Kudos | December 2017

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A Place to Call Home
After receiving funding for 12 additional apartments, DuPagePads is recognized as the largest provider of supportive housing in the county with 94 apartments. Local service clubs, congregations and local businesses furnished the units: including kitchen sets from the Assistance League of Chicagoland West, bathroom supplies from BMO Harris Bank, mattresses from Serta Simmons Bedding and more.

Public Health Award
Aurora resident Katelin Kornfeind recently won the Illinois Public Health Association’s Distinguished Public Health Student Award. As vice president of Benedictine University’s Masters in Public Health Student Advisory Panel, Kornfeind planned activities for National Public Health Week and oversaw 25 different events, ranging from career development presentations to poverty simulations in collaboration with the Northern Illinois Food Bank. She is currently a research associate at The Joint Commission in Oakbrook Terrace.

On Board
Wheaton resident Christy Harris, who works in human resources at Allstate Corporation, is the new chair of the Family Shelter Service Board. The Wheaton nonprofit helps victims of domestic abuse rebuild their lives.

Eastern Exhibition
The Naperville Heritage Society, Naper Settlement’s administrator, has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support its exhibit Community Reflections through the Lens of Wing Young Huie, a project that will feature a photography exhibit and lecture by the noted author, artist and lecturer. The exhibit will explore and recognize the vitality of the city’s growing Asian community. Making up 20 percent of Naperville residents, the Asian community is the fastest growing ethnic population in the city.

Fruitful Harvest
In mid-October a group of 76 Naperville Park District volunteers met to gather 750 pounds of leftover produce at the Ron Ory Community Garden Plots on West Street. The community Plant a Row initiative resulted in 1,422 pounds of donated produce, with a total donation of 2,172 pounds to Loaves & Fishes Community Services.