September 14, 2005 – Itâ€™s not very often that families in a homeless shelter get a chance to lend a helping hand, but thatâ€™s exactly what’s happening at the Primo Center for Women and Children (PCWC).
PCWC residents are packing-up items such as clothing, toys and other supplies that will go to the aid of victims of Hurricane Katrina. PCWC has collected the items, and will be donating them to the Jane Addams Hull House, which will use the items to help Hurricane Katrina evacuees, who have relocated to the Chicagoland area.
Staff members, residents and the PCWC Associates Board sorted and boxed the items Monday and Tuesday. Representatives from the Jane Addams Hull House will pick-up the donations this afternoon at three oâ€™clock.
â€œWe are grateful to the Jane Addams Hull House for generously offering their â€¨services that allow us to help Hurricane Katrina survivors,,â€ says L. Heather Mitchell, President of PCWCâ€™s Board of Directors. â€œAt the Primo â€¨Center, we take our mission seriously to assist families in their journey â€¨toward self-sufficiency. We feel honored to extend our mission to theâ€¨ survivors.â€
â€œWhile partnerships between non-profits are common, the tragedy from Hurricane Katrina has created a new type of partnership,â€ says Mark Tisdahl, Special Projects/Volunteer Management Supervisor for the Jane Addams Hull House. â€œTypically, we are fighting each other for the same dollars, the same donations of toys, clothes, food, etc. Over the last several days, I’ve heard people suggest that tragedy brings us closer together. The donation from the Primo Center for Women and Children is a fine example of the needy helping the needy.â€