The Senior Resource Center is limiting entrance to its buildings in Stephenson and Jo Daviess counties to employees only until further notice because of the risk of COVID-19 and community spreading of the virus. If you need assistance, please call (815) 235-9777 to schedule an appointment.
Please remember that all Senior Resource Center group social activities have been suspended until further notice.
Pretzel City Area Transit is operating but only providing essential transportation such as trips to work, day care, medical appointments or to pick up a prescription or groceries. Cloth face coverings are required of all riders.
Thank you for your understanding and support. As always, please stay safe and healthy.
Scams Continue to Be Concern
During the current COVID-19 pandemic, many scams unfortunately are arising. Here are links dealing with fraudulent tests, vaccines and treatments as well as a information about schemes related to economic impact payments.
IRS issues warning about Coronavirus-related scams; watch out for schemes tied to economic impact payments
Funds Available for Seniors Affected by COVID-19
The Senior Resource Center is able to offer a Safety Net for Seniors affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to a $7,500 grant from the Northwest Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund established by the Freeport Community Foundation and United Way of Northwest Illinois. We are so grateful to the foundation and United Way for this grant during this difficult time!
The Senior Resource Center’s Safety Net for Seniors Program is helping older individuals in Stephenson and Jo Daviess counties. It is providing increased access to emergency food and household supplies, utility assistance, direct financial assistance for unplanned household expenses, short-term rental or mortgage support, transportation assistance for out-of-county medical appointments and personal protective equipment for staff.
If you or someone who you know can benefit from the Safety Net for Seniors Program, please call us at the Senior Resource Center, 815-235-9777, and ask for Information and Assistance. We are here to help!
Take Care of Yourself, Others
If you are feeling lonely, afraid, angry, hopeless or some other emotion during this trying time, be sure to practice good self care. This is also important if you are a caregiver. Try to get 6 to 8 hours of sleep each night, eat healthy, get indirect sun, take time out for entertainment even if it is listening to music or reading a book and give back by writing a thank you note to an essential worker or a friend.
If you need to talk, a variety of resources are available including a Friendship Line for both non-emergency emotional support calls and a crisis intervention line. It is the only accredited crisis line in the country for people aged 60 and beyond. Call 1-800-971-0016. A Warm Line is a team of wellness support specialists who focus on mental health and support. Call 866-359-7593, option 2, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you would like to text, the Illinois Call4Calm Text Line is a free 24/7 service for people seeking emotional support due to the stress related to COVID-19. Text TALK to 552020 for English or HABLAR for Spanish.