On November 17, 2013 a horrific tornado ravaged Washington, IL and other surrounding communities of central Illinois. The people of these communities are still struggling to rebuild and find hope in the future. The ministry of Hope's on the Way joined in their struggle during the week of November 10-14, 2014. Bethany Community Church of Washington, has taken on the project of building 8 foot by 8 foot storage sheds to be placed on the property of citizens rebuilding their homes. Hope's on the Way gave its assistance to this project. Read about our latest mission
Lifting more than Bricks in Brick, New Jersey
Some 834 miles from Chicago, lies the town of Brick, New Jersey. It is hard to find on the map, but this ocean town lies sleepily on the coast. Hit hard from Hurricane Sandy nearly six months ago, Brick is just starting to piece together the fallen bricks of houses and bring the people home again. Read more about the Brick, New Jersey mission
“Buckets of Hope” for Victims of Sandy
Hope’s on the Way, a group of people conscious of their gifts who have been helping victims of disaster's since 2005 has developed a program to provide five-gallon buckets filled with cleaning supplies for the victims of Sandy. Items were collected between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day at parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago, and collected at the 14 drop-off sites. As of December 26, 2012 the collection sites are closed. On December 27 and 28, the completed buckets were picked up by Pickens-Kane Companies. Delivery by Reliable Moving and Storage was completed on January 10th.
On behalf of Hope's on the Way we wish to thank all who participated in theBuckets of Hopeprogram. Over 500 buckets of cleaning supplies were sent to the Diocese of Trenton, New Jersey, and to Suffolk, Nassau, Queens, Kings, & Staten Island counties in New York, to assist in the recovery of those in distress because of hurricane Sandy. Because of your generous assistance we were able to surpass our goal sending sixty-four cases of additional products and several boxes of miscellaneous items that will be divided equally between the two destinations.
Hope's on the Way has been successful because of the sacrifices of many people. Individuals gave freely, donating over 60,000 cleaning supply items, monetary donations, many hours of their time, free council, and free delivery of the buckets and additional supplies to their final destinations in New Jersey and New York. The buckets send more than cleaning supplies; they send our prayers and good wishes that this assistance might turn a tear into a smile and help remove despair as they realize that hope is ever present in our world.
We wish to especially thank the following for their generous assistance:
James P. Munroe, President Pickens-Kane Companies
Don Krengiel, Allied Van Lines, Westmont
Peter Toscano, President, Reliable Moving & Storage, Elizabeth, NJ
Deacon Richard Hudzik, Co-Vicar, Deacons of Chicago
Deacon Charles Jindrich, President RIC, Inc.
Harry Austin, President, James Austin Company, Mars, PA
Robert Deer, President United Press, Inc.
Click here to listen to Deacon Sal Lema discussing Buckets of Hope on Relevent Radio 950 am.
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Projects Completed by Hope's on the Way:
IN LOUISIANA, 2005-2009: 57,600 man hours of labor were provided in Louisiana by 127 volunteers.
More than $800,000 in goods and services.
IN CHICAGO, SINCE 2008: St. Rene vestibule and narthex: 270 man hours of labor by nine volunteers St. Vincent De Paul Family Store: 400 man hours of labor provided by 50 volunteers New Chapel at Our Lady of Peace Church: 224 hours of labor by 14 volunteers Deacon Hill Hall: 1,700 hours of labor by 37 volunteers Saint Francis De Paula Shelter: 80 hours of labor by 10 volunteers Community Center for Saints Peter and Paul Parish: 2,250 hours of labor by 53 volunteers Zaccheus House: 256 hours of labor by 8 volunteers
OCTOBER 2011: Fosters, Alabama: 397 hours of labor by 9 volunteers, $15,000 in goods and services provided
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