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April Crew Week Wrap Up

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Written by Marion Ruthig
16 April 2014

Monday wrapped up our Crew week for April! This month we hosted events highlighting the Russell House and the Shining Stars Foundation. 

The Russell House is a battered women's shelter located in Missouri. They are empowering so many women and children by providing them shelter and support. Bill is the children's program leader at Russell House and works to bring "normalcy" back into the kids lives. He talks in the video about children's inate feelings of guilt and discussing with them how it is ok to have love come from one parent without it having to come from both.  Having three kids, this made me feel very sad, mad and also hopeful. 

Bills World 

The After Work Crew held a social to raise awareness about the Shining Stars Foundation, which gives children with life threanening illnesses the chance to just be a kid. Their programming includes their Aspen Ski Camp, Family Summer Camp and much more. A Naperville family came to the social and shared their story about their son who volunteered with Shining Stars as a ski instructor and less than two years later went as a camper after being diagnosed with brain cancer.  The family was open in sharing thier story and answering the many questions we had. You could see the emotion and passion in those listening. 

 Shining Stars Foundation

Unfortunately, due to so many conflicting events this month, the Kids Crew event for April with KidsMatter was rescheduled to the fall (tentatively Septebmer 13th) .

I Support Community hosts three different Crew events per month, allowing everyone who is interested an opportunity to get involved.  Hopefully one of these times works for you!  Our crew dates for the month of May are Kids Crew on Saturday May 10th, After Work Crew on Monday May 12th and Morning Crew at 9:15 Wednesday May 14th.  To learn more about the Crews, please visit www.isupportcommunity.org/ccc.

Come out and join us – you won’t regret it!

 

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Charity of the Week: Russell House

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Written by Jennifer Evers
13 April 2014

On January 24, 1994, the doors to a small house opened for the first time, becoming a safe place for victims of violence to live free of abuse. The story of Russell House actually started several years earlier when a group of concerned citizens surveyed the community and decided that domestic violence services were needed in our area. This group included Dr. Barbara Russell, a local pediatrician who had witnessed firsthand abuse on children and their mothers.

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Charity of the Week: Lazarus House

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Written by Jennifer Evers
25 March 2014

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It didn’t seem like much, did it? We all know the miracle of how 2000-or-so years ago five loaves and two fishes fed more than 5000 men. We are told that number didn’t even include the women and children!17 years ago one little girl’s birthday money was the donation that started this miracle we now know as Lazarus House. Thus far that very small, yet very significant gift has “fed” more than 4400 men, women and children from our communities.

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Charity of the Week: 360 Youth Services

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Written by Jennifer Evers
23 March 2014

360 Youth Services provides life-changing services through prevention education, counseling and shelter. Our vision is a community where all youth possess the necessary skills to navigate life’s challenges. 360 is changing lives and inspiring hope.            

Counseling

Our services go beyond what occurs in a typical counseling hour, beginning with a professional counselor taking the initial call, and using their expertise to match the individual with the right counselor.

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