Resources for Residents
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided guidance on reducing the risk of the COVID-19 virus spread during holiday celebrations. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has also issued guidance on reducing risk during the holidays. It is recommended that before hosting a holiday celebration, that you carefully assess whether to postpone, cancel or limit the number of attendees. When traveling to or from gatherings, make sure to take all necessary precautions. Indoor gatherings and gatherings with more people generally pose more risk. People with or exposed to COVID-19 should not attend or host gatherings, and those with a risk of severe illness should avoid gatherings. During any gathering, participants should maintain social distancing and limit close contact, wear masks, limit contact with surfaces, wash hands, and keep safe around food and drinks.
For more information, including lower risk holiday ideas, please visit the CDC website. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is also encouraging safer celebrations through their "Heathy Holidays to You" (LINK) campaign.
Below are links to several of the local area utilities regarding their response to COVID-19, including provisions for anyone struggling to make utility payments:
Senior Shopping Hours
Trader Joe’s - Every day from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. crew members will maintain an additional line outside the front door for senior customers to ensure those customers in need will have an expedited entrance to the store.
Walgreens - Every Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. is designated as seniors-only shopping. Additionally, Walgreens provides additional senior discounts through its website (LINK).
Interfaith Community Partners
Interfaith Community Partners will shop and deliver groceries for anyone age 75 or older; they do not need to be an existing client. They continue to take seniors to medical appointments. Please call 708-354-9328 for more information or visit their website (LINK) to volunteer.
Aging Care Connections
Please visit their website (LINK) for program updates and available services.
Children / School Meals
District 102 - School District 102 is offering "grab and go" lunch from Congress Park, Cossitt, Forest Road, or Park Jr. High School between 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. If you are interested, please fill out the District’s online form (LINK).
District 204 - School District 204 is offering "grab and go" lunch from LTHS North Campus (Main Entrance/Clock Tower - Exit #5) and South Campus (Main Entrance/Exit #1) between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Second Baptist Church, 26 W. Washington Ave. - Mondays 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Email (LINK) or call at (708) 354-5907 for more information.
St. Francis Xavier Parish, 124 N. Spring Ave. - Tuesdays from 9:30-11:00 a.m. Visit their website (LINK) for additional information.
Unemployment benefits may be available to some individuals whose unemployment is attributable to COVID-19. IDES recently adopted emergency rules to try to make the unemployment insurance system as responsive as possible. Please visit the Illinois Department of Employment Security’s website (LINK) to review the information.
La Grange Library E-Services
The La Grange Library provides an e-library (LINK), offering digital access to books, audiobooks, movies, music, and magazines. The e-library also includes learning apps for students and adults.
La Grange Area Historical Society
The Historical Society is documenting how life in La Grange has been affected by COVID-19 and is collecting information about the personal experiences of individuals and families to preserve the story of this unprecedented time. Residents are asked to fill out a Community COVID-19 Response Form (LINK) and also submit drawings, photos and videos via e mail to email@example.com. For more information, visit the historical society’s website (LINK)
Call4Calm - Mental Health Support
The Illinois Department of Human Services has established a mental health support hotline for anyone struggling with stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic and needing emotional support. To access the service, text TALK to 552020 for English or HABLAR for Spanish. This service is free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. People seeking assistance will remain anonymous and will provide only their first name and zip code, which enables the service to link callers to a counselor in their area who is knowledgeable about available local resources.
Resources for Debt Obligations
The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation published a guide (LINK) to provide guidance for residents struggling with debt obligations, including rent and mortgage payments as well as loan payments, and more.