Going Beyond the Cover

The first year of the Client Engagement Model has taught us many things in regards to suburban poverty. There's a belief that if you live in the suburbs, even an affluent one such as Naperville, you have little to no financial challenges. Some assume that the word "suburb" is associated with a family or person with this stature; however, our work has shown us that poverty doesn't discriminate, nor is anyone exempt from it regardless of where you live.

Tis the Season at Loaves & Fishes

Do you decorate your tree with cutlery? We do! And it's just in time for the holiday season when we will be providing client families with holiday meals to make the season brighter. #holiday #xmas #tree #decoration #toocute #decorating #santa #presents #meal

A photo posted by Loaves & Fishes (@loavesfishes1984) on Dec 10, 2015 at 12:30pm PST

As Good As Gold?

Maybe it's just the time of year that makes me reflect a little on the cycle of life and those of us who are now classified as "older adults.” Fall is a favorite season for me, but not so much for those who might be facing the challenges of their golden years with not much gold at all.

Anicca Floats Over

Thanks to our friends @aniccafloatclub who donated $600 and canned goods that were raised during their Community Float Day! Have you floated yet? #floatnaperville #naperville #community #giveback #makeadifference #sharethejoy #therapy #relaxation #relax

A photo posted by Loaves & Fishes (@loavesfishes1984) on Nov 16, 2015 at 11:35am PST

The Power of Community

The western suburbs of Chicago are increasingly becoming home to low-income families in search of safer neighborhoods, better schools, and affordable housing; yet, they are finding that a lack of employment opportunities and public transit are blocking their path to self-sufficiency.

How Can You Help End Child Hunger?

When I retired I chose to volunteer at Loaves & Fishes because of the impact I knew it had in our community. After 25 years of teaching, it was evident to me that poor nutrition and hunger were often obstacles to a child’s success at school. When a 12 year old is hungry, all that matters is getting something to eat.