Wednesday, February 20, 2013
An attorney for Seth Knobel, who was removed from his post as Niles Director of Family Services by Mayor Robert Callero, said the removal was unjustified and smacks of politics.
UPDATE: On Wednesday, Edward W. Feldman, an attorney for Seth Knobel, who was removed as the Village of Niles' Director of Family Services by Mayor Robert Callero, made the following statement: "Unfortunately, sometimes truth and basic fairness become casualties to politics. Mr. Knobel devoted 12 years of faithful service to the Village of Niles. It is slanderous to suggest that he engaged in any “questionable business practices” or that his practice was to collect fees from Village employees for his services. "In fact, the Village was aware of and agreed to his practices, which were legitimate. Moreover, last week the Village admitted that the Mayor’s decision to part ways with Mr. Knobel “is not based on the outcome of our …
Monday, November 19, 2012
The bins are kind of bare, and Thanksgiving is coming. The village is collecting non-perishable food for the holidays. It also is asking for donations of new, unwrapped toys for the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots program.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
Monday, November 19, 2012
The Village of Niles & Niles Fire Department announce the 9th annual U.S. Marine Corps Reserve/Village of Niles Toys for Tots Drive & Community Food Drive. Toys for Tots is a charitable program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve that provides toys to children in need during the holidays. In 2011, you helped provide food to 105 local families through Niles Family Services. The need may rise this year. For children in need, the gift of a new toy means that someone cares and that they were not forgotten. HOW TO DONATE: The following Niles locations will be collecting non-perishable food items and new toy donations during regular business hours beginning November 5 thru December 16, 2012. Hours are listed below. Per the U.S. Marine …
Monday, September 24, 2012
Morton Grove, Niles and Maine Township provide some funding and services to people who need food, counseling, senior services and similar. Park Ridge, though, depends on non-profits to direct people to resources.
In Park Ridge, a variety of social service agencies, such as the Center of Concern, provide help to people who may be disabled, seriously ill, experiencing financial hardship or needing services to get back to stability. But in Niles, Morton Grove, Maine Township, Des Plaines and elsewhere, government provides some funding for those functions, according to the Park Ridge Herald-Advocate. In Niles, for example, Niles Family Services is a department of village government and receives funding from the village. Headed by Seth Knobel, its full- and part-time counselors offer counseling, maintain a food pantry and assist people who have emergency needs. Its services are limited to village residents. Earlier: Niles Family Services Opens Play …
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Niles Family Services offers a compassionate ear, a helping hand, counseling and referrals to other resources.
When someone comes to Niles Family Services and says they think they might be a domestic violence victim, the staff first listens, then reaches out to help the person decide what to do about it. That’s important, said Eric Lanzl, a social worker who works with domestic violence victims. “The therapy we do is to help the person make the best decision for their own situation, with help and some resources," he said. Domestic violence victims – who are mostly, but not exclusively women – who come to Niles Family Services are offered the opportunity to work with an advocate at the Cook County courthouse to get an emergency restraining order, Lanzl said. Such orders can be quite complex and detailed, covering issues such as who gets to live in…
Friday, June 15, 2012
Niles Family Services unveiled its new play therapy room, funded by a $10,000 gift. Therapists will use it to help children heal emotionally and psychologically.
With a mini-circus tent, a play kitchen, a doll house, costumes, teddy bears and a comfy-looking purple couch, the brand new room at Niles Family Services looks like a kids' play paradise. Except it's not. "This is not a playroom. This is a child therapy room, to help kids deal with what they're dealing with through play," said Seth Knoble, Niles Family Services director. Earlier: Niles Family Services helps people deal with extreme stress He was speaking last week at the official opening of the room, which Family Services therapists use to help children from infancy through middle school age. Knoble had words of gratitude for Rich Casey, vice president of Skokie Hospital, and Seema Terry, the hospital's manager of community relations…
Friday, July 29, 2011
Patch catches up with the newly appointed director of Niles Family Services.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Seth Putnam
Friday, July 29, 2011
Even though Seth Knobel has been doing the job for the past year, he's only just receiving the title. Knobel was recently appointed as the director of Niles Family Services. Patch: You've been "acting director" for the past 365 days or so; how did you first get started in this field? Seth Knobel: I've been with Niles Family Services for about 10 years now. I started here as an intern. After I received my master's degree in social work, I worked with a couple of schools (Evanston Township High School and Niles West High School). There's a limited amount of things you can actually do in a school system to be able to have an impact on the mental health of a student. So having the opportunity to do the therapy end of things (at Niles Family …