Published June 23, 2011
HCS reaching out in many ways
to make a difference
This has been a big couple of
years for HCS Family Services, and we’ve been proud to
help the organization tell its story over the past nine
The 74-year-old agency has been going through a period of
transition, which began when Susan Fritz joined as
executive director in May 2009. By the time we wrote our
first story about the agency, it already had gotten a
new name, new logo, new development director and new
The changes were designed to help the organization move from
providing southeast DuPage County residents with food or
rent assistance in times of crisis to equipping clients
to avoid those emergencies in the first place.
As a result, HCS started new initiatives like its Parent Mentor
Program. Back in January we were able to introduce you
to Deborah Braico, a Hinsdale resident and one of the
volunteers who will work with parents to help them with
the challenges of raising children.
Its homelessness prevention programs helps families who are on the
verge of being evicted, like Noemi, a single mom who was
in danger of being kicked out of her apartment in
November. By the time we told her story in April, she
was about to begin a full-time job.
We’ve written about the holiday assistance program HCS offers in
December before, and it’s always a wonderful story to
tell. One hundred families received frozen turkeys,
clothes and gifts from generous community members.
Schools, churches and businesses adopted families and a
host of volunteers distributed the gifts.
Of course the food pantries that have been the hallmark of Hinsdale
Community Services since it was founded in 1936 remain a
part of the agency. In November we offered a first-hand
account of the mobile food pantry’s visit to Hinsdale
Lake Terrace. The truck arrives once a month filled with
10,000 pounds of food — enough for about 300 families.
Our most recent piece introduced In Bloom, an outdoor sculpture
display and the newest fundraiser for the organization.
More than 30 decorated fiberglass benches, birdbaths and
frogs are decorating the Oakbrook Center grounds this
summer. We invite readers to see them before the exhibit
closes Aug. 21 and to consider purchasing one in the
Sept. 24 auction.
One of the goals of In Bloom is to help raise awareness of HCS
Family Services and all that it does. We hope our
partnership has helped to contribute to that effort as
Of course we will continue to write about the good work HCS does.
And later this summer we will announce a new Making a
Difference partner for the 2011-12 year.
Making a Difference is a yearlong
The Hinsdalean and HCS Family Services, which works to
empower families and change lives.