Partners with Heart 

May 2020

Dear Roberti Community House Friends,

In early March it became clear that we had to shut down our regular programming for everyone’s safety. We knew, however, that our community was still counting on us and would be suffering due to lack of school lunches, loss of employment, and potential illness. Our courageous staff and board decided to do what we could to create NEW programs to serve the community. 

RCH and RCP Pivot for the Community

Although regular programs have paused, we are on the front lines with emergency food preparation and distribution, donated masks and weekly phone calls. We have expanded our regular service area of Waukegan, Highland Park and Highwood to include regular involvement with Gurnee, Beach Park and Zion, supporting many social service agencies that have temporarily closed during this crisis.

Our staff, going above and beyond their normal duties, are working hard during these challenging circumstances. I couldn’t be more proud of their commitment and heart!

Starting our Third Month of Emergency Food Response

We are starting the third month of this COVID-19 pandemic, and we have been busier than ever. Even though programs are halted, work increases each week as Roberti Community House continues to respond to the needs expressed by our community.

  • We are seeing tremendous increases of 100% to 210% in food distribution each week 
  • A total of 8,601 meals have been distributed since the onset of the pandemic 
  • The week of May 4th was our busiest ever, with 1,936 meals distributed in one week.


Businesses with Heart 

OUR PARTNERS AND VOLUNTEERS,  you are the ones who have made this emergency food response possible. Your support has allowed us to provide food in a variety of ways as there is not a “one size fits all” solution to the food scarcity that families are experiencing right now. 

You have allowed us to:

  • Provide meal kits to COVID-19 positive families, the unemployed, the medically fragile, and those without means to purchase food on their own. 
  • Continue to check in with neighborhood children each weekday as they come to pick up a freshly prepared (not prepackaged) lunch, to make sure they are doing okay and let them know that we care about them. 
  • Continue with freshly prepared and delivered warm meals to the homeless and soup kitchens.
  • Continue to meet the increasing, unprecedented need each week! 
  • Support Northern Illinois Food Bank’s ability to serve the growing need for food for families unable to sustain themselves for another evening.


Who are our Meal Kit and Lunch Bag Warriors?

Volunteers with Heart 

Volunteers from many communities have come together to buy supplies, put together meal kits and lunches, and deliver to those in need. WE call YOU our meal kit and lunch bag warriors! Friends who go above and beyond with pick up and have helped distribute to the homeless in temporary housing. People who have donated books, games, and puzzles and supplies. Community friends who have stepped up to teach and sew masks, share fabric and offer lessons that are shared with others. Our volunteers with heart come in all ages and sizes and have pitched in to create beautiful, inspiring signs that keep us all smiling!   


Painting by Mary McCulloch, a volunteer with heart. 


Partnering for a County-Wide Approach

Roberti Community House is a founding member of Lake County CATCH (Community Action to Counter Hunger). This group of partners created a collective agreement to meet the challenge of providing food to those high risk residents. CATCH identifies immobile, food insecure residents and procures and delivers nutritional food for them.


Roberti Community House Board of Directors continues to meet regularly to provide strategic direction. As the situation changes on an almost daily basis, the board has convened to allow us to remain responsive to the community’s evolving needs.
The board is very pleased to welcome Edgar Navarro as its newest member.


Edgar Navarro joins the RCH Board of Directors

Edgar Navarro joined the Board of Directors of Roberti Community House in April 2020, during the COVID-19 crisis. Edgar serves as a commander with the Waukegan Police Department and oversees the operations for the Gang Intelligence Unit (GIU). Commander Navarro has over 22 years of law enforcement experience, working as a Detective, a lead investigator, and in an undercover capacity. His bilingual skills have been a huge asset to the police department’s ability to connect with the community. Edgar holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Columbia College of Missouri and is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command.

Edgar has been an enormous supporter of the Roberti Community House since its inception. In his time with RCH, he has provided a consistent positive presence with our programs. He has been an amazing ambassador for Roberti Community House and Roberti Culinary Pathway, strengthening our connections with community leaders and other social service agencies. 


Above sign colored and made by community youth is proudly displayed on the lawn outside Roberti Community House.


Donors who Care
Thank you for helping us respond to the current food insecurity crisis

We have made every effort to include all of our wonderful volunteers and supporters as they come in. If we have omitted anyone, please contact us [email protected].


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 RESPONSIVEto 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)

Please be safe and together we will see this through.


Maribeth Roberti
Founder, Roberti Community House

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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