Setting the record straight at the Village

To the Editor:

We fear some statements in Daschell Phillips’ article in the Dec. 25 issue of the Hyde Park Herald will give incorrect impressions about our plans for the Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV).

The Village will not be a senior center or social welfare agency.  However, the absence of such services in our community increases the importance of the kind of help and support that the Village will provide.

When it opens officially, CHPV will be a centralized source of information for members. It is also developing a comprehensive program for volunteers which will provide people of all ages with opportunities for sharing and participating in Village activities and services. Moreover, Village members will have access to volunteers who have been checked and trained to help them with a range of light tasks. Members will also have access to our lists of vetted and neighbor-recommended service providers. CHPV will continue to partner with other neighborhood groups and institutions to provide a variety of educational and social programs, such as our bi-weekly Drop-In program and our various entertainment and informational programs.

The major goal of Chicago Hyde Park Village is to encourage an “age friendly” environment in Hyde Park, where long-time residents feel comfortable and safe and newer arrivals can feel at home and welcome.

We are deeply grateful to our neighbors and local institutions for their tremendous help with our recent fundraiser. Their enthusiastic participation affirms that our neighbors want and support our mission. CHPV will open officially as soon as we raise sufficient funds to hire appropriate staff and to ensure that we can deliver the programs and services to fulfill our mission. People who would like more information about the potential for a village in Hyde Park can find information on the national village movement at vtvnetwork.org

In addition to financial support from Montgomery Place, its Unidine Food Service and the University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement, MAC Property Management was also a generous financial sponsor.

Susan Alitto
President, Chicago Hyde Park Village