• Shaving cream
• Powdered milk
• Canned fish and tuna
• Baby wipes
• $10 Walmart cards (distributed at our April food pantry nights for Easter)
Domestic Violence Outreach
Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury and death for women of all socioeconomic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, and affects up to 1 in 10 men and 1 in 3 teens. We invite you to join us to raise awareness and stand in solidarity with all those affected by violence.
Note that these are intended for adult readers. All names have been changed for protection.
I was in my late twenties when I met my ex at the church I attended. We married a year later.
He slapped me across the face one time when we were engaged as he didn’t like the meal that I cooked. I was dumbfounded but accepted his apologies and excuse of having had a hard day at work. The abuse started a week after we were married and escalated very quickly. Six months into the marriage I asked him for a divorce. He said that if I divorced him he would kill me and kill my parents.
I confided in the minister of the church as to what was going on. The minister tried counseling us, but my husband was telling the priest one thing and doing another.
I earned more than him and had to cover all the household expenses. He would also make demands for money from me. He would give me 15 minutes to get home from work. If I were late, he would accuse me of being unfaithful. One time I was late, and an argument broke out. I ran to the bathroom and locked the door. He put his fist through the door. I jumped into the shower recess and he completely smashed it to get to me.
He cut me off from my family and friends and eventually from my church. I became a prisoner in my own home. He destroyed my self-esteem by telling me how worthless I was and continued with the mind games. It got to a stage where I didn’t know what the truth was and what was a lie. He stripped me of my dignity and self-respect. I lived in fear for my life.
My advice to others
When I was going through this abuse I remained silent about what was going on in my home and I believe that it was my silence that enabled him to continue with the abuse. By remaining silent and not telling others what is happening in our homes, we enable the abusers to continue with the abuse. We need to break the silence and expose those who seek to keep us bound in fear and dread.
Interfaith Career Network
Winter 2019 Career Search and Development Boot Camp
Join us on Tuesday, February 12, from 7-9 pm at the First Presbyterian Church of La Grange, 150 South Ashland Avenue.Being able to articulate and tell your story is one of the most critical elements of a job search. This week, co-facilitator Jim Peterson will help you craft that all important “Elevator Speech” Time will be allowed to practice your personal elevator speech with fellow attendees. You are encouraged to attend every session to make the most out of this training. Please enter the church on Catherine Avenue. For further information, contact Susan Sedler at email@example.com.
Organizing Your Job Search
Join us on Thursday, February 21 when our speaker, Steve Rosenblum, will discuss the process of a job search.Whether you are unemployed or employed seeking another opportunity, it is still a process.One of the most important parts of successfully making it through a search is to STAY ORGANIZED. This lively, interactive and informative presentation will offer insight, tools, resources and suggestions to help start, reinvigorate, lead and succeed in your search. Steve will also share many of his learnings, experiences and best practices, while encouraging others to do the same. We hope to see you at St. John of the Cross Parish Center, 5005 S. Wolf Road in Western Springs.
There is no cost to attend either of these programs and everyone is welcome.
As we prepare for Easter, we partner with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to reach out and serve others through the Rice Bowl program. Please help distribute Rice Bowls after Masses March 9-10. All ages are welcome. To sign up visit http://bit.ly/2MO1OKC to view slots and sign up.