The Scoop!- Fall 2018

Fall is a season of celebrations, and there is much to be celebrated at Roberti Community House. Read about our busy season below!

Second Annual Roberti Culinary Pathway Fundraiser focuses on a Recipe for Success
From L to R: Chef Clay speaks to the crowd before interviewing students, Tom Waddle, evening emcee, and Chef Clay Erickson, RCP students with thank you banner, first class alum Chalis Ortiz serving a guest


The Roberti Culinary Pathway fundraiser was a resounding success. It was held in the location of another non-profit, Bernie’s Book Bank, to highlight the importance of giving back locally. Tom Waddle was the celebrity emcee for the evening and was entertaining and passionate about our program.Those in attendance enjoyed dishes presented by celebrity chefs and enthusiastic graduates served food and participated in the presentation. Graduates shared personal stories and guests received an update on how much has been accomplished in less than a year. Students were asked how RCP has changed their life and gave answers related to confidence building and leadership skills. Manny noted that RCP was the first program he ever graduated from. Because of our wonderful attendees and supporters, the event raised over $76,000, after donations were matched dollar for dollar.

Some statistics for the first year of Roberti Culinary Pathway:

95% of our graduates employed
8,600 meals will be given back to those in need in the community by December of 2018
7,500+ pounds fresh produce rescued and delivered to communities in need
100% SafeServ exams passed and one student certified on Manager’s exam
100% of skills transformed into a career path


A Season of Celebrations

Harvest Fest

On Friday, September 21st, RCH held our sixth annual Harvest Fest and Movie Night. Always a favorite for our community, families enjoyed bountiful food, a warm fire, and the movie Toy Story. Neighbors brought dessert to accompany food cooked up by our Food, Fun, and Friendship group. Harvest Fest serves as a wonderful way to come together and connect after a busy summer and at the start of a busy school year.

Halloween Party
Our Halloween party was a spooktacular success! Overall, we handed out 77 costumes to our community kids thanks to Marie Colette and her Costume Crusade! Kids played many of our ghoulish games to win tickets and pick out some cool prizes. They also enjoyed face painting and tattoos! Of course it’s not a party unless there are lots of amazing snacks and treats. Everyone went home with a smile and an awesome costume! We would not have been able to have such a successful event without our volunteers who helped serve, led games, and handed out costumes and prizes. 

Will you take the 10,000 step challenge with us?

Last year, DePaul nursing intern, Mary Ndubuisi-Obo, started our “Cuidaté” program as an Albert Schweitzer fellow, which focuses on exercise and meditation groups for our community. This year she was able to raise enough funds to secure FitBits and hand weights for our community house. Continuing our success is Walking Club leader, Martha Amador, who started a 5-week FitBit challenge where the goal is to make 10,000 daily steps. Weekly Tuesday meetings on focus on working out together and have become a support group for community members to meet and measure their goals. The Walking Club is meant to empower those to take steps (literally and figuratively) toward a healthier life, and it is clear the impact has been profound.

“Giving Back”: Our Core Value

Community involvement and social responsibility are two great ways to give back, and we demonstrate both through community service. Donating, volunteering and supporting local outreach programs like the Midwest Veteran’s Closet, soup kitchens and shelters is an excellent way we show members of our community that we care.  We were proud to support Manchester Knolls Cooperative as they partnered with Kaboom, YouthBuild and PureGood to build a beautiful playground in the community. 

On November 7th, to commemorate Veteran’s Day approaching, our Roberti community and Kellogg Business School community joined as one for a day of service at the Midwest Veteran’s Closet. We sorted, carried, cleaned, and stocked together. After the hard work, we came together for a meal provided by our students at Roberti Culinary Pathway. Everyone enjoyed working together, and through acts of service learned a lot about each other. 

Roberti Culinary Pathway Update

Class number #5 has an interesting twist; it is the first all-female class. Chef Clay is out-numbered 7-to-1! As with all of our classes, the students have learned to work with one another closely in a small kitchen in a very short period of time. Even with different personalities and skills, Class #5 has grown into a well-oiled professional team.

 RCP hosts Friday Lunches to simulate a restaurant environment. Donors, chefs, restauranteurs, non-profit organizations, and others are invited to lunch, which helps our students learn how to work the front and back of the house and hone their soft skills. The students recently had an example of how things change rapidly in the foodservice industry, forcing you to adapt on the fly. Friday lunches normally seat 10-12 people. A few weeks ago requests to attend lunch snowballed unexpectedly and the guest count rose to 19 people! Chef Clay and his team met each request with a “No problem, we’ll make it happen” approach. The students stepped up to the plate and hit a Grand-Slam that Friday. Everyone got fed and thoroughly enjoyed their meal.

Throughout its first year RCP has grown tremendously, and not just based on the number of successful graduates. We overcome challenges and learned from mistakes making the program stronger and better class after class. We look forward to yet another successful year at RCP in 2019!

We are currently interviewing RCP candidates for our next RCP class starting January 7th. Applications online at, or can be picked up at RCH or RCP locations. Interested applicants can also email with any questions.

7,500+ meals have been prepared, cooked and served by RCP students and given to underserved families and organizations since January of 2018. 

Come join us for a Friday lunch!

Come get to know our students and help them practice their skills in both the front and back of the house. We welcome anyone to lunch as we continue to spread the word about our program! Interested attendees can email Kelly at

RCP Prospective Employers’ Luncheon November 30th
RCP Class 5 Graduation December 7th
Next RCP Class January 7th

Join us

We welcome students seeking an internship in areas such as social work, nursing, public health, agriculture or other related fields.
The success of the RCH is due to the talented, committed, and truly awesome volunteers and interns that work with us. Volunteers facilitate all of our programs. Our programs are many, varied, and always expanding. For volunteer opportunities, contact our Volunteer Coordinator Pam Fisher at to obtain more information and arrange for a time to visit the community house.

Wish List

  • Digital Pocket Meat Thermometer- $27 each x 8 (DFP450W)- Order directly from Federal Supply USA by phone: 847-623-1310 or email:
  • Half and full size aluminum pans with lids
  • Pens/cups/stickers/t-shirts with Roberti Community House logo
  • Laptop
  • iPad
  • Projector
  • Weed wacker
  • Cordless microphone

We appreciate your continued interest and support! Please consider donatingThank you!

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