Together We Cope Benefits from Sertoma United Food Drive

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Sertoma Self-Advocates Pay It Forward

Alsip, IL—(ENEWSPF)--January 9, 2013. Sertoma Centre, Inc. is a social service agency serving individuals with disabilities which depends on the community for support.  Those who provide financial support or donate their time often feel good about making a difference in the lives of others.  Sertoma United members also enjoy the feeling of paying it forward.  On Friday January 4th members of Sertoma United delivered a vanload of non- perishable items to Together We Cope in Tinley Park, IL.  This is their 3rd food drive and the second year they donated to Together We Cope.

Their timing could not have been better with so many food pantries and crisis centers running on empty after the holidays.  The group also felt that since our country has been struggling through tough financial times, there was no more important time than now for this project.  Sertoma United is Sertoma’s Self Advocacy program which encourages its members to advocate for themselves and others.  Member, Derrick Hudson said, “I want to thank Together We Cope for helping to get food to those people who need it. I would like to participate with Together We Cope more in the future.” The program seeks to teach individuals with disabilities at Sertoma Centre the skills to advocate for their goals and desires in life. For more information about this program please contact Melissa Sands at 708-730-6343 or

Together We Cope is a not-for –profit that serves families and individuals who are going through a crisis.  The organization provides clothing, food, financial assistance and guides families in more than 20 communities throughout Bremen, Palos, Orland and Worth townships.

Sertoma Centre, Inc. is a nationally-accredited, not-for-profit agency that provides services for more than 725 individuals with developmental, physical and emotional disabilities, and/or mental illness.   For more information, to schedule a tour, volunteer or to make a donation, please contact Amy Chmura, Director of Advancement and Communications, Sertoma Centre, 4343 West 123rd Street, Alsip, IL 60803. (708) 730-6206, or For additional resources visit

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