Food Pantry

FOOD PANTRY

The Maine Township Emergency Food Pantry provides food on an emergency basis to persons living in the greater Maine Township area. To receive assistance on a continuing basis you must reside in Maine Township.

The first Maine Township Food Pantry program began in 1981 when the Township gave out fifteen food baskets during the Christmas season. Today the Emergency Food Pantry supplies 150 boxes of food every month, which go towards feeding over 300 individuals. Each box is hand packed by township staff and volunteers with dozens of non-perishable food items to help supplement the needs of township residents in distress.

The food is donated by individuals, businesses, and local organizations such as churches, schools, and Scout programs who hold food drives to keep the Food Pantry stocked throughout the year. The Park Ridge Human Needs Task Force has been a regular contributor to the Food Pantry for many years. Monetary or food donations may be dropped off during normal business hours of 9-5 PM Monday through Friday at the Maine Township Town Hall, 1700 Ballard Rd., Park Ridge. You may also mail donations to that address.

The food pantry is open for residents Tuesday and Friday from 1-4:30 PM.

Food Pantry Financial Guidelines

Food Pantry Wish List

The following is a list of items the food pantry is currently most in need of. Please do not donate large food service size cans.

  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Cereal
  • Juice, Juice Boxes, Kool Aid
  • Canned Tuna, Chicken, or Salmon
  • Plain Rice, Rice-A-Roni
  • Canned Fruit, Apple Sauce
  • Crackers
  • Instant Potatoes, Canned White Potatoes
  • Peanut Butter, Jelly (18 oz. maximum size)
  • Bisquick, Pancake Mix, Syrup
  • Prepared Meals – Canned Pasta Meals, Boxed Meals
  • Desserts – Cake, Cookie, & Brownie Mixes, Jell-O, Pudding, Cookies, Frosting
  • Condiments – Ketchup, Mayonaise, Mustard, Pickles
  • Beverages – Coffee, Tea, Hot Cocoa
  • Cooking Supplies – Flour, Sugar, Oil, Salt, Pepper
  • Cleaning Products – Laundry Soap, Dish Soap
  • Paper Products – Paper Towels, Toilet Paper, Kleenex
  • Storage Products – Tin Foil, Plastic Wrap
  • Personal Hygiene Products – Shampoo, Toothpaste, Bath Soap

History

Township History

Founded in 1850, Maine Township is the oldest unit of local government in the area. Maine Township’s mission is to improve the quality of life for its residents by providing services, general assistance, information, and programs in a fiscally responsible manner. During its existence, it has seen its surroundings grow from a predominantly rural farming community to a major metropolitan area with some 130,000 residents.

The Township moved to its current headquarters at 1700 Ballard Road in Park Ridge in 1983. The building was a former church designed by Lloyd Wright, son of the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

From Church to Public Service Center

Maine Township’s Town Hall stands on land originally purchased as farmland by William and Bertha Pump in 1918. They later sold it to a real estate developer. In 1957, the site committee of Good Shepherd Community Church was searching for a permanent location for their parish. Godfrey Lindstrom, a home builder, heard about their search and agreed to set aside two and a half acres at the southwest corner of this new sixty-home subdivision, known as Ballard Gardens, in the unincorporated area north of Park Ridge, Illinois.

Good Shepherd Church commissioned Lloyd Wright, architect of the Wayfarers Chapel at Portuguese Bend, California, to design their building. According to a church pamphlet, Wright said he aimed “to lift on high literally as well figuratively the site above existing flat terrain typifying sense of elevation inherent in religious purpose and structures.”

Declining membership forced Good Shepherd Parish to sell its 20,000-square-foot church building to Maine Township in 1983. Prior to 1983, Township meetings were held in a rented storefront at 2510 Dempster Street in Des Plaines, near Maine East High School. Before the Township could occupy the building, it required $400,000 worth of improvements, including moving the main entrance to what was the rear of the building, and installing elevators.

