To show people with disabilities that we love them, means showing them that we value them. — Pope John Paul II
To provide adults with disabilities employment in Catholic Schools where their presence is largely absent and their skills are needed.
The project is a collaboration of neighborhood Catholic schools, local social service agencies, and the Coleman Foundation. The objective is to expand employment and internship opportunities for people with disabilities in Chicago area Catholic Schools to further the mission of Teaching Together D.C.
How fitting to introduce Teaching Together Chicago as the Archdiocese unfolds its Parish Revitalization Plan, “Renew My Church”, as the universal Church celebrates the Year of Mercy!
Profound thanks to Mary Forr for her creativity and courage in pioneering Teaching Together. Heartfelt gratitude to The Coleman Foundation under the leadership of Michael Hennessy, President, and Rosa Berardi, Program Officer, who saw the potential impact of Teaching Together. To the Coleman Foundation which is always seeking avenues to better the lives of those challenged across a lifetime with disabilities and is a partner that continues to forge unchartered territories in its focused commitment to those with disabilities and those who strive to address their needs.
Enthusiastic welcome to the Center for Independence Through Conductive Education, Helping Hand Center, El Valor, and neighborhood Catholic Schools, their principals, teachers, children and caring communities; and our emerging partners -- individuals challenged across a lifetime with the impact of disabilities, special gifts and dreams.
We would be remiss not to applaud those with disabilities who have blazed the employment trail by being hired in real jobs, many with benefits, very real benefits, and are now taxpayers!
Like any welcoming family, we are mindful that there is always room at the table. Come join us. Bring your unique gifts. Challenge us to be ever more inclusive and responsive.