A Letter from our Chaplain
I want you to join me next Friday, February 2nd, at Noon, in the Union League Club for our First Friday lunch and presentation.
Our goal is to bring you Speakers who help us make connections between our work, faith, values, and issues that affect our daily lives. February’s speaker is someone who fits that mission.
Over the years, some of our best presenters are people who may not have name recognition or "star power" status. And some of our best presentations do not involve the most popular topics.
On the first Friday in February we are dealing with the issue of Homelessness. We want to get beyond the stereotype and, look deeply and honestly at this growing sad cultural issue that surrounds all of us. Too many social issues have become the victims of dishonest and unfair stereotypes.
Yes. There are homeless people who beg on many of the street corners in downtown Chicago.
But did you know there are college students in the Chicago area who return to homeless shelters each night? Yes, there are.
There are also many homeless people who hold jobs and work every day, but cannot make enough money to rent a place to live for themselves and their children. So they travel night after night from town to town with their children, to the humiliation of a shelter - trying to get back on their financial feet.
This is occurring during these cold winter nights throughout the city and even in many of the best Chicago suburbs.
Our February speaker, Mark McGreevy, made a commitment 27 years ago in London to bring an end to homelessness. That has led to 100 projects in 6 countries supporting over 23,000 people. We have much to learn about this issue that surrounds us all.
I would be honored if you would join me on Friday, February 2nd. I look forward to seeing you at the Union League Club.
To reserve your place, please visit our website: www.firstfridayclubchicago.org by Monday, January 29, before 5pm. This year the lunch fee is $45 for members and $55 for guests.
Fr. John Cusick
First Friday Club of Chicago