St John of the Cross' bulletin lists ways that parishioners can become involved in several of its Outreach Ministries. In August, Bill Bright, coordinator of Outreach Ministries, listed ways in which parishioners could assist Helping Hand Center in Countryside remodel their apartment in Lyons for 6 of their clients. One of his requests was for kitchen supplies. This prompted me to call Helping Hand Center for further information. Helping Hand Center staff had spoken at an ALCW chapter meeting a while ago to acquaint us with their work with the handicapped. The Center was delighted with our offer to furnish their newly remodeled kitchen in one of their residential units. Bill Bright was more than happy to help us out by picking up the kitchen supplies and delivering them to the apartment. Bill brought with him 2 veterans that help him in his ministry and these men did the heavy lifting for us.
On Tuesday, September 18, several members toured the home and met two residents, Patricia Hochorowski and Lupe Villa, who gave permission to use their name and photo.
Helping Hand submitted the following story to local press:
Local nonprofits give people with disabilities new kitchen
La Grange, IL —Two local nonprofits came together to give six people who live together with developmental disabilities a fully supplied and renovated kitchen.
Helping Hand Center, a nonprofit in Countryside serving children and adults with developmental disabilities, announced the need for kitchen essentials in one of its 11 residential homes. Assistance League of Chicagoland West responded immediately by providing Helping Hand Center with all the utensils and accessories they need to make their newly renovated kitchen complete.