HARVEY | To commemorate 25 years of serving those in need, Restoration Ministries is holding a 25th anniversary gala on Oct. 5 at the Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Drive in Tinley Park.
Founding board member and owner of Oak Lawn Toyota, Ronnie Colosimo, will be honored at the gala for his outstanding dedication to Restoration Ministries’ mission of restoring hope to people.
The gala will begin at 6 p.m. with a reception followed by dinner and a program featuring graduates of Restoration Ministries’ Christian-training recovery programs and participants of its After-School Programs. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased online at www.restorationministries.net or by calling Maribeth Storino at (708) 333-3370.
In 1988, South Holland dentist Dr. John Sullivan along with Colosimo and Jim Oberman founded Restoration Ministries for the sole purpose of helping men recovering from drug addiction learn to live productive, rewarding and sober lives. The first program was Harvey House, an 18-month residential program for men with drug and criminal backgrounds.
Twenty-five years later, Restoration Ministries has 24 programs and reaches out to all segments of the population with a special emphasis on children and teens. Restoration Ministries has after-school and summer programs including Homework Help & Tutoring Program, a Chess Club, the Harvey Boxing Club, a Kids Cafe meal program, Thursday Night Bible Study & Basketball program for teens, Summer Day Camp, and the Gallery of the Arts, a visual and performing arts education center. Since 1990, Restoration Ministries has operated a weekly food pantry for Harvey residents. In 1997, it opened Tabitha House, a free residential program for women with histories of addiction. In addition to its outreach programs, Restoration has two Thrift Stores that offer quality merchandise and jobs to residents of its programs. With the help of 450 dedicated volunteers, Restoration Ministries serves more than 5,000 individuals annually.