News from the Reference Desk Category: Community

Have Your Voice Heard!

The Village of Mount Prospect is providing opportunities for members of the communities to have their voices heard in regards to the future of Mount Prospect.

Coffee with Council – New “Open House” FormatImage result for coffee with council

Tomorrow, Saturday, December 8th, drop in to Coffee with Council which now has a new “Open House” format to accommodate residents’ busy holiday schedules. Village elected officials and staff will be available for an informal chat about anything concerning Mount Prospect – drop in anytime between 9 and 11am. Come as you are, go as you please – families are welcome. While you’re there, enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee and a sweet treat.

Call 847-818-5300 for more information. Coffee with Council is typically held on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

Image result for village of mount prospect strategic planContribute to the 2019 Strategic Plan

Village staff and elected officials would appreciate your thoughts on what they should include in the 2019 Strategic Plan. They have provided an open-response online survey which is open now through January 6, 2019 and can be found here:  Click here to view and complete the survey.

Don’t know what is included in a Strategic Plan? Each year since 2015, Village staff and Village Board work together to complete a Strategic Plan. This document helps identify top and high priority projects which will be the focus for various departments in the following year. Both immediate and longer-term items (5, 15 years into the future) are addressed in the Strategic Plan, which also includes overall Vision, Goals, and Action Items. To take a look at a 2-page compressed view of 2018’s 200+ page strategic plan, try taking a look at last year’s Strategic Plan Implementation Guide In Brief. 

New Non-Profit Moves In

Image result for lemons of loveLemons of Love, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that creates, fills, and delivers chemo care packages to those in need, has recently moved into Mount Prospect.

The new location of their Cancer Resources Center is right in the heart of town at 406 W. Central. The building turned out beautiful and they cannot wait to support the cancer community in so many ways!

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Getting Help to Stay in Your Home

Many individuals would like to stay in their homes as they grow older but need help to make this happen.  For people living in the Northwest Suburbs that help is now available.  North West Housing Partnership is administering the CAPABLE (Community Aging in Place, Advancing Better Living for Elders) program.  The goal of this program is to help senior citizens remain in their homes as long as possible.  This is a pilot program modeled on one developed at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland and is the first of its kind in the Chicago area. The program helps seniors who are cognitively intact and able to stand (with or without assistance) to overcome barriers to independent living.  CAPABLE includes the services of an occupational therapist, a registered nurse and a vetted and insured handyman.  Seniors in Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Mount Prospect, Palatine and Rolling Meadows are eligible to receive a limited number of at home visits and up to a day of repairs by the handyman.  These services occur over a four-month time frame.  The only costs are for the handyman work and materials.  To apply for the CAPABLE program, seniors or their caregivers must contact North West Housing Partnership by calling (847) 969-0561 or by emailing Robyn Sandys, the executive director of North West Housing Partnership, at

Community Resources Highlight

Are you or someone you know dealing with homelessness or displacement? Below are a list of agencies who can help.

Journeys | The Road Home

Northwest Compass

The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division

The Salvation Army Des Plaines Corp Community Center

Catholic Charities – North/Northwest

The Harbour (For Youth)

For a PADS Shelter schedule, more information on the above agencies, or other help please come to the Research Desk on the 2nd Floor of the library.

Livability Index

In June 2018 AARP released its Livability Index which is a tool of the AARP Livable Communities program. This index rates every U. S. city, town and neighborhood in seven categories.  The categories include Health, Housing, Engagement, Opportunity, Environment, Neighborhoods and Transportation. The data used to compile the ratings comes from 50 sources. Mount Prospect’s rate is 53. The Livability Index is a great source for people who are moving, planning a retirement location or just for those curious about how neighboring communities compare.