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Wilmette and charity unite to support migrants; HP library offers sneak peek of renovations; Loyola introduces new vice president

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Wilmette and charity unite to support migrants; HP library offers sneak peek of renovations; Loyola introduces new vice president

Because the Village of Wilmette continues its efforts to support migrant families arriving locally, it’s partnering with a Highland Park service organization on a brand new initiative: Take Care Packages.

Service and Learning Together, or SaLT, has been creating Take Care Packages for weeks, and the partnership with Wilmette is a “tangible expression of (the) community’s look after others,” in keeping with a Village release. The village is hoping that residents will submit items to assist make the transition easier for those arriving from Texas or beyond.

The initiative replaces Wilmette’s previous effort that collected donations within the Metra train station.

Those that are arriving will receive a package that accommodates essential items corresponding to water, nonperishable food, personal hygiene products, first-aid kits, winter clothing, baby items, and youngsters’s comfort items corresponding to books/games/stuffed animals.

Dropoff sites in Wilmette and Kenilworth are: St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1235 Wilmette Ave. (9 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon-Fri); SALT Fitness, 410 Green Bay Road, Kenilworth (8-11 a.m. any day); Body Science PFT, 642 Green Bay Road, Kenilworth; and North Shore Music, 405 1/2 Linden Ave., Wilmette (3-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 3-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday).

The trouble is ongoing and the village is hoping to maintain a minimum of 200 packages available in any respect times, the discharge says.

To volunteer, see an inventory of needed items or to establish your individual “Take Care” event, visit SaLT’s website.

Highland Park Public Library

Residents can see plans to renovate Highland Park library on Feb. 27

The Highland Park Public Library will hold a community meeting to preview the expansion plans for the library from 7-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27, within the lower-level meeting room.

The plans are a part of the library’s 2025-2026 expansion project. Through the meeting, community members can view design images, learn concerning the services and changes the expansion will offer, and have time to ask questions.

“The Highland Park Public Library’s expansion project relies on the outcomes of a needs assessment, strategic planning, and resident feedback,” Executive Director Heidi Smith said in a press release. “The expansion design plans will address the community’s desires for expanded spaces, improved accessibility access, and enhanced services.“

Those that cannot attend the event in person can watch a recording of the meeting online on the Imagine HP website.

The Highland Park Public Library also offers online updates on the expansion project via email.

For more information concerning the project, call (847) 579-6819 or email Library-Administration@hplibrary.org.

Alice Kearney Alwin, of Loyola Academy

Loyola brings on vp of mission, ministry and identity

Alice Kearney Alwin, a graduate of Yale Divinity School and Marymount School of Recent York, has been appointed by Loyola Academy as its latest vp of mission, ministry, and identity.

Kearney Alwin will supervise Loyola’s campus ministry in addition to oversee programs for diversity, equity, and inclusion, and adult faith formation.

“Catholic education needs committed mission-building partners who appreciate how celebrating diversity is the important thing to creating unity,” Kearney Alwin said in an announcement. “Our mission is greater than the gorgeous words of our mission statement, Jesuit mottos and slogans. The mission is what sends us into the world with a purpose that’s distinctively formed by all that Loyola Academy is, has been and will likely be.”

In her latest role, she can even guide the event of Loyola’s Lay Ignatian Training program for faculty and staff.

“Being an Ignatian-formed lay person gives me a special insight into designing a Lay Ignatian Training program for all faculty and staff,” Kearney Alwin said. “I stay up for leading a collaborative process that may help all of the adults in our community construct discernment skills, encourage a deeper understanding of living a faith that does justice, and have a good time our Jesuit identity.”

Kearney Alwin is a member of Loyola’s class of 1998 and returns to Loyola after a profession spent in ministry and lay leadership positions at Marymount School of Recent York and Fairfield Prep in Fairfield, Conn.

She holds degrees in philosophy and divinity and is working on achieving her doctorate in ministry from Fordham University.

A native of Northbrook, Kearney Alwin and her husband, Scott, live in Chicago with their two daughters.

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