Spring 2017
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Dear Friends,

Our numbers tell our story. 110 ICP Volunteers provided rides and services (think Petal Pushers, visitation, card ministry) to 333 Care Partners in 2016—wow! 3,124 transportation rides were served. This is collaboration at its finest! Being part of a community and organization like ICP that loves and supports its older adults and individuals with disabilities is beyond anything I ever dreamed I would enjoy!

Thank you all for being a part of Interfaith Community Partners in support of our many Care Partners. Take a look through this newsletter to see what we’ve been up to and what’s coming up. In January, our three new office staff began working with us. In February, ICP participated in La Grange Gives--La Grange restaurants gave 15% of their sales to local non-profit organizations. In March we will gather with our community partners who support us in so many ways to thank them and let them know where their dollars are spent. Then in April we honor our devoted Volunteers with an old-fashioned Ice Cream Social!

2017 will be a year of growth for ICP as we begin our new Cookie Cutters program. Look inside this newsletter for more information. 2017 is also a year of growth for my family as we welcome our second daughter-in-law in July! We are so excited for Scott and Meredith’s wedding in Champaign, Illinois and to gather all of our children, family, and friends for this joyous wedding!

As always, please bring your thoughts, ideas, and comments to my attention. I’d love hear what we do that’s working for you as well as any comments or concerns.


Janet Garreau 

Executive Director


The mission of Interfaith Community Partners is to maximize the independence and well-being of older adults by enabling connections with others in their community.  


Save-the-Date - Friday, October 6

Our Fall Benefit date is scheduled for Friday, October 6, at Capri Banquets in Countryside. The Nick Ponterelli Band will be back in action playing all of your favorite songs by Frank Sinatra, James Dean, and more!  Watch for more details this Summer! 
If you are interested in serving on the Benefit Committee, please call the office.

Thank You to Community Memorial Foundation  

From grant monies provided by the Community Memorial Foundation for the Stay Mentally and Physically Active project, check out the new calendar with loads of programs for older adults on our website at, Calendar tab. 

Please notify our office if there is a program you would like to have listed.


Patti Hankins — Office Assistant

We would like to introduce Patti Hankins.  Patti has lived in LaGrange Park for 26 years where she raised her three children. With her youngest childheading off to college, she chose to work for Interfaith Community Partners.  In her spare time she enjoys reading James Patterson books and watching Nashville and Scandal.

“I was thrilled when I learnedthe position at Interfaith Community Partners.have always enjoyed working with older adults and believe that our community should support individuals with special needs.I am extremely happy to be part of the ICP team and look forward to interacting with our Volunteers and Care Partners.“

Peggy Patino — Volunteer Coordinator  
                              Thursday and Friday

Peggy Patino comes to us from the Village of Brookfield, having retired from her position of 21 years in May 2014. Prior to that, Peggy worked for Brookfield Zoo in a number of capacities for 14 years. It was there that she met her husband of 26 years, Frank. They live in Lyons with their beagle/husky mix dog, Crystal. Peggy enjoys history, reading, writing, puzzles of all kinds, and old black and white movies.

“I have become especially close to my dad’s aunt who lives far from family.  She has had to rely on the kindness of a friend or expensive cabs to take her to doctor appointments or on errands.  Being sensitive to her transportation difficulties is what inspired me to accept the position at ICP.  What we do here is so important!  I think of it less like a job and more of a mission.”

Eileen Uzarski — Volunteer Coordinator
                              Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

I am a happily retired retail advertising account executive who has been blessed with the opportunity to connect with so many engaging and appreciative Care Partners. Even more so, I am amazed by the number of ICP volunteers who generously give of their time and companionship. On a personal note, I have two lovely daughters, four amazing grandchildren and a terrific dog named Zoe. Additionally, I volunteer at Interfaith Career Network and Brookfield Zoo. Things I look forward to are getting to know ICP Care Partners and Volunteers better, having to wear sunglasses again, and the return of Daylight Savings Time! Hope to meet and/or see you soon!

Aging Well Neighborhood’s aim is to create an age-friendly community – a great place to grow up and to grow old!  We are working one-on-one with local businesses to help them be aware and accommodating to the rapidly growing older adult population. To become a Partner, businesses complete a personal consultation, site-visit, and detailed assessment.   The assessment includes meeting at least 10 items on an age-friendly checklist, which covers customer service, lighting, ease of mobility, signage and more.

Once certified, Partner businesses receive a decal for their front door so that folks will know which businesses provide a high level of customer service and value their aging patrons. Please look for the decal. It means these businesses do a little extra when needed to help those who need it. 

To recommend a business for the AWN Partner program contact Alyson Scanlon at 708-603-2259 or Help us create a neighborhood that values aging well! 


Welcome New Volunteers:

Mary Beth Ford
Bill Garreau
Joe Duffy
Elaine Thompson

Eileen Uzarski
Michael Donaldson
Patti Hankins
Alexandria Meccia

Thank you…..

Kate Marshall and the St. Barbara’s crew for cooking and delivering hot meals to our Care Partners at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Jan Matheny, for your work on the birthday card ministry each month.

Anita Hunt, for your assistance mailing the Thanksgiving cards and your office assistance on special projects on Monday and Friday mornings.

To the following church youth programs and school group for hand-making Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day cards for our Care Partners:

Jonathan Burr Elementary School, Chicago

St. John of the Cross, Western Springs

First United Methodist Church of La Grange

First Congregational of Western Springs

St. John's Lutheran Church of La Grange

First Congregational Church of Western Springs

St. Francis Xavier of La Grange

Presbyterian Church of Western Springs

Thank you to the following churches who support us in spirit as well as financially:

All Saints Episcopal Church

Congregation of Saint Joseph

First Congregational Church of  La Grange

First Congregational Church of Western Springs

First Presbyterian Church of La Grange

First United Methodist Church - La Grange

Grace Lutheran Church

Presbyterian Church of Western Springs

St. Barbara’s Parish

St. Cletus Paris

St. Francis Xavier Parish

St. John of the Cross Parish

St. John’s Lutheran Church

St. Louise de Marillac Parish

Dedicated Board of Directors: 

     Robert Grecco            Herbert Smyers

     Gaye Wagner              Robert Weiler

     Benjamin Boyd           Mary Beth Ford

     Sharon Flaim               Ann-Marie Hickey

     Kathleen King             Aileen Pendleton

The residents of Plymouth Place, who so graciously put together vases of flowers for our Care Partners, right before Valentine’s Day.

To see more pictures of our volunteers and events, visit our Facebook page!

LT Transition Program students for handling the annual appeal mailing in November and for all your work on the Petal Pusher flower program. 


Are you recently retired and looking for something rewarding to do?  Do you have a few hours a month to spend with older adults in your community.  Then ICP is looking for you!  Please call the ICP office at 708.354.9328 for more information.

Petal Pusher volunteers

This is a two-fold volunteer project. First, we need volunteers to pick-up flowers as we receive calls from local churches, and then disassemble the arrangements into small vases for delivery. Second, is for Petal Pusher flower deliverers. We will give you a list of 4-6 Care Partners to deliver the flowers to. The key to this ministry is timeliness as the flowers arrive to us gently used, so we need to have a one-to-two-day turnaround for deliveries. If you have a passion for this ministry, please call the office.

Cookie cutters! 

New program! Do you like to bake cookies? We are starting a new program late this spring to deliver home-baked cookies to our Care Partners, several times a year. If you are interested in being one of our bakers, please call the office for more details. 

Visiting Volunteers

Our office has had requests for visitation from several of our Care Partners—could you spare an hour to visit with one of them? One-hour times once to twice a month is what we are scheduling.  A training will be offered on Tuesday, April 18 from 2:00—3:00 p.m. at Aging Care Connections. Please call the office to reserve a space at this training.

Yard Cleanup

Are you unable to cleanup your yard from the winter? We have a group of 7th and 8th grade students from St. John of the Cross who can assist you with that on Sunday, April 23. 

Please call the office at 708-354-9328 to reserve a space on the cleanup schedule. You will need to provide your own yard waste bags, the youth will bring their own rakes, etc.

Volunteer Experience

In the ten years that I have been providing transports or visits for Interfaith Community Partners, it has been fun to discover many “connections” with the care partners that I meet.  Some I have seen with such regularity that they have become dear friends.

As we chat during our time together, the care partner and I invariably discover something that we have in common.  It may be that our children or grandchildren knew each other at Lyons Township High School.  Some have lived in neighborhoods where I have lived before.  I have met care partners who know my husband and I have reconnected with others whose children were in third grade classes that I taught many years ago.  When we share our experiences we learn from each other.  Most transports are very enjoyable.

I am told so often how much the assistance of Interfaith Community Partners has meant to them, enabling them to remain in their home or making it easy for them to keep appointments with their doctors.  Their gratitude is so sincere, and after each trip I return home happy to know that the transport made an important difference in their day.

Jan Matheny


Significant life events may be celebrated through contributions.  You can make a difference in the lives of others for years to come through legacy giving to Interfaith Community Partners by naming ICP as a beneficiary of one of your investment accounts, such as an IRA, 403B or insurance policy.  

Please consider a memorial or honorary gift to support our mission of keeping older adults independent.  If you have any questions about this or other ways to support the mission of ICP through your financial stewardship, please contact Janet Garreau—708-354-9328. 

Board of Directors


Robert Grecco

Vice President

Herbert Smyers


Gaye Wagner


Robert Weiler


Benjamin Boyd

Mary Beth Ford

Sharon Flaim

Ann-Marie Hickey

Kathleen King

Aileen Pendleton


Executive Director

Janet Garreau


Patti Hankins

Peggy Patino

Eileen Uzarski

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