St. Peter Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights, Illinois, is working alongside Lutheran Church Charities to provide rental assistance through their generous offerings. They are also reaching out to families by delivering furniture donations. On Saturday, August 11, Brad Schroeder, Bob Vossel, and Dave Fischer from St. Peter’s helped a single parent family with assembling new bunkbeds for the children to use. The children were thrilled and the mother could not say "thank you" enough. She expressed that, “Your donation and act of kindness are so greatly appreciated.” As one of these volunteers said, “Helping today was a gratifying and humbling experience.”
A huge thank you to Walter E. Smithe Furniture in Glen Park, Illinois, for donating three couches to Lutheran Church Charities for Prospect Heights residents who lost everything in the fire. The residents who received these were thrilled with this donation for their new homes
A single parent and caregiver to her father are starting over and expressed much gratitude and appreciation for the rental assistance given to move into a new home. Although she still needs furniture and other things, she is grateful to now have a place to call home again.
Another family with two children are very thankful that we have reached out to them and were willing to help with rental assistance. Although we had to speak through an interpreter, the tears of joy and hug of thanks was clearly conveyed.
A single parent with four children was very excited to finally be able to move out of the cramped motel room they all have been sharing and into a new home this past weekend. She is so very appreciative and grateful for the rental assistance. She cannot believe how kind and caring people, churches, and businesses have been. She stated, “It means the world to me to see my children being cared for and about by so many in this community!”
A family with three adult children will be moving into a new home this week. They received a donated voucher for Community Threads so they can shop for household items. They also received a handmade quilt from Immanuel Lutheran Church in Palatine, Illinois.
Local LCMS churches and their members have also responded with many types of donations to assist these families.
On Sunday, August 5, Kathy O'Day, LCC Director of Disaster Response, attended St. Peter Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights, Illinois to thank the congregation for their generous donation of their entire Sunday offering to Lutheran Church Charities to assist the families affected in the Prospect Heights fire. Pastor Micah Greiner also invited her to share with members about the families their donations will assist and how they can provide further help. The congregation is pleased to be able to share the mercy, compassion, presence and proclamation of Jesus Christ with any of the affected residents.
LCC will continue to respond to requests for assistance through their partnership with the City of Prospect Heights. Please continue to pray for everyone impacted by this tragic fire. LCC will continue to provide Disaster and Crisis Response to our neighbors, bringing the Mercy, Compassion, Presence, and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who are suffering and in need.
"Tonight my husband and I, and our two daughters, will be in a new apartment. We will have to sleep on the floor, but that is okay. We will start new again. And tomorrow we will celebrate my daughter's 5th birthday in our new house. So many people have been so kind to everyone needing help. We have many new clothes and items that have been donated. This is good."
LCC also assisted a family, with 5 year and 3 month old children, to help them secure housing so they can move in to a new apartment tomorrow. They were very surprised and happy that we were able to offer them rental assistance. Tim Hetzner and Kathy O'Day met and prayed with the family. The father told us, “You have no idea what a blessing this is and you are to my family. We cannot thank you enough!”
LCC will continue to respond to requests for assistance by the City of Prospect Heights. Local LCMS churches and their members have also responded with many types of donations to assist these families. Mayor Nicholas Helmer of the City of Prospect Heights continues to express his appreciation to LCC and its donors for all of the assistance that has been and will be provided to these families to aid in their recovery process.
Please continue to pray for everyone impacted by this tragic fire. LCC will continue to provide Disaster and Crisis Response to our neighbors, bringing the Mercy, Compassion, Presence, and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who are suffering and in need.
Prospect Heights Mayor Nicholas Helmer asked Lutheran Church Charities to help provide support to these families and over 150 first responders from 50 local departments who bravely responded to the fire. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs always bring relief to all of the first responders. They also continue to bring comfort and hope to the distraught families
LCC Responds to Massive Apartment Fire in Prospect Heights, Illinois
Jesus said: "For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you,
Do not fear; I will help you." Isaiah 41:13
Early this morning, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Ruthie, Emma, Jacob (LCC Staff), Seth and Marie (Comfort Dogs in Training) visited one of the temporary housing shelters to bring comfort and hope to distraught families. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs will continue to visit shelters and on-site where the fires occurred.
The Comfort Dogs always bring relief to all of the first responders.
LCC Disaster Response is working with local response agencies, the Red Cross and the Salvation Army, to provide resources for the displaced families. The LCC headquarters in Northbrook, Illinois, will serve as the Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) location for the local agencies to deliver services to individuals and families.
LCC Disaster Response is working with local response agencies, the Red Cross, and other COAD partners to provide resources for the displaced families.
Please pray for everyone responding and impacted by this tragic fire. If you are so moved, please donate to help LCC help our closest neighbors as we bring the Mercy, Compassion, Presence, and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who are suffering and in need.
Serving Together, Serving Others, in the Name and Presence of Jesus.
Lutheran Church Charities and the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry