social workers


Our Social Workers Jackie Walker-O’Keefe and Holly Zimmermann, administer our General Assistance Program and serve as intake liaisons for Access to Care. They also provide information and referrals for community resources, employment assistance and financial assistance.




General Assistance – A monthly grant paid directly to a landlord, pharmacy or utility company to assist with basic living expenses. An application is required along with documentation. A typical client is:

 1) unemployed but looking for work and has used up unemployment benefits; or 

2) disabled and has filed a disability claim with Social Security.


Emergency Assistance – Please contact our social workers for the parameters.


Access to Care – A medical assistance program in Cook County that provides services to income eligible residents who have no health care insurance.  Niles Township is an intake site for Access to Care.  You may be eligible if you are a resident of suburban Cook County with:

1) a family income of less than 200% of the federal poverty guidelines (i.e., $44,300 or less for a family of four) 

2) no health insurance and ineligible for Medicare or Public Aid. Non-Refundable Annual Enrollment Fees are:  $20.00 for one person,

  $40.00 for two people and

  $50.00 for three or more adult members in one family (this applies to husband, wife, and number of children 19 to 21 ONLY.)  Children 18 years and under are NOT charged an enrollment fee.

 Access to Care Offers:

Doctor Office Visits – $5.00

Prescription Medication – $10.00, $20.00, $30.00

Lab Tests and X-Rays – $5.00

Contact our social workers for an appointment to complete an application at (847) 673-9300.