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

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!

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!


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



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