1711 W. Algonquin Road Mount Prospect, IL 847/506-4930
11 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Friday prior to the 2nd Saturday of each month
11 a.m.- 3 p.m. 2nd Saturday of every month
Philosophy of the Center
The vision of the Center is to create a healthy Mount Prospect community by providing a pathway to Village services, social services, medical health, personal safety, library services, quality education, economic self-sufficiency, jobs, cultural enrichment and other services for all residents.
The Village has developed partnerships with various local community and social services agencies, which has resulted in an increase in the level of services available for residents. These partnerships have created a “one stop shopping” for assistance by making available a wide range of services that complement each other. The Center receives grant funds from Elk Grove Township and a Community Development Block Grant. The Mount Prospect Public Library developed the South Branch, which provides needed library services to this area of town.
The Center is located in an area of town with a high concentration of low/moderate income families. The Center is easily accessible, and is located within a ½ mile radius of many residents and businesses of multiple diverse cultures, ethnic and racial makeup.
History of the Center
Since the early 1990’s, the Village had considered developing a resource center to be located in the south part of town, but did not have the resources to implement the project. In 2007, the Village received a grant of $50,000 from the Chicago Community Trust to perform a feasibility study for a resource center. This feasibility study was comprised of three components: a needs assessment, development of an operating budget and a sustainability plan. In 2008, the Chicago Community Trust awarded the Village a second $50,000 grant to work on start-up costs, marketing and business plans. In 2009, the Village was awarded a third $50,000 grant to help fund the Center.
As the Center’s lead agency, the Village of Mount Prospect worked with other services providers in the community to gain their support and involvement.
Community Connection Center Staff
- Human Services Department
The Human Services Department’s Esther Martinez, LSW, is the Community Connections Center’s Coordinator. She works with all Village departments and partner agencies to ensure that a general cooperation and cohesive working relationship exists between the Center’s agencies, that referrals take place among the Center’s programs and that all partners take a global view of providing services to the community. She also works with individuals and families to enhance their social, mental & physical well being.
- Police Department
The Police Department, through the work of Katy Sromek, develops collaborative relationships among individuals, businesses and organizations. Katy develops and implements solutions to specific problems that are identified through these collaborative relationship. She provides education to residents and business owners regarding crime, crime prevention & problem solving, as well as provides information on local, state, federal and traffic laws. Katy also works closely with the preteen and teenage groups and develops programs for youth that instill community involvement.
- Other Village Departments
The Fire Department, Community Development, Public Works and Village Administration Departments will schedule appointments, provide information and hold presentations from time to time at the Center.
Village of Mount Prospect and Community Partner Agency contact information:
Community Partner Agencies
- Library South Branch
The South Branch of Mount Prospect Public Library is a storefront library easily accessible to residents on the south side of Mount Prospect. The library offers books, magazines, movies, music, and more! Our collection includes General Educational Development (GED), English Language Learners (ELL) and English as a Second Language (ESL) materials. In addition, residents can find books and magazines in English, Spanish, and Polish. Patrons can use reading areas, computers, free WIFI, and checkout library materials. The South Branch also offers a variety of programs for children, teens and adults all year long. South Branch staff provides reader advisory and reference services to patrons who speak English, Polish, and Spanish.
South Branch Contact Information:
The Village welcomes you to stop by during the Center’s hours to look around and/or take advantage of the wide range of services.