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OUTREACH - ASSISTANCE TO THE MATERIALLY POOR: SENIORS' PROGRAM

Our 50-60 “regular” seniors come together every Tuesday for exercise and computer classes, a Bible study led by Fr. Bob or one of the Franciscans, a nutritious lunch, and time to cultivate friendships and build support networks.

We also periodically go on field trips to give our seniors the opportunity to enjoy some of the cultural and spiritual treasures of Chicago. Our past trips have included Mundelein Seminary, the Shedd Aquarium, Holy Name Cathedral, Navy Pier, an architectural boat tour, concerts in Millennium Park, the Chicago Symphony, and many more!

Meal Line

Meal

Very few of our seniors knew each other before the seniors’ program began in 2009. Many of them were afraid to leavetheir houses because of the challenges in the neighborhood. We are very grateful that we have been able to provide this programming to encourage them to spend time out of the house and participate in positive, enriching activities.

It is especially important to support our neighborhood’s seniors since many of them are raising their grandchildren or great-grandchildren due to family turmoil. We want to continue to help them as they work hard to teach their families Christian morals within the difficult circumstances in our neighborhood.

Field Trip