The Zion Township team is here to help Zion residents
access the programs and services they need.
Mission and Vision
To compassionately challenge Zion residents to overcome hardships and encourage positive life changes.
To eliminate poverty.
Zion Township achieves its mission through teamwork and a commitment to common goals and objectives. We encourage the development of supportive and collaborative efforts that build community and strengthen results. We seek and welcome a diverse staff that brings complementary skills and approaches to the organization.
Zion Township recognizes and encourages personal leadership and creates opportunities to develop professional leadership skills and to contribute to the greater good.
Zion Township promotes the effective flow of information between individuals and organizations working toward achieving our common goals.
Zion Township embodies service and therefore promotes a professional, courteous, cooperative and diverse work environment that fosters mutual respect.
Zion Township is committed to operating with uncompromising integrity in all we do, including managing resources with regard for efficiency and effectiveness.
“Zion Township is just another welfare program wasting tax payer’s money that we don’t need.”
The truth is that an actual disbursement of funds to people in need is just a small fraction of what we do. And when disbursements do happen, we are a stepping-stone for people to gain employment or disability status, or we are a means to an end of a verifiable crisis situation in our resident’s lives. Also, we are the LAST resort and our Emergency Assistance is limited to three occurrences in a lifetime, totaling no more than $800.
“People should be drug tested in order to receive assistance.”
For over a decade, regular drug testing has been an integral part of Zion Township’s General Assistance Program and follow through with assessment recommendations is mandatory to maintain compliance with the program. Currently, counselors at the Nicasa office located in Zion perform drug testing.
“People just don’t know how to budget their money.”
This may be true, which is why Zion Township contracts with Consumer Credit Counseling Services to offer a one-on-one budgeting session to all Zion residents in our office two days per week and require completion of a session prior to receiving Emergency Assistance. In most cases though, our clientele face work layoffs, a disability, reduction of work hours, a car breakdown or some other crisis that has resulted in a verifiable hardship.