Immediately after the July 4 mass shooting in Highland Park, Family Services of Glencoe was one of the first community organizations to respond.
FSG’s program coordinator, Emily Mysel, was on hand that day to provide mental health assistance, and the local nonprofit has since provided free services to anyone affected by the tragedy.
“We wanted to remove all barriers to trauma treatment…so everyone can get the help they deserve,” Chief Executive Kristina Phillips told the Glencoe Village Board Thursday, August 18.
The work put a strain on Family Services resources, forcing the organization to seek additional funding. Family Services found at least part of it in the village of Glencoe.
The Village Council has approved emergency funding of $30,589 for Glencoe Family Services. Phillips said the funds will support continued free services for Glencoe residents through the rest of 2022.
The Village of Glencoe is a major funder of Glencoe Family Services, already providing the group with $50,000 in 2022 and more than $20,000 each year since at least 2014, according to FSG annual reports.
In a memo to the board, assistant village manager Jonathan Pape wrote that while requests for emergency funding are rare, “funds are available in the general fund.” Pape reiterated the positive financial situation of the Village in 2022 during the meeting of the board of directors.
Phillips told administrators that in the six weeks since July 4, FSG staff served more than 100 people, about half the number served by FSG in 2021 (217) and 2019 (212).
With the influx of requests, Phillips said Family Services recently hired a new counselor whose schedule is already at capacity.
“I went through her calendar today and she has 15 children every week – all new clients,” said Phillips, who added that FSG’s request to Glencoe is one of many she is addressing to the donors.
Earlier in August, the Township of New Trier – another regular funder of Glencoe Family Services – approved $35,000 in emergency funding for the organization.
In English and Spanish, Family Services of Glencoe offers individual counselling, support groups, walk-in services and workplace therapy. The group’s mental health professionals have provided services at city hall, local schools and more.
To learn more about Family Services of Glencoe, visit the organization’s website. Those affected by the Highland Park shooting can call (847) 835-5111.
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