2021 Sheffield Star Award
On Friday, February 5, Brian Comer, President of the Sheffield Neighborhood Association, presented the 2021 Sheffield Star Award to Mother Julie in recognition of the work of Little Sisters of the Poor St. Mary’s Home over the past year. Also, on hand for the moment was Laury Lewis, the Second Vice President of the Neighborhood Association and a member of our Advisory Board for St. Mary’s.
Bestowed annually, the Sheffield Star honors those individuals or organizations that have made a unique contribution or have provided exceptional long-term service to the Sheffield community.
Officially incorporated in 1959, the Sheffield Neighborhood Association is a nonprofit organization comprised of all neighborhood interests—residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional alike—and devoted to improving the Sheffield community of Lincoln Park, an area on the north side of Chicago and home to St. Mary’s and Jugan Terrace.
We are delighted and honored to receive this commendation, but the true star is the Sheffield Neighborhood Association and the many caring and generous families and friends in our community, so many of whom we do not know.
Over the past year, as St. Mary’s Home has faced the unprecedented challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, our Sheffield neighbors have provided over 9,000 meals to feed our employees and to lift their spirits. To that they added more than $90,000 in assistance, including not only dollars but in-kind donations of much-needed face masks, surgical gloves and gowns, disinfectant wipes and spray, hand sanitizer, facial tissues, paper towels, cans and boxes of food and beverages—the list goes on and on. And they found time to write, decorate, and send cards and posters adorned with messages of inspiration and encouragement. The notes and letters from the children were especially uplifting and heartwarming.
We cannot thank our neighbors enough for their concern, generosity, and prayers. They are our heroes, and each merits a bright star in our hearts.