Can you believe it’s time to start talking about Thanksgiving? With the holidays around the corner we also know that means busy schedules, extra shopping and chaotic households. Before the busyness arrives, please consider how you can share the holidays with GNP. We will be starting a “Giving Tuesday” campaign, which will be held on Tuesday December 3 of this year. Giving Tuesday is a national day to give back. With the hype of super spending on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, make sure to keep your focus on what is really important by supporting GNP. To donate, click on the "Donate Now" button on the upper right hand side of the screen.
Last year’s Christmas Store was a success because of the generosity of donors and volunteers who took time out of the busyness of the season to volunteer their time. Please join us this year as we prepare for the Second Annual Christmas Store to be held on Saturday, December 14 at Gale Academy. We need people to sort and price the gifts, greet the shoppers, care for children, total the purchases, wrap the gifts and serve treats to all. Volunteers can register online at http://vols.pt/v73Lc9.
We hope that the spirit of Christmas will move you to share your time ~ it is guaranteed to be the best Christmas gift you receive this year!
Barb Gerleman Jane Trueheart Huels
Good News Partners Annual Community Dinner
Join us as we celebrate learning to live together peacefully and productively. An evening of uplifting stories, sharing in fellowship and enjoying great music.
Friday, October 25, 2013
First Presbyterian Church of Evanston
1427 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL
This year's program includes:
Music for your dancing and listening pleasure by Tim Williams Band, Urban Rhythm Band
We invite you to purchase a seat for $50 or sponsor a table for 8 for $400. If you are unable to attend, but would still like to contribute, your gift will help purchase a seat for one of our resident partners.
RSVP by October 11, 2013- to email@example.com or call 773-764-4998 x 107
Our hope is that this event will stir an excitement in our own runners and also others who see our team members representing Good News Partners.
To prepare our team for the race, we held a carb-loading, pasta party the evening prior at the Warnecke Learning Center. It was a great time of fellowship with one another and also gave our runners the opportunity to spend time in the neighborhood. Then on September 8, our running team headed to Jackson Park to compete in the Chicago Half Marathon and 5K. Kaleyah, a 14 year-old currently living in New Life Interim Housing, was one of our 5k runners this year. She says, “It was a fun and inspiring event. I saw so many people there that were supporting Good News Partners and supporting me. I want to do the half marathon next year!”
We look forward to next year’s race and hope to double, or even triple, our team. Please contact Natalie@goodnewspartners.org if you would like more information. You can never start training too early.
Good News Partners is launching a summer reading program geared toward elementary and middle school students. With the help our dedicated volunteers, GNP is hosting this opportunity for our young learners to dig into books and have a fun, safe and educational experience. Our summer reading program will be held a few days out of the week for the entire summer. To entice more students to join, we will be offering snacks, an air conditioned room for 1 ½ hours a day, as well as books for them to take home.
Our hope is that this program will help keep their reading skills up during the summer, helping them to pick up farther ahead in the school year. “More than 1/2 of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. As a result, low-income youth are less likely to graduate from high school or enter college.” (National Summer Reading Association). Low-income students lose up to two months of reading level achievement during summer vacation. Seems like very harsh statistics, but these are the realities the students in the GNP neighborhood face. Summertime, although celebrated and looked forward to since Christmas break, is also a season of increased violence and decreased brain stimulation.
Our students have a critical role in the transformation of this community. They are future parents and leaders and we take our responsibility in supporting and training them seriously. If you are interested in being a part of our reading program as a volunteer, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Warnecke Learning Center was transformed into the Saturday Store on July 13th. GNP families came out to shop s for household items and toys. The Saturday Store will be open once a month, offering items such as electronics, clothes, toys, books and household items. Residents shop at deep discounts using cash or “jingle buck” credits they earn through working jobs in the GNP community. The proceeds from these sales will be added to the monies from the Christmas Store and will go towards the completion of the Warnecke Learning Center upon the recommendation of the Resident’s Council.
This is a great opportunity to build into a new business in the North of Howard area – a Re-Sale shop where residents may work and shop. If you are interested in helping us develop this “start-up”, please contact email@example.com.
On Sunday July 14, 2013 Good News Partners celebrated the long-term partnership of Dick and Barbara Warnecke by renaming our Jonquil Hotel Learning Center in their honor. Dick and Barbara have been a part of the GNP family for over 15 years. Their commitment to education and passion for the neighborhood has been an inspiration to many.
In memory of their grandson, Sean, Dick and Barbara have made a generous contribution in order for Good News Partners to hire an educational coordinator. This has been a long anticipated position in the community. With this new role, we will be able to coordinate the educational activities of Good News partners, and directly support and coach the families and individuals in the GNP community. Networking with other local organizations, monitoring school attendance, and work with resident partners to develop and follow through on their individual education plans, this position is critical to our work in community development. If you are also interested in supporting this new position, please consider making a contribution or pledge. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Good News Partners is thankful for the Warnecke’s hard work, generosity and dedication, and that their name will live on in the GNP neighborhood through The Warnecke Learning Center.
Good News Partners is once again partnering with the 17th Annual Chicago Half Marathon and 5k. We want YOU to be a part of our team! This is a great way to help spread the good news of our mission of ending homelessness and hopelessness in the North of Howard neighborhood of Rogers Park to your friends and family. With two race options available, a ½ marathon or 5k, there is room for everyone on our team. The race is still 3 ½ months away, which gives you plenty of time to get in shape! We found it to be a fun and rewarding event last year and have high expectations for the 2013 race.
We will be having two team runs leading up to race day as well as a pasta party the night before the big race! All team members will recieve a free running t-shirt for race day as well.
Our early bird rates of $150 and $250 for the 5k and ½ marathon end on July 1st. Remember, you are able to collect donations from family and friends in order to help you raise money. We will be sending a direct link to you that you can share through an email or other online communication.
Please email Natalie@goodnewspartners.org for more information and to register to be a part of our running team.
With the help of Second Baptist Church and New Life Covenant North, the mothers and children at New Life Interim Housing celebrated Mother’s Day in a special way. Schona Buranda, Director of New Life Interim Housing, says “We had church in here! The Spirit was moving. Women experienced healing and a release of hurts that they have lived with for many years. I see the mothers praying together and reading the Bible together now.”
Not only has New Life Interim Housing experienced a deep spiritual transformation since Mother’s Day, but there is also reason to celebrate because every single woman living in the shelter is either employed or enrolled in school. The level of motivation and dedication currently seen at the shelter is inspiring and a testimony to God’s work of ending homelessness and hopelessness among us.
Listen to the short stories of Marilyn and Victoria, two mothers living at New Life, and how living in the shelter has impacted their lives this Mother’s Day. Listen and watch here.
Spring has arrived which also means our Annual Church Luncheon is approaching. Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 marks the date of this year’s lunch which will be held at the Winnetka Congregational Church. Good News Partners is blessed by the investment of our church partners and their willingness to walk with us as we work toward fulfilling our mutual mission. We look forward to more church partners around the table to discuss ways to further our partnership and share evidences of God’s work among us.
When: Thursday, May 23, 2012
12 pm-2 pm
Winnetka Congregational Church
725 Pine St., Winnetka, IL 60093
RSVP to Natalie@goodnewspartners.org or call 773-764-4998 x107