Monday, November 20, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Featured image: Students engaged in a summer enrichment program at Quinn Community Center in Maywood. | Courtesy Quinn Community Center
The Quinn Community Center at St. Eulalia Church, located at 1851 S. 9th Ave. in Maywood, recently won Loyola University Chicago’s annual Martyrs Award, which “honors the memory of eight Universidad Centroamericana martyrs, six of which were Jesuit priests, who were murdered in 1989 for their commitment to social justice,” according to a Loyola statement.
Each November, Loyola gives out the $25,000 award to a faith-based organization or an individual exemplifying “the Jesuit and Catholic ideals and values that Loyolans seek to emulate.” The award is given out as part of the annual Ignatian Heritage Month celebrations.
According to the statement, Quinn provides social outreach and programming to more than 370 people each year, 75 percent of whom come from low-income families in the west suburbs. The center’s goal is to serve 600 people a year by 2020 — a goal that Quinn officials said they’ll utilize the award money to reach.
Loyola students and faculty members, many of whom come from the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Stritch School of Medicine, have partnered with the center since 2011 by collectively providing at least 600 volunteer hours a month to run the center’s numerous programs and activities.
“The Quinn Center is strategically important to Maywood — a community that lacks key resources—because of its ability to attract resources that can be poured into the community,” said Priscilla Taylor, the chair of the Quinn Center’s executive committee and a graduate of Loyola.
“Given the similarity in missions of the two organizations, the relationship with Loyola can be better described as a collaboration — one which is especially evident in the programs that target community health,” Taylor said.
Jo Ann Rooney, the president of Loyola University of Chicago, said that the Quinn Center “is an extraordinary resource for change and an important partner for Loyola and the people of Maywood.”
The Quinn Center’s programming, according to the statement, addresses a range of areas, including nutrition and hunger, community health and immigration. The center offers services such as Spanish literacy programs, English as a Second Language courses and arts classes.
Quinn also hosts a soup kitchen each week for the homeless, the working poor parishioners of St. Eulalia and neighbors.
Loyola officials gave the center the Martyrs Award during a Nov. 16 ceremony at the Cuneo Center on Loyola’s Health Science Campus in Maywood. The ceremony was followed by a memorial mass.
This is the third year the Martyrs Award has been given out. Past recipients include Comision Intereclesial de Justicia y Paz, a Colombian organization that advocates for victims of human rights violations, and the Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants, a Chicago-based nonprofit that helps immigrants caught in the detention process.
Quinn Center seeking to hire new executive director
The Quinn Center is looking for a new executive director. For more info, see the statement below:
“The Executive Director catalyzes the Quinn Community Center’s Mission – to partner with the people of Proviso to build an inclusive culture of justice, health, and peace through intentional action.
“The Executive Director leads all aspects of vision and leadership, relationship development, partnership and oversight, fundraising, grant management, budget development, stewardship of physical plant and supervision of personnel.
“The Executive Director will be a culturally competent faith-leader who witnesses and celebrates God’s presence in the strengths and assets of the people of Proviso. The ideal candidate is a person who can demonstrate understanding, respect and support for Catholic Church teaching, mission and values.
“S/he values the organization and responsible management of resources, and helps the Quinn Center and St. Eulalia Catholic Church fulfill their mission and purpose. S/he will also seek to build community across faith traditions and cultures by developing community leaders to do the same.
“The Executive Director possesses dynamic communication skills. S/he demonstrates innovation and consistency in program development and implementation in service of the mission of Quinn Community Center.
“To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org referencing the job in the subject line.”
For more info on the position, visit: http://quinncenter.org/about-us/careers/. VFP
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