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Fall Harvest of Hope

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115 Bourbon Street

3359 West 115th Street

Merrionette Park, IL 60803

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Join us for this year’s Fall Harvest of Hope, The Port Ministries' annual celebration and fundraiser.

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Join us for this year’s Fall Harvest of Hope, The Port Ministries' annual celebration and fundraiser. Enjoy food, drinks and great company as we celebrate the many individuals who volunteer and support our free Franciscan inspired programs and services. This year, join us as we celebrate Capuchin Franciscan, Brother MJ Groark and our Free Clinic Coordinator, Molly Gabaldo.


Over the past three years, The Port Ministries has become a thriving community space that I find hard to leave at the end of the workday. I say “hard to leave” because this organization, nicknamed a place of “prayer and hope,” has become more than my job; it has become my home. But it is not just my home. It has become home to the people who join me for morning prayer. Home to the families sharing a meal off our Bread Truck or treated by the doctors in our Heath Clinic. Home to the children playing in our gym or doing their homework in our After-School program. It is home to all the volunteers who take ownership over our organization’s programs and services.

I am sure this feeling of home is exactly what Father “Gus” Milon intended when opening the Port Ministries 34 years ago. Our Franciscan inspired mission to provide the fundamental needs of the mind, body, and spirit is as relevant today as when it was first created in 1985. The Port Ministries is more than a place of “prayer and hope,” it has become a home where you can witness God’s love in the most unexpected places.

The community ownership that makes The Port Ministries a welcoming home for so many is only possible because of your continued support. On October 13th, we invite you to celebrate our organization and join us in acknowledging two individuals heavily responsible for our success: Molly Gabaldo, Free Clinic Coordinator, and Capuchin Franciscan, MJ Groark.

MOLLY GABALDO, Health Clinic Coordinator

Molly Gabaldo is responsible for jumpstarting two of our seven existing programs and services. Along with volunteering her time as our Health Clinic Coordinator, Molly was one of the original residents living in our intentional covenant community, the Hope House.

During her time here, Molly was an active member of our Young Professional Board, expanded our Health Clinic’s services to include mental health, and engaged our community through events and various volunteer opportunities.

Molly has our love and support as she moves on to focus on her career as a registered nurse and her ongoing education.

BROTHER MJ GROARK, Capuchin Franciscan

Capuchin Franciscan, Brother MJ Groark has been an active volunteer and the primary liaison between our organization and other Franciscans living in Chicago. From scheduling our masses and supporting our Bread Truck, to teaching “Intro to St. Francis” community workshops, Brother MJ continuously champions The Port Ministries’ Franciscan inspired mission.

After completing his studies at Chicago Theological Union (CTU), Brother MJ will be leaving Chicago to share his love and faith as a deacon in a parish in Montana.

Please join us for this year’s Fall Harvest of Hope and celebrate our organization and these two wonderful individuals!


This year’s Fall Harvest of Hope will be at 115 BOURBON STREET (3359 West 115th Street Merrionette Park, IL 60803) on October 13th from 12pm to 4pm.


- Ticket price includes food, beer, wine, and soda.

- Silent Auctions, Football on TVs, Split the Pot, Gift Baskets, and Prize Drawings.

- Family fun with a Kid’s Korner, tons of kids games and activities.

- Port Ministries Corner Store: Purchase art made from our People's School workshops, prints from our community murals, Port Ministries T-Shirts and Hoodies.


- Partnered with St. Anthony’s Hospital to station two full-time staff members to expand our mental health services.

- Provided over 1000 Christmas gifts to children in our community

- Provided over 1000 Easter baskets to the young people in our community.

- Provided Thanksgiving dinner to over 100 residents.

-We now have over 15 members in our Young Professional Board.

-Presented “EVERYBODY HAS A STORY,” a summer and fall art project composed of a series of workshops, murals and events. Thirty young people participated in the project and over 125 community members joined us for our end-of-year celebration.

-Presented over two dozen free People School Workshops for the community.

-Co-hosted the inaugural COMMUNITY HEALING FAIR with District 6 Rep. Sonya Harper to provide holistic mental health resources to local community members. Over 150 community members were in attendance.

-Partnered with Star Farms Chicago to start a community garden that will grow vegetables to share off the Bread Truck.


Prior to event: $30 adult / $15 child (6 to 13 years)

At the door: $40 adult/ $20 child (6 to 13 years)

Children 5 years or younger: no charge

Two ways you can purchase your tickets:

1. ONLINE: Click the following Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fall-harvest-of-hope-tickets-64198077177 to BUY TICKETS (includes a processing fee).

2. CHECK: Send check for $30 x amount of tickets requested (i.e. 5 tickets x $30 = $150.00) Make check payable to "Port Ministries" and mail to 5013 S Hermitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60609. *** to avoid confusion, please write in memo, "For HARVEST TICKETS."

QUESTIONS: call 773.778.5955 or email us at info@theportministries.org


Two ways you can support this event if you cannot attend:

1. If you cannot attend our event, please consider purchasing an online ticket and donating it to a Port Ministries participant. We have many kids, mothers, and families who would love to attend this event with your help. This is a great option for Port Ministries friends who cannot attend themselves but still want to support the Port and have a participant join in! Click on the Eventbrite and under notes, please write "Donate my Ticket."

2. DONATE! Go online to www.theportministries.org and click "donate" or make a check payable to "Port Ministries" and mail to 5013 S Hermitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60609.


The Port Ministries is a 501(c)3 organization located in the Southside of Chicago with a Franciscan Inspired mission to serve those-in-need by providing the fundamental needs of the mind, body, and spirit. We do this by offering various programs and services that serve together to provide wrap-around support to empower individuals and families with the hope of strengthening our community.

(at the 3:20 mark of the video below, watch our Executive Director, David Hommy Gonzalez, speak on our organization's mental health efforts)

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