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Longtime Volunteer Holds Coat Drive

Antoinette Gonzales Kern has been a longtime volunteer of Southside Center of Hope (SSCOH) formally known as Saint Martin De Porres House of Hope. “I will always know it as St. Martin” Antoinette said. How did you begin volunteering at SSCOH? I have been in the hospitality business for decades. I met the founders of […]

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35 Years of Hope: Douglas MacLeod

Douglas MacLeod was reading the obituary section in the Chicago Tribune when he came across the story of a woman who had recently passed away following a fascinating life. He was intrigued by the woman, who had been a sergeant in the Army, a businesswoman, earned a law degree, and served as a nun, founding […]

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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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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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