#OurCommunity Spotlight – The Village Tutors

February 3, 2021 

Founded in 2004, The Village Tutors (TVT) have been a pillar in our community for almost two decades. Their mission – to help families navigate the best possible educational paths for their traditional or non-traditional learners using a one-on-one, evidence-based approach.  

It all began when a group of women, motivated by their own children’s learning challenges acknowledged a need for tutoring services in Hinsdale. They were known as “The Reading Ladies”, and as the students they tutored advanced, they did too, moving right along with them to provide services at all grade levels through college. As The Reading Ladies evolved, they became The Village Tutors and enhanced their already stellar services to include all academic areas and test preparation.  

An added benefit to their comprehensive tutoring services, The Village Tutors are residents of The Community House (TCH)! You’ve likely seen their cubicles in the second-floor hallway that leads from the stairs out of the field house to the fitness studio.  

Through a partnership that spans 16 years, The Village Tutors and The Community House have been enjoying the mutual benefits of collaboration and coordination In 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, TVT and TCH worked together to develop the ELearning Care Program to help District 181 students and their families engage in successful e-learning outside of the home in a COVID safe and enriching environment 

Suzanne Petree, Founder of The Village Tutors is proud of the partnership and work being done to help D181 students and their families navigate a precarious situation. 

“The E-Learning Care partnership was a natural extension of our relationship with TCH. They have opened their arms to us, and we are doing the same to them as they continue in their mission of supporting the community where the need is the greatest. I am deeply grateful that we could do our part to support families during this difficult time.” 

The Community House is honored to have The Village Tutors in residence at our house and we look forward to continuing our partnership for many years to come.  

To learn more about The Village Tutors, please visit their website at www.thevillagetutors.org 


(#OurCommunity Spotlight is a monthly blog post created by The Community House)

The Community House Weekly

The Community House Weekly is a newsletter published each Monday that features news, events, programs and classes at The Community House! 

To view our most recent newsletter, click the link below: 

The Community House Weekly – Sharing some love! March 1, 2021

Thank you for supporting The Holiday Ball

Due to COVID-19, we were not able to gather at The Community House for the 2020 Holiday Ball.


But in the spirit of gratitude, our guests, who were among a select list of friends and community members received a special gift, hand delivered to their homes wrapped in a bow.


The generous donations of our distinguished guests helped us reach and exceed our 2020 goal and we are incredibly grateful.


Their contributions help us continue our almost 80 year legacy of helping thousands of people live their best lives throughout eight communities.
A very special thank you to our 2020 Holiday Ball Committee Chairs: Jill & Jason Sunderson, Laura & Bob Kendall and Jenny & Flip Templeton, Board Chair (Mary Henneman), and Executive Director (Dan Janowick) who helped make this year special, unique and successful.

No Place Like Home

There really is no place like HOME. To many people in our community, The Community House is their second home, where they come to play, engage, learn, explore, create, and connect. Some for a few hours, some for generations.

As we all adjust to COVID, the doors of The Community House remain open as a sign of hope, comfort, and healing. More than 40% of our operating revenue each year comes from the generosity of individuals who are willing to invest in a strong and connected community that everyone can enjoy.

Please help us continue opening hearts, inspiring minds, and igniting imaginations by making a generous gift today. 


Update: Phase 4 COVID 19 – Tier 1 Mitigations

Our doors are open and in-person programs are back!
Click the link below to view our 2021 Winter/Spring Program Guide and find what inspires you to come out and play this season.
Maybe you’re ready to dance with Lively Arts (our *new* resident dance academy) or get into a Pickle on the courts! Or perhaps you need to find your zen in Yoga or Pilates, while strengthening your body.  We have all this and more open for registration in a new and user-friendly format. 
As a reminder, anytime you visit The Community House, please be sure to adhere to COVID-19 safe practices, including:
  • Always wearing a face covering while you are in the building
  • Maintaining 6 feet of distance between yourself and others
  • Washing hands properly and frequently
  • Refraining from visiting or engaging in classes or programs if you are sick; have been in close contact with a person with COVID-19 or has tested positive for COVID-19; are awaiting results of a COVID-19 test.
(January 26, 2021)




#OurCommunity Spotlight – Cathy McAndrews Fitness

Cathy McAndrews has been a Certified Fitness Instructor for 45 years and prides herself on her ability to make fitness fun, while maintaining the safety and efficacy of exercise.

“There have been many changes to fitness since I became certified in 1985, but one thing remains the same, my passion for helping others attain their fitness goals in a healthy way! My motto has always been, ‘work out happier, not harder’, because exercise should be joyful and fun – that’s when it’s most effective.”

Cathy has been a friend and partner of The Community House for many years, inspiring and helping our Active Adults to keep their bodies in motion in a number of different ways. You have likely heard her enthusiastic voice echoing in our field house over upbeat music, encouraging her Prime Time class to keep moving, keep their energy up and keep up the good work! Or maybe you’ve seen her and her Pilates/Barre class “booming” in our fitness room!

Cathy will be taking over the popular Sit and Get Fit class beginning in January 2021. This class promotes enhanced overall physical fitness for older adults by using low impact exercises while staying seated.

Throughout the COVID-19 lockdown, like so many of us, Cathy longed to get back to a “new normal” and that’s just what she is doing now at TCH.

“I was so happy to return to my classes and be with my friends. There was an overwhelming feeling of normalcy and relief. What we have together is more than just an exercise class. It’s a community of caring hearts. We talk, we listen and we reach out for support. That’s the magic of community-based exercise programming.”

