An orientation session will be offered on November 8 at 9 a.m. at the Lombard Village Hall to community groups and organizations wishing to learn more about the referral program. There is no charge for the orientation session.
The program, which was recommended by the Village's Community Relations Committee, aims to assists residents of Lombard with various social services. Its purpose is to "assist distraught victims which allows emergency personnel to concentrate on departmental tasks and less on social/psychological needs of the victims," as stated by the Association for Individual Development. Prior to this program, some of these situations were being responded to by police officers or firefighters, keeping them from being available for emergency or other calls for service.
The Village has held orientation sessions for employees and community partners to educate them on the program, how it works and what services are offered. In addition, Victim Services, the agency the Village has contracted with for these services, has offered to make a presentation to any community group, school, church group or others who are interested in learning about the program and its offerings.
"Whether the hotline is called once a month or 100 times a month, the Village is paying the same amount," said Joanne Furnas, Director of Crisis Services for the Association for Individual Development of which Victim Services is a part. "Our hope is
that no one ever has to use these services but if they do, we are here," she added.
To inquire about a speaker for a community meeting, please contact Joelyn Kott, Communications Coordinator, at (630) 620-5718 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no charge for the presentations as they are a part of the Village's contract with the agency.
"Several community groups have attended the orientation session and are very grateful to have access to these services," said Kott. "Thus far, Lombard elementary schools, the middle school, high schools, the library and some places of worship, as well as the Tri-Town YMCA, have participated in prior orientation sessions. The hope is to educate additional community partners on the service so that necessary referrals can be made, Kott added.
Referrals may be made by anyone on behalf of the Village. To make a referral or for self-help, call the 24-hour crisis line at (630) 966-9393 and ask for "victim services." To register for the orientation session, please contact Kott at (630) 620-5718.