One week ago today marked the Grand Opening of our South Side facility. Alexian Brothers AIDS Ministry’s third facility will house 23 individuals in studio apartments on the South Side of Chicago. Alexian Brothers AIDS Ministry staff, especially those in charge of the South Side location, worked hard for months to ensure the facility was ready for the celebration. Sunny skies and a refreshing breeze helped make the Grand Opening a success.
The Grand Opening included an awards ceremony. Father Freddy Washington of St. Mary Magdalene Parish, was awarded the President’s Award for his commitment to the development of Bettendorf Place and for furthering the values and mission of the Alexian Brothers. The Board Service Award was given to Paula Addington and Shaku Teas. Jeffrey Zeman was the recipient of the Volunteer Service Award. David Dempsey, Director of Clinical Services, was awarded the Outstanding Service Award. All of the award recipients have displayed their commitment to the values of the Alexian Brothers and to serving individuals affected by HIV/AIDS.
Staff and volunteers led tours of the building and delicious food was enjoyed. A steel drum band, the JoeSounds Trio, entertained event goers with Caribbean music to add to the festive atmosphere. We would like to thank Alexian Brothers staff, volunteers, Bonaventure House and The Harbor residents, and the South Side location’s neighbors for coming out to support the event.
Toni Carrigan, Property Manager of the new facility, said of the event, “I was happy to see so many community members there and I was proud to be a part of the staff at here. It was truly a team effort. It was a great launch into becoming a member of the community.”
The mission and values that will guide this new facility are the same principles that guide all Alexian Brothers institutions: compassion, dignity of the person, care of the poor, holism and partnership. The South Side facility will use a different model for addressing the needs in its community. Unlike Bonaventure House and The Harbor, both of which are transitional living facilities, this facility will offer permanent supportive housing for its residents, all of whom will be homeless and have disabilities that can include HIV/AIDS. This location’s staff, which will include two full time case managers, will provide social services, spiritual care, occupational therapy and recovery services. The South Side location will also serve as a center where members of the community can attend GED classes and receive computer training and healthy lifestyle education.
Information about applying for housing at this location can be found here. We are currently looking for volunteers to help staff this new facility. If interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our volunteer page.