Monthly Archives: March 2009

NW Indiana Flood Disaster Relief

Just wanted to drop a quick blog on the NW IN Flood Relief Project this past weekend.  You’re probably thinking wasn’t that flood last year.  People still need help??????  What’s up with that.  Well there are still people in need and One Brick is taking it on.  They still have  150 houses in need of gutting and mucking.  A lot of residents are unable to gut their houses and get rid of the nasty bi-product of water, MOLD!!!!  This first trip in 2009 we were assigned to Alverine’s house.  Alverine was a lovely older woman that had been living in this mold invested house since October.  She didn’t have any help and really didn’t have any able friends or family to help since her husband passed away several years ago.  To say the least she was grateful when we showed up but somewhat in the mindset of giving up on the house.  We reassured her that there was Hope for the house and we were committing this entire day to chip away at it.  Boy was it a project.  The mold was so bad it was starting to resonate in the upstairs bedroom.  To say the least it was bad.  This was a big task with lots of work, but I had a group of amazing and willing One Brickers.  In total 13 One Brickers tackled this challenge with all hands and hearts.  What an amazing group of people I had.  Some from prior gutting projects along with new workhorses.  It was truly awesome to see everyone gel and tackle this monster as a team.  They all jumped to the thought of making this home a better place for Alverine to live in today.  To my surprise we gutted the entire basement floor and sanitized it with bleach which was truly amazing.  It was night and day from when we showed up to when we left.  Alverine was so happy.  She couldn’t thank us enough.  It was truly an amazing day and I want to thank all those volunteers that took their time on Saturday to give Alverine a better place to live.  You all gave her a precious gift that day.

-Dana, Event Manager

Pictures from the event can be found HERE


Posted by on March 30, 2009 in Events



Condom and Hygiene Kit Packing at the Night Ministry

Last night Chicago OneBrickers assembled upon the Night Ministry to assist in putting together condom and hygiene kits to be passed out to the homeless.

Volunteers were first shown a brief video to learn more about the Night Ministry and the services it provides throughout the Chicago area. This truly put in prospective how they giving their time does so much towards The Night Ministry’s goal to do whatever they can to help the homeless improve their lives and more importantly thier spirits. 

One Brickers were split into 2 groups as one group assembled packets of condoms and the other sorted through partial hygiene kits to assemble complete kits.  The hours flew as the volunteers did not even notice the end of their night coming until it was annouced that they were done for the night. Over 190 hygiene kits and large bins of condoms packets were assembled, making the event a “great success” as, event coordinator, Shaun would say. The event held a special place in, Kinga’s (event manager) heart as she also volunteers with the Night Ministry’s outreach programs to distribute the kits. 

Thank you all for coming out for the event and to those who came out afterwards for a quick snack while watching the NCAA tourney. Pictures from the event have been posted in the One Brick website and can be seen HERE 

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Posted by on March 27, 2009 in Events



Good Times @ Name That Tune Happy Hour

 Thanks so much for coming out tonight for our Name that Tune event. We’ll have another one in May (date TBD), and our April Happy Hour will be a Trivia Night. We’re still working on a location, but it will definitely be off the red and/or brown line (suggestions welcome). To RSVP…CLICK HERE

We look forward to seeing you at another event soon!  … a special shout to our dance off contestants… Barb, Beth and Katie… the applause-o-meter was impressive!

-Alan, Amy, Becca, Dan, Debi, Kate, and Oscar

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Posted by on March 26, 2009 in Happy Hours



Just a Little Can Make A Difference in Another’s Life…and in Your Own

Many years ago, while I was employed full time at a busy job, and also being a newly married lady, I gave of my time, talent and energy at a mental institution in our town. The joy I found and the satisfaction I felt was overwhelming. At first it was somewhat scary to be in this environment, never having had anyone compromised in this way in my family circle or circle of friends–but I had a reason for doing this.

I learned from this valuable time how to deal and cope with these situations and how to work with them. I volunteered in a locked-up environment which was also overwhelming at first.

To my surprise, I found out that a friend of my parents from many years back was a resident of this facility, and that when I was a baby, this lady had wanted to keep me as she was unable to have children. I brought this lady up to date with pictures, brought her special items and brought her up to current times. The time came when she was able to piece things together, and she said to me one day “please dear, you should not come here, as this is not a place for you,” but I wanted to bring something into this lady’s life. Together, after much time, we had closed up the years. I was told that she would have been able to be released from the facility, but because she had no family to go to, she couldn’t leave. But I did bring her to my home on two occasions for afternoon refreshments, and I saw the joy of this lady “feeling a part of life.” I have never forgotten this volunteering experience. This lady later passed away but I have the fulfillment in my life of having done just a little to make a difference in the life of one person.

-submitted by Sylvia Jones 

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Posted by on March 26, 2009 in Fun-Shine



Tonight’s The Night!!!

One Brick’s Name That Tune Happy Hour from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM this Wednesday, March 25 at the Mystic Celt (3443 N. Southport Ave). We’ll have several rounds consisting of the very best 80s and 90s hits, with touches of 70s and ’00s mixed in. Winning teams will receive a bucket of beer so brush up on those billboard charts!


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Posted by on March 25, 2009 in Happy Hours



Inspiration Cafe

Thank you very much for making Saturday’s project a huge success!

– Oscar, Event Manager

Pics have been uploaded and can be found HERE

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Posted by on March 25, 2009 in Events



Thank You Invitation Stuffing Super-Stars

Thank you so much for taking time out of your weekend to help One Brick and Ladder Up. We put together 2500 invitations in two hours, that is twenty per minute!! I hope to see you at future events…

Rebecca, Event Manager

Check out the pictures from the event HERE

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Posted by on March 25, 2009 in Events