Family Fun Fest!

Looking for something fun to do as a family? Without technology?

FSG, together with the Glencoe Park District and The Grand Food Center, are pleased to host Family Fun Fest, on Sunday, March 12, 2-4pm. Ride your bike or walk on over to the Takiff Center for a free afternoon filled with exciting activities, sports, crafts, music, dance performances, and delicious snacks.

Additional community partners include Cultural Care Au Pair, Glencoe Social Club, North Shore School of Dance, and The Woman’s Library Club of Glencoe.

This community favorite event is free and open to the public. Hope to see you there!

For more information, please call 847-835-5111 or email

Turning Up the Heat for FSG’s Fiesta Benefit

Family Service of Glencoe (FSG) is pleased to announce our annual benefit, Glencoe Under the Stars, being held Saturday, May 20, 6:00 p.m. at Skokie Country Club.

Benefit Co-Chair, Amy Maher, explains “This event brings families together. Glencoe is a small town addressing big city issues and FSG impacts the lives in our community in a very real and meaningful way.”

FSG provides confidential, high-quality therapy and crisis care to all who live or work in Glencoe, regardless of their ability to pay. Additionally, parent discussion groups and community education talks encourage positive dialogue about mental health and family-related issues.

Nicole Hayek, Benefit Co-Chair, adds “FSG has served as a lifeline to individuals and families for more than 100 years. As a parent of Glencoe children, I view FSG as one of the most important resources that helps protect and strengthen our children and our neighbors. While our village is affluent, currently 60% of FSG’s clients qualify, based on income, to receive counseling services at a reduced rate. ”

Benefit proceeds will allow FSG to continue to offer critical services to those in need. Our clinical team currently supports individuals and families who are struggling with anxiety, depression, addiction, bullying, and other emotional and psychological challenges.

“With this year’s theme, Fiesta,” Maher continues, “we encourage our guests to dress in cocktail attire with a hint of fiesta such as embroidery, lace or bright colors. It will be a fun evening, filled with exciting items to bid on in our live and silent auctions, a delicious Mexican-inspired dinner, and dancing with Charizma Entertainment.”

Underwriting opportunities are available for individuals and businesses. Tickets are $250 per person, and will be available for purchase online in March. Visit, or call our office at 847-835-5111 for more details.

Hand in Hand with Our Seniors

Family Service of Glencoe (FSG) is proud to announce a new initiative Hand in Hand with Our Seniors. Led by FSG’s new senior program intern Cortney Marks and overseen by FSG therapist Chuck Hutchcraft, this initiative aims to gain an in-depth understanding of senior life in Glencoe.

Although we recently conducted an assessment of senior needs, the ethnographic study will enable us to obtain new data through a study of the culture of senior life in Glencoe. Our goal is to learn from older residents in their own environment about attitudes, values, concerns, needs, and interests. The study is completed through participant observation and face-to-face interviewing.

Cortney Marks is a graduate student at Loyola University working to complete a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Cortney will conduct 1:1 interviews with seniors in the village beginning in February and continue through summer as needed. One-on-one interviews may take place in your home or at a public space in Glencoe.

The information gleaned from our Glencoe residents will guide FSG in developing programming that will ensure the comfort and safety of all villagers throughout their lifespan. “I look forward to meeting the elders of Glencoe,” Cortney commented. “FSG’s Hand in Hand with Our Seniors initiative will lay the foundation for programs that not only keep our older residents vital but keep the village vital for generations to come.”

Through in-depth study, we hope to create and maintain programs that enrich the lives of our Glencoe seniors and all who have the privilege of interacting with them. If you are interested in participating, please call the FSG office at 847-835-5111 or e-mail

Second Annual Glencoe #KindnessChallenge

Family Service of Glencoe (FSG) invites Glencoe residents and employees to participate in our second annual community #KindnessChallenge February 12-18, 2017 in conjunction with Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Week. This initiative is about connecting with others through acts of kindness. There are many ways to reach out to those in our homes, jobs, and communities at little or no cost such as holding a door for someone, giving away your seat on the train, saying hello to a stranger, or thanking someone for a job well done.

Similar to last year, we are asking community members to be on the lookout for kindness. When you “catch” someone being kind, honor them with a blue heart sticker. Stickers will be available through FSG, our challenge partners (see below), and participating local businesses.

