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JUNE 2014


In the News & Community Outreach

Helping Hand Center in the News!
The past few weeks have been very exciting for our Residential Department. We opened the door to our newest home in LaGrange Park. The article was published in The Doings over the weekend. Enjoy!

Volunteer News
We are grateful for the community volunteers that provided over 450 hours to Helping Hand Center during May! The Chicago Lab School, Nazareth Academy, Highlands Middle School, Starbucks and many high school students and adults gave their time to support our mission.

Our Clients Volunteering in the community
Volunteering doesn’t stop there!  Our clients are very active giving back to our community.  In May, our adult client group volunteered 200 hours collectively at the Cat Nap, the Carousel Shop, the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Sharing Connections, St. Barbara’s School, and several nursing homes. 

Upcoming Events

Annual Golf Outing
Please join us this summer by participating in our 30th Annual "Swing Fore Helping Hand Center" Golf Outing on Monday, July 21st at Riverside Golf Club | 2520 Des Plaines Avenue | North Riverside, IL. Register now at . Become a Hole Sponsor.  Contact Carolyn Kline at (708) 352-3580 x280 or e-mail

Special Recreation Banquet
Helping Hand Center’s Special Recreation participants and families are cordially invited to attend our Annual Special Recreation Awards Night honoring all we have accomplished over the past year. The event is on Friday, June 27th from 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Beverages & Desserts will be served and a special award presentation is in store for you. Please RSVP to Helping Hand Center by June 13th: (708) 352-3580

Family Network Boat Cruise on Spirit of Chicago
Join the Family Network for their 3rd Annual Boat Cruise on Saturday, September 20th. Cruise on the "Spirit of Chicago" from Navy Pier and enjoy a wonderful luncheon buffet and entertainment. After the 2-hour cruise is completed, there will be an additional hour to explore the sights of Navy Pier. The cost of the trip will be $100 per person. To reserve your ticket(s), please return your information and deposit of $35 per person by June 20th. The remaining amount of $65 per person will be due on September 7th.

Helping Hand Center’s Annual Family Picnic
We invite our board members, past and present, and all of our families to come out and enjoy the annual family picnic. Phil Palmer of Palmer Place Restaurant and Biergarten in LaGrange has sponsored the event again this year and will be the grill master at the Helping Hand Center Family Picnic.   The picnic is Saturday, June 28 from 11:00 – 2:00 p.m. at Walker Park in Burr Ridge.  Please RSVP to to sign up to volunteer.  Please RSVP to if you want to attend only.  Thank you!

City of Countryside Summer Concert Series
TODAY!!! Thursday, June 12, Helping Hand Center is being recognized as the honorary organization at a concert at Countryside Park - 630 61st Street in Countryside.  Come join us for a nice evening in the park!

 A note from the Family Network

Families Represented on Policy Board
Wilson Francis & Don Fries are now members of the Policy Board.  They both have adult children in Helping Hand Center programs.  If you have questions, concerns, or suggestions regarding Helping Hand Center policies, please feel free to contact them.
Wilson –    
Don –


General Donations:
Every day we receive donations to our organization. Thank you to all who give to Helping Hand Center - the support is wonderful and is needed as we continue our quality programs and services!  The following people and organizations recently provided donations to Helping Hand Center:

Allstate Giving Campaign

Raymond & Aleen Fisher

Marc & Paula O'Brien


Wilson Francis & Linda Feldmann


Assistance League Chicagoland West

Golan & Christie, LLP

Michael & Rachel Peterson

Ladies Auxiliary Berwyn Auxiliary, No. 2125

Indima Foundation

George Pfister

Richard Bonnevier & Carol McGury

Leslie Jabine

Steve Preattle & Lenore Stephens

Greg Brand

Kappa Kappa Gamma

Kazys & Danuta Razma

Robert & Susan Breen

Kiwanis Club of LaGrange

John Renz & Geraldine Diaz

Mary Buffo

Knights of Columbus, Council #6483

Robert & Kathy Shaughnessy

Kevin & Elaine Burke

David & Anne Knoll

The Siragusa Foundation

Ismael Cano

Edward & Michelle Kram

Mark Steffensen

Lucille Carney

Steve & Ann Kubiczky

William & Patti Sus


LaGrange Highlands Womans Club, Benevolence Committee

University of Chicago Lab School

Clear Staff, Inc.

Michael & Diane Lahti

UPS Foundation

Bob & Valerie Cordes

Albert & Linda Lawson

US Foods

Michael & Mary Ann Cusick

Paul & Rita Leganski

Benjamin & Bridget Voigt

Thomas Delbarba

Mid American Group, Inc.

Klaus & Linda Weide

Teresa Dench

Andrew Moore

Wightman Builders, Inc.

Dominion Enterprises

John & Annette Neiweem

John & Anne Zick

John & Lisa Dunneback

Andrew & Kathleen Newcomb

Charles Fischer

Nyco Products Company



Mary Beth Hepp

Mary Beth Hepp
Executive Director