Misericordia is a community for people with special needs. (Photo by Kristen Aguirre)
By Catherine Durkin and Kristen Aguirre
For the past 18 yearsTina Stendardo wakes up, gets ready, and heads to work, where she strives to help people with intellectual disabilities do the exact same thing. Enhancing the lives of others with special needs is her passion, which correlates with the values of Misericordia.
Stendardo is the developmental training director at Misericordia, a not-for-profit corporation that houses individuals with developmental disabilities. As the developmental training director, she oversees the work programming at the organization. Stendardo has worked with Misericordia for almost two decades, and says her experience has been anything short of “wonderful.”
“As corny as it sounds there is such a family feel here,” Stendardo said. “For an organization who has 1,000 employees and 600 residents and so many things coming and going, there really is a nice family feel at Misericordia.”
Podcast: Tina Stendardo discusses how Misericordia allows its residents to feel like they belong in this world and are part of a special community.
Charlotte Brecht Munn rises before dawn to teach yoga in Chicago
Editor’s Note: This is one in a series of stories about what happens in Chicago overnight.
By Ashley Kohler
It is still dark outside, but the yellow lights on Division Street illuminate the studio windows. It is 5:15 a.m. on a Tuesday and 26 year-old Charlotte Brecht Munn is preparing for a 6 a.m. Hot Power Fusion Yoga class at the Corepower Yoga on 12 W. Maple St. in the Gold Coast.
The tall blond, wearing a black zip up hoodie with white polka dots, prepares the room and gets ready to check-in her students before class.
“I want people to know they don’t have to feel crappy anymore,” Munn said when asked how yoga can change an average person’s life. “Yoga is not a routine, it is a way of life. Yoga is a way for people to stop feeling pain, regain energy, and feel good about themselves.”
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William Wright has been coming to see Kent Young, a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist who practices in Chicago’s Chinatown, off and on for nine years. Wright was originally referred to Young by his Tai-Chi instructor after suffering a knee injury.
Shane Mason updates a patient's file at Chicago Veterinary Emergency Services. The overnight clinic on the Northwest Side treats many pets, strays and other animals. (Photo by Katie Rosebrock)
By Katie Rosebrock
Fluorescent lights fill every corner of the room, a stark contrast to the darkness outside. Inside everything is bright, and calming, from the paint on the walls to the bright blue uniforms of the front desk staff, to the glow of the televisions. But the people in the room are anything but cheery.
Distress, worry and sadness show on the faces of the half dozen or so people waiting in the room. It’s well after midnight and the waiting room at Chicago Veterinary Emergency Services on the Northwest Side is filled with several families and patients.
There was much fanfare and media coverage of the Haiti earthquake evacuees when the filed off airplanes at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport in late January. But what happened to the evacuees after the spotlight was turned off?
ChicagoStorytelling’s Jon Niederkorn, Maham Khan Amed and Ike Gioshvili reported this story for Chicago-centric site Gapers Block about what has happened to the people who survived one of the worst earthquakes in history.
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