Chicago Lighthouse Coming to Glenview
Century old social service organization serving visually impaired and blind to open Dec. 10.
The Chicago Lighthouse, a 105-year-old social service organization for the blind and visually impaired, will open its first satellite location in Glenview with a dedication from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at 222 Waukegan Road.
The Village Board unanimously approved the final site plan for the project at its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday.
“We welcome them and look forward to them being part of Glenview,” Village President Kerry Cummings said after the meeting. “They have an important mission in our community.”
Lighthouse Director of Operations Kevin Kupritz anticipates serving more than 28,000 people at the facility. He was at the meeting along with architect Phillip Kupritz who designed the renovation of the property and President and Executive Director Janet Szlyk.
After more than a century of serving blind and visually impaired people in Chicago, Szlyk said the organization selected Glenview because of its central location in the northern suburbs.
“We look forward to serving people in Glenview and the surrounding area,” Szlyk said. “We are proud of our history of service of the blind and visually impaired with education, employment and rehabilitation.”
Trustee Scott Britton was already familiar with the Chicago Lighthouse. He has volunteered at the organization’s Chicago center. “I could not be more excited to have you here,” he said.
Youth Services presents budget
In other business, the Village Board heard presentations from Youth Services on its 2012 budget request and an update on the Glenview Resolution Center which began full operation Saturday. Glenbrook South High School teacher Matt Whipple was also appointed to the Zoning Board of Appeals.
Youth Services is seeking $110,000 from the Village to partially fund its operations which deal with physical well-being, mental health needs and character development of young people in the community.
The agency has provided eye exams and glasses to young people who cannot otherwise afford them as well as dental care, according to Executive Director Nancy Bloom. Funding also comes from local corporations, church groups and community organizations.
Some funding will also come from a telethon from noon Nov. 4 through noon Nov. 5 organized by students at Glenbrook South High School. Some of the organization’s charitable funding has been reduced in recent years.
Resolution Center starts full operation
The Glenview Resolution Center was started in late 2009, according to Director of Administrative Services Amy Ahner.
“It’s intended to be one stop shopping for all of a citizen’s needs,” Ahner said. “We soft launched in 2009 and 2010 gave us a full year of operations.”
The full service operation began Oct. 1 providing general village information as well as answering questions about code enforcement, street repair, snow removal, parkway trees, street lights, water bills, online payments, applications, licenses, new resident information and complaints.
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