Celebrating 25 Years of Compassion in Lincoln Park
2010 was a year of celebration for the Lincoln Park Community Shelter, as we commemorated a quarter-century of service with a series of events designed to recognize and thank all those who have been instrumental to our growth and success over these 25 years.
April 23, 25th Anniversary Metamorphosis Party – LPCS supporters gathered for a record-breaking night, raising nearly $130,000 for our programs!
June 6, Volunteer Appreciation Party – Guests, staff, and volunteers came together to express our gratitude for the thousands of hours of service given each year. The summer picnic was highlighted by awards given to those volunteers who have gone above and beyond in the last year. The Community Partner award was presented to Jim Mennenga of Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Satellite Clinic, by Case Manager Murray Manus. Jim visits the LPCS every week to link guests to the clinic’s services, and conducts on-site mental health evaluations. The Mission Award, given to an outstanding “hands-on” volunteer each year, was awarded to Tom Ryberg. During Tom’s tenure as a seminary intern at St. Pauls UCC, he volunteered twice weekly at the LPCS, facilitating discussions on spirituality and current events. The annual Vision Award, given to an outstanding “behind-the-scenes” volunteer, was given to Sarah Goalstone, who has been active on our special events committees for several years.
July 24, Open House – LPCS opened its doors to the surrounding community for a festive day of facility tours, refreshments, and kids activities.
September 4, Night Out for Guests – Guests and Graduates of the LPCS were treated to a special catered dinner and music under the stars at the Chicago Jazz Festival this summer. Guests truly appreciated this “night out” on the town and a chance to relax and enjoy summer in Chicago!
September 25, “Walks of Faith, Lives of Service” Living History Tours – Thanks to a generous grant from the Vincentian Endowment Fund of DePaul University, LPCS presented a walking tour, exploring the intersection of faith, service, and social justice in the Lincoln Park Community, complete with costumed characters from the past and a reception at LPCS following the walk.
October 22, Taste of Fall – This annual event was another success, raising funds for LPCS programs while bringing supporters together to celebrate all the wonderful flavors of Fall! (Left) Mary DeCresce samples the best cheeses offered by Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread, and Wine. Held at Gallery 1028, the event raised more than $7,500 to benefit the LPCS!
November 13, Donor Reception – Longtime supporters and former board and staff members gathered at LPCS this evening to learn about our recent program strides, and recognize the four founding churches with the Catalyst Award. The Catalyst Award was accepted by Rev. Tom Henry of St. Pauls United Church of Christ, Rev. Jeff Doane of Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church, Rev. Ken Simpson of St. Clement Catholic Church, and Rev. Brian Hastings of Church of Our Saviour Episcopalian Church.
December 5, “Home for the Holidays” Sing-a-Long Concert – The community as a whole celebrated the holidays, and the wrap-up of the LPCS’ 25th year, with a festive sing-a-long, led by members of all four founding church choirs.