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National Hookup of Black Women Receives Grant from Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission

Joliet, IL (December 28, 2011) — The Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission awarded the National Hookup of Black Women (NHBW) of Joliet with a $9,000 grant to help fund their new “Family Empowerment”  program.  This program will focus on strengthening families and the community by expanding their literacy program through health and financial education.

hccnhbwgrant“It has been proven that reading is the foundation to all future success,” said Lou Ann Johnson, President of Joliet’s National Hook-Up of Black Women. “Unfortunately children who fall behind at an early age never make up the educational gap and illiteracy limits their future employment options.

Photo caption: Pictured are Gwen Ulmer, Community Relations Coordinator at Silver Cross Hospital; Betty Washington Vice President for the Silver Cross Health Community Commission; Lou Ann Johnson, President of the Joliet Chapter of National Hookup of Black Women; Geraldine Littlepage, 1st Vice President of the National Hookup of Black Women accepting a $9,000 grant from the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission for the National Hookup of Black Women –Joliet Family Empowerment program.

The National Hook-Up of Black Women in partnership with Silver Cross Hospital currently operates two Reading Rooms on the eastside Joliet community at 201 S. Briggs St and in the Fairview Community Center at 1426 Englewood Ave. This resource provides both children and parents access to swap, borrow or take a book to keep in their own personal libraries and also allows families to enjoy the adventures of reading while increasing literacy. In addition, NWBW & Silver Cross will be opening a third reading room this February. All are invited to join the activities which include: "Real Men" Read Day, ladies open-mic night, participation in the National Council of Teachers of English "African-American" Read-In, a city-wide book donation day, movie night, and culminating with the ribbon cutting of the third reading room while highlighting local African-American authors in honor of African-American History Month.

“We are proud to work together with the National Hookup of Black Women to improve the access and progress of literacy for the children of Joliet,” said Margie Woods, Chair of the Healthy Community Commission.

hook-upSilver Cross’s Healthy Community Commission is a not-for-profit organization of community members.  The Commission is focusing on the re-development of the Silver Cross Hospital campus, education and workforce development, and to improve the quality life of the residents of Will County, particularly those on the east side of Joliet.

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 the last seven consecutive years and as one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 2,900 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 304-bed acute care hospital and 10 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Construction is well underway to build a state-of-the-art replacement hospital opening in Feb. 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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