Warm Wishes with Mike Quigley
On November 10, 2012, St. Vincent de Paul Center hosted their 37th annual Homeless Outreach Luncheon. As part of the event, over 600 men, women, and children received a Thanksgiving meal, winter supplies, and access to social services and health care providers.
This year, Congressman Mike Quigley volunteered at the event. He helped to distribute sleeping bags to guests alongside Bob Gorski, founder of the Warm Wishes foundation. Congressman Quigley represents the 5th District in Illinois' Congress. He began his public service career over 20 years ago as a Cook County Commissioner before his Congressional election in April 2009.
Bob Gorski annually donates sleeping bags for the event through his foundation, Warm Wishes. In addition to his annual distribution of sleeping bags at our Homeless Outreach Luncheon, Warm Wishes seeks to create a personal relationship between volunteers and the homeless population. Once a year, the foundation creates an opportuny for this interaction when volunteers distribute 5,000 “Street Packs” or backpacks stuffed with new, warm gloves, scarves, hats, wool socks and rain ponchos to homeless men and women and children, living on the streets of the Bay Area. The winter accessories, manufactured under the direction of and funded by Warm Wishes, help them survive the difficult weather months.
We thank Congressman Quigley, Bob Gorski, and the Warm Wishes Foundation for their continued support, commitment and hard work.