Recently, the women of the Associate class of the Junior League of Chicago (JLC) had the chance to participate in an Associate-only volunteer opportunity at the Lincoln Park Community Shelter. The theme was Taco Tuesday, and a group of about 10 women were able to prepare a meal for the shelter members that evening. The menu consisted of ground beef and chicken tacos, rice, beans, and sautéed red peppers.
The Lincoln Park Community shelter provides a variety of services including interim housing, a financial literacy program, a community engagement program, an independent community living program, and an on track program. Each service provided ties into the shelter’s main mission which is to “bring communities together to empower homeless men and women to make and sustain life changes.” Their vision is to provide an environment that empowers and encourages self-sufficiency, leadership, and accountability, and has been doing so since the shelter opened its doors on February 12, 1985.
The JLC women were able to serve a meal and interact with the 35 members participating in the interim housing program. The shelter members’ gratitude was evident at the end of the meal when the JLC women were surprised with a room full of roaring applause in the dining hall. This gesture warmed the hearts of all the women and all felt grateful for preparing the night’s meal.
Special thanks to Krista Worzalla and Alyssa Kim for providing the ingredients and menu for the dinner, as well as organizing the event!
By: Kristen DiCianni, 2016-2017 Topics and Trends staff member