EAST CHICAGO | This year marks the 20th anniversary of an East Chicago institution that has been quietly ministering to the needs of at-risk and medically compromised infants and children from across Lake County.
Nazareth Home, a ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, was established by Sister Kathleen Quinn, who together with St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago decided that something needed to be done to care for infants born with AIDS in Lake County.
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Nazareth Home, the Nazareth Home Gala will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza, 800 E. 181st Ave. Merrillville. Sponsors include St. Catherine Hospital and Lee Companies.
The celebration will begin with a silent auction. There will be complimentary wine or cash bar beverages along with food stations throughout the Grand Metropolitan Ballroom. A live auction will follow. The program will pay tribute to those who played a significant role in the founding and early years of Nazareth Home — Sister Barbara Kuper and St. Catherine Hospital as well as Quinn.
Tickets for the gala are $100 and are available at www.nazarethhome.com.
Nazareth Home was founded as a foster home designed to care for not only HIV-positive infants, but also children removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect.
Since its inception in 1993, Nazareth Home has cared for more than 170 children. Many of the children stay for one year or less, although some stay longer. No matter what the issues they face, the goal is always reunion with the birth family or eventual placement in an adoptive family.