Outreach program has regional impact

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HOPE at St. Pius V staff members with gifts of appreciation received from program participants at February 14th Gala. L to R: Dolores Tapia, Luis Chavez, Sr. Virginia Jung, OSB, and Dulce Cira.

Fr. Chuck continues to preach in parishes and form parish ministry committees to serve victims of domestic violence. Since last December he established ministries at parishes in Northbrook, Morton Grove, Oak Park and River Forest, as well as at one Chicago parish. His parish preaching schedule includes visits to Old St. Mary and Queen of All Saints, and St. Luke. On March 22 Fr. Chuck and his team will offer an enrichment workshop at Loyola University’s downtown campus for ministers from the 36 parishes where he has already preached.

On Valentine’s Day, HOPE at St. Pius V, our program for domestic violence, couples’ enrichment and parenting, held a dinner dance for 270 people. Most guests at the funding raising event have benefited from the classes, counseling, and support groups offered by HOPE. HOPE director Dolores Tapia said “People really enjoyed themselves. Many knew one another and most had the common experience of renewing their love for their partner. It was a great celebration that raised $10,000 to support our program.”