Above / Family Shelter Service, the nonprofit organization that runs Second Chance Resale Shop in Naperville, has just announced that Christy Harris will serve as new chairman for its board of directors. (PN Photo)
Christy Harris is named new Family Shelter Service Board Chairman
Wheaton, IL — Christy Harris has taken over as the new Chairman of the Family Shelter Service Board. Harris takes over from Paul Travers who recently completed four years on the Board of Directors with two of those as Chair.
Harris, who works in Human Resources with Allstate Corporation, wanted to serve on the board in order to help the people in the community where she lives. “I wanted to get more involved in prevention to break the cycle of domestic violence. It’s fulfilling to see the positive impact that Family Shelter Service has on individuals and families.”
With a background both in Finance and HR, Harris feels that her experience dovetails with her work on the Family Shelter Service board. “My work experience and personal purpose is about serving the community in which I live which translates to understanding the population/clients and how Family Shelter Services positions ourselves to be able to meet their needs.”
Harris and her husband have two sons and they reside in Wheaton. Her volunteer activities have also included serving as co-president of her PTA, on the board of another non-profit and as treasurer for her sons’ Boy Scout Troop.
Family Shelter Service recently welcomed four new board members
Earlier this month, Brenda McNamara, Emily Ory, John Roland and Gregory Vesta each was selected to serve a six-year term on its Board of Directors.
Brenda McNamara, who is an attorney, explained why she wanted to get involved. “I have walked alongside loved ones who are victims of domestic violence. The obstacles they must overcome are enormous… and there are so many. The amount of support they need at every turn is huge and it is crucial. One of my goals for Family Shelter Service is to have the resources to provide the highest level of support and service to our clients.”
Brenda and her husband reside in Elmhurst with their three sons.
Emily Ory understands that domestic violence is a critical issue. “I feel very passionate about it and I reached out to learn about ways to get involved,” she said.
Ory, who is an interior designer and works as an account executive at Corporate Concepts, is also very involved in the Naperville community where she and her husband have lived all their lives. She has served on the Naperville Chamber’s Women in Business group and also as the chair of their Young Professionals Network. She will be taking over the position of Chairman of the Naperville Chamber Board of Directors beginning in January 2018.
In preparation for his role as a board member, John Roland made it a point to learn more about victims of domestic violence and the people who are helping them. “I’ve been struck by how passionate everyone is about the mission of Family Shelter Service and providing resources to people who are truly in need at a time of crisis in their lives.
Roland, who is a Wealth Management Advisor with Northwestern Mutual, is interested in how communities are best served. “I’ve always been engaged in matters of public policy,” he said, “and the role that government and private organizations can play in providing resources to people in need. For those of us who are personally blessed with not having this situation, if we’re not going to stand up for these people, who will?”
Roland and his wife reside in Westmont with their two children.
Gregory Vesta understands the problem of domestic violence better than most. Today the Police Chief for the City of Wood Dale, Vesta followed up on numerous domestic violence calls in his early career as a young police officer. Vesta is a member of the DuPage Chiefs of Police Executive Board where he has a voice in what type of training and outreach is provided to officers in DuPage County.
“I wanted to get involved because I feel that since I have a law enforcement perspective, I can share some of the conditions that we’re experiencing in the field. I hope that we can continue providing services to residents who are most at risk and also continue to expand services where we now have financial constraints.”
Family Shelter Service
Founded in 1976, Family Shelter Service helps victims of domestic abuse rebuild their lives and break the cycle of domestic violence creating a safer community for all. For more information, visit www.familyshelterservice.org.
Story and photo submitted by Mo McGuire, Media Relations/Advocacy, Family Shelter Service.
Three October opportunities to help support Family Shelter Service…
#1 / Are you a creative type who enjoys pulling together one-of-a-kind costumes for all your family Halloween festivities? To set your costumes apart from all the other trick or treaters, consider finding dress-up attire and accessories at Second Chance Resale Shop, located in Tower Crossing, 1512 N. Naper Boulevard, on Naperville’s northeast side. All proceeds from sales of donated gently-used items benefit Family Shelter Service. For more info, visit www.familyshelterservice.org and make a difference in every way!
Note a second location for Second Chance Resale Shop is at 1131 Fairview Ave. in Westmont.
#2 / Run, Walk, Run to have fun and raise funds for Family Shelter Service during Free to Fly slated for Sunday, October 29, 2017. The 5K and 10K Race begins at 9AM. And this year organizers say people are now welcome to bring their pets. The event will be held at Midwestern University in Downers Grove.
Find complete INFO at www.familyshelterservice.org. Registration is now in progress.
#3 / Each week Family Shelter Service is working towards completing a new challenge to double, even triple, our donations. Challenge ends Oct. 31, 2017. All help is welcome to help FSS get there. Thank you!
Family Shelter Service | 630-221-8290 | www.familyshelterservice.org