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Home Sweet Home Raises nearly $6,000 for Family Shelter Service

fam shelterFamilies and friends celebrated the holiday season while supporting the work of Family Shelter Service on Saturday, December 6 at the annual Home Sweet Home gingerbread decorating event and breakfast with Santa. The room was abuzz with laughter and delight while children decorated gingerbread homes, made crafts and enjoyed the amazing balloon creations by Dawn Marie. In addition, guests were entertained by performances from the PriMerry Players, Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as the gingerbread man. Musical entertainment was provided by the Westmont High School Madrigal Choir, who put on an a cappella performance of Christmas carols. Founded in 1976, Family Shelter Service has provided thousands of families with shelter, counseling and court advocacy in order to help them find safer futures.

Be a Hero for Hope Raises over $30,000 for Family Shelter Service

Family SHelter

Elena Arroyo and her children, Edison (left) and Ethan (right).

As a fitting preamble to October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month, approximately 450 supporters and volunteers participated in Family Shelter Service’s “Be a Hero for Hope” 10K/5K Run/Walk on Sunday, September 28. More than $30,000 was raised for the programs and services of Family SHelter Service at the event, which was emceed by Ji Suk Yi, of ABC Chicago’s Windy City Live, and featured a Cara-certified course, the music of 95.9 The River, cash awards and prizes, as well as pumpkin decorating, a one-mile run and an obstacle course for the kids. Many participants came dressed as their favorite hero or superhero, making for a colorful spectacle against the backdrop of changing tree colors. The top fundraising team was Completely Crazy, a Rocky Horror Picture Show performance troupe that entertains weekly at Hollywood Boulevard in Woodridge. Founded in 1976, Family Shelter Service has provided thousand of families with shelter, counseling and court advocacy in order to help them find safer futures. The types of programs offered by Family Shelter Service help ensure all victims have access to services that will help them rebuild their lives and break the cycle of domestic violence for themselves, their families and future generations. For more information about Family Shelter Service, please visit

Family Shelter Service Awarded Grant from DuPage Community Foundation

family shelterFamily Shelter Service was one of 22 not-for-profit organizations in DuPage County to receive a grant from the 2014 Spring Community Needs Grant Cycle of the DuPage Community Foundation. The grant was awarded during a special breakfast on June 10 at the Glen Oak Country Club, with community leaders, foundation trustees, benefactors and other stakeholders in attendance.

The grant will be used by Family Shelter Service to fund its group counseling program for individuals affected by domestic abuse. Group counseling programs serve to connect victims of domestic violence and their children to in-depth counseling services within a group of supportive peers. These programs help to ensure that all victims have access to services that will help them rebuild their lives and break the cycle of domestic violence for themselves, their families and future generations.

DuPage Community Foundation DIrector of Programs Barb Szczepaniak shared with attendees her pleasure with the Foundations support of local organizations. “Today is all about celebrating the great work each of you is doing in DuPage County and a celebration of our partnership together. I truly enjoy the grant breakfast every year because it’s such an uplifting occasion–a day to remind us that we are collectively making a difference in the community,” she says.

The Foundation also makes grants to DuPage County not-for-profits working in the areas of arts and culture and education and environment, as part of its Fall Community Grant Needs Cycle. In addition, the Foundation makes grants throughout the year from its various donor-advised and other restricted funds. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013, the Foundation granted more than $2.3 million, representing a 25 percent increase over the previous fiscal year.

Since its inception, the DuPage Community Foundation has built its endowment to more than $55 million and awarded more than $18 million in grants to not-for-profit agencies serving the residents of DuPage County and beyond. The Foundation receives contributions and bequests into a permanent endowment from individuals, corporations, organizations and foundations wishing to make lasting contributions to the people of DuPage. The earnings on these funds are then used, in accordance with donor wishes, for the Foundation’s grantmaking and community leadership activities.

For more information about the DuPage Community Foundation, please visit Information about Family Shelter Service can be found at

HealthReach Joins Up with Erie Family Health Center

Its Mission Continues and Expands to Serve More People in Need

What happens when HealthReach, Lake County’s own highly-regarded, free health clinic, founded in 1992, sees its mission impacted by a changing healthcare landscape and a burgeoning need for service? It solves both problems by proactively aligning with Erie Family Health Center.

