Meet Joey Quarino

The Community House is excited to welcome Joey Quarino, who has taken on the role of Recreation Supervisor of Youth Athletics.

Joey will oversee all of our youth athletic programs, including Jodie Harrison Basketball. Joey comes to The Community House from The Village of Hinsdale Parks & Recreation Department where he served as the Parks & Rec Intern. Joey holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Illinois State University in Recreation and Parks Administration and Leisure Facilities Management.

FUN FACTS ABOUT JOEY

  1. Joey loves basketball, and counts it as his favorite pastime.
  2. Fore! Playing mini golf with his friends and family is Joey’s preferred leisure activity. When you meet him, ask him if he’s ever made a hole-in-one shot.

 

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"The Community House is a place that allowed me to 
explore my interest, make long-lasting friends and gave me the 
confidence to go out in the world and make a difference."
-Program Participant

Every day at The Community House, members of our community, like you and your family, inspire us with the remarkable things they are doing to grow stronger in spirit, mind and body. These stories are only possible because of our generous donors and friends.

Your gift truly impacts our mission and the people we serve. The Community House has played such an important role in the culture of our caring community. Many future leaders are participating in the programs of The Community House, and create long-lasting, memorable stories of their own.

Without your support, these impressions would not be possible.

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Counseling Center awarded $250,000 grant in support of Willowbrook Corner community

The Community House is delighted to announce that The Counseling Center has received a $250,000 Transformational Grant from the DuPage Community Transformation Partnership Fund (DCTP) to support the under resourced Willowbrook Corner community with mental health counseling services. 

“We are grateful to the DuPage Community Transformation Partnership for their unwavering support of our Counseling Center, especially to support the establishment of an office in the Willowbrook Corner community and the hiring of a clinician to provide trauma-informed mental health services and case management for low-income youth and young adults.” said Dan Janowick, Executive Director.

The Community House is a non-profit organization in DuPage County that provides counseling and therapeutic services, education support and community building, as well as recreation and cultural opportunities for individuals and families from birth through retirement. The Counseling Center provides services to individuals and families who are ready to engage in the process of therapeutic services on a sliding fee scale. Over the last year, The Community House has expanded mental health services in Willowbrook Corner as well as Hinsdale Central High School and the main location at 415 W. Eighth Street.

Luke Goodwin, Chair of The Community House Board of Trustees said, “The DuPage Community Transformational Partnership funding will do exactly as intended by helping us continue to transform the Willowbrook Corner community with life changing counseling services that would otherwise not be available in this under-resourced community.”

“Every dollar provided through this grant will be utilized to help those who are ready to change their lives and build brighter futures, achieve their goals, and create intergenerational health and wellness in their families and their community, “said Dr. Loren Williams, Director of Social Impact at The Community House. There is a critical need for trauma informed counseling in Willowbrook Corner and we are ready to help youth and young adults heal and embrace mental wellness in their lives.”

Through 2026, the DCTP Fund will award $10 million in grants to address immediate and long-term needs in the community in response to the COVID-19 health emergency.

About the DuPage Community Transformation Partnership

The DuPage Community Transformation Partnership (DCTP) is funded by a grant from the DuPage County Board through the American Rescue Plan Act. The DCTP, a collaboration between DuPage County and DuPage Foundation, supports programs to address some of the community’s most urgent social service needs including food insecurity, housing instability, mental health and substance usedisorder. Programs funded through the DCTP will provide positive, measurable impact, helping people in need move from instability to security and self-sufficiency.

January 2023

Stephanie Seppanen Volunteer of the Year

The Community House is honored to award Stephanie Seppanen with the 2022 Katharine Van Dusen Sylvester Service Award.

Stephanie’s involvement with The Community House began with her first performance in the Community Revue, Addicted to Hinsdale, after moving to our fair village in 2011. Stephanie connected with many long-time TCH Trustees while rekindling a childhood passion for musical theater. Since then Stephanie has been in four more Revues, and makes mental notes on Hinsdale life to contribute writing ideas for future songs and scenes. She chaired the Walk the Walk for Mental Health from 2016 to 2018, with a focus on engagement between local schools walking the walk.

“I’ve lived many places, but my engagement with The Community House has always made Hinsdale feel like home”, she said.

Stephanie joined the Board of Trustees in 2017, the Executive Board in 2019 and became Social Services Committee Chair in 2020. In addition to her leadership roles, she also actively volunteers as a staff therapist in the Counseling Center, spending much of her time with D86 students in the Bridge program. Her entire family is involved with TCH and her three sons have enjoyed Jodie Harrison Basketball, youth theater and Fortnightly.

“We all know that there is an ever growing need for dedicated volunteers in our community as a need for services has soared. We are honored to recognize and congratulate Stephanie Seppanan, who has donated her time, faced the challenge head-on and made a significant impact for over a decade. We are so appreciative of her service to our community,” said Dan Janowick, The Community House Executive Director.

