Community Services

Social Work Services

The Social Work staff provides information and referrals for such needs as:
  • Community Resources
  • Employment Resources
  • Help in Home Providers
  • Housing Resources
  • Financial Assistance Providers and Availability
  • Legal Assistance Resources
  • Retirement / Nursing Home Resources
The social workers provide advocacy and short-term counseling for personal difficulties, family problems and other life issues. Long-term counseling needs are referred to outside agencies. The social workers will make a home visit if requested.

Lending Closet

The Lending Closet offers Skokie residents the use of canes, walkers, crutches and wheelchairs for periods up to six months. A lightweight travel wheelchair may be borrowed for 24 hours or through a weekend for a $25 deposit that is refunded upon the wheelchair's return in good condition. 

Standard folding wheelchairs also are available for loan up to six months for a $25 (cash or check only) deposit that is not refunded. At the end of the six-month period, the wheelchair must be returned to the Smith Activities Center in good condition. A driver's license is required for wheelchair loans. Only one six-month wheelchair is permitted per household per year. The Lending Closet is open Monday through Friday by appointment only. Please call the Human Services department for further information, or to schedule a time to pick up a lending closet item.

Home Delivered Meals 

View a video on the Skokie Home Delivered Meals Program

Participants in the Home Delivered Meals Program receive one hot meal daily, Monday through Friday. Meals are delivered between 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The meals are delivered by a caring and committed corps of volunteers.

To be eligible for the Program the applicant must be:
  • Homebound
  • Physically unable to prepare hot meals
  • A Skokie resident
The program ensures a nutritionally balanced meal five days a week. The cost of the meal is $4.75 per day. There is a limited subsidy available, on a case-by-case basis.

Dining Services

Read a helpful Brochure on the Congregate Dining Services (PDF) offered to Senior Citizens of Skokie.