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West Chicago-based disability ministry to hire directors with grant

Published: Sunday, July 6, 2014 9:47 p.m. CDT

WEST CHICAGO – Thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, a West Chicago-based disability ministry will be able to hire three regional directors, according to an organization news release.

Voice of Care, a recognized service organization of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, helps to train churches and individuals on how to reach, serve and impact people with disabilities in the community, according to the release. It provides spiritual, recreational and respite opportunities for those with disabilities and their caregivers.

The ability to make three new hires is a dramatic turnaround for Voice of Care after devastatingly low end-of-year giving nearly caused the agency to close its doors, the release stated. Since that time, the organization has amassed a $30,000 financial reserve that has allowed it to continue to operate, according to the release.

The three new part-time staff will help the organization to be more efficient in training churches to support people with disabilities, the release stated.

Some programs provided by Voice of Care include congregational training and resources and camps for people with special needs.

Voice of Care’s mission is supported through volunteers and the financial gifts of individuals, churches and businesses. For more information, visit www.voiceofcare.org or call 630-231-3862.

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