I am a Young Professionals Board (YPB) member of HOME and I must say that I have enjoyed every minute of my time spent as a part of this nonprofit. The work that we do to serve our Chicago senior citizens and how we execute the goals that we strategically decide upon throughout the year is excellent. There is a very warm atmosphere amount all the HOME YPB members, staff, volunteers, and employees that really fuels our passion to serve our residents and grow this nonprofit to its full potential. I am happy, thankful, and proud to be a part of HOME and encourage anyone to find out more information about how you can get involved by visiting their website at http://www.homeseniors.org
H.O.M.E. is a small non-profit with a big heart and more importantly large impact on the community that it services. With intergenerational subsidized housing at the core of it's services, HOME literally provides older adults in Chicagoland with a place to live as well as support many others with services they need to stay in their homes. HOME helps keep the city of Chicago great and I am fortunate to a part of HOME's community.
This is my second year with H.O.M.E. as a handyman's assistant. I was placed here by the Ignatian Volunteer Corps. I help the handymen make repairs for poor and elderly homeowners. We do things like restore heating and make electrical and plumbing repairs. Although the work is difficult, I experience great satisfaction in knowing that I have helped restore some level of comfort and dignity to the homeowner. I plan to continue here as long as I am able.
Our campus ministry (Agape/Ecclesia) serves with H.O.M.E. each week. The students from Loyola help lead a bible study, clean, and share meals with the residences. Our congregation has greatly been enriched by sharing fellowship with the residents of H.O.M.E. The staff is professional and truly care for the residents and the volunteers. It is an encouragement to see organizations that are committed to caring for the elderly and meeting the needs of so many in Chicago.
I've set up volunteer days with our company for the past four years with HOME, and we've both had fun as a group and felt like we made a positive impact in the community. Mike Laz at the organization is easy to work with, he meets us on site, introduces us to the client, and gets us acquainted with the work.
Great opportunity for company team building or just gathering a group of folks for a half day volunteer event.
We've done both painting and winterizing windows.
We have served with HOME for over 10 years, on a yearly service trip to Chicago from Minneapolis. Our high school students and volunteers love getting to meet and hear the stories of the people whose homes they get to winterize. It's a blessing for these students to interact with these dear folks!
I have been on the board for several years and am impressed by what our "clients" feel for the care they are getting from H.O.M.E.
H.O.M.E is definitely filling a void by giving low income Seniors a life worth living
I have been volunteering in H.O.M.E.'s Pat Crowley House in Rodger's Park twice a month for about a year now, and all I can say is that I would wish to be nowhere else. I can see through the passion and care, as well as careful expertise, put into the daily operations by everyone within the house that this is truly a special place. I have come to love all of the residents and staff I have been working with, and I know that I am so grateful that such an organization exists to help those in such need.
I have been involved with H.O.M.E. since it was merely a spark of an idea to Michael Salmon, then a member The Little Brothers of the Poor [an organization that my father helped bring to Chicago from France]. He clearly saw a need for a service that did exactly what the acronym of its name means: to provide Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly. The organization that Michael and his wife Lilo brought into being, with the generous support of the Little Brothers, has grown wonderfully in the subsequent years through the efforts of hundreds of volunteers, dedicated staff an generous donors. Very much following in the spirit of the Little Brothers' motto (flowers before bread), the people of H.O.M.E. provide dignity and compassion along with finding housing, dealing with the CHA, finding furniture, painting, shopping AND friendship for myriad elderly in Chicago. They serve as a model community in the successful practice of intergenerational living in the Nathalie Salmon House in Rogers Park that is nearing its 20th anniversary.
H.O.M.E. does what no other nonprofit in Chicago does -- it goes into THE POOREST neighborhoods of the city to help the lowest income seniors with transportation and home repairs so that they can stay healthy and continue living safety in the community. EVEN BETTER, H.O.M.E. provides intergenerational, subsidized housing so that isolated seniors can live out their lives in a family setting, getting both any assistance they may need and also the warmth and companionship of people of all ages. Every dollar donated goes a LONG, LONG way.