Social Services

Social Services Specialist Stephen Jackson, Supervisor of Safety and Security Aaron Alonzo, and Social Services Director Robert Simmons
The library’s Social Services and Safety team is led by Director Robert Simmons (right), Supervisor of Safety and Security Aaron Alonzo, (middle) and Social Services Specialist Stephen Jackson (left).

A welcoming place where everybody is somebody

The library’s Social Services and Safety team ensures safety in the library and refers people to the resources they need, including those related to housing, employment, health care, immigration, and domestic violence.

The team is led by Director Robert Simmons, who joined the library as its first social worker in 2016, a direct result of the library’s intentional strategy of listening and responding to community aspirations. Since then, the team has served more than 350 vulnerable patrons. Most are Oak Park residents experiencing mental illness, homelessness, and extreme poverty.

Contact the Social Services and Safety team

  • Robert Simmons, Social Services Director, 708.697.6910, rsimmons@oppl.org
  • Stephen Jackson, Social Services Specialist, 708.697.6908, sjackson@oppl.org

Working together for a stronger community

Community collaboration is at the core of our everyday work. As your public library, we choose to turn outward, create welcoming environments, and live our library’s diversity statement. We pursue a vision to empower every voice in our community, a mission to share the information, services, and opportunities that fulfill Oak Park’s aspirations and strategic plan. Find examples of how the library collaborates with local agencies for a stronger community »

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