As we wind down from enjoying a beautiful long lasting autumn with exceptionally warm temperatures and the historic Cub victory, we begin to focus on the quickly approaching holidays.
We pull down the ghosts and witches to be greeted by signs of Happy Thanksgiving. A special time where many families and friends gather around a table filled with the traditional Thanksgiving cuisine. Some families,unfortunately, dine together with argument and end up in front of a football game on TV. Other homes choose this time to be thankful, grateful for what they have and how they can improve the lives of others.
According to recent reports, 42 million American’s are living in poverty and have no idea where their next meal might come from let alone a Thanksgiving feast.
In Illinois, Jennifer Clary, senior research associate at Heartland Alliance’s Social IMPACT Research Center claims that Illinois’s poverty statistics have grown or remained stagnant for years.
According to U.S. Census data synthesized by Heartland Alliance, 1.85 million Illinoisans are living in poverty. Many organizations helping those survive have found that new people have applied for help and emergency housing this year that they have not seen before.
A very large segment of the population in DuPage County, once a wealthy county, have seen the increase in food stamps and much lower hourly wages for employment.
Since 2000, Hopes Front Door has broadened face-to-face services helping clients with emergency assistance and long-term solutions to meet a variety of needs in a six-community service area: Darien, Downers Grove, Lisle, Westmont, Willowbrook and Woodridge.
Art Leamy, a Hope’s Front Door volunteer, explains why he has volunteered at the organization for the last 15 years and the importance of the work being done.
I see Hope’s Front Door accomplishing some real good in the community. We are helping people with
immediate problems, giving them the resources so that they can be contributing members of the community. Hope’s Front Door also offers programs that can enhance the opportunity for independence. We are looking at the whole person, not just the immediate needs.
Sometimes people who are poor,are erroneously viewed as having less worth. That is one of the real tragedies. Hope’s Front Door does a great job of recognizing the dignity of everyone who walks through our doors.
Please contact us for more information. You can volunteer, partner as an area business, or just give a donations. Hope’s Front Door offers a monthly giving program which is easy to provide ongoing support, workplace campaigns, tribute gifts to honor someone and memorial gifts. You can also donate an item for their wish list or arrange for planned giving such as retirement plan which makes an ideal gift to this tax-exempt organization.