Tuesday & Thursday - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
The Powers of Attorney/Living Wills Workshop that was postponed in September has been rescheduled for Friday, October 25 from 12:00-2:30 pm in the Social Hall.
Attendees must have pre-registered in September with the Heart to Heart office in order to attend this event. They will receive a reminder call from the Heart to Heart director prior to the event.
The month of October focuses on the amazing work done by Heart to Heart, a ministry grown at St. Gertrude that serves
some of our most vulnerable residents in
Edgewater—our senior citizens.
Two annual fundraisers help support this ministry - Father Mike runs the Chicago Marathon and parishioners create and perform a "Heart to Heart" production - this year it's a cabaret showcase! Click here for more information!
Heart to Heart is a ministry grown at St. Gertrude that serves some of our most vulnerable residents in Edgewater—our senior citizens. Staffed by director Jane Callahan-Moore and Brenda Arreaola, the outreach program’s mission is to help seniors who need minimal assistance to enable them to remain independent in their home. Heart to Heart completes assessments and connects our seniors in need to community services and agencies that can assist them with financial and home care functions.
In addition, Heart to Heart volunteers offer a limited range of services. Volunteers drive them to doctors’ appointments, run errands, pick up prescriptions, pop in for a friendly visit to see how they are doing, check in with a phone call, or even walk the dog of a sick parishioner. With the help of these dedicated volunteers, we've been able to help hundreds of older persons live quality, dignified, independent lives in their own home.
Equally as important as tending to basic needs is the human connection that Heart to Heart provides to the lonely, poor, or those in need. Social Services at St. Gertrude is about showing love and care to them through a listening ear, a smile, a kind word, a visit to break up a long day, or a helping hand. It’s about putting faith into action by loving our neighbors and tending to their needs.
If you are a senior in need or care for an older person that may need Heart to Heart’s services, please call Jane Callahan-Moore at 773.973.5464 or email them at email@example.com. Please note our updated office hours and email address!
Additionally, Heart to Heart offers a medical lending closet. Items available include walkers, with and without wheels, crutches, wheelchairs, and portable commodes. The Lending Closet is now open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am-3:00 pm. Please call 773.973.5464 for a list of available items or to schedule an appointment to pick-up or drop-off items.
Heart to Heart depends on the generosity of the Edgewater community to continue its work. Every October, multiple fundraisers are held, like Father Mike’s participation in the Chicago Marathon and the annual Heart to Heart play, raising funds for this ministry, but we do need additional financial help. Please consider supporting our work by making a donation to Heart to Heart at the Rectory or online. Donations made with a check should be made payable to St. Gertrude Parish with Heart to Heart written in the memo line.
Heart to Heart Office
6214 N. Glenwood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60660
Please Note the New Hours
Monday - 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Tuesday - 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Wednesday - 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Thursday - 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Friday - closed
Lending Closet Hours
Please Note the New Hours
Tuesday - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Requests for Hospital Visits
If you (or a family member) is hospitalized and want a visit by a church staff member, please call the Heart to Heart office. Because of government regulations, hospital, nursing homes, etc. cannot contact us with this information. Heart to Heart staff will then notify the Rectory.
Seventeen and a half years ago, responding to an ad in the bulletin, Brenda Arreola became the part-time office staff director for the Heart to Heart Ministries. And that was after she had already retired for her full-time job! After these many years of extraordinary and generous service to all those who have been served by Heart to Heart, Brenda is now retiring to devote more time to her family—especially a new grandson.
It is hard to put into words the endless contacts Brenda has had with so many parishioners and others in need of the ministry Heart to Heart continues to provide. She has been a lifeline to countless seniors trying to figure out how to keep caring for themselves, most often as they faced medical crises and struggled to remain independent in their own homes. Brenda has often been the voice anyone in need of help first heard when they called. Always upbeat and optimistic, she has truly made the presence of Christ felt!
Thank you, Brenda, for these wonderful years of service to the community and St. Gertrude parish. We look forward to seeing you in Church and wish you many years of joy with your family of multiple generations as you enjoy your retirement!
~ Father Rich