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Senior Moments from H.O.M.E.

Helping H.O.M.E. is a Family Affair

Posted by Catherine Daniels on Apr 22, 2020 2:00:00 PM

H.O.M.E. is a special place for our family, and is so for reasons both unique and universal. In my 20s I was looking for somewhere to donate all my furniture when I moved. I don’t remember how I found H.O.M.E., but all of it went to the residents. Although I have given nominal and increasing amounts every year since then, I really knew little about H.O.M.E. until I finally visited.

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Topics: volunteer, intergenerational housing, food security, philanthropy, impact, senior isolation, Nathalie Salmon House

Impact: You helped provide some care for a child-care specialist

Posted by Gordon Mayer on Dec 2, 2019 9:30:00 AM

Dawn Olderr Montalvo has been caring for other people’s children most of her life.  You helped find her a place to stay when she needed someone to take care of her for a change. 

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Topics: community, Giving Tuesday, philanthropy, senior housing, affordable housing, ILgive

Impact: You helped the Hatchetts and Larry Solomon find homes they love

Posted by Gordon Mayer on Nov 25, 2019 9:15:00 AM

Your support ensures residents in our independent living apartments get homes that come with all the amenities. 

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Topics: senior living, intergenerational housing, Giving Tuesday, philanthropy, impact, ILgive

Impact: your support keeps the Rowe home as warm as their 55-year marriage

Posted by Gordon Mayer on Nov 8, 2019 2:17:59 PM

Over the years the Rowes have turned to H.O.M.E. several times for upkeep and repair including weatherization, painting and, just this fall, a new hot water heater.  Your support for that work means the inside of the Rowes’ house in the Rosemoor community on the South Side, where they live with their dog, Lucky, is just as warm as their marriage of 55 years.  

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Topics: Giving Tuesday, philanthropy, impact, ILgive

Impact: You helped DJ Larry “SirLES” Sullivan move to a new apartment

Posted by Gordon Mayer on Nov 4, 2019 11:01:06 AM

Your support provided movers to someone who’s an expert on helping people move, himself. 

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Topics: Giving Tuesday, philanthropy, impact, Moving Program, ILgive

‘Voices From H.O.M.E.’ one theme, many stories

Posted by Gordon Mayer on Nov 1, 2019 9:15:00 AM

As we prepare for Giving Tuesday again on December 3, 2019, we’re proud to share stories that demonstrate both the impact of your support and also the diversity of experiences among the seniors who have benefited from the generosity of our supporters. 

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Topics: Giving Tuesday, philanthropy, ILgive

What does the children's program Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood have to do with seniors?

Posted by Amber Martin on Apr 15, 2019 11:12:00 AM

With a recent documentary as well as the upcoming film starring Tom Hanks, the iconic children's program Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood is having a renaissance moment. At H.O.M.E., we've been inspired by the show, too. 

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Topics: volunteer, community, intergenerational housing, senior independence, philanthropy, aging in community, intergenerational relationships, LGBT Older Adults, diverse elders

Five easy ways to give big to small organizations this holiday season

Posted by Amber Martin on Dec 17, 2018 10:04:00 AM

For many people, the holiday season is a time to give back to the community in ways big and small. It's often seen as a time of reflection, giving thanks, and spreading cheer to loved ones as well as to those who are in need of comfort and joy.

Earlier this month, Joe Cahill made a wonderful case in Crain's for why smaller, local organizations should be on your holiday giving list this year. 

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Topics: philanthropy

Highlights from Giving USA and why your support is important

Posted by Amber Martin on Jun 25, 2018 11:40:11 AM

Are you a donor? Do you give at the end of the year or attend events throughout the year? Are you a member of a monthly giving program, like H.O.M.E.’s Partners in Independence?

Do you ever wonder if you’re alone, and where other donors are giving?

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Topics: community, philanthropy, ageism

Seniors are often overlooked. You can be a part of the solution.

Posted by Amber Martin on Jan 8, 2018 10:30:00 AM

Let’s start here because this needs to be said: seniors are valuable.

As someone who works for an organization that is committed to helping older adults, you may think I’m biased. It’s true; my work securing funding for H.O.M.E. has taught me just how much seniors have to offer.

Beyond the wisdom and experience for which we often give them credit, seniors provide tangible value to our communities.

Older adults outpace other generations in volunteering; provide vital childcare for working parents; and are consumers and investors and donors. And yes, just like Joan, they’re still working.

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Topics: intergenerational housing, senior independence, philanthropy, aging in community, ageism