Senior Citizen Resources
Our senior residents may require assistance with a variety of needs including food, clothing, repairs and medical needs.
The Elmhurst Walk-In Assistance Network located at 125 W Church St in Elmhurst provides assistance with rent, utilities, car repair, medical needs and gas. They coordinate access to local food pantries and clothes closets, and fund essential dental care through their partner dentists. During the current situation they are taking all requests for assistance over the phone. All calls will be returned during their regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 10-12. Please call 630-782-6006 to connect with the Elmhurst Walk-In Assistance Network.
Both the Immaculate Conception Food Pantry located at 134 Arthur Street in Elmhurst and the Elmhurst Yorkfield Food Pantry located at 1083 S York Rd, in Elmhurst are currently open during their regularly scheduled hours. If you are a new client, please call the site to get registered before visiting at 630 -782-1066.
As long as the shelter-in-place order is in place, visits to the IC Food Pantry will also be processed over the phone. Upon arrival, call the Elmhurst Walk In Assistance Network at 630-782-6006. They will register your visit and notify the food pantry. Your prepackaged food bag will be placed outside the pantry door with your name on it. The pantry regrets that it cannot offer free choice at this time.
The Elmhurst Yorkfield Food Pantry, like the IC Food Pantry, will be packing boxes of food for you and putting them directly in your trunk.
Below is a listing of additional resources that are available to senior citizens during this time. Please contact the organization directly for any questions.
- The DuPage County Community Services located on 421 N. County Farm Road in Wheaton offer emergency assistance. Please call 630-407-6500 for this service
- The DuPage Senior Citizens Council located at 1990 Springer Drive in Lombard offers Meals on Wheels – a senior meal delivery service and emergency home repairs. Please call 630-620-0804 for this service.
- The Metropolitan Family Services at 209 N. York Street offer counseling services to seniors. Please call 1-630-833-1353 for this service.
- Ride DuPage, is a transportation program that provides bus or taxi services for those who need travel assistance. Please call 630-407-6500 for more information or go to ridedupage.org for eligibility, hours and fare details.
Seek help if you are experiencing anxiety, stress or fear Anxiety, stress and fear are common mental health issues that many of us are facing at this time. If you or someone you know are experiencing fear and anxiety about coronavirus please reach out to a healthcare provider.
The Institute on Aging is a 24-hour toll-free Friendship Line for people aged 60 years and older, and adults living with disabilities. They provide services which include on-going outreach calls to lonely older adults. The program is designed to reach out to lonely, depressed, isolated, frail or suicidal older adults. Trained volunteers specialize in offering a caring ear and having a friendly conversation with depressed older adults. Please call 800-971-0016 to connect with this service.
Beware of Phone Scams targeted towards seniors Many seniors fall victim to phone scams where a caller claims they work for an organization and ask for the seniors contact information. It is important to remember that the government, IRS and other entities would not call you about any check issuance or ask for your personal information like Social Security Number or payment information. Please remember that at no time should you give out any personal information over the phone for any reason.
Practice social distancing and take preventative measures If you do need to leave your home for an essential purpose, please protect yourself with a face mask. It is critical to also maintain a 6-feet social distance from others and continue to wash your hands often and refrain from touching your face. Please continue to follow the Governor’s stay at home order to keep yourself and your community safe.
At any time, please contact 9-1-1 if you need an immediate well-being check. City of Elmhurst first responders are always available to make sure you are okay. Please also consider reaching out to your neighbors for support during this unprecedented time.
If you have any questions regarding this information, or feel as though you need further assistance, please contact the City of Elmhurst at 630-530-3000. Please take care, and know that your community is here for you. We will all get through this together.