Additional Senior Programs
Additional Senior Programs
Each year, Zion Township partners with Kmart to provide a $100.00 prescription credit to 200 low-income seniors in Zion . To qualify, one must be at least 55 years of age with a monthly income of less than $3000, or have at least $100 in prescription costs each month. Eligible seniors may apply any time during the year; but in order to receive the benefit yearly, one must reapply every September.
Anytime, Anywhere 911 Emergency Contact
In cooperation with RSVP and CLUES, Zion Township has established the award winning Anytime, Anywhere Emergency Contact program designed so that senior citizens will have the ability to dial 911 for assistance, anytime, anywhere. The Township collects old cell phones that are refurbished by Mr. Al Hillberg, and then reissued free of charge to interested seniors. These phones work only when a 911 emergency call is made, and do not require a service provider; there are no associated charges involved.
Zion Township accepts cell phone donations between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Donated phones must include chargers.
In June of each year, The Illinois Department of Aging provides coupon booklets that seniors can use to purchase fresh produce. These coupons can be used at Farmers’ Market locations throughout Lake County from mid-June until October 31st. The Township offers these coupon booklets and has a list of distribution sites; so far this year nearly 400 coupon booklets have been distributed to Zion residents. Thanks to the efforts of the City of Zion ‘s Economic Development Office, Zion now has a Farmers’ Market on Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. located near 28 th St. and Sheridan Road , along Elisha Avenue.
On the third Wednesday of each month, the Zion Park District distributes a list of trips scheduled for the following month at the Senior Meeting. These outings may include plays, trips to the Chicago Botanical Gardens , baseball games, concerts, picnics, and four or five extended tours per year to such places as Alaska and Hawaii , including a Caribbean Cruise! Contact Zion Park District at 847-746-5500 for additional information, or just attend the weekly Senior Meeting every Wednesday at 10:00am at the Zion Senior Center at the corner of 27th St. and Emmaus Ave ..
Supervisor Cheri Neal and Eunice Bridges, Youth & Senior Services Manager, visit seniors the 3rd week of each month at the following locations:
Shiloh Towers: 3rd Tuesday 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Carmel House: 3rd Wednesday 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Every 2nd Wednesday of the month from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., Blue Cross Blue Shield Service in the Neighborhood will be at the Zion Senior Center, 27th St. and Emmaus Ave., to answer medical insurance questions.