New this year, there will be kindness activities held throughout RAK Week to give Glencoe children and adults the opportunity to give and receive kindness in meaningful ways. (See activity listing below.)

The Glencoe community is invited to share their stories on social media using #KindnessChallenge.

The results of FSG’s 2014 needs assessment guide the #KindnessChallenge. The survey revealed that 30% of Glencoe respondents feel they lack an adequate social support network and 36% noted that they feel lonely or isolated. “Social interactions help us grow as individuals and develop a supportive social network to help us in life’s challenges,” said Lisa Cardonick, Communications Chair on the FSG Board of Directors. “The kindness challenge is one step in acknowledging, affirming and supporting those around us.”

We are pleased to announce several partners in our kindness challenge: BlackSheep General Store, Glencoe School District 35, Glencoe Park District, Glencoe Junior Kindergarten, Glencoe Junior High Project, Glencoe Youth Services, Glencoe Public Library, KIND Snacks, Signature of Art, Sweet Buddha, Welcome to Glencoe Group, The Woman’s Library Club of Glencoe, and The Wild Child. Blue heart stickers may be picked up at one of these locations or at participating local businesses with a kindness challenge sign posted.

RAK Week Kindness Activities

Sunday, February 12

Glencoe Roast Coffee
700 Vernon Avenue, Glencoe

Stop by the Roast and write a thank you note to Glencoe Public Safety and place it in our fishbowl. FSG will make the delivery for you.

Monday, February 13
Sweet Buddha
660 Vernon Avenue, Glencoe

Offering a free Stomp and Shout Class for children ages 9 months – 4 years. Open to the first 15 children. To sign up, please email

At the center of a Stomp and Shout class is music! Music helps develop language skills, self-esteem, listening and math skills, and gives us an amazing foundation to explore using our big beautiful imaginations. We’ll go on adventures, move our bodies in cool kid ways, imagine ourselves as different people, make stories sing, and jam-out on our instruments.  If they’re lucky, we’ll let the grownups come along for the ride! Class runs 45 minutes. Adults participate too.

Tuesday, February 14
Glencoe Metra Train Station

FSG volunteers are offering a KIND Snacks breakfast and morning cheer to commuters.

Wednesday, February 15
BlackSheep General Store
346 Park Avenue, Glencoe

Showing kindness to customers through free coffee/cider at the store.

Thursday, February 16
Glencoe Park District
999 Green Bay Road, Glencoe

Write an encouraging note to a home-bound Glencoe senior and place it in our fishbowl. FSG will make the delivery for you. Park District preschoolers will participate in a kindness parade on this day.

Thursday, February 16
Glencoe Public Library Hammond Room
320 Park Avenue, Glencoe

Hosting a kindness-themed Tales for Tots story hour for all ages with parent or caregiver. Read, sing, talk, and play to build early literacy skills! Join us for stories, songs and more, followed by time for socialization and play.

Saturday February 18
Signature of Art Gallery of Fine Art & Custom Framing
715 Vernon Avenue, Glencoe

Kindly hosting a free ARTogether Class for children ages 5 and older. Available for up to 15 children. To sign up, please email

Families are invited to sign up to complete a collaborative, creative project that they will bring home at the end of the 90-minute session.

Also Happening This Week

The Legacy Project

Family Service of Glencoe (FSG) is pleased to partner with Glencoe Junior High Project (GJHP) on a new program, The Legacy Project: Connecting Generations through Story, designed to connect middle school students with community elders through the sharing of stories via interviews. This collaborative project echoes the oral traditions of the past with a little help from modern technology.

Facilitated by FSG Staff Therapist, Chuck Hutchcraft, LCSW, and GJHP Executive Director Audra Donnelly, The Legacy Project will provide enriching experiences for all participants. Both students and seniors will gain different perspectives on life and acquire a sense of curiosity by looking through the lenses of a generation other than their own.

Students will learn, and develop through hands-on experience, the art of interviewing. They will also review social and political history encompassing a senior’s life span as well as issues related to aging.

Seniors will have the opportunity to look back, see value in their lives, and share wisdom and knowledge. “As we approach and through our later years, telling our stories, the sharing of who we are, becomes ever more important,” notes Hutchcraft. “It provides the opportunity to look back over our lives and see that they mattered and still matter.”

The inter-generational project takes place over eight sessions February 16 through April 13 on consecutive Thursdays, 3-5pm, at the Central School Oasis. Stories and the experience of telling and hearing those stories will be shared on April 20. FSG is looking for older Glencoe residents willing to be interviewed by a Central School student. Seniors will meet with students for five sessions. Please confirm your interest by Tuesday, January 31. For more information, or to sign up to participate, please email or call 847-835-5111.

We are halfway to our goal! Thank you, Glencoe!

Through the kindness of our community, FSG is able to care for friends and neighbors in crisis. This list represents 162 families who are bringing hope to those who are courageously seeking social-emotional support. Thank you, Glencoe, for making our work possible. Because of you, we are meeting needs in our own backyard.

There is still time to give. Make your donation online or call our office at 835-5111.

This year’s annual appeal donors (as of December 20, 2016):

Holiday Support

dscn0071The holiday season is here. Our culture pushes us towards the perfect holiday. For some its a joyous time. For others, this time of year can be difficult. Know that you are not alone. Our experienced clinical team offers support for family relationships, grief and loss, anxiety and depression, and other concerns. If we can support you through the holidays, please call our office at 835-5111 so we can connect you with a counselor.

Please note: We are closed on Thursday and Friday, November 24 and 25 for Thanksgiving. We reopen on Monday, November 28.

Preview the Winter Glencoe Quarterly

winter-2016-gq-final-1The Glencoe Quarterly is a combined newsletter published jointly by the Village, the Park District, School District 35 and Family Service of Glencoe. This publication is mailed four times each year to all Glencoe residents and includes current topics of interest and general information about services and programs.

Read the current issue online here: Winter Quarterly 2016. In this edition, FSG has put together a variety of articles related to the needs of seniors and those who care for them.

We are here to help. If you or your family need support, please contact us at 847-835-5111 or

Senior Discussion Group Series: Vibrant Living

Update: At the request of participants, the discussion group will continue monthly. Our next meeting is Thursday, January 19 at 1pm at the Glencoe Public Library.

Family Service of Glencoe (FSG) is hosting a new discussion group series for senior men and women focused on vibrant living.

Senior Discussion Group Series: Vibrant Living

Glencoe seniors are invited to come together to share ideas and gain new perspectives on a variety of topics related to this season of life. Facilitated by FSG staff counselor Joan Merlo, LCSW, participants will discuss how to best cultivate purpose, define new priorities, and practice mindfulness in their personal lives and relationships. Discussions will be lively—filled with both humor and inspiration. Participants will collaborate on ideas for future topics.

Thursday, December 8
Finding Balance in Caring for Your Emotional & Physical Health
•  Defining new priorities with perspective & humor
•  Cultivating purpose, creativity & resilience

Thursday, December 15
The Challenges & Rewards of Maintaining Nourishing Relationships
•  Becoming the parents, grandparents & friends we hope to be
•  Practicing mindfulness, attuned communication & ways to share our life lessons

FSG’s discussion groups are a safe place to connect and learn from one another. “The key to healthy aging is to stay active and connected,” says Merlo. “I hope many residents will join us to explore opportunities for personal growth and perhaps begin some new friendships as well.”

Open to the public, this free series takes place on consecutive Thursdays, 9-11am, at the Glencoe Public Library, a partner in FSG’s expanded services to seniors. Reservations requested for one or both dates. For more information, or to rsvp, please email or call 847-835-5111.

We’ve Reached 25% of Our Goal Because of You!

everyhomeOur work – outreach and education, counseling, and crisis care – is possible because you give. Thank you for standing with those who are courageously seeking social-emotional support. We reach out to friends and neighbors to help us raise funds to care for those in our community who cannot afford to pay for services. Because of your kindness, we are at 25% of our goal. Thank you, Glencoe!

This year’s annual appeal donors (as of November 14, 2016):


Your gift brings hope to families in need. While our community as a whole is affluent, not every household has the means to pay for clinical services. Currently 60% of our counseling clients receive services at a reduced rate based on income. Please donate today.