Hope’s on the Way!

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” (1 Peter 4:10)

We are a group of people committed to using our time and talent to help victims of natural disasters to rebuild their homes, their schools and their places of worship. We also have been called to help renovate homes, counseling offices, places of education and worship for ministries that cannot bear the full cost of these projects.

Our members are ordained deacons and lay people called to serve the people of God by helping them to rebuild places where they live, learn and worship.

Board Members

  • President: Dcn Joe Winblad, St. Patrick in LemontVice President: Dcn Chris Virruso , Our Lady Mother of the Church in Chicago
  • Secretary: Dcn Paul Stanton, St. Isaac Jogues in Niles
  • Treasurer: Dcn Ed Plucar, St. Jilie Billiart in Tinley Park
  • Technical Advisor: Dcn John P. Vidmar, Slovenian Catholic Mission in Lemont
  • