Lake County United (LCU) was founded in 2003 to tackle issues of concern to Lake County residents. LCU connects residents, organizations and government to work together on initiatives that enhance the quality of life in Lake County. LCU is a non-profit, non-partisan association made up of member institutions, including St. Lawrence, whose members have an opportunity to engage in the sustaining work of equity and justice in their local area.
LCU's initiatives have driven improvements in such areas as:
LCU accomplishes its goals by:
LCU was instrumental in preventing the closure of Winchester House in 2012. When surveys and listening sessions revealed residents' concern about affordable housing and senior care, LCU engaged in work that led to the development of Lakefront Residences of Grayslake and Fairhaven Crossing in Mundelein. Concerns about inadequate access to mental health services led to increased crisis intervention training for police and other first responders, and the establishment of a Crisis Stabilization Center in Waukegan. Concerns about education led to the establishment of Waukegan to College, a college readiness program that serves at-risk kids from 5th to 12th grade.
More information can be found at www.lakecountyunited.org.