Announcement From the Executive Director
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
A few weeks ago I announced that I would be retiring at the end of March 2019. Our staff and Search committee have been busy completing the Job Profile for the Executive Director position at Solutions for Care and it’s ready to be shared! The position has been posted on both Indeed and npo.net.
If you know someone that fits these qualifications and has a heart to serve, share this posting with them. Everything a candidate needs to know is in the job profile. The Job description is posted in careers. All candidates can use the e-mail identified in the profile and submit their materials no later than December 14, 2018.
Thank you for helping spread the word about this exciting opportunity.
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
As you know, I’ve had the good fortune to work with Solutions for Care for more than 14 years — years of adventure, accomplishment and transformation, for me personally, for the organization as a whole, and for so many of our allies and friends.
Solutions for Care has tremendous potential and opportunity for expanding its services throughout our area. And since we have arrived at this moment of significant growth and change, I’ve decided it’s the right time for me to set a retirement date. I’ll be stepping down from my role in early 2019.
I think that our amazing team and a new Executive Director will bring us to the next level of exciting development and sustainability.
Over the next several months, Solutions for Care’s Board of Directors will conduct a national search for a new Executive Director. A Search Committee of board members will engage in the search guided by a search consultant. During this transition period, it is our priority to find the best individual to lead us into the future, while we continue to serve older adults and their caregivers. I will work closely with the Search Committee and the Board of Directors throughout this process and will time my transition to support the onboarding of a new Executive Director. We expect to circulate the job announcement in late November, both on our website as well as on a number of job boards.
I am tremendously proud of our organization, its staff, Board, and community partners. I’m excited about the future, and very grateful that we are able to enter this transition in a structured, intentional, and strategic way. I will continue to support Solutions for Care in any way I can.
Solutions for Care
The Impact of the Illinois State Budget Impasse
The Illinois State Budget has certainly made my first year as Executive Director very interesting and challenging. But thanks to a terrific staff and management and a committed Board of Directors I am happy to provide this update.
First, please know that Solutions for Care:
1. Is financially stable
2. Does not plan to cut services or programs to older adults and their families at this time
3. Is partnering with other agencies to advocate for a resolution to both the state’s budget impasse and the federal budget stalemate
But if the situation in Springfield is not resolved, the future is not as certain. Additionally future recommendations to eliminate or change current programs for seniors may impact what we can deliver. I am committed to continue advocating for the areas of Cicero, Berwyn and Proviso Township because the past year has shown me that there are many older adults and disabled individuals who benefit from the programs and services offered in Illinois.
If you are concerned about the future of program funding, Solutions for Care encourages you to contact your legislators to let them know you want an end to the state budget impasse and that you do not want cuts to programs that assist older adults. To find your Illinois State Senator you can call the Illinois State Board of Elections at (312) 814-6440 or visit: http://www.elections.il.gov/. You can also contact your village or township to find out who your legislators are. Let your voice be heard – we need state and federal budgets that meet the needs of our citizens! Please feel free to contact Solutions for Care for more information at (708) 447-2448, ext. 115.
Executive Director Solutions for Care
2015-2016 Board Officers
The Board of Directors of Solutions for Care installed their new officers for the fiscal year 2015-16 at their dinner meeting on December 11th. Staff members, the board of directors and their guests met for dinner at Maggiano’s in Oak Brook. The new Executive Officers are Paul Porter – President; Joesph Ender – Vice President; Enrique Garcia – Treasurer and Janet Mock – Secretary. We would also like to welcome our new board members Oscar Arciniegas, Margaret A. Connolly and Mark Schottler.
Solutions for Care has four branches in Proviso Township to better service our clients. Staff will be on site to provide information on local, state and federal programs that are available to older adults and people with disabilities, such as Benefit Access Application, Medicare Part D plans, Medicare Savings Programs and LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) and many more.
Stop by one of our locations to meet with a bilingual advocate.
Proviso Township (Services no longer offered at this location – updated 2/3/17)
4565 Harrison St. Hillside, IL 60162
Tuesdays from 9am to 4pm
For appointments call 708-449-4305 or 708-49-4307
Westlake Hospital’s Senior Center
1225 W. Lake Street, Melrose Park, IL 60160
Wednesdays from 8:30am to 11am
For appointments call 1-866-938-7256
Sharp Community Center (Services no longer offered at this location – updated 2/3/17)
1609 N. 36th Ave., Melrose Park, IL 60160
Wednesdays from 12:30pm to 4 pm
No appointment needed
Casa Esperanza Community Center
1115 N. 23rd Avenue, Melrose Park, IL 60160
Thursdays from 9am to 4 pm
For appointments call 708-345-3632
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Once a year on June 15, communities and municipalities around the world plan to recognize World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). On this day Solutions for Care will be hosting an information table to share information and spread awareness about abuse, neglect, and exploitation in later life. Visit us in the lobby at 7222 W Cermak between 9:30 and 2pm to learn more about this important issue! Everyone can make a difference, but together, we can unite as one nation. Take a stand against elder abuse!
Important PIPP Program Notice
Solutions for Care would like to share the following information received from CEDA.
1. PIPP participants must re-certify their household size and income annually
2. Effective April 2015 a new PIPP recertification process will be implemented
3. Recipient will be sent a letter notifying them of the time period to re-certify
4. PIPP re-certification can only be completed during this designated time
5. Participants must provide proof of their household income and utilities
6. Applications cannot be started without all required documents
Appointments are required so we advise you call to make an appointment as soon as you receive your re-certification letter
Solutions for Care is a designated CEDA Intake site and is not employed by CEDA. If you have questions or would like to make an
appointment please call us at 708-447-2448.
From our New Executive Director, Sarah Saenz
I am grateful to the Board of Directors at Solutions for Care in placing their support and faith in my ability to lead this agency into a new chapter of its rich history. I have been employed with the agency for over 10 years and have lived in the Berwyn area for over 30 years. I am committed to the older adults and their families that live in Berwyn as well as in Cicero and the Proviso Township.
I have created a new management team to lead our main initiatives. Jorge Velazquez supervises the Aging & Disability Advocates and also participates in agency outreach and community events. Toni Hunter supervises the Adult Protective Services staff and Maricela Meraz supervises the Care Coordinators in the community and in the hospitals. I am excited to be working with these talented individuals.
I am reaching out to our community partners to reconnect and re-establish our agency mission of providing assistance and maintaining individual dignity to all older adults and their families in our communities.
If anyone shares in this vision and would like to become a member of our Board of Directors please contact me for more information!
Solutions for Care
I wish to thank our sponsors, our donors, guest speaker John Kociolko, board members, staff, all attendees and Riverside Golf Club for making this a memorable celebration.
Golden Years and Windsor Place Retirement Homes, Corcoran Ender & Assoc., Addus Healthcare Inc., Brookfield Financial Plans, Inc., City of Berwyn Mayor Robert J. Lovero
Anonymous, Central Federal Bank, Romani’s Bella Fiori, Wil and Nancy Rivera