The Deratany Firm has been fortunate enough to work with Chicago House and Social Service Agency for ten years now. Chicago House offers a series of innovative programs—including permanent, community-based housing; prevention outreach; and a ground-breaking employment program—for individuals and families struggling with HIV and AIDS.
Over the course of my career, I have served on the board of a handful of social service agencies, all of which have been rewarding experiences. But nothing compares with the experience of interacting directly with the people that these agencies serve. The opportunity to spend an afternoon making Christmas ornaments with the young boys and girls at Chicago House is something for which I am tremendously grateful. As I reflect back on 2013, I’m pleased to say that the time we spent at Chicago House stands out as one of the year’s most wonderful experiences.
Here’s to a happy, healthy 2014. And as always: Be safe.