DeVry helps TWC clients
July 5, 2012 12:44PM
Jenny Siano (center), of Tinley Park, a volunteer at Together We Cope, admires some of the clothing donated by the DeVry University community. Delivering the clothes are Kristin Mattingly (left) and Rachael Gau. | Supplied Photo
Updated: August 9, 2012 6:09AM
For many clients of Together We Cope, putting food on the table and shoes on the kids’ feet is the top priority when they seek assistance from the Tinley Park nonprofit organization.
TWC responds immediately to families in temporary crisis from throughout the south suburbs, through direct aid and with referrals to other agencies.
But sometimes the need lies in a different direction. In this soft economy, many family breadwinners still are searching for work after layoffs or reductions in hours. Often, they seek the proper clothing to look professional.
The DeVry University community on the Tinley Park campus was sensitive to that need when students, faculty and staff contributed gently used professional women’s wear after a recent clothing drive.
The clothing was delivered to Nu2u, the resale shop of Together We Cope, where clients can shop on vouchers issued by the agency. The store also is open to the public.
“This is one outreach in our Building Community effort among students, staff and faculty at DeVry,” said Kristin Mattingly, director of community outreach.
Together We Cope is at 17010 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park. Its Nu2u resale shop also is there. Information: www.togetherwecope.org or at (708) 633-5040.
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