Our Community Spotlight: Feel better with Beata Macias.

                                                                                                                                     

“Leave people happier than you found them, and the world a better place than you found it.”

Words to live by from a holistic wellness professional, occupational therapist, mind-body
movement specialist and life-long learner who has over 15 years of experience in various healthcare settings with diverse populations and diagnoses.

This is Beata Macias, instructor of a brand-new class at The Community House called Qi-gong pronounced “chi gong”. This ancient practice was developed in China thousands of years ago as part of traditional Chinese medicine. It involves using exercises to optimize energy within the body, mind, and spirit, with the goal of improving and maintaining health and well-being.

“My mission, Beata says, is to elevate regular fitness and wellness classes and offer more cost effective, evidence-based and client-centered classes led by a healthcare professional. I am aspiring to create a supportive community where people can obtain comprehensive tools and solutions to make positive, long-lasting changes in their lives, promoting self-healing, preventing disease and increasing longevity, so they can simply feel better.”

Qi-gong has both psychological and physical components and involves the regulation of the mind, breath, body movement and posture. This holistic, evidence-based and person-centered class is led by a healthcare professional and is designed to encourage positive changes in every aspect of life.

Each class will incorporate the practice of qi-gong/tai-chi, meditation, breathwork and therapeutic movement with the goal of raising vital energy, rewiring your brain, and healing your body. At the end of the workshops, participants will demonstrate increased knowledge of what a healthy lifestyle is and will develop better coping skills through a positive mindset which will improve relations with others and self.

“Beata has great energy, says Jillian Spizzirri, Active Adult Recreation Supervisor. Whether it be positive and energetic or calming and self-centering, her positivity and enthusiasm for holistic health and wellness is contagious. I am excited for her to bring her wealth of knowledge, professional experience as a healthcare professional and person-centered approach to our community.”

Beata’s Qi-gong class begins September 19. A free trial class is available on September 12 at 1:30 PM. 

Click here to learn more and register.

(August 2022)

Thank you for bringing your game at 3 on 3!

Over 300 young athletes who laced up their sneakers on Saturday morning to play in our 8th Annual 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament! It was a perfect day to shoot some hoops and have some fun in support of equitable recreation services at The Community House.

Each person who brought their game is a winner, but we want to send a shout out to our division champions. Click here to see which teams prevailed! 

Congratulations! Each winning team earned a champion t-shirt and one month of free training from our Presenting Sponsor, Breakaway Basketball. Visit our Instagram to check out the photos from the event.

Special thanks to our tournament sponsors who made this event possible.

(August 2022)

Faculty Art Exhibit opens March 1

 

 

Please join us on Wednesday, March 1 at The Community House for the opening of the Faculty Art Exhibit showcasing the extraordinary art work of D181 and 86 teachers as well as LyArts instructors.

ARTIST’S RECEPTION AND Q & A:

Wednesday, March 1 at 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Exhibition from March 2023 – June 2023

Light appetizers, wine, and beer will be provided.

RSVP HERE OR CALL 630-323-7500

Invitation art was provided by Aleksandra Zdun. Aleksander is an art educator and a painter located in the Chicago Suburbs. Her work is a “coming-of-age” autobiography inspired by the concept of inner dialogue originating from Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way”. This concept of inner dialogue explores the relationships between three characters: the child, the wise, and the critic. As a first-generation student, Zdun has used this concept to process her childhood and ultimately allowed her to give power to her wisdom, love her child-self, and accept her critic as a protector of who she is. This body of six pieces also allowed her to create a dimension not rooted in reality, a surrealistic world that deconstructs any binary, letting her exist in a space society cannot touch. She has been featured in the MiddleWestern Voice (2022, 2023), the Pink Slip (2023), and her work was part of a group exhibition in The Accelerator ArtSpace (2022).

Stewardship Society Reception

 

 

Please join us for hors d’oeuvres and cocktails as a token of our appreciation for supporting the mission of the community house. We will also honor volunteer of the year, Stephanie Seppanen for her unwavering dedication to community service.

RSVP

Pickleball Social

Pickleballers Unite!

Join us at this fun filled afternoon celebrating all things Pickleball on Tuesday September, 27th

Meet & Mix with other players, enjoy an afternoon of activities and check out supporting vendors.

There will be lessons, play, games, and Bill Voigt’s Top Tips and more running throughout the day!

The social will run from 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM.

Patio Mixer will be from 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM with light lunch snacks, music, vendors & 21+ cash bar.

You can come at any time during this social, but you must register to access this event.

ENR-SNR-1011-73 Tuesday September, 27th 10:30 – 4:30
Keyholder/Non-Keyholder: $7/$8