The Housing Authority of Cook County kicks off summer with Father’s Day celebrations

June 20, 2016 |

Health & Dental Screenings, Basketball Shoot-Offs, Volleyball, Summer Camp Enrollment, Music, Job Fairs, & Old Fashioned Fun with Dad

(Cook County) — The Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) launched its summer program for residents with a Father’s Day Tribute & Celebration. The HACC announced a variety of summer programs for youth and residents and this year, the HACC selected the Sunrise/Mackler/Bergen family site in Chicago Heights to kick off the summer season and Father’s Day Celebration. Week long festivities were scheduled beginning on June 17 to ensure that all family sites had planned activities.

“We have so many great family sites, and this year we wanted to feature the families and HACC community at Chicago Heights. More than anything, we wanted fathers and families to share in the activities and just have some great fun as we kicked off the summer season,” said HACC Executive Director Richard Monocchio.

All of the family sites planned activities for the Father’s Day Celebration that included cooking, music, inflatable jump house activities, basketball shoot-offs, badminton and volleyball challenges. Fathers were also presented with certificates of appreciation from the HACC staff. Other activities were also planned for residents and families to launch the summer season program activities.

Father’s Day 2016 Chicago Heights

Several summer programs have been planned to enrich and enhance the lives of families and residents. The Boys & Girls Clubs/HACC Summer Camp begins on June 6 through July 29 and will provide a variety of enrichment activities, field trips and learning experiences that inspire youth to achieve their full potential during time away from school.

The HACC also announced a summer jobs program for designated family sites available to residents and youth beginning June 6 through August 30.

“Our residents and families are always looking for programs throughout the summer months and we want to make sure that they are involved in positive summer activities that strengthen and promote their well-being. Connecting the youth to summer jobs, internships and weekly field trips exposes them to unlimited opportunities and lifelong learning experiences and memories,” added Monocchio.

Another priority for this Father’s Day is to connect as many men to resources to improve their lives, their families’ lives and their community. Access to health services, job training and employment resources can result in greater involvement with their families and communities.

Several job and community fairs were scheduled throughout the HACC sites during the upcoming summer months and Turlington Apartments in Harvey hosted a Father’s Day/Summer Job Fair for residents on Wednesday, June 15 from 10am-1pm. Dozens of residents attended and completed job applications.

Monocchio stressed that celebrating fatherhood, family and community is a shared theme that everyone should celebrate and embrace.

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