Guest Luncheon Speakers

September 17, 2019

Wheaton Lion Dan Milinko introduced our speaker Kate Bousum, CFRE, Director of Advancement for Child’s Voice. With Kate was Melissa Lundt.

Child’s Voice located in Wood Dale and Chicago works with children with hearing loss to be successful in all educational and social settings by optimizing their listening speaking and academic skills. In many cases this gives children their first opportunity to learn to communicate and socialize.

Child’s Voice was started inn 1996 and they work with children ages 1 to 18. Their school includes Diagnostic Testing and early intervention for children 3-8 years old and then school for kids up to 18 years old. In an
average year they treat 400 kids.

Kate said they could use help in Wood Dale at Art & Community events on any of the following dates. Sept. 26th 2019, Nov. 20th 2019, Jan. 30, 2020 and April 30, 2020 from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m.

For more information log onto Kate’s and Melissa Lundt’s phone is: 630-595-8200.

September 24, 2019

The Wheaton Lions Club welcomed Simone Halpin, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Naomi's House. Naomi's House is a comprehensive residential program offering hope and healing to victims of sex trafficking. Affiliated with Moody Church, this program is faith based, trauma-informed, and integrated with expert specialists and staff.

It is estimated that up to 24,000 women and girls are sexually trafficked — bought and sold for sex — each year in the Chicagoland area. Law enforcement, FBI victim specialists, and social workers who work with victims all agree that the biggest need for women “coming out of the life” of sexual exploitation is long-term housing and professional care. In addition to a safe place to live, survivors of sex trafficking need a comprehensive approach to healing, case management, and life-skills.

Each woman works on an Individual Care Plan with the staff where she sets goals, evaluates her progress, and learns to advocate for herself as she prepares to reintegrate back into society. Residents are also matched with mentors – women from various area churches who volunteer several hours a month to meet one-on-one with a resident.

Because these women come to Naomi's House with little to no financial resources, the services are free for the residents. In addition to the therapeutic services offered, the residents receive a warm and safe place to live, nutritional food, clothes, toiletries, and other personal items, as well as 24-hour staff supervision and support. Part of the approach to care is to meet the resident's tangible needs while preparing her to care for herself when she exits from the program. Staff and mentors begin the conversation of reintegration from the beginning of her time with us.

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Wheaton Lions Club Events

Due to the Coronavirus and because of the “shelter in place” mandate, the decision has been made to CANCEL all Wheaton Lions Club events through the month of June. Once the “shelter in place” order is lifted we will reevaluate the lunch meeting schedule.

However, the Wheaton Lions Club announces that every Tuesday at noon, during the month of May and June, we will have a virtual guest speaker! See the Guest Lunch Speakers page for more info.

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