In the summer of 1995, construction began on an addition to the Town

 

Hall to accommodate the need for more space in General Assistance, Disabled Services and other Township departments. This 7,000-square-foot addition, built for $1.1 million, was designed under the consultation of Dennis Stevens, an architect trained in the building’s original Wrightian style. Work on the addition was completed in May 1996, and provided a double-car garage and additional office space to accommodate increased demand for Township services.

One Part Beauty, One Part Practicality

The Maine Township Town Hall is brick masonry with a steeply sloped asphalt roof bordered with an eight-to-twelve-inch strip of copper, that patinated to a deep shade of green over the past 40-plus years. Its dramatically peaked front and rear roof holds a series of triangular, copper-trimmed skylights running east-to-west. The main meeting room ceiling is at least twenty feet high.

The building’s 27,000 square feet contain the first floor, a fully finished basement and a second story office overlooking the main meeting room that served as the sanctuary for the original church.

An outside berm, now located several feet from the south was originally adjoined the building, making the south wall a living wall, containing plants and a waterfall. The berm separated from the building by a sidewalk now contains a prairie garden showcasing flowers indigenous to original Illinois prairie.

Other Important Dates in Township History
  • 1975 — The Township establishes MaineStay Youth Services to enhance the strengths of the family, prevent juvenile delinquency and help young people become responsible members of the community.
  • 1983 — The Township hosts its first Agency Day, an annual event to encourage networking and cooperation among local social service agencies.
  • 1985 — The Township creates a full-service senior services department, appoints a committee of seniors to help plan activities, and hires a full-time director for the program.
  • 1987 — The Township establishes MaineTRAC (Maine Township Restitution for Adolescent Change), a restitution program for juvenile offenders ages 12 to 17.
  • 1990 — The Township begins a police hireback program to ensure a Cook County Sheriff’s officer is in the unincorporated area at all times during scheduled patrol hours.
  • 1992 — The Township and the North Suburban Council on Employment for Persons with Disabilities sponsor the first Job Fair for the Disabled. The Township also created the Youth Drop-In Center (now the TLC Teen Center) with the cooperation of volunteers in the Maine Township Task Force Against Gangs.
  • 1994 — The Township establishes an in-Township taxi transportation service for disabled residents. The Township also begins offering recreation scholarship for local, low-income youths who wish to participate in day camp and after-school programs.
  • 1995 — The Township receives a Governor’s Home Town Award recognizing the volunteers who helped create and operate the Youth Drop-In Center (now the TLC Teen Center).
  • 1996 — The Township receives a Governor’s Home Town Award recognizing the volunteers who participate in Maine Township’s Neighborhood Watch.
  • 2001 — The Township receives a Governor’s Home Town Award recognizing the Maine Township Food Pantry.
  • 2015 — The Township establishes Recovery Connection to help young adults in recovery avoid returning to alcohol or drug use.
  • 2016 — The Township begins to offer affordable psychiatric services in response to the closing of Maine Center.

General Assistance Summary

GENERAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

Benefit Access Program

The benefits available through this program are:

  • Seniors Free Transit Ride
  • Persons with Disabilities Free Transit Ride
  • Secretary of State License Plate Discount

Annual Gross Household Income Limit for License Plate Discounts and Free Rides:

  • Household of 1 – $27,610
  • Household of 2 – $36,635
  • Household of 3 – $45,657

No paper applications are available. Please call General Assistance at 847-297-2510 x236 to schedule your appointment and obtain a list of documents needed.

Special Discounts

Special discounts are available for vehicle license plates and renewal stickers. To see if you qualify, please call 847-297-2510.

Energy Assistance

Beginning in the fall of each year, our Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) can help low-income persons with a one-time credit toward their winter utility bills. Seniors and disabled individuals apply in October. Seniors, disabled individuals, and families with children under the age of 6 apply in November. Any resident can apply in December.

Monthly (30 days) Gross Household Income Limit:

  • Household of 1 – $1,485
  • Household of 2 – $2,003
  • Household of 3 – $2,520
  • Household of 4 – $3,038
  • Household of 5 – $3,555
  • Household of 6 – $4,073
  • Household of 7 – $4,591
  • Household of 8 – $5,111

Please call General Assistance at 847-297-2510 x236 to schedule your appointment.

