Center of Concern, Park Ridge, IL
The Center of Concern, founded in 1979, is a not-for-profit agency offering social services to individuals living in the northwest suburban Chicago area.
The Center’s primary objectives are to assist those in crisis and follow up with supportive services, and to provide support for the homebound elderly and disabled to help them retain their independence. Services are offered under Senior Support, Housing, and Counseling programs.
The Center has an annual budget of approximately $1 million. Financial support for The Center of Concern comes from individuals, local organizations and businesses as well as the United Way, the Park Ridge Community Fund, the cities of Park Ridge and Des Plaines, Maine and Norwood Park Townships, and many corporations and charitable foundations. Program support also includes grants from AgeOptions (the Suburban Area Agency on Aging), the Illinois Department of Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The many services provided by The Center of Concern make a real difference in the quality of life for many in the community. They are furnished without regard to age, sex, disability, race, national origin or financial status. Our services are offered without charge or at nominal cost. The Center of Concern employs 14 professional and support staff. They are assisted by over 200 dedicated volunteers who work in the office or as part of program outreach. In a typical year over 15,000 individuals contact The Center for assistance.
The Center of Concern has a long history and an excellent reputation for providing needed services in the community. It is recognized as a unique agency with a dedicated, caring staff providing valuable services to clients. The Center provides a warm, friendly, and supportive work environment. The Center of Concern completed a strategic plan in December 2010. The plan is a road map and decision making tool enabling The Center to achieve the visions articulated in the areas of Program and Evaluation, Finance and Resource Development, Leadership/Management/Governance, and Communication/Marketing, Public Relations.