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Michael Laz

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Two Resources Older Adults Living in Chicago Should Know About

Posted by Michael Laz on Aug 26, 2019 10:24:00 AM

There seem to be some little known programs and resources out there for older adults living in Chicago that may be beneficial to some senior home owners to know about. We want to make sure you know about the tax rebate for senior home owners and the porch repair program. 

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Topics: Resources and tips for seniors

8 Things We Want Our Volunteers to Know

Posted by Michael Laz on Dec 12, 2016 11:19:13 AM

Ever thought of volunteering (or volunteering again) for H.O.M.E.? Want to get involved, but don't know where to start?

One great way to start is to go to our website to explore ways to get involved and then fill out the form to get more information. If you are still wondering what to do next, here are 8 things we want our volunteers to know:

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Topics: volunteer

World Horizon Volunteers feel at H.O.M.E.

Posted by Michael Laz on Aug 1, 2016 2:50:34 PM

When World Horizon first contacted us to see if we were interested in partnering with them, we were not sure if their program was a good fit for H.O.M.E .   After further reflection and looking at our needs we determined that it would indeed be worth giving it a try for a year. 

One of the biggest obstacles in growing our volunteer program was not recruiting volunteers but finding a way to host the people who were interested in volunteering with us.  We decided to create a position that would serve two roles: Resident Assistant and Volunteer Supervisor. 

We have always had Resident Assistants at our housing locations and by adding the role of Volunteer Supervisor to that position we were able to meet the qualifications within World Horizons framework. We are happy to report this partnership is working out quite well!

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Topics: volunteer, community, intergenerational relationships, Good Life Senior Residences

Volunteers paint, make friends and change lives

Posted by Michael Laz on Jun 20, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Summer is here and the time is right for dancing in the streets or, in our case, for painting houses.  Every summer, with the help of dedicated volunteers from faith-based youth groups, corporations and schools, we are able to paint rooms in seniors' homes, brightening and freshening the living spaces and making them more comfortable places for the seniors and others.

But these groups do more than just add a coat of paint to homes as they volunteer to help the elderly. As one of our clients said after rooms in her home were painted:

Thanks to the hard work from these wonderful youngsters I can invite people over again because I am not ashamed of my home.

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Topics: volunteer

Giving Tuesday Impact Series: Keeping seniors warm in Chicago winters

Posted by Michael Laz on Nov 2, 2015 11:29:50 AM

Chicagoans will tell just about anyone from anywhere that we have the coldest winters in the world. And while someone from Fargo may have a valid argument otherwise, we can all agree that yes, Chicago winters are cold.

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Topics: senior independence, food security, safety, fall prevention, Giving Tuesday, impact, aging in community

Celebrating Community Partners: Catholic HEART Workcamp

Posted by Michael Laz on Jun 30, 2014 10:18:00 AM

H.O.M.E extends a huge thank you all the volunteers from Catholic Heart Workcamp.

Catholic Heart Workcamp  is a faith based organization made up of adults and teens that trave
l to specific destinations to help organizations with their program needs. They have volunteered with us in past years and are always enthusiastically welcomed back.
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Topics: volunteer, community, intergenerational housing, community partners, food security, aging in community

3 easy ways to help seniors at the 29th Annual Hunger Walk

Posted by Michael Laz on Jun 1, 2014 10:07:00 PM

On June 21st, H.O.M.E. staff, clients, board members and other supporters will join thousands of others in the Greater Chicago Food Depository Hunger Walk at Soldier Field to raise funds and awareness for the fight to end hunger.  The 5K, 3.1 mile Hunger Walk is a fun opportunity for all types of individuals of all ages to help ensure their neighbors get the food they need. The Hunger Walk benefits agencies like H.O.M.E. who are members of the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s network.

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Topics: volunteer, community, community partners, food security