Public Aid Advocacy For Medicaid And Food Stamps

If you want help filling out forms to apply for Public Aid or Medicaid, one of our experienced staffers will be happy to assist you! Please call 847-297-2510 to schedule an appointment.

Health Insurance

Maine Township provides free assistance to persons who have problems or questions about their health insurance. Trained Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) representatives can answer questions on health insurance benefits and coverage, particularly Medicare, Medicare Supplements, and Long Term Care Insurance. To make an appointment with our SHIP representative call 847-297-2510.

Prescription Discount Program

Do you have Rx insurance? Stop by Maine Township and pick up your FREE Coast2CoastRx Discount Prescription Card and receive a discount on your prescriptions. Anyone can use the card. It covers drugs not covered in health plans along with many pet prescriptions! Save money on health expenses that are not covered by insurance. Please call 847-297-2510 for more information.

Pharmaceutical Assistance Advocacy Program

This program is for persons using prescription medications for specific ailments. Please call 847-297-2510 for more information.

Senior and Disabled Services

Senior and disabled citizens are an integral and vital part of the Maine Township community. We recognize that some members of our disabled and senior community may occasionally need assistance, and we are here to help. Maine Township has a Senior Disabled Advocate who acts as a clearing house for programs sponsored not only by the township, but also by the state, county, and local government.

Any Maine Township resident who finds himself or herself in a difficult financial, medical or personal situation should visit our offices and speak to one of our trained staff to find out what kind of services may be available to accommodate their needs.

Some programs to inquire about:

Telephone Assistance

This federal program provides discounted phone installation and monthly phone service. Please call 847-297-2510 for more information.

Transportation

Maine Township sponsors a subsidized taxicab program entitled MaineLines. It helps low-income people who are disabled pay for transportation in and around Maine Township. To see if you qualify for this program contact 847-297-2510.

Veterans Benefits Advocacy

Maine Township recognizes that some members of our veterans community may occasionally need assistance, and we are here to help. General Assistance has trained staff that act as a clearinghouse for programs sponsored by the Veterans Administration and are knowledgeable about other agencies and programs that may benefit the veteran.

We will try to assist any veteran who finds themselves in a difficult financial, medical, or personal situation, or any veteran who is frustrated with the forms and “red tape.” Contact our office and speak to one of our staff to find out what kind of services may be available.

FOIA Requests

Freedom of Information Act Requests

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a state statute that provides the public the right to access government documents and records. The law provides that a person can ask a public body for a copy of its records on a specific subject and the public body must provide those records, unless there is an exemption in the statute that protects those records from disclosure (for example, records containing a person’s “private information”).

FOIA requests for inspection or copies may be submitted in writing via personal delivery, mail, fax, or email, directed to:

Maine Township
ATTN: FOIA Officer
1700 Ballard Road
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Phone: 847-297-2510 x222
Fax: 847-297-1335
Email: wtytko@mainetown.com

Please provide as much information as possible on the subject matter to help expedite the search process. For your convenience, you may download a FOIA Request Form or pick one up at Maine Township but are not required to do so. Within five business days of receipt of the request, Maine Township will respond in one of the following ways:

  1. Inform you of when and where the records may be inspected or how a copy may be obtained;
  2. State that more time is needed to fulfill the request, the reason for the delay and when the response or denial will be available. The response or denial will be made within an additional five business days, unless otherwise agreed by the requester; or
  3. Deny the request, or part of the request, and state the reasons for denial.
Designated FOIA Officers
  • Wiesia Tytko, Chief Deputy Clerk
  • Laura J. Morask, Supervisor
  • Kimberly Jones, Trustee
Fees for Copying
  • From the copy machine: $0.15 per page (after the first 50 pages for black and white, letter or legal sized)
  • Oversized copies: Actual cost
  • Color copies: Actual cost
  • Certifying a document: $1.00
Facts About Maine Township

Founded in 1850, Maine Township is the oldest unit of local government in the area. Its boundaries include parts of Park Ridge, Des Plaines, Niles, Glenview, Morton Grove, and Rosemont. Maine Township’s goal is to improve the quality of life for its residents by providing services, general assistance, information, and programs in a fiscally responsible and professional manner.

