[Zion, IL] Knights of Columbus Council #13598 volunteered recently to help paint interior walls of the Killian Center to the delight of program participants and staff. Over the course two days, several Knights redecorated the walls of the large production floor lodging various services and programs with a fresh coat of paint reflecting NorthPointe new brand colors.
“We don’t have any budget for this type of work, but it’s very much needed. I don’t believe we’ve had that wall painted in more than 10 years, so you can imagine what a difference it’s made,” NorthPointe CEO Dina Donohue-Chase said, “This type of improvement really improves morale of staff as well as the program participants. We can’t thank the Knights enough for their support. In so many ways they make what we do possible.”
“While we’re mostly dedicated to our church, it’s also the Knights of Columbus mission to take care of the community,” said #13598 Grand Knight Joe McGrath, “and right now our church doesn’t need much, so we’re trying to help people whenever we can.”
Having recently donated the proceeds of their annual Tootsie Roll Drive to NorthPointe this January, Knights members have focused their charitable efforts on people with disabilities for nearly fifty years as part of the “Campaign for People with Intellectual Disabilities.” KOC members in the US, Canada, and British Colombia embrace this campaign as an opportunity to positively impact the lives of people with disabilities within each council’s local community.
“We have several different charities we are keen on, but we especially try to focus on people with disabilities, McGrath said, “so if we’re going to do some charitable work, like the Tootsie Roll Drive, we try to find something along those lines.” Mr. McGrath continued by saying, “When you become a knight, through the degrees of your progress, they tell you have to come outside of yourself and help others. And it’s our mission to do that, to honor the Knights of Columbus past and future. Plus of course it feels good.”
Established in 1953, NorthPointe Resources is a premier provider of a full range of award-winning programs for people with disabilities and/or mental illness living in northern Illinois, supporting approximately 500 people annually. To learn more please visit www.northpointeresources.org.