Project Stepping Stone
We believe one-time assistance can have a ripple effect.
Project Stepping Stone is a short-term program initiated once a year to support the specific needs of a disadvantaged segment of our local community. The program is chosen by the chapter and benefits a different group. While some funds are defined in our annual budget, the majority of the funds are donated by our members.
In 2013/2014, Assistance League of Chicagoland West worked with Teen Parent Connection to provide new diaper bags for young mothers leaving the hospital after delivery. The carryalls were filled with baby-proof safety materials, snuggle sacks and burp cloths. Friends of the Chapter knitted bright and colorful baby hats that were also included. Altogether, 41 thoughtfully equipped diaper bags were delivered, letting the girls know they weren’t alone as they began caring for their little one.
In 2014/2015, Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans was the designated recipient. We provided bedroom furnishings for two female veterans. These women have reinserted themselves into the workforce and are able to pay for their housing. Although the number of recipients in 2014/2015 may seem small, the overall impact on the veteran population is far reaching. During our collaboration, we discovered that MSHV also helps veterans move from transitional to permanent housing. We are now working with Midwest Shelter to provide kitchen equipment through our New Start program, creating a ripple effect of assistance, as well as an enhancement to our existing program.
Teen Parent Connection ♦ Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans
“On behalf of the Board of Directors and the entire staff at Teen Parent Connection, I want to thank...Assistance League of Chicagoland West for your generous donation of over forty diaper bags filled with baby essentials and safety proofing items…Without the support of organizations such as yours, we could not do what we do.” Joe Roche, Teen Parent Connection
“The support of our friends in the community has never been more important…to our young families.” Becky Beilfuss, Executive Director Teen Parent Connection
“.. The kindness…is much appreciated as our women will surely benefit from their generous donations.” Pamela Kostecki, MSHV Executive Director