Maine Township proudly serves its 135,000 residents by way of the following offices and departments:

  • Assessor’s Office
  • Clerk’s Office
  • Code Enforcement Office
  • General Assistance Department (including an Emergency Food Pantry)
  • Highway Department
  • MaineStay Youth & Family Services
  • MaineStreamers
  • Office of Emergency Management
  • Recovery Connection

As of March 1, 2017, Maine Township employs 33 full-time employees, 14 part-time employees, and 5 seasonal employees at Town Hall located at 1700 Ballard Road, Park Ridge, IL 60068. The Maine Township Highway Department employs 7 full-time employees at its offices located at 1401 Redeker Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016.

The highly qualified and dedicated Elected Officials of Maine Township are:

  • Laura J. Morask, Supervisor
  • Peter Gialamas, Clerk
  • Susan Moylan Krey, Assessor
  • Walter Kazmierczak, Highway Commissioner
  • Kimberly Jones, Trustee
  • David A. Carrabotta, Esq., Trustee
  • Claire R. McKenzie, Trustee
  • Susan Kelly Sweeney, Trustee

Staff Directory

STAFF DIRECTORY

Administration
Laura J. Morask | Supervisor | lmorask@mainetown.com | 847-297-2510 x224 | 224-257-4832 (direct)
Dayna Berman | Administrator | dberman@mainetown.com | 847-297-2510 x237 | 224-257-4846 (direct)
Doriene Prorak | Assistant to the Supervisor | dprorak@mainetown.com | 847-297-2510 x251 | 224-257-4829 (direct)
Vicki Rizzo | Administrative Assistant | vrizzo@mainetown.com | 847-297-2510 x281 | 224-257-4828 (direct)
Denise Jajko | Bookkeeper | djajko@mainetown.com | 847-297-2510 x239 | 224-257-4847 (direct)
Tracy Cummings | Receptionist | tcummings@mainetown.com | 847-297-2510 x221

Assessor
Susan Moylan Krey | Assessor | smkrey@mainetown.com | 847-297-2510 x228 | 224-257-4876 (direct)
Elizabeth Coy | Chief Deputy Assessor | lcoy@mainetown.com | 847-297-2510 x227 | 224-257-4866 (direct)
Debra Babich | Deputy Assessor | dbabich@mainetown.com | 847-297-2510 x227 | 224-257-4858 (direct)
Sam Dababneh | Deputy Assessor | sdababneh@mainetown.com | 847-297-2510 x226 | 224-257-4830 (direct)
Dee Phillips | Deputy Assessor | dphillips@mainetown.com | 847-297-2510 x226 | 224-257-4838 (direct)

Clerk
Peter Gialamas | Clerk | pgialamas@mainetown.com | 847-297-2510 x242 | 224-257-4865 (direct)
Wiesia Tytko | Chief Deputy Clerk | wtytko@mainetown.com | 847-297-2510 x222 | 224-257-4864 (direct)
Roz Luburich | Deputy Clerk | rluburich@mainetown.com | 847-297-2510 x225 | 224-257-4842 (direct)
Annette Galante | Deputy Clerk | agalante@mainetown.com | 847-297-2510 x223 | 224-257-4875 (direct)
Cathy Fredericksen | Deputy Clerk | cfredericksen@mainetown.com | 847-297-2510 x225 | 224-257-4842 (direct)

Code Enforcement
Nader Ghazaleh | Code Enforcement Officer | nghazaleh@mainetown.com | 847-297-2510 x259 | 224-257-4840 (direct)

Emergency Management
Dagmar Rutzen | Director | dagmar44@ameritech.net | 847-297-5911

Food Pantry
Carol Langan | Director | clangan@mainetown.com | 847-297-2510 x268 | 224-257-4855 (direct)