Two of Cathy’s classes are now enrolling, including Pilates/Barre Mash Up and Prime Time A+. Sit and Get Fit will be back in action beginning in January! Each class is set-up according to Illinois state fitness class guidelines, at a safe and social distance, in properly ventilated spaces.

The Community House Active Adults services aim to provide all ages of adults, from 18 and up with high quality programs and classes.

Click the links below to read more on each of Cathy’s classes and register today.

Pilates Matte Mash Up – Barre Above

Prime Time A+

Sit & Get Fit will begin in January and will be available for registration during the Winter 2020 Season.

Sign up to be a Keyholder and get 15% off each of Cathy’s fitness classes!



2020 Walk the Walk FAQ

The 13th Annual Walk the Walk will start a conversation with community members, advocates, families, friends, and local businesses to build community, awareness, and raise vital funds for mental health services.

We are so grateful to all of our friends who have registered to Walk the Walk and #StartTheConversation about mental wellness in our community. To help you navigate the virtual Walk experience, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions below.


HOW DO I WALK THE WALK THIS YEAR?  ANSWER: Our 13th Annual Walk the Walk has gone virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to ensure the safety of our participants and teams, we cannot congregate at The Community House as we normally would and have for the last 12 years. This year you can Walk the 5K  on your own terms, at a safe and social distance with your teams!

WHERE CAN WE WALK? ANSWER: You can Walk the Walk anywhere you want to OR you can Walk the Walk to downtown Hinsdale, Illinois on October 24 or 25 to support local businesses and stop by The Community House table to grab a balloon and learn more about The Counseling Center at The Community House.

If you’re Walking the Walk on your own terms, don’t forget to snap a picture and tag The Community House on social media! Facebook: @thecommunityhousehinsdale Twitter: tchhinsdale Instagram: thecommunityhouse

WHAT ARE WE SUPPORTING BY WALKING? ANSWER: Your generous contribution and participation in the Walk will help to provide life changing counseling services to community members on a sliding scale. It also helps us #StartTheConversation around the importance of mental wellness in our community, especially now, as we all experience a global pandemic that has created an enormous need for mental health care. In September alone, The Counseling Center at The Community House provided:118 sessions of life changing therapy; Services to 55 unique clients, 76%, were 22 years old or younger; 73%, were not covered by insurance and require the use of grant funding or private donations to cover costs. Your support has an impact!

You can pick up your mask at The Community House (415 W. Eighth Street, Hinsdale) front desk on the following dates:


Wed.- Fri. October 21-23

Sat.-Sun. October 24-25

*Don’t forget to wear a mask when you enter The Community House! So…wear a mask to pick up your mask!

CAN I PICK UP THE MASKS FOR MY TEAM? ANSWER: Yes. Please bring the names of your team members, so we can check them off the list.


Thank you so much for Walking the Walk this year! Your support makes a difference and we are grateful for contribution! We can’t wait to see your pictures and videos on social media!

Dance is Art, Paint Your Dream & Follow It

The LyArts Program is beyond thrilled to have Lively Arts Dance Academy in residence at The Community House. Register to dance today!

Lively Arts Dance Academy is a family owned business united by a passion for dance,  committed to cultivating an exciting and developmental experience for their students.

Our very own, Jimmy McDermott, LyArts Program Director had this to say about our exciting new partnership:

“LyArts is excited to collaborate with Lively Arts Dance. This dance studio has now taken up residency here at The Community House, offering classes for students 18 months to 18 years. We look forward to growing the program beyond that.

If you’re looking for ballet, jazz, lyrical or musical theater at any level, there is something here for you. Many of our young Stage Door Fine Arts performers have trained with Lively Arts as well. So, it’s a natural fit. And we are thrilled to now serve as an interdisciplinary hub for performing arts in our community.”

Please click the link below to find a class that inspires you!



A Tribute to Ly Hotchkin

Ly Hotchkin, 2018 Holiday Ball

A Beautiful Life and an Unparalleled Legacy, a Tribute to Ly Hotchkin

by Executive Director, Dan Janowick

Ly Hotchkin, who led TCH for more than 30 years as Executive Director, passed away this week. Ly was an inspiration to so many who have walked the halls of The Community House, myself included. Her energy, wit, and enthusiasm were so contagious because she was so genuine.

The Community House’s success today is a testament to her leadership and tenacity in building a connected and engaged community. She never disappointed when given the chance to take hold of a microphone and over the past 25 years has been a regular at TCH events and on-stage in the Community Revue. In recognition of her legacy of service, the Ly Hotchkin Arts Program was named for her in 2016 with a permanent portrait being unveiled in the upstairs gallery space in 2018.

Ly will be missed, but her family and friends will be comforted by many great memories in her 95 years. When the time is right and we can do so safely, we’ll raise a glass and share a toast in her memory, just as Ly would want!

It has been a pleasure to know and learn from Ly. While I know I will never “fill her shoes” I am honored to be on the path she fearlessly blazed for everyone who has followed her. The communities she served are more connected and stronger because of her.

The Gift of Ly 

by LyArts Program Director, Jimmy McDermott

Knowing Ly these first 4 years of heading LyArts was a total gift. I got to meet her soon after starting work at The Community House. And it was immediately clear to me that the mission of the program needed to reflect its namesake.

Ly was whip smart, grounded, community minded and very fun. And everything we offer here has to meet those accessible yet essential standards. In 2018, we commissioned local artist David Marcet to paint a portrait of Ly as the first piece in our permanent collection of the LyArts gallery up here on the second floor. I accompanied the artist when he showed Ly a preview of the painting before it was unveiled. She was very nearly speechless but was able to say “David, you have given me immortality.” I get to pass her portrait every day here. She’s watching. And will continue to preside over The Community House for generations to come.