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Executive Director’s Letter

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for older persons.

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LETTER FROM EXECUTIVE DIRECTORBarry Low res_0011

Spring! A time when all those sleepy trees start to bud, crocus and daffodils bravely reach out to the sun and we see the familiar Robin searching for worms again. After the gray winter months give up their darkness, the sunlight appears earlier and we see the colors of nature in bright greens, yellow and purple. Okay, can you tell I love spring? From parkas to jackets spring brings new hope in every area of life.

For Senior Services it is also a time of new adventures that support our mission to provide services to seniors in Will County. A year ago we were in the midst of large scale layoffs and still holding on to a quarter of a million dollars in debt. But due to the sacrifices of a dedicated staff we paid off that debt and now are just a proud owner of a mortgage. We stabilized our finances and have actually reached out to staff to return to work with us on a firmer foundation. Hopefully, Springfield will have worked out the details on a budget so we can plan our future more assuredly.

We have expanded our reach into Will County by opening up offices in Plainfield and Monee. We already have clients all over the County, but staff had to return to the office in Joliet rather than remain in their territory. So we invited Plainfield Township and the Will County Health Department to link arms and provide greater access to programs for seniors.

The Plainfield office is found inside the Plainfield Township Community Center located at 15014 S Des Plaines Street, in downtown Plainfield, Illinois. The Monee office is located within the health department offices in a shopping center at 5601 W Monee/Manhattan Road in Monee, Illinois. Right now the hours are limited but the good news is we have dropped anchor and plan to do a great deal of outreach. Even better, no matter where you live you can still reach any location by calling the main number of 815-723-9713.

Then we are looking toward how we can reach our north and south ends of our county following a similar model. All with one word in mind, “access.” If we are closer and have more programs we will better serve the older Americans who live here.

I would like to end this letter with a note of gratitude. Many of you know I had a heart attack November 30th and triple bypass surgery soon after. Thanks to an amazing staff keeping our mission alive, most of you probably didn’t even notice. They pushed on to make sure that our service continued in every way possible. Finally, thank you to so many of you for your prayers, kind words and greeting cards which lifted my spirit during my recovery. Doctors are surprised by the speed of my recovery and I know it is because of all of you.

 

Best to you all!

Barry

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