HARVEY | On Thursday, Jim Kvedaras, director of U.S. Government Affairs for Canadian National, along with CN Special Agent Terrence Boone, presented a $50,000 check from CN’s Community Investment Program, CN Stronger Communities Fund, to Restoration Ministries.
The check is the first installment of CN’s three-year commitment of $150,000 to Restoration Ministries. These funds will provide significant support to Restoration Ministries’ youth development programs and its efforts to provide life-changing opportunities to youth in Harvey and the surrounding south suburbs.
Canadian National operates a large intermodal terminal in Harvey.
Restoration Ministries serves more than 500 children and teens annually through different programs and activities. Monday through Friday, children in grades K-8 participate in its After-School Program where they receive homework help and tutoring. They also have access to a pleasure-reading program called Bread for the Head, a chess club, tennis, computers, a Go Girl Program and Nutrition Education. In addition, Restoration Ministries is a Kids Cafe site and serves children a nutritious meal every day after school and during the summer. Restoration Ministries also operates the Harvey Boxing Club and the Gallery of the Arts Education Center, and they hold a Summer Day Camp, a Youth Group, and basketball program.
Headquartered in Harvey, Restoration Ministries offers the community and hurting people 22 life-changing programs. In addition to its youth programs, it has two free residential recovery programs, Harvey House and Tabitha House for Women, and assistance programs for families, individuals and seniors in need.
CN is North America’s railroad. With five ocean ports, 19 intermodal terminals and 34,000 km of track, CN trains reach more than 75 percent of the American population and all major Canadian markets. Canadian National Railway Company is a Class I railway with more than 23,000 employees. CN spans Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico.