35 Years of Hope: Jackie Edens

Jackie Edens has devoted her career to helping Chicago’s homeless and disadvantaged. She started working for the city as a Mobile Crisis Intervention Worker in 1975, when the city relied exclusively on nonprofit organizations to aid the homeless. The police department...

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35 Years of Hope: Carol Cronin

Carol Cronin’s family foundation has been supporting St. Martin de Porres House of Hope for more than  20 years. “My sister Hannah first heard Sister Connie speak to a group of women in Northbrook about 1985.  She made a contribution and still has the thank you note...

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35 Years of Hope: Gloria and Fred Gleave

Gloria Gleave started her career as a computer programmer in the early 1970s and ended it as a certified Project Manager.  In the late 1980s, she met Sister Connie Driscoll at a Women in Management event in Chicago.  She was impressed with the work St Martin de Porres...

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35 Years of Hope: Sandy and Brian Kraimer

Sandy and Brian Kraimer met while attending college in Wisconsin, got married and moved to Chicago for work. Sandy thought the move would be temporary. That was almost 30 years ago.   The Kraimers remained in Chicagoland where Sandy, president of the board of Harmony...

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35 Years of Hope: Father Tom McCarthy

Father Tom grew up in the Marquette Park area on Chicago’s South Side, a graduate of St. Rita of Cascia High School. Ordained in the Augustinian Order, he returned to St. Rita, where he worked first as school chaplain, then as president, president/principal and...

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35 Years of Hope: Carol Marin

Walk into the doors of St. Martin de Porres House of Hope, and the first room you will come to has walls painted a vivid red. Sunlight streams through the windows. Comfortable chairs and couches, a piano, and bookcases adorn the room. To the side are desks full of...

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35 Years of Hope: John Driscoll

There I was, in my mid-20s, living in the attic of a homeless shelter with 60 women and about 70 of their children,” John Driscoll says with a smile. Today John is senior vice president in charge of recovery services with Hazelden Betty Ford, overseeing a staff of 900...

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