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Loyola University Chicago Partners with Misericordia
Program Provides Employment Opportunities for Adults with Developmental Disabilities
CHICAGO, July 26, 2006 — Loyola University Chicago and Misericordia Heart of Mercy announced today the formation of the Loyola Helpers, a new program designed to offer on-campus employment opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. Through their work on the University’s Lake Shore Campus, the adults from Misericordia will gain valuable hands-on professional experience.
The Loyola Helpers, working in conjunction with Loyola’s facilities department, have already begun contributing to the University through campus beautification work. Participants are currently engaged in a variety of activities ranging from grounds clean-up to the potting of new planters. Moving forward, the group will continue to oversee the upkeep of flowers and foliage on campus, and Loyola will highlight this work with permanent signage that reads, “This area is being preserved by the Loyola Helpers.”
“At Loyola, our mission involves seeking ways to serve others and making a difference in our communities,” says John Slobodnik, director of facilities. “Setting up this partnership with Misericordia is just one small example of how the University acts out our mission.”
“As neighbors in the Rogers Park community, Loyola and Misericordia have developed a wonderful friendship through the years, and this new partnership will only strengthen those ties,” says Tina Stendardo, program director at Misericordia. “This is a wonderful program, and Loyola’s faculty, students, and supporters should be proud that their university offers challenging job roles for adults with developmental disabilities.”
Misericordia – which means “heart of mercy” in Latin – supports more than 550 children and adults with mild to profound developmental disabilities. Reflecting the world in which we all live, the individuals supported by Misericordia come from all religious, racial, and socio-economic backgrounds. Misericordia’s nationally recognized programs include: residential placement and day-to-day support; job training and employment opportunities; physical, occupational, and speech therapy; fitness and healthy living guidance; social and recreational outings; and opportunities for spiritual growth.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is among the largest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 14,000 students, which includes 9,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 68 undergraduate majors, 77 master’s degrees, 36 doctoral degrees, and three professional degree programs. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education,U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities” and “best values” in its annual publications. For more information, please visit our web site at www.luc.edu.