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Catholic Charities Benefits Enrollment Center helps seniors apply for aid

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Catholic Charities Northwest Senior Services has a new program to assist seniors and persons with disabilities in identifying and applying for various benefit aid programs for which they may be eligible.

Applying for the Medicare Savings Plan or other government funded assistance can be overwhelming, but Catholic Charities has trained volunteers who are committed to helping eligible seniors complete the applications. Benefit applications include: Medicare Savings Plan, Extra Help (prescriptions), SNAP, Medicaid, and Benefit Access.

To participate:

• Call (847) 253-5500 and ask for the Benefits Enrollment Center to schedule a screening phone call.

• After completing this screening call, if you are identified as potentially eligible for assistance, a private "Enrollment Appointment" can be set at the Catholic Charities office or outpost locations: Arlington Heights Senior Center, Wheeling Pavilion Senior Center, or Hanover Township Senior Center.

Catholic Charities Northwest Senior Services is located at 1801 W. Central Road, in Arlington Heights. The office provides services for older adults and their caregivers in Barrington, Hanover, Palatine, and Wheeling Townships. For information, please call (847) 253-5500 or access the website at

Catholic Charities Northwest Region Office is at 1717 Rand Road, in Des Plaines. The office serves the communities of: Barrington, Bartlett, Hanover Park, Dundee, Palatine, Inverness, Rolling Meadows, Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Prospect Heights, Wheeling, Mount Prospect, Des Plaines, Harwood Heights, Schiller Park, Franklin Park, Elgin, Elk Grove Village, Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Streamwood. For information about the Northwest Region Office, call (847) 376-2100.

Helping people in need for more than 95 years, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago is one of the largest private, nonprofit social service agencies in the Midwest, annually assisting more than 1 million persons in Cook and Lake counties without regard to religious, ethnic or economic background. Catholic Charities fulfills the church's role in the mission of charity by providing compassionate, competent, professional services that strengthen and support individuals, families and communities.

For information about Catholic Charities programs or services other than the one describes above, contact Kristine Kappel, (312) 655-7019 or