HealthReach’s mission to provide high quality, free medical services to the uninsured and underserved Lake County population was going to be impacted by the Affordable Care Act in ways not foreseen by Washington. HealthReach’s services historically were delivered by volunteer providers—physicians, dentists, specialists, etc., who charged no fees for their many hours of effort. However, the ACA made many of HealthReach’s 5,000 patients, who previously could not obtain insurance, eligible for coverage via expanded Medicaid or through the new Insurance MarketPlace. This significantly complicated the business model.

Further, the number of those in need in Lake County was growing—rapidly. By 2010 the Lake county Health Department identified 150,000 (!) people, who were medically underserved. Together, HealthReach and the Lake County Health Department were serving about a third of this population. More resources were clearly needed. That’s why HeathReach sought out Erie and it’s why the Health Department heartily endorsed the idea.

As Nancy Bock, HealthReach Executive Director, put it: “We were seeking a partner who was committed to the same mission as HealthReach. It was easy to select Erie from among those we assessed. They had a clear history of providing high quality primary care to impacted communities and an impeccable reputation. We are confident that our current patients and others just like them will be very well served by our association with Erie.”

So this summer Erie Family Health Center will assume the operations of HealthReach and open in two locations:

Erie HealthReach Health CenterWaukegan – 2323 Grand Avenue (between N. McAree and N. Lewis, just a few blocks west of the current HealthReach location) – a brand new, state-of-the-art, LEEDS accredited facility opening July 1

Erie HealthReach Health CenterMundelein – 109 N. Seymour Avenue (in the current HealthReach location) – opening later this summer after complete refurbishment

Overview of Erie
Erie believes that healthcare is a right, not a privilege. Throughout its 57 year history, Erie has remained committed to locating where it is needed most and truly becoming part of the communities served. Today Erie provides respectful, compassionate care at 12 locations to more than 50,000 medical and 9,500 dental patients each year in Chicago and surrounding suburbs and consistently exceeds national standards on key health outcomes.

You Can Help!
Construction is well underway at the new Erie HealthReach Health Center-Waukegan location. In the meantime, please contact Rachel Krause at 312-432-2721 or to introduce yourself or with questions or ideas for potential partnership opportunities. Like HealthReach, Erie owes much of its success to robust collaborations with local partners. And, again, they will begin making patient appointments in June.

Lori Harper, HealthReach Operations Manager, sums it up: “We expect a very smooth transition as we close our current site on Grand and move to these exciting new quarters in July. We know current HealthReach patients and new patients alike will appreciate the excellent care they’ll receive in this beautiful, new medical center and at our refreshed facility in Mundelein.”


Spa Vargas Wellness 5K Family Run/Walk

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SW: A Proud Host of the Glendale Heights Family Health & Safety Fair

SW was a proud sponsor of this year’s Glendale Heights Family Health & Safety Fair

More than 3,000 people attended this year’s annual Glendale Heights Family Health & Safety Fair, an event that Adventist GlenOaks Hospital was again pleased to sponsor.

Within the first hour, representatives from Adventist GlenOaks Hospital provided 300 flu shots at the event, said Erin Gerber, administrative director of marketing and service line development at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital.

“The turnout for this year’s event was just fantastic, and we want to thank not only everyone who attended, but all of the participants who helped make this year’s Glendale Heights Family Health & Safety Fair such a success,” Gerber said.

In addition to providing free flu shots to the public, the hospital provided free blood pressure checks, blood sugar screenings, pulmonary testing, cholesterol check vouchers and more. There was a Teddy Bear Clinic, with one physician taking the time to stitch up children’s bears.

The hospital made available information focusing on nutrition, childbirth, heart care, emotional health and spiritual life to all attendees. And it also hosted the second annual Women’s Health Education Expo with K-LOVE Radio and Suburban Woman Magazine.

“Participating in this annual event allows us the opportunity to give back to a community that has supported us from the very beginning,” said Bruce C. Christian, chief executive officer at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital. “We are glad to have the chance to work so closely with our partners in ensuring the continued health of our local residents.”

This year’s event was also sponsored by Marquardt School District 15, Queen Bee School District 16, the Village of Glendale Heights, Glenside Fire Protection District, Bloomingdale Fire Protection District, Glenside Library District, Bloomingdale Library, Glenbard Township High School District 87 and Chicago Blower Corporation.

Photo caption: Dr. David de Ramos administers a flu shot to Bloomingdale Fire Protection District Deputy Chief Jeff Janus during the Glendale Heights Family Health & Safety Fair. Adventist GlenOaks Hospital was one of the event’s sponsors.

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