Welcome to our New Staff Members!

Julia Bonti

Julia PictureTeen Girls Group Mentor

Prior to joining Garden Quarter Neighborhood Resource Center, Julia worked for Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of McHenry County for a combined total of 4 years.  Throughout her time with BBBS, Julia worked in various areas of the organization, with her main focus being direct facilitation of after-school mentoring programs.  Julia has spent the last 2 years partnering teenager mentors with youth from Garden Quarter and as a result, has developed a professional, yet personal relationship with the teens at our center.
We are excited to have her working with us and our girls! The group (supported by the McHenry County Community Foundation) will consist of a variety of topics that range from healthy relationships to entrepreneurism. Sessions will be twice per month starting in September.

Patricia Wallin
Hello! My name is Patricia Wallin and I am the bilingual Parent Program Manager!

In the past I have worked within the social services field in McHenry County and Chicago assisting families by providing them with appropriate referrals and supporting them in accessing different resources in the community based on their needs.
I was born in Latin America and immigrated to McHenry County when I was a child.  I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Western Illinois University and I am currently working on my thesis to obtain a Master’s degree in International Social Work from the University of Stockholm, Sweden.
Some of my responsibilities at the center will include facilitating educational meetings for Spanish speaking parents on different topics based on their interests. I will also facilitate computer classes for Spanish-speaking parents. Aside from that, I will have parent-friendly office hours at the center for parents that would like to inquire about the resources and support available to them. In the near future I will be starting a training program for ‘Padres Activos’, a parenting curriculum, that I can share with all interested parents at the center.I am very excited to start working together with the families, the staff and the community that supports Garden Quarter. Thank you for allowing me to be part of this team to ensure a better quality of life for the residents of McHenry County!

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Successful Registration Night

backpacks 2 LASO Library picnic 2 picnic 3 picnic 4 picnic 5 picnic 6 picnic Registration forms 2 Registration forms

Thank you to everyone who made our Registration Night a success!  We had more than 25 families who came out and many more children who received free backpacks full of school supplies!  We had 13 wonderful volunteers who assisted us with the night, including some of our own teen girls (I’m so proud!) Thank you to Gwen and Mary from the library, Tina, Sarah, and Debbie from Families ETC, Lauren and her team from LASO, Carol from 4C, and Mary and Angie from the Chapel!  It was so nice to have such a great turnout from the wider community to support the Garden Quarter families.  Thank you!  I’m looking forward to a great 2014-2015 school year!

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Registration Night 4-6pm

We will be having our annual Registration Night tonight!  Wednesday, August 13th from 4-6pm!

During that time, families come to register their students with our after-school program (for free) and in return, students receive a free backpack full of school supplies (thanks to The Chapel of McHenry!)

This year, we’ll also be inviting the McHenry Public Library, Community Coordinated Child Care, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Families ETC, and the Latin American Student Organization of McHenry West Campus.

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Thank You to The Chapel!

A HUGE thank you to Mary Frank and The Chapel for your donations of backpacks full of supplies! Our students are eagerly awaiting to receive theirs and to see what’s inside! Your community support is such a blessing to our students and families. Thank you thank you!!

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We’re Hiring

We are currently seeking a Parent Program Facilitator!

As the Parent Program Facilitator you will oversee our Parent Program. You will report directly to the Executive Director and work with our Youth Programs Manager to ensure quality programming for our community. See below for more information:

Required hours:

  • Position begins August of 2014
  • Host monthly parent meetings; third Wednesday of the month at 7:00pm
  • Host office hours on a regular basis
  • Other responsibilities can be completed either at the Garden Quarter office or at home.
  • Total hours: 24 hours per month

Background & Experience

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred
  • Experience working with a social agency, specifically with youth and families preferred

Job Responsibilities & Expectations

  • Initiate, organize and implement all aspects of the Parent Program activities and core elements: monthly educational meetings for parents, regular office hours, assistance for families in accessing community resources
  • Update parents on youth programming events
  • Alert parents of upcoming meeting events and track parent attendance
  • Keep open communication with Youth Programs Manager regarding Parent Program updates
  • Track and provide program data to Executive Director
  • Maintain a safe and healthy environment within the program
  • Assist the Executive Director in maintaining community partnerships
  • Assist families in accessing community resources
  • Remain flexible to the needs of the program and organization

Skills & Specifications

  • Fluent in Spanish
  • Detail-oriented with excellent organizational skills
  • Self-starter and able to work independently
  • Excellent listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills
  • Commitment and respect for diversity
  • Commitment to the organization’s mission and goals
  • Knowledge of McHenry County community agencies and resources a plus
  • Ability to demonstrate interactive skills with children and adults
  • Basic data entry skills needed
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite

Application, Resume, & Cover Letter

Applicants meeting the above requirements: please fill out our Parent Program Facilitator Application and email resumes and cover letters to director@gardenquarter.org. Only email applications are accepted.

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