Claretian Associates wishes you Happy Holidays!
South Chicago Neighborhood Network Holiday Gathering
The South Chicago Neighborhood Network (SCNN) held its annual Winter Wonderland Networking Luncheon at the SALUD Center. Community partners came together to enjoy the company of each other with games and brunch.
South Chicago Peoples Park Meet and Greet
Claretian Associates hosted a Meet and Greet with the partnership of Neighbor Space at South Chicago Peoples Park, located at 3257 E 91st Street. Community members, youth from UNITY Squad, and the 10th Ward Alderman’s office gathered to establish stewardship and enjoy tamales with Mexican hot chocolate.
The South Chicago Neighborhood Network and Advocate Health Care Systems concluded the Loneliness Project at the SALUD Center. The program was created to bring awareness to all components of loneliness and to provide tools for connection. “Loneliness was established as a pandemic not just in America but in the world. Once the person is aware of loneliness and has tools for connection, it reduces the risk of social isolation” said Faith Nurse Lashondria Purnell.
UNITY Squad held a holiday celebration to end the year right before winter break. The youth had a holiday dinner at the SALUD Center, played games, and received gifts. Next year, UNITY Squad will host a fashion show, resource fair, sock hop, and many more activities.
Youth Activities at the SALUD Center
On Monday, December 4th, the Chicago Civic Orchestra hosted a free concert for seniors at the SALUD Center. The seniors enjoyed almost an hour of classical concertos and received details about each piece played. Seniors were able to engage with orchestra members after the concert.
The South Chicago SALUD Center seniors are receiving computer tutoring sessions on the Preservation for Affordable Housing (POAH) side in the community room. Most recently senior friendly computers were installed in the POAH community room. “We want seniors to learn how to use the computer for leisure and more,” said Resident Service Manager Wendy Steward. The computers are connected to a printer which allows seniors to print documents. Eventually, seniors will be able to pay rent online and navigate a computer on their own. So far 10 seniors are interested and receiving computer tutoring sessions.
Claretian Associates Holiday Party
Claretian Associates held their annual Staff Holiday Party at Harborside International Golf Center. Staff gathered and enjoyed brunch, games, and holiday music. Each staff member received a Claretian staff polo and was entered into a raffle upon arrival. CEO Angela Hurlock was honored at the party for her upcoming 20 year anniversary with Claretian and for being a part community.