Deeply Impact People’s Lives

By Diane Rand Dave Landsittel and I are liaisons for one of the most impressive non-profits in our city that you’ve likely never heard of—Breakthrough.  Twenty-five years ago, Executive Director Arloa Sutter founded the organization after taking a homeless man in her neighborhood out for a cup of coffee and listening to him.  From [...]

2018-04-05T13:20:35+00:00 Church Stories, Outreach|

Need a reference letter?

By The Reverend Dr. Jo Forrest When I need a reference letter, I usually turn to someone who is accomplished in the eyes of the potential recipient and knows me well. So I wonder, if the axiom “Nobody gets to heaven without a letter of reference from the poor” has merit, at the end [...]

2018-03-13T16:28:17+00:00 Church Stories, Outreach, Worship|

Haven Youth and Family Services

By Maureen Kebo Haven is a non-profit agency which fosters mental health of youth and their families in our community through prevention, intervention, and therapy programs. Carol Gerner and I serve as co-liaison for the Outreach Committee to Haven Youth and Family Services. Although our community appears well resourced and high functioning in many ways, [...]

2018-03-13T20:39:58+00:00 Church Stories, Outreach|

Sarah’s Circle Donation Drive Success!

From The Durning Family: “It is with a very full heart that we say a big THANK YOU to everyone who donated to the Sarah’s Circle Donation Drive. When we had the idea to host a drive in Emily’s honor, we never imagined how many people would be touched and inspired by Emily’s [...]

2018-03-12T10:23:21+00:00 Outreach|

Crushing Poverty of The Soul

By Jeff Schneiders Silvi Pirn and I are co-liaisons for the Outreach Committee to Crushers Club, a not-for-profit that provides after school programing for “at risk” youth in Englewood.  I also serve on the board. Many of us read daily the disturbing news of gang violence on Chicago's south side.  Englewood is one of [...]

2018-03-12T09:53:08+00:00 Church Stories, Outreach|

Could You Be the Match?

Laura Southwick Hendricks, wife, mother of three, and daughter of Chuck and Nancy Southwick, has been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow. The specific type of AML that Laura has is less responsive to traditional chemotherapy. As a result, Laura will receive an initial round [...]

2018-03-08T06:15:07+00:00 Outreach|

Transforming the Lives of Youth

By Scott Myers The stories of Chicago area youth struggling with community violence, joblessness, strife at home, and a substandard education system seem endless. For many youth in under-resourced communities there is limited direction and lack of accomplished adult role models to help them learn how to handle the obstacles that hinder their path to be [...]