurance. For those families with no insurance we are able to vaccinate and only charge the administration fee. We will remain open throughout this covid crisis and typically are able to do same or next day appointments. Our clinic also functions as one of the few local covid testing centers.


1325 Memorial Drive, Lagrange, IL 60525

(708-245-8900)


We are also operating a “Hygiene Pantry” where families in need can get a bucket of household cleaning and personal hygiene supplies since most food pantries don’t tend to stock those items. We also have formula for infants.



Pillars Community Heath Medical and Dental Services:


  • Vaccinations
  • School and sports physicals
  • Pediatric care (virtual visits available for some services)
  • Dental care (cleanings, emergency procedures, and more)
  • COVID-19 testing and services
  • And more


Click here to visit the Pillars Community Health website or call 708-PILLARS (708-745-5277) today.

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Health Connection (HUB) for quality care and services

The HUB www.healthconnectionhub.org is a free online tool, powered by Aunt Bertha, to connect individuals and families to free and reduced-cost quality care and services. Regardless of where you begin in your search for assistance, The HUB helps you find what you need, and allows providers to deliver services tailored to you and your needs.



Find services for individuals and families, including: senior and youth services, developmental disabilities, medical health care, behavioral/mental health services, and other social supports.

Coronavirus Resource Hub - It's Got It All!

During this pandemic, we have to look out for each other. That’s why we’ve built a centralized database of resources to help us get through this crisis. Search this database today to find a resource that might help you or a loved one, or suggest a resource to be featured on this site.

Applying for Assistance

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=30358


Unemployment Insurance: 800-244-5631

Childcare Assistance

SASS Cares for Kids Hotline: Call 800-345-9049 for emergency mental health services for children with Medicaid


Emergency Childcare for Essential Workers


Is a parent a healthcare worker? If so, look into chicovidsitters.org. Medical students are volunteering to provide childcare for healthcare workers.

Food Banks in the Area

  • Komarek School (8940 W 24th Street, North Riverside, IL 60546) will be acting as a site for meal distribution for the Greater Chicago Food Depository Lunch Bus Program. See attached for a flyer with more information about the program or check out their website at https://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/summer-lunch-bus/ for more information. This program allows for any youth 18 or under (not just residents) to access free meals during the summer on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1:35-2:10pm. This is a grab-and-go model while supplies last, so youth will not be able to eat on site. Additionally, parents may pick up meals on behalf of their child(ren). The start date was this past Monday, July 6th and the program will run through August 14th, 2020.

  • St. Barbara Church

9300 W. 47th St, Brookfield; Mondays 9am- 3pm; Phone: 708-295-7336 ** Please bring identification **

  • St. Francis Xavier Church

24 N. Spring, LaGrange; Tuesdays 9:30- 11am; Phone: 708- 352-0168

  • Share Food Share Love

3801 Madison Ave, Brookfield; Tuesdays 7:00pm- 9:00pm and Saturdays 10:00am- 12:00pm; Phone: 630-347-5390

  • Westchester Food Bank

Westchester Village Hall; 10300 Roosevelt Road, Westchester, IL; Fridays 5:30-7:30pm

Please enter through the Community Room Door on the East Side of Village Hall

**Serves only LaGrange Park residents **

  • Riverside Presbyterian Church External Food Pantry

116 Barrypoint, Riverside; 24/7


District 95 Lunches For All:

  • D95 has successfully completed the USDA Waiver process which will allow ALL students -hybrid and remote- to access school lunch at NO CHARGE. Any student may obtain a school lunch at no charge. There is no need to sign-up, register or notify anyone. Simply follow the instructions below. In order to ensure enough food supply is available, this offering will begin on Monday, November 2 and continue through the end of the school year. D95 is working to determine if more options to providing healthy meals exist under the waiver. Look for more information in the coming weeks on an even further extension of meal service.


    Please see the following for instructions to access a lunch:


    Full Remote students are able to pick their lunches up at the SEG campus from 11-2 daily. Even if you are a Remote Brook Park student, your pick up is at SEG. Pick-up is on the Broadway street side of the building (near the main entrance). There is a side door in the alleyway that goes directly into the cafeteria that allows you to drive right up! Students or an adult may enter the cafeteria to obtain lunch.


    Hybrid students obtain lunch in the same manner as they have been. At SEG, students obtain their lunch as they exit the building for the day. At BP, students will indicate to their teacher at the start of each session their desire to have lunch and it is delivered to the classroom for them. Students eat their lunch at home.


    If you have any questions about your child’s access to school lunch, please contact your child’s school secretary.

Lasagna Love

Lasagna Love was started at the beginning of the pandemic, when the founder of Good to Mama was looking for a way to help moms in her community. She and her toddler started making and delivering meals to families in the neighborhood who were struggling, whether that struggle was financial, emotional, or simply a feeling of overwhelm.


Parents everywhere have been affected by the pandemic. Lost income, lost childcare, lost sanity - we’re here to help. If you’re a mom or dad and could use a hand with dinner one night in the coming weeks, sign up here.

Local Mental Health Resources

Sexual Assault

24-hour Sexual Assault Hotline: (708)482-9600


Suicide Prevention Lifeline

(800)273-TALK or (800)SUICIDE


State Resources


Call4Calm

The Illinois Department of Human Resources Mental Health Division has launched a free-of-charge emotional support text line, Call4Calm for Illinois residents experiencing stress and mental health issues related to COVID-19. To speak with a mental health professional you can text "TALK" to 5-5-2-0-2-0. This is free and individuals will remain anonymous.


Individuals can also text 5-5-2-0-2-0 with key words such as "unemployment", "food", "shelter" and receive information on how to navigate and access support and services.


Local Mental Health Agencies

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Grandparents Helping to Raise Grandchildren Resources

IPHA AmeriCorps: AgeOptions

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren supports grandparents and older adults age 55 and older who are responsible for children 18 or younger within the home (this individual can be a legal guardian or primary caretaker). By partnering with local agencies and organizations, AgeOptions is able to network individuals through information, connections to support services, and access to support groups.

By contacting their local Caregiver Resource Centers, older individuals caring for children can receive needed supports such as medical coverage, financial assistance, guardianship and legal services. The caregiver’s local Caregiver Resource Center is also able to facilitate supplemental services that complement the care provided by caregivers including transportation, assistive devices, and home modification.

Please see the attached link for additional information about the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program: http://downloads.ageoptions.org/benefits/CARES/GRGProfessionalFlyer.pdf. This additional link is the flyer for grandparents and caregivers: http://downloads.ageoptions.org/benefits/CARES/GRGClientFlyer.pdf. To learn more about Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, feel free to reach out to me Monday-Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM at (773)668-3167 or kaitlyn.coleman@ageoptions.org.

Domestic Violence Resources

If you and your children are currently in an unsafe situation, there are people who can help. The agencies below can connect you with supportive services that are safe, free and confidential.


Illinois Domestic Violence Helpline

Call: 1-877-863-6338

The hotline is toll free, confidential, multilingual, and open 24-hours

Domestic Violence Agencies in Illinois

Pillars Community Health

24 hour hotline for domestic violence (708)485-5284; 24 hour crisis hotline (708)745-5277 (PILLARS)


* If you feel more comfortable reaching out to school for assistance, please contact your school social worker at Brook Park, Jenny Castro, or Katie Johns a behavior specialist at SE Gross.

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