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.
St. Nicholas Parish in Evanston will be conducting Ministry of Care training on two consecutive Saturdays in 2020—February 29 and March 7. The training will be held from 8:30 am-3:30 pm in St. Nicholas parish’s Oldershaw Hall, 806 Ridge Avenue in Evanston. The cost is $30 and includes breakfast and lunch.
Each session will focus on a particular aspect of the Ministry of Care and given by experienced facilitators accompanied by group discussion and/or exercises to help you practice a particular skill. Completion of this course qualifies you to receive the Archdiocesan mandate to bring Communion to the sick, homebound, and hospitalized of your parish.
If you would like to participate in this training, please contact Jane Moore-Callahan, Director of Parish Social Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773.973.5464.
A registration form for the event is below.