Providing New Ideas and Relationships
of our community
What We Do
— Our Goal
To provide a safe and welcoming space where neighbors of all ages can support and learn from one another as well as develop and utilize their leadership skills.
— Our Programs
We partner with our neighbors so that together we can determine need and decide upon the programs to be offered.
— Our Facilitators
A dedicated and creative group of volunteers facilitates all of our programs.
Roberti Culinary Pathway
Providing training that gives adults in economically distressed areas the professional skills needed to achieve a successful career in the foodservice industry.
Bringing neighbors together to plant, grow, harvest, and share the fruits (and vegetables) of our labor.
Offering a safe, nurturing environment for all children in the community to learn, grow and play.
Drop-in out-of-school programs offered after school, during holiday breaks, and throughout the summer.
Empowering individuals to grow through sharing their talents and learning new skills.
Health and Wellbeing
Creating opportunities to exercise the body, mind and soul.
— Nourishes our senses and connecting us to our food
Gardening is one of the most rewarding hobbies you can do, with long-lasting positive effects to yourself, your community, and to the world at large.
Every spring, we host our annual kick off to summer by cleaning up the gardens at RCH, the community garden at the Holy Family Food Pantry and Roberti Culinary Pathway. Numerous neighbors and volunteers join together to clean up and prepare the planting beds and gardens for planting.
Roberti Community House invites our neighbors and volunteers to help us tend our three gardens at RCH, the community garden at the Holy Family Food Pantry and Roberti Culinary Pathway. Neighbors are encouraged to bring the whole family.
We help engage the the kids in planting and caring for the garden, provide crafts, and offer samples of foods from the gardens.
The Junior Green Youth Farm provides middle-school age youth with the opportunity to learn about sustainable agricultural practices, healthy food preparation and the value of nutritional eating habits and exercise. The JGYF offers a daily hands-on gardening experience, cooking, art and yoga classes as well as various educational field trips. Team building and group activities are successfully integrated with individual goals so that youth gain self-confidence and interpersonal skills.
Through the donation of seeds, seedlings, and soil, Roberti Community House has successfully worked with and encouraged neighbors to grow their own fruits and vegetables in small family gardens or container pots. In collaboration with the University of Illinois Extension, Chicago Botanic Garden, and Elawa Farms, we have provided neighbors with gardening opportunities each spring.
RCH serves as a critical hub collecting fresh produce from area farms and farmers markets. We not only connect the local community to nutrient dense food, we prepare, distribute and educate our recipients. Our ultimate objective is to improve health outcomes by long-term changes in access to fresh food in underserved communities.
— Improving academic and social skills, and making new friends
We provide children with educational programs and activities that extend beyond their regular school day. Enrichment programs are designed to address youth needs in many areas such as academic, cultural, social, emotional, and recreational.
Throughout the school year, and during holiday breaks, RCH Out-of-School Youth Support Programs offer a safe and welcoming place for our community children. Free, drop-in programs offer homework help, crafts, yoga, and a healthy meal. All ages are welcome, kids that often are caregivers for younger siblings benefit from time to focus on themselves. Most importantly, our volunteers provide a consistent, caring presence to role model how we build a community.
Roberti Community House keeps the fun and learning going all summer long. Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings, a team of energetic volunteers and master gardeners engage children in fun activities such as art, science experiments, music and gardening.
RCH children love learning and sharing in the kitchen! Two age groups learn about healthy eating habits and easy recipes to make at home.
Offering one on one instruction, kids are encouraged to create age-appropriate projects. From cut & tie fleece pillows to learning how to use our two donated sewing machines, volunteers help kids develop a new interest.
Thanks to many generous donations and our dedicated volunteer librarian, our community kids are encouraged to embrace the joy of reading. We also have a “Little Lending Library” that is located in our front yard. This enables children to borrow and return books even when the community house is closed.
— Providing opportunities for adults to gain new skills and knowledge
Helping build skills for success by providing adults with the opportunity to acquire and improve functional skills necessary to enhance the quality of their lives as workers, family members, and citizens.
After developing connections within the community through gathering at RCH, our neighbors initiated this English class in order to achieve greater proficiency in the English language. This is a popular class for both men and women. Conversations are always lively and have served as the basis for new friendships.
Gathering Wednesday mornings, this weekly drop-in class began as an opportunity for neighbors to build connections. As relationships and confidence strengthened, the focus of this group turned, naturally, to food. Sharing recipes, culture and nutrition advice, local participants and volunteers all learn something new each week.
Sewing classes have proved to be extremely popular. Both talented volunteers and participants have helped neighbors pursue a wide variety of projects. Using sewing machines and supplies generously donated by many, the class is becoming proficient at making skirts, dresses, blouses and other articles of clothing as well as undertaking various home improvement projects. This group also likes to use their skills to give back by knitting hats, scarves, making aprons and purses for others.
With every season and holiday, RCH offers special adult activities, such as wreath making and container planting. New ideas are embraced with enthusiasm.
Health and Wellbeing
— Helping to balance physical, social, emotional, and intellectual well-being of our community
All aspects of health builds confidence – emotional, physical, and overall well-being. Our health and wellness programs are designed to improve and support our community for a healthier, more productive life.
Using traditional yoga postures and breath awareness, yoga serves to build a participant’s strength, increase their self-esteem, reduce stress, promote flexibility, and improve balance. Classes at RCH focus on core strength and can accommodate all levels of participation. When needed, instruction is translated into Spanish so that each detail is easily understood and individuals are able to freely express themselves through the various postures.
The best way to add exercise to your life is by doing it with a friend! RCH encourages our community to get active incorporating stretching and meditation throughout all our programs.
Hand drumming has increasingly gained recognition for its role in contributing to the wellness movement. Playing drums is a physical activity that brings together people of all ages and cultures. A drum is an instrument everyone can play – it is a medium of non-verbal communication – and it’s fun! RCH offers monthly drumming sessions conducted by Helen Bond, a dynamic teacher who teaches the healing power of drumming with the use of Djembe, authentic West African drums. Drum circles at RCH increase individual well-being, reduce stress and provide neighbors with an opportunity to get to know one another better and to relate in new ways.
Roberti Community House encourages our neighbors to enjoy the free outdoor programs available in our area. In partnership with Lake County Nature Network, local health clinics and Rosalind Franklin University, RCH organizes events and chaperones field trips to various organized forest preserve walks.
become a volunteer
— Help Foster a Sense of Community!
Programs at Roberti Community House are only successful with the help of many generous volunteers. Help foster our sense of community in Lake County by empowering those living in this distressed area. By offering your time at RCH, you will have the opportunity to see the immediate impact of your contributions, being connected with those in need. You will also make connections with other like-minded people, our over 360 dedicated volunteers!