Jan 21, 2016

Chuhak & Tecson employees serve in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

From left, K. Shaylan Baldwin, principal, and Kurt Anderson, associate, with Chuhak & Tecson, P.C., work together to make beds at Pacific Garden Mission as a part of the firm’s day of service. Over 65 members of the firm volunteered in support of five organizations on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Whether it is in service to clients or service to the community, Chuhak & Tecson, P.C. attorneys and staff prove time and again their commitment to the firm’s motto: right there with you.

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, more than 65 Chuhak & Tecson employees gathered to volunteer in support of five different local organizations—Apna Ghar, Hephzibah Children’s Association, Loyola University Health System, Pacific Garden Mission and Ronald McDonald House.

Chuhak & Tecson has consistently made a priority of community service throughout its 28-year history. This year the firm focused on a diverse selection of organizations on a day honoring a man who fought for inclusion of all people—something the firm feels strongly about.

“We recognize that we are fortunate to be in a position to help others,” said Mimi Stein, a principal and chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Council at Chuhak & Tecson. “Working with these organizations allowed us to serve a diverse group of people, which we are very passionate about at our firm. We are dedicated to our community and encourage our attorneys and staff to give back whenever they can.”

Volunteers packaged personal care items for women escaping abuse at Apna Ghar’s 24-hour emergency shelter. Others made goodie bags that children in Hephzibah’s group homes can bring to school on their birthdays, helping them fit in with their classmates. Some employees made blankets for patients at Loyola University Medical Center, while others baked cookies for families coping with their children’s illnesses at the Ronald McDonald House.

The largest group spent the day at Pacific Garden Mission, the city’s oldest homeless shelter, working together to prepare bedrolls, perform light housekeeping duties, and arrange and serve meals.

“We are very grateful that Chuhak & Tecson came out to help us,” said Gerald Casey, director of outreach ministries. “The group worked with great passion and energy and the amount of work that was completed was remarkable. Everyone was amazed with the speediness.”

Since 1877, Pacific Garden Mission has helped many thousands of people in the Chicago community by providing food, shelter, clothing and medical and dental care. In a single night the mission can accommodate nearly 1,000 people with beds and feed up to 600 at a time—requiring a great number of volunteers to make it happen.

Employing people from a wide variety of backgrounds, Chuhak & Tecson is dedicated to creating an environment in which each person feels supported, listened to, and able to do their personal best. Many considered it a privilege to be able to offer the same level of respect and value to the clientele of local agencies by pitching in on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.