Compiled with submissions by John E. Zidek, MSW, CADC, Community Treatment Director, Chicago Office and Talisa Paul, MBA, MSW, CADC, Program Director, Sheridan Correctional Center
WestCare Illinois has several exciting updates from the months of August and September! On August 31st, several of our staff participated in the International Overdose Awareness Day outreach event hosted by the Westside Opioid Heroin Task Force. WestCare Illinois was one of the multiple social service providers at the event located on the Westside of Chicago with the purpose of helping community members recognize the signs of an overdose and how to use Narcan. We distributed a variety of harm reduction materials, PPE, and snacks as well as connected individuals to substance use disorder treatment, recovery support, and other services.
In September, WestCare staff at Sheridan Correctional Center teamed up with IDOC staff in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month to provide clients with information on the history and personal lives of prolific individuals in Hispanic/Latino culture. This included retired MLB player from the Dominican Republic, Alex Rodriguez; Argentine professional footballer, Lionel Messi; Cuban-born American singer, Camila Cabello; Democratic U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada and Mexican Chemist, Mario Molina. Clients were able to process and celebrate the inspiration and success of these individuals.