Kenny’s Home for men is done! We are hosting an Open House for both homes on Cross and Union. The two homes are named for Jean Hooten (founder of the Disability Ministry at College Church) and Kenny Hansen (one of our first STARS), and are built side by side. The open house is Sunday, November 8, 2:30-5:20 p.m. You are welcome to join us. The addresses are 375 and 377 N. Cross Street in Wheaton. The women’s home has been operating since April of this year.
Amazon Smile Program
If you sign up for the Amazon Smile Program, every time you make an Amazon purchase, a small percentage of that purchase is automatically donated to a charity of your choice—hopefully, STARS Family Services! Just visit smile.amazon.com and sign up.
Meet the ladies of our all new Jean Hooten Home!
Did you know that Diane has an amazing memory and a knack for puzzles? Or that Cheryl is an avid swimmer and Katie is a Yahtzee specialist? Did you know that Gwynne sings solos including the National Anthem and Cassie volunteers as a teacher's aide? Check out our new bio page to learn more about these amazing women and their many talents.
First Presbyterian Pay-it-Forward Plan Benefits Hooten Home
Marion Robbins, member of First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton, received $100 and turned it into $1300 which she donated to STARS Family Services to benefit the newly opened women’s home.
An anonymous member of First Presbyterian offered $10,000 to the congregation to be used for community outreach and charity. On February 22, the pastors handed out one hundred $100 bills to folks who raised their hands to participate in the plan. Each recipient was charged with multiplying the money and then giving it away to benefit others.
Marion Robbins raised her hand. As the pastor referenced the parable of the mustard seed in Matthew 13: 31-32, an idea began to formulate in her mind for what she would do with the money she had just been given. She ordered a lovely sterling silver mustard seed necklace from a jeweler and organized a raffle to raise money for STARS.
Why STARS? Marion was a volunteer for years with the Court Friends Program, interviewing wards and guardians of the court. She states, “As a result of these interviews I have always been impressed with the work of the STARS program for the disabled and of course, when I read about the new group home.....it was a match for me!”
What a beautiful example of God at work. Thank you Marion!
SFS in the Daily Herald!
STARS Family Services was featured in Susan Dibble's article in the Daily Herald this week. Follow this link to read more about the new Women's home.
Please note that the SFS phone number at the end of the article is incorrect.
The correct number is 630-206-0243.
Here are some pictures of the women's house kitchen to get excited about!
STARS in the Daily Herald
Check out this article in the Daily Herald about our Little Patch of Heaven Radio Show.
The STARS Women's Home
Meet the ladies of the first STARS home for women! While the women's house is being finished, the ladies have been meeting at the Washington House for snacks, crafts, and games to get to know one another better. We are close to opening the new house and could still use your help. See what you can do by visiting this page. Thank you for your support!