Food Pantry Updates
The past few weeks we shared with you some of the exciting changes coming to the food pantry in May. We will spend the next few weeks breaking down each of these areas to share more details about where we are heading. If you missed the previous updates check out recent Canticles on the St. Cletus website.
There are many ways to offer Client Choice at a food pantry distribution. We have chosen to use the Supermarket Model. This means that the food is set up on shelves by food groups. Clients walk through the space and take food off shelves according to the pantry guidelines (ex: 1 box of cereal, choice of 3 types of produce, etc.). This model allows clients to handle food and look at the labels just as if they were shopping in a store. This model is the most client-friendly. This does mean it will take a little while to select items, just as it takes each of us a little while to pick out our groceries at the store. We will help honor the client’s ability to choose while also managing the flow of the space for everyone. Volunteers will help clients through the process to let them know how much is available, to help carry items, and answer any questions they may have.
Variety of Items
When distribution was in the Church Narthex we were unable to offer refrigerated/frozen items because they could not be kept temperature safe. With this new space we will be able to offer meat, milk, and other cold/frozen perishable items with our new refrigerators and freezers. For the past few years we have had an onsite garden with 10 raised beds. With the increased space and distribution schedule we will be able to get our homegrown, organic, local produce to the clients more often so less food goes to waste.
Why did She Stay?
So you think it’s easy to leave. You don’t understand why women endure years of abuse. Hmph! You say “he has to sleep sometime!” Really?! Come. Listen to three survivors enlighten us on the realities of being in and staying in an abusive relationship.
Sunday, April 22, 2018
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
St. Ailbe Imani Room
9047 South Harper (91st & Stony Island)
Sponsored by St. Ailbe Domestic Violence Ministry. Refreshments served
Interfaith Career Network
Need Help with Your Job Search?
Getting Back to Work 101
If you’ve been away from the workforce and want to start your search again, be sure to join us on Thursday, April 19 from 7-9 pm. What are some good tactics to help get your search rolling? How do I explain the gap in my resume so that employers will still talk with me? Our speaker, Jim Fergle, will provide strategies and tactics to help get you back into the job market. How to identify your strengths, find resources to upgrade your skills, focusing on your resume and interview preparation will be discussed. Since the job market has opened up and employers are in need of new talent, this is the perfect time to start marketing your transferable skills. Everyone can benefit from this discussion. Jim is the Manager of Job Search and Veterans Services at workNet DuPage Career Center in Lisle. He has over 20 years experience in the employment field and has trained over 7,000 people in career exploration and job search techniques. We look forward to seeing you at St. John of the Cross Parish Center, 5005 S. Wolf Road in Western Springs.
ICN offers job support through various programs throughout the month. For further information, visit our website at www.interfaithcareernetwork.org.
Saint Vincent dePaul Society
Do you need a nudge to clean those closets and kitchen cabinets as summer approaches? The St. Cletus Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society is hosting a clothing and small kitchen items drive to support the good works of the Society.
The thrift store truck will be in our Parking Lot on
Saturday, May 5 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday, May 6 from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Please mark your calendars and spread the word.
Items we will accept:
• Clean clothing, including shoes.
• Small kitchen items (i.e. dishes, pots and pans, glassware, flatware, serving pieces)
• Please bag all items
Remember, your donations not only help clothe and provide household goods to those struggling, but the revenue your donations generate may also help prevent eviction, keep the heat and electric on, and food on the table for your neighbors in need. Thank you for your generosity! *Tax donation receipts will be available.
Alzheimer’s Family Education Retreat
Join us for an exciting educational event for family, friends, and caregivers coping with memory loss and, or Alzheimer’s disease. Hear from knowledgeable speakers. Discover ways to balance self-care and caregiving. Gain new perspectives from fellow caregivers. Recharge with some easy, fun, and creative body & brain activities. Space is limited- register today! $30 Registration Fee/ Per Person. REGISTER by phone 708.669.2476 or alz.org/illinois
Saturday, April 28, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Holiday Inn & William Tell
Countryside Banquets & Conference Center
6201 Joliet Road