General Assistance
Marsha Warnick | Director | mwarnick@mainetown.com | 847-297-2510 x230 | 224-257-4852 (direct)
Kathy Sabbini | Assistant Director | ksabbini@mainetown.com | 847-297-2510 x235 | 224-257-4854 (direct)
John Ulrey | Senior and Disability Information Specialist | julrey@mainetown.com | 847-297-2510 x257 | 224-257-4859 (direct)
Karen Cohen | Disability and Senior Advocate | kcohen@mainetown.com | 847-297-2510 x229 | 224-257-4851 (direct)
Luz Meneses | Caseworker | lmeneses@mainetown.com | 847-297-2510 x231 | 224-257-4860 (direct)
Alicia Brzezinski | Office Manager | abrzezinski@mainetown.com | 847-297-2510 x236 | 224-257-4848 (direct)

Highway Department
Walter Kazmierczak | Highway Commissioner | MTHighway@aol.com | 847-297-5225
Bob Brzezinski | Director | bobmthd@mainetown.com | 847-297-5225
Dawne Hayman | Office and Grant Administrator | dhayman@mainetown.com | 847-297-5225
Peter Douvalakis | Road Maintenance | 847-297-5225
Jason Fox | Road Maintenance | 847-297-5225
Justin Mac Intyre | Road Maintenance | 847-297-5225
Richard Brandes | Road Maintenance | 847-297-5225
Peter Jimenez | Road Maintenance | 847-297-5225

MaineStay Youth & Family Services
Richard Lyon, MA, LCPC, CADC, CAMS-II | Director | rlyon@mainetown.com | 847-297-2510 x261 | 224-257-4869 (direct)
Anna Lydka, MA, LCPC | Assistant Director | alydka@mainetown.com | 847-297-2510 x258 | 224-257-4861 (direct)
Jesse Cornejo, PhD, LCPC | Family Therapist | jcornejo@mainetown.com | 847-297-2510 x274 | 224-257-4863 (direct)
Naomi Bowman, MS, LPC | Family Therapist | nbowman@mainetown.com | 847-297-2510 x273 | 224-257-4849 (direct)
Robert Barder, MA, LPC, AMFT | Family Therapist | rbarder@mainetown.com | 847-297-2510 x270 | 224-257-4856 (direct)
Anne Camarano | Youth Program Coordinator | acamarano@mainetown.com | 847-297-2510 x272 | 224-257-4853 (direct)
Austin Kelso | Office Manager | akelso@mainetown.com | 847-297-2510 x283 | 224-257-4839 (direct)

MaineStreamers
Marie Dachniwsky | Director | mdachniwsky@mainetown.com | 847-297-2510 x260 | 224-257-4834 (direct)
Therese Tully | Assistant Director | ttully@mainetown.com | 847-297-2510 x244 | 224-257-4836 (direct)
Monika Jaroszewicz | Program Coordinator | mjaroszewicz@mainetown.com | 847-297-2510 x252 | 224-257-4835 (direct)
Oksana Bukaczyk | Agency and Program Coordinator | obukaczyk@mainetown.com | 847-297-2510 x275 | 224-257-4841 (direct)

Recovery Connection
Marty Cook | Director | mcook@mainetown.com | 847-297-2510 x233 | 224-257-4871(direct)
Jonathon Kaehn | Peer Advocate | jkaehn@mainetown.com | 847-297-2510 x233 | 224-257-4871 (direct)
Nick Kanehl | Peer Support Advocate | nkanehl@mainetown.com | 847-297-2510 x233 | 224-257-4871 (direct)

Services

ASSESSOR

Property Tax Appeal

Property Tax Exemption

 

 

CLERK

Handicapped Parking Placards

Hunting & Fishing Licenses

Notary

Passports

Vehicle Stickers

Voter Registration

 

 

General Assistance

Benefit Access

Energy Assistance

Prescription Discounts

Public Aid Advocacy

Transportation

 

 

Highway Department

Branch Pickup

Permits

 

 

 

 

 

 

Code Enforcement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food Pantry

 

 

 

 

 

MaineStay Youth & Family Services

Anger Management

Community Service

Family Therapy

Parenting Support

Psychiatric Services

 

 

MaineStreamers

Senior Programs

Senior Expo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recovery Connection