Meet the Hope House Community Members

Here are a few details about each of our community members. Of course, the best way to get to know us is to stop by and see us!

Katie Koren

Where I’m from: suburbs of Chicagokatie
What I do: Physical therapist at a local hospital
Favorite Words of Inspiration: “There are no great things, only small things with great love.”Mother Teresa
Cubs or Sox: Sox but I still cheered with all my heart for the Cubs in the World Series and celebrated in front of Wrigley after their big win!
Greatest Passion: Running, Triathlons, Social Justice
My Motivation for Living at Hope House: I want to learn from the beautiful community in Back of the Yards so that we can build bridges of understanding, hope and love in a broken segregated city
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Sara Haines

Where I’m from: Joliet, ILPax & me
What I do: I’m a Community Support Specialist with Thresholds, a mental health agency with a strong emphasis on community and hope.
Favorite words of inspiration: “Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and
petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.” Philippians 4:6
Cubs or Sox: Cubs!
Greatest Passion: growing in my relationship
with Christ and loving my brothers and sisters!
Favorite Chicago hangout: The lakefront or the Garfield Park conservatory.
My motivation for living at the Hope House: I see a lot of opportunity and life here in the Back of the Yards and the Port!
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Molly Gabaldo

11071750_10205094730865957_5578275940691891612_nWhere I’m from: Originally I am from Bloomington/Normal, IL but my heart home is Davenport, IA

What I do: I am a nurse in a local south side Emergency Department

Favorite words of inspiration:As for ourselves, yes, we must be meek, bear injustice, malice, rash judgment.  We must turn the other cheek, give up our cloak, go a second mile.” Dorothy Day

Cubs or Sox? CUBS. duh.

Greatest passion: Seeking creative and innovative options for those in under served communities, and Cookie Butter from Trader Joes.

Favorite Chicago hangout: Wrigley Field, didn’t we already cover this? 😉

My motivation for living at the Hope House: I was fortunate to have been introduced to the Port Ministries my sophomore year in college and had the opportunity to live at the ministry the following summer. I fell in love with the surrounding community and have not been able to keep away for long since. I am ecstatic to put down some roots in the Back of the Yards and embrace all that this neighborhood has to offer while doing all that I can to find ways to best utilize my knowledge and skill set to alleviate need. The tacos aren’t bad around here, either!

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Interested in joining the Hope House community? Click on this link: Hope House Application

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