My family and I ran into financial difficulties due to the changing economy. After exhausting our savings we contacted Together We Cope. They performed a friendly and thorough review of my families situation. They provided food and clothing (winter coats, hats and gloves) for the family. With Christmas approaching, they provided gifts for the family under their Adopt-A-Family program. After all of this, after reviewing my situation they were able to provide financial assistance to pay my Gas, Electric and mortgage payment so I could get back on my feet. Coincidentally, during the interview they gave me a couple of leads for jobs which looks like I will get back to work and on my feet. This has been a terrible time for my family which has been made better because of the kindness of the people at Together We Cope. When I went to them, I was embarassed and worried. I could not understand why they chose the name Together We Cope for their agency, now I understand. Truly with their support "together we (can) cope". I hope they are always there for those of us who need assistance in times of crisis.
WHAT IS TOGETHER WE COPE? Together We Cope is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit agency located in Tinley Park assisting families and individuals experiencing a crisis. Providing for families in 22 different southern suburban communities, TWC served over 22,000 people last year. Who does Together We Cope help? The working poor – lower paying full time jobs often do not provide benefits in case of family emergency. Victims of disaster-those displaced by fire or natural disaster require basics to survive. Single Parents – maintaining jobs and raising their children alone. Families experiencing an accident or illness – families living from paycheck to paycheck. Recent unemployed – company downsizing, layoffs, and outsourcing. Elderly – food & medications are sometimes unaffordable for individuals on fixed incomes. How does Together We Cope help? With dignity and respect, Together We Cope provides food, clothing and financial assistance for one-time rent/mortgage and utility subsidies. Each day at least 45 families’ receive groceries from our food pantry. Because of recent economic developments, there are large increases in those seeking temporary assistance from Together We Cope. How can YOU help? Throughout the year, Together We Cope hosts several annual fundraising events; a dinner-dance in February, golf outing in May, pasta dinner in September, and several musical events in the summer. Propelled by participation from the private, corporate, and political communities, these events offer a variety of ways to participate; in-kind donations, volunteering, sponsorships, or direct dollar donations. While contributing significantly in the support of our south suburban neighbors, each form of donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Many local organizations and businesses host their own fundraisers, benefiting Together We Cope. We welcome their creativity and appreciate their generosity. Donations of food, toys, clothing, gift certificates, or school supplies are welcome and useful throughout the year. All donations are gratefully shared locally. Together We Cope 17010 S. Oak Park Avenue Tinley Park, IL 60477 708-633-5040 www.togetherwecope.org