Sunday, January 29, 2017
Thank you for supporting the 12th Annual Foundations Pancake Breakfast! Your attendance at this event helps the Old St. Pat’s teens fund our upcoming Summer Worktours and the Notre Dame Vision experience.
The seed that became Foundations was planted sixteen years ago when it was suggested that Old St. Pat’s needed a “youth group with vitality.” Old St. Pat’s now has a spirited and lively youth group that involves over 150 teens who are devoted to making a difference in our world. Teens in Foundations attend over 30 different high schools in the Chicagoland area and contribute to Old St. Pat’s in a variety of ways.
Last summer in June 2016, the first Worktour traveled to Pittsburgh, PA to work with Rebuilding Together, an organization that provides low-income homeowners with critical repairs. In July another group traveled to Birmingham, AL where they served with Habitat for Humanity. Participants helped to rehabilitate homes and learned about the history of the Civil Rights Movement and about systemic racism. In August, a final group traveled to Cincinnati, OH where they partnered with multiple community organizations and served immigrants, people experiencing homelessness, and children. This group also worked in community gardens and learned about the challenges of living in poverty.
By helping others outside of their hometowns, Foundations teens are exposed to environments and circumstances that powerfully foster their own global awareness and spiritual development. In addition to the Summer Worktours, Foundations teens volunteer their time and energy with Chicagoland non-profits throughout the year. They meet several times each month and participate in community-building events such retreats, the Chicago Marathon, and summer Park Games to name a few.
These extraordinary experiences and opportunities help teens and leaders connect with one another in friendship, grow in their faith, and come to know God through the love of others. They could not be possible without your support! Thank you from all of us at Foundations for helping to transform our lives.
We are so grateful for you!