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Silver Cross Hospital Supports Catholic Charities Back To School Fair

New Lenox, IL (Sept. 3, 2013)— Silver Cross Hospital supported the Catholic Charities Daybreak Center’s Back to School Fair on August 1 by providing physicals to some of the over 4,000 area children who attended the event in the recreational center at the University of St. Francis. 

Photo caption: Teri Hoogstra, Registered Nurse at Silver Cross Hospital, helped with a physical for Norma Vazquez and her son, Brian Vazquez of Joliet at the Catholic Charities Daybreak Center’s Back to School Fair on August 1 at the University of St. Francis where over 4,000 area children attended.

For the past 21 years, Silver Cross has partnered with Catholic Charities Daybreak Center’s Back-to-School Fair that benefits low-income families living in Will County with children through 18 years old. During the Fair, 13 Silver Cross employees volunteered their time and talents to immunize 35 children and provide 96 physicals, 51 asthma screenings and 17 lead screenings. Also families received dental exams and cleanings, vision screenings, free haircuts, and school supplies. 

“Silver Cross is proud to partner with Catholic Charities Daybreak Centerfor the Back to School Fair to help area children prepare for the upcoming school year and improve the quality of life for the residents in our community,” said Leslie Newbon, Senior Community Relations Coordinator. 

Parents had to bring identification, proof of income such as a W-2 form or paycheck stub and verification of address for their children to receive supplies and health-care services. 

The fair also featured face painting, music, raffles and games so parents could visit booths to gather information and talk with representatives from nearly 50 local agencies, regarding job training and employment opportunities, nutrition and health, affordable childcare, housing, voter registration, Head Start, crime and gang prevention. 

About Catholic Charities Daybreak Center

Catholic Charities Daybreak Center operates 24-hours a day, 365 days a year and provides emergency housing, food and support services to individuals and families who are homeless, while they work toward independence and integration into community life. Some participants need short-term housing as a result of a situational crisis. Others need support services while they work to establish permanent housing. For more information or special accommodations, call Catholic Charities Daybreak Center at (815) 774-4663 or visit www.cc-doj.org 

About Silver Cross Hospital

Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for seven consecutive years and as a Hospital of Choice by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 3,000 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 289-bed acute care hospital and 9 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Silver Cross opened a state-of-the-art replacement hospital on February 26, 2012 at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

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