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Lou Walton

On October 20, 2012 thirty-five members of the Rolling Meadows Football Team brought hundreds of food items to the office of Faith Community Homes. They sorted and bagged them so that they could be distributed to families who are participating in the Faith Community Homes program. Twelve families had their pantries stocked full of food.

Mustang Team members set up their own food drive, distributing flyers to their neighbors, which explained Faith Community Homes and requested donations of non-perishable foods. This is the second year the team has volunteered to give their precious time, in the middle of football season, to this effort.

As they finished their project, Coach Matt Mishler asked them to remember that, although this is a once-a-year event, there are families everywhere who are always hungry and in need. Sr. Carrie Miller, Program Manager of Faith Community Homes, said, "This is like a modern-day version of the multiplication of loaves and fishes!"

Faith Community Homes offers housing assistance, as well as strong mentoring and counseling, to financially- troubled working families in the Arlington Heights area. Members of the families in the program are encouraged and assisted to improve their skills through education or training and, thus, increase their earning power. Along the way, their mentors and case manager help them become debt-free, develop good budgeting skills, build self-confidence, find resources to enrich the lives of the children and strengthen family relationships.

For more information about Faith Community Homes, visit our website at or call 847-342-0846.