A Time of Learning and Resiliency 

August 2020

2020 has been a year that we will never forget. We’ve learned some valuable lessons and take less for granted these days. We have had to adapt, change plans and learn to approach things in new, unprecedented ways. In a time when uncertainty has become the norm, we have learned new ways to cope and help others. Caution, patience and adaptability have been difficult attributes to learn, but we are strengthening our resiliency with each day that passes.

“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”

– Arnold Schwarzenegger

Ending Summer on a High Note 

Keeping Children Safe and Active 

As the school year approaches, summer activities are wrapping up at RCH. Small groups of kids and adults have been able to meet outside with all the safety measures in place. We have opened our outdoor space to families in a safe, gradual way and having a community gathering spot has greatly impacted the general well-being of our neighbors. Socializing, even at a safe distance, fosters a sense of belonging and connection greatly needed this year.  

The kids have been experimenting with outdoor science sessions led by high school students over zoom. The gardens are flourishing and everyone pitches in with weeding and harvesting. All of this provides a safe place for kids to be outside and beat the boredom of this unusual summer.

Our lunch warriors continue to distribute free lunches every weekday, sometimes with books and games included to keep the kids occupied at home. The school year will soon be upon us so let’s enjoy these last few weeks outside in the sun.

Census 2020-Ensuring that ALL are counted

Food Insecurity Persists 

Roberti Community House is so thankful for your support during these difficult six months.  Together, we have made sure that thousands of Lake County residents did not go hungry.  As families face enduring hardship and word spreads about our work, there has been a significant surge in the requests for food. The need continues to grow as the first two weeks in August marked Roberti Community House’s highest weeks of food distribution
Families continue to face food-insecurity. Your countless hours of volunteer support and generous donations have allowed RCH to provide over 34,000 meals since the beginning of the pandemic. 

RCH’s Emergency Food Response by the Numbers


We plan to continue to provide emergency food support through the end of the year so please continue to help us make it happen!


2020-2021 Academic School Year

This school year certainly look different and RCH is prepared to fill the educational gap.

This week is the first week of school for many Lake County school district students.  As with many districts, children will not be taught inside school buildings but instead participate in virtual learning from home. For most of the children served by Roberti Community House, the traditional school setting offered a consistent schedule, nutritious meals, and the ability to learn as part of a group.

With remote learning there is a shift:  students lose access to hands-on learning, consistent food support, caring adults, and a safe, structured space in which to learn. Meanwhile, parents are struggling to find work and adequate childcare alternatives. With many businesses closing, these low-wage workers face even greater economic insecurity and have no reliable safety net.
The children served by Roberti Community House are some of the county’s most vulnerable students, as they struggle with multiple barriers including low rates of academic success, learning disabilities, poverty and lack of fluency in the English language.  

Introducing the Community Scholars Program

As we begin the school year during these uncertain times, Roberti Community House will provide on-site support to youth through remote learning assistance and tutoring. Our Community Scholars program will allow children to come to Roberti Community house to access a Chromebook, high-speed Wi-Fi, connect with a virtual tutor and receive academic support.  This environment will provide the necessary structure and group setting, helping children to focus and succeed.  The enhanced educational support is a change from what RCH typically provides but this level of support is critical to these children’s academic success.  This program will ensure continuity of learning regardless of the instructional model used and provide an equitable learning environment for all students. Safety will be a priority and addressed through taking temperatures before entry in the building, social distancing, wearing masks and ongoing disinfecting of all surfaces.

Parents as Educators

Roberti Community House will also work with parents to strengthen their ability to support their children’s success. This includes learning the school’s on-line platforms, understanding the academic expectations and building relationships with their children’s teachers.  As a part of this program, parents will have the opportunity to increase their engagement with their child’s learning and better understand their child’s progress and attendance tracking.

With collective action, we will face this challenge together.  We cannot do this without YOUR help.  Our donors and volunteers make our programs successful.

Please email Pam Fisher [email protected] to help support our community kids!

Run for Roberti Virtual 5K

Join Roberti Community House for our first annual Run for Roberti Virtual 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, September 26, 2020.

Entry fee:  $35.00.  Family Pack (of 4):  $120.00.
T-shirt included!

What is a virtual run …I  don’t run?
Virtual Race is a race you can run or walk at any location, at your pace, outside or on a treadmill, alone or with a group of friends. Just sign up, and go the specified distance in the timeframe from September 25– September 28th

Be a part of the movement!
Find a friend to run with, participate as a family, the more the merrier!
Sign up here to help provide emergency food and educational resources to a community in crisis!  On your race day, post a picture on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram in your 5K t-shirt using #RunforRoberti

Thank you for your support of this important work! 
Maribeth Roberti
Founder and Executive Director
Encouraging the best in ourselves, our neighbors and our community.

Help the Hungry Receive Food – Donate Now

Roberti Community House is feeding more individuals than ever before during this time of crisis. Now, more than ever, we need your support.

When you donate to Roberti Community House, YOUR GIFT ALLOWS US TO REMAIN RESPONSIVE to the ever-evolving needs of communities and workers on the front line of this crisis. Your support allows us to continue to mobilize to a higher degree to feed more people. A donation of any amount will make the difference between a child, family or senior having a meal or going hungry.


Make an impact with a gift- Donate Now

Roberti Community House accepts:

  • checks – payable to Roberti Community House, P.O. Box 65, Lake Forest, IL 60045
  • Paypal donations
  • Venmo (@Roberticommunityhouse, phone ending in 4552)


Email [email protected] for more information on donations.
We appreciate your continued interest and support!  

Thank you!

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919 8th Street
Waukegan, Illinois 60085
Phone: (224)-209-3717
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