The Social Services Unit is comprised of professional, licensed social workers and counselors. All services are designed to improve family relations, school, and, interpersonal relationships. Services provided may also encompass intervention and prevention of behavioral problems that can lead to criminal activities. All services are free to residents of Elgin and may include the following:
- Crisis intervention
- Crisis counseling
- Family counseling
- Individual counseling
- Information and referrals to other community resources
- Legal advocacy
These services address issues that may have involved a police incident or a self-referral with the goal being to assist individuals to function at their best with their families, at their place of work, or school. The Social Services Unit helps people of all ages and backgrounds resolve their conflicts and obtain the necessary resources to improve their quality of life. The unit is also committed to assisting victims and witnesses of crimes. This assistance provides support to victims of crime with the difficulties that often result from victimization. On request, the unit will provide presentations to civic groups regarding community concerns on topics related to family violence and juvenile delinquency.
Social Service Programs
“Girl Talk” is an educational program for girls of all ages that strives to reduce their propensity toward violent behavior. This program can be incorporated into any school or community initiative whose goal is to reduce violence among girls. For more information about this program contact JoAnn Stingley.