Highland Park and Clergy Collaborate to Meet Community Needs

Mayor Nancy Rotering with local clergy at a recent meeting at city hall. – Highland Park photo

Mayor Nancy Rotering convenes reps from many denominations at quarterly meetings

Representatives from denominations across the religious spectrum met with Mayor Nancy Rotering at Highland Park City Hall last week as part of an on-going effort to address human service needs, increase equity and inspire civic engagement throughout the community. This group serves as a direct line to the City, strategically enhancing communication and connecting community members to a multitude of initiatives that benefit the day-to-day lives of those who live and work in our area. As part of the meetings, non-profit partners are often invited to educate and raise awareness of services and critical issues facing the community.

The outcome of the recent meeting resulted in plans to assist with the assessment and communication of expanded transit services available to seniors via the Senior Connector, as well as free income tax return preparation assistance offered by Moraine Township for low and moderate income residents.

“People often go to their faith and community leaders in search of guidance, comfort and assistance. Too often, they do not know where to access programs, services and even discover opportunities to make a difference,” said Mayor Rotering. “Since its inception, this group has been vital in forging partnerships, connecting our most vulnerable neighbors with services that address quality of life issues, and bringing the community together to address challenges before us.”

The outcome of the recent meeting resulted in plans to assist with the assessment and communication of expanded transit services available to seniors via the Senior Connector, as well as free income tax return preparation assistance for low and moderate income taxpayers offered by Moraine Township. In addition, the group plans to collaborate on drug abuse prevention via Community. The Anti-Drug and assist with raising awareness of specific legal services available at the Highland Park – Highwood Legal Aid Clinic.

In 2013 Mayor Rotering created the all-volunteer Human Services Task Force (HSTF) to assess needs and inventory services available to the community. The HSTF identified area clergy as a group that could help assist with outreach and programs. In 2014 the growing group of clergy began meeting quarterly with the mayor at city hall. Among topics discussed are domestic abuse prevention, food insecurity, promoting volunteer opportunities, gun violence prevention awareness, anti-bullying, inclusivity, and prevention of child abuse.

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