Friday, May 13, 2011
Poor economy appears to have created need to help more young adults in their early 20s.
When Deborah Carr launched the transitional housing program for NCO Youth & Family Services in 2000, she said very few people believed there were homeless youths living in DuPage County. Carr, the residential program director for NCO, knew different. She was the one taking the phone calls from social workers, counselors or the police, trying to find housing for homeless young adults. In just the last few weeks, the program, which provided transitional housing to young men and women 18 to 21, was recently extended to provide housing for males up to the age of 24, she said. One big reason for the need is the economy, she said. Carr noticed the increase in demand over the last two years. “I found over the years that 24 is the new 18,” Carr …
Thursday, April 21, 2011
In our weekly feature we document what is happening around Naperville.
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Thursday, April 21, 2011
Every week we will highlight happenings in Naperville or nearby, sharing photos of the people and the place. This week Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler stopped by the CityGate Centre on Sunday morning to join in on a one-mile Kids' Fun Run as part of the 12th annual NCO Spring Ahead Run, which also included 10K and 5K races for the adults. Have an event that would be perfect for this column? Contact editors Mary Ann Lopez at firstname.lastname@example.org and Carrie Frillman at email@example.com.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
The weekly rundown on events you don't want to miss.
Don’t let the thought of Friday get you down, even though the taxman has come to call. Think of all the fun you can have once the work is done. And, fun will be had this weekend. Depend upon it! Parents reconnect with the kids on this special evening opening of the museum. Play in the bubbles. Enjoy the artwork. Leave the cell at home and have fun with the tots. Last weekend the Naper Elementary School hosted an event for adults. This clothing sale at Highland Elementary School focuses on the kids. We know how quickly they grow out of those clothes, so why not find new, kindly used things for a lower price. Find out how to make your home healthier from Myron Wentz an alumnus of North Central College and his son Dave Wentz. The pair is on a…
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Whole Foods will donate a percentage of sales to NCO Youth & Family Services.
On Wednesday, stock your cart full with healthy food for your family at Whole Foods Market. In the process, your shopping will provide funding to a long-standing Naperville charity, NCO Youth & Family Services. From 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Feb. 23, 5-percent of shoppers’ net sales will be donated to NCO Youth & Family Services. No coupon is needed to participate in this fundraising event. For 40 years, NCO Youth & Family Services has been serving Naperville’s youth by providing programs that promote social change. The organization’s mission is to provide prevention education, counseling and shelter.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Groups help those in need throughout the Naperville community.
Patch is a big supporter of community volunteerism. Employees are encouraged to Give 5, spending time five days out of the year volunteering at local organizations. Today is a Give 5 day at Patch. In honor of the day, we are highlighting some of the great nonprofits in the area that are making a difference. DuPage PADS has taken on the important and difficult task of ending homelessness in DuPage County. As the economy took a hit, more people became homeless in DuPage County and Naperville. Among the growing number of homeless were an increasing number of children. DuPage PADS provides temporary housing and resources for those in need. The organization was founded in 1971 and continues to be a vital resource for families and children who …
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Chocolate lovers were in heaven at the NCO Youth & Family Services 8th Annual Chocolate Festival held Saturday at Neuqua Valley Freshman Center.
Chocolate addicts were more than welcome Saturday at the 8th Annual Chocolate Festival held at Neuqua Valley High School. NCO Youth and Family Services hosts the fundraising event every year to benefit its mission of providing life-changing services to youth through prevention education, counseling and shelter. Chocolate lovers could find fondue, brownies, cookies, cupcakes, and chocolate covered strawberries all under one roof. Children and adults were in chocolate heaven as they got nibbled on samples from vendors and tasted the results of cooking demonstrations. “It’s a chocolate on your face kind of day,” said Dawn Portner, special events coordinator for NCO. The chocolate festival is one of the organizations three major fundraisers …
Thursday, January 13, 2011
The time is now to plan your weekend and we offer up a few suggestions for fun things to do around town.
The best thing about Thursday is that Friday is only one day away and the weekend will soon arrive. If you are living for the weekend, it's time to prepare. We have a few suggestions for how you can choose to spend your time and if you love music, chocolate or Shakespeare, you should be set. If not, we have a few other options too. Friday Looking to be amazed and entertained? Take the kids and yourself over to North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall on Friday night for a concert with 10-year-old Ethan Bortnick. The child prodigy will be performing a variety of music from Bach to Mozart and disco to jazz. Ethan has performed with a laundry list of top performers and is sure to be exciting to watch and hear. On the literary front, young …