Participants in Trinity’s Seasoned Adult Learning at Trinity (SALT) spent the morning of October 8 learning about a growing local charity. The event was held in the Van Namen Recital Hall and was part of the new SALT Breakfast Club.
SALT program development coordinator, Ruth De Bruyn, designed the SALT Breakfast Club to help introduce members to the many organizations that need support and give members an opportunity to serve in their communities.
“Senior citizens tend to be the forgotten generation, yet they have a deep desire to be purposeful and to continue to remain active in society,” De Bruyn said. “There are many wonderful organizations and missions that are looking for people with time to volunteer, and seniors can fill this need.”
Guest speaker Doreen DeBoer, of Tinley Park, Illinois, founded All God’s People after seeing the needs of the homeless in downtown Chicago. The charity provides more than 200 homeless people with a meal once a month, clothing, haircuts, and basic hygienic supplies, and seeks to let the love of Christ be evident to those they serve. Through these actions, DeBoer hopes that All God’s People will enrich lives, build relationships, and create opportunity.
DeBoer received so many clothing donations that her basement storage area was no longer sufficient. Her daughter nominated her for “Kevin Grace Save My Space,” a special segment on Chicago’s ABC 7 daytime show “Windy City Live.” DeBoer won, and received an updated storage and preparation area to help her continue the work she does with All God’s People.
Professor Susan Buechele, assistant professor of nursing, volunteers with All God’s People and feels blessed through her time serving the homeless. “We pray with those that are going through an especially rough time and try to encourage them,” said Buechele. “I deeply value the work Doreen started because through this ministry Christ’s love has been shown to so many people in need.”
In the time since the breakfast, many SALT members have spent time sorting donations for All God’s People.
Visit http://allgodspeoplechicago.org/ for more information on how to volunteer.
Visit http://www.trnty.edu/au-salt.html to learn about upcoming SALT events.