A Volunteer you should know!
Matt La Fond started volunteering for DuPage Senior Citizens Council (DSCC) in 1997 and has delivered meals to homebound seniors once a week for 17 years. Matt has worked at Cantigny Park for 25 years and is cu...rrently the Executive Director. Matt started working for Cantigny Park over the summers and during holiday breaks while he was going to college. Matt has been married 23 years to his wife Patty and they have two children, Caden, 14 years old, and Annabelle, 16 years old.
Matt’s employers at Cantigny Park advocate volunteerism and have a Service Day program in which employees are encouraged to volunteer in the community. Matt in addition to volunteering for DSCC has volunteered for the Salvation Army and Northern Illinois Food Bank. Matt decided to volunteer for DuPage Senior Citizens Councils, Meals on Wheels Program, in memory of his grandmothers who lived alone and at one point in their lives relied on the assistance of others for help. Matt shared “I see volunteering as a small contribution and a very simple thing you can do to make a big difference and impact on someone’s life”.
In addition to advocating employees to volunteer Cantigny Park donates hundreds of poinsettias that are grown in the Parks green houses to various non-profits in DuPage County as an outreach to local communities. Matt delivers poinsettias to the homebound seniors on his route at Marion Park Nutrition Site in Wheaton every year providing “Holiday Cheer “and “Bright Smiles” to the seniors he delivers meals to!
Thank you Matt for your dedicated and committed volunteer service to DSCC and the seniors of Wheaton Marion Park!
A Nutrition Site You Should Know!
DuPage Senior Citizens Council’s (DSCC) Congregate Dining Site in the town of Wheaton is located on the Franciscan Ministries’ Marian Park Campus. It is the DSCC “Melting Pot” Site with over 60% of its residents being born outside of the United States. On any given day, you might ride the elevator, listening to Russian, Vietnamese, or even Mongolian. The residents at Marian Park speak more than 20 languages and represent over 30 countries.
Marian Park is owned and operated by Franciscan Ministries, Inc. The development was complete in 1972 and has a total of 210 units, including a building with 117 apartments being home for seniors, age 62 and up.
DSCC inhabits the ground floor community room and kitchen. Eight to ten volunteers report Monday through Friday, picking up over 55 meals a day for delivery to the Wheaton area homebound. The DSCC staff at Marian Park’s Senior Building also serves lunch to more than 30 diners a day. Although the site manager is not bilingual, she has certainly been able to communicate well with the seniors, letting them know they are welcome to join the congregate dinging program. In the last 2 years, the number of diners attending has increased 60%.
Besides DSCC’s activities, Marian Park has daily events such as games, music, pot-luck parties, educational, and spiritual and social programs. Marian Park is also a next-door neighbor to St. Francis College Prep High School. They partner up with resident seniors for game days, bingo, and holiday decorating.
When visiting the Marian Park Dining Center, there is a definite sense of community present. A wall mural decoration there reads, “The Fondest Memories are Made When Gathered Around the Table”. The cultural diversity has been embraced by their seniors and the DSCC dining service has become a welcomed and popular program.
To find out more about DSCC's congregate dining program, visit www.dupageseniorcouncil.org
Or to find out more about Marian Park you can visit