Monday, Bettendorf Place became its very own Barbershop. Craig, a volunteer from the Smile Organization decided to come out and give free haircuts to our Bettendorf Place residents. Ten of our residents received cuts and were very satisfied with their new look!
Lately Bettendorf Place has seen a lot of old faces leave and have been welcoming all the new faces taking their place. With all the hustle and bustle of getting acclimated to their new home Bettendorf decided to host a Listening Campaign where these new faces (old too) can come and get all of their questions answered and also learn what the roles of all the staff were. Staff from Bonaventure House and The Harbor came and presented their roles and ways they will be able to help out here too. At the end of the Campaign residents left with their stomachs and minds full.
I’m doing a year of national service with Alexian Brothers Housing and Health Alliance through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. AmeriCorps asks all its members to spend Martin Luther King Day serving their communities, making it “a day on, not a day off.”
There are three AmeriCorps members currently working as part of the team here at the Housing and Health Alliance. Each of us chose a different project to join for MLK Day. Simone, our volunteer and outreach coordinator at Bettendorf Place, highlighted her experience at a youth literary fair in a post last week. Melanie, our aftercare program coordinator, worked with a group painting murals at a Chicago school.
I joined Y.O.U. (Youth Organizations Umbrella) in Evanston for their annual Diverse Communities United celebration. The event commemorates the dream and legacy of Dr. King through song, dance, theater, and speeches. Students of all ages from a number of Evanston and Skokie schools joined the event, which was free for the community to attend.
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Bettendorf Place VISTA took a day to Volunteer at the 8th Annual MLK Youth Literacy Fair held at the Northwestern Conference located in West Town. The fair allowed the youth of the community to interact, learn, and have fun while exploring different aspects of literacy through book reading, games, crafts and more! Hundreds of youth arrived excited and ready to learn about Martin Luther King Jr. At the end of the day the kids left with big smiles and big bags of books and crafts they made.
Happy New Year, Happy New Year,
Family, friends and colleagues, too.
May this new year be your best yet,
Happiness the whole year through.
Let’s all join to lift our glasses
In a toast to everyone.
To the old year now behind us,
To the new year, just begun.
Lots of our doors at Bonaventure House are decorated for the holidays. Visit us on Facebook today (facebook.com/bonaventurehouse/) to check out the full set of photos.
You can also learn more about what it means for our residents to have a place of their own in our video “My Own Key” at youtube.com/watch?v=LqmT11ugouo.
Happy holidays and happy New Year from everyone at Bonaventure House!