This Past Year


Article written by Basia, Clubhouse Member 

We have had a full year already. Here is a little refresh of things we have been doing at the Clubhouse to spread our mission. 

We were invited to be a part of Art in the Park in Elmhurst in May. Such a great event with perfect weather, lots of vendors and great people. Just to give a little background on the event, it is a HUGE 2-day outdoor Art Show in Wilder Park. Over 100 artists were in attendance. There were probably 5,000 + attendees. We had goodies to sell from Flour to Empower that the Members helped bake and were able to spread our mission. 

We were part of the Elmhurst Farmers Market for a couple of months. We met a lot of people in the community. We sold our delicious breads along with our new Empowerment Cookies. I personally had a great time meeting people, spreading our mission while working on my speech and standing endurance.

We were a part of the Green Garden Fair at First Congregational Church on May 11th. We were chosen to be the only food vendor. We sold our goodies while meeting lots of people and spreading our mission. 

Members packed backpacks for the back to school drive with the Catholic Charities Diocese of Joliet in the beginning of August. 

We were chosen to be the Mission Moment for First Congregational Church on September 29th. I spoke at the service about my personal story and how I came to be at Synapse House. I then introduced Deborah and she spoke about needs of Synapse House to the congregation. They put our “wish list” in the church bulletin entire month of October and their collection on September 29 will be given to Synapse House. We also had an opportunity to sell our baked goods in the foyer before and after the service. We sold out! We have built a really great relationship with this congregation.

We were part of an event at Elmhurst College called “Taste of Elmhurst“. Our main reason to be there was to meet potential student volunteers. We met many students including those in the speech, occupational therapy and nursing departments. Janet from the Board of Directors and Jolie, our marketing professional, spent time speaking with student groups about our mission and volunteering opportunities. It was a great event with lots of connections made.

Congratulations to our Executive Director!

This May, our Executive Director, Deborah, was the recipient of Elmhurst College's 2019 Better Speech and Hearing Month Award.