Building HOPE Packs and Relationships

November 20, 2017

As Elim continues to pursue possibilities alongside adults with disabilities, we have been blessed with community partnerships that provide new activities and opportunities.

Because of your support, Elim has more flexibility in developing community engagement activities. One example is how our HOPE Packs program has given adults with disabilities opportunities to engage with their neighbors. Gale Gard, a longtime participant in Elim’s programs, really enjoyed spending three days this summer putting together HOPE Packs with local students from a school in nearby Midlothian.

“It was fun putting the pieces in because we got to do the packs with the students from the schools,” Gale says. “We worked really hard together.”

But there’s one more valuable aspect to this mutually beneficial volunteer activity. “The packs are going to go out to other students to help them go to school,” Gale points out. Gale knows that the blessings don’t stop at working alongside her neighbors, they extend as her work blesses even more neighbors around the Chicago region.