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35 Years of Hope: Carol Cronin

Carol Cronin’s family foundation has been supporting St. Martin de Porres House of Hope for more than  20 years. “My sister Hannah first heard Sister Connie speak to a group of women in Northbrook about 1985.  She made a contribution and still has the thank you note signed by Sister Therese.  When our family started a […]

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35 Years of Hope: Jackie Edens

Jackie Edens has devoted her career to helping Chicago’s homeless and disadvantaged. She started working for the city as a Mobile Crisis Intervention Worker in 1975, when the city relied exclusively on nonprofit organizations to aid the homeless. The police department assigned her to work on social service-related cases. Jackie met Sr. Connie in her […]

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35 Years of Hope: Carol Marin

Walk into the doors of St. Martin de Porres House of Hope, and the first room you will come to has walls painted a vivid red. Sunlight streams through the windows. Comfortable chairs and couches, a piano, and bookcases adorn the room. To the side are desks full of computers. This is the Marin Room, […]

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35 Years of Hope: John Driscoll

There I was, in my mid-20s, living in the attic of a homeless shelter with 60 women and about 70 of their children,” John Driscoll says with a smile. Today John is senior vice president in charge of recovery services with Hazelden Betty Ford, overseeing a staff of 900 and 17 treatment centers nationwide that […]

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Prayer and Meditation for the Day (April 6, 2018)

Contributed by Marco Pardo  Meditation for the Day A balanced spirituality asks two questions. The first one is: What can this practice do for me? Since most of us seek God from need, any spirituality that doesn’t address our needs will be of little value to us. As addicts, we come into recovery when our […]

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35 Years of Hope: Sandra Vasnairos

Sandra Vasnairos spent her career helping others.  Sandy, a mother of two adult sons, taught reading and special education at elementary schools in Englewood and elsewhere in Chicago and the suburbs. In her retirement, Sandy continues to help others. A member of Old St. Patrick’s Church for 12 years, Sandy participates in Encore, a social […]

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35 Years of Hope: Mary Whalen

Mary Whalen was working with the United Way when she came across an application for financial assistance from a shelter on the South Side of Chicago. “It was around 1990, and St. Martin’s was still in the little store down the street. I had to go out to see if they were legit.” Mary completed […]

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35 Years of Hope: Tom Owens – Honoree, Sr. Connie Philanthropy Award

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Tom Owens is the founder of Cara Chicago, a nonprofit workforce development agency and social enterprise that helps people affected by poverty get and keep quality jobs. Since its inception in 1991, Cara has helped more than 6,000 women and men find employment, hope and self-esteem for themselves and their families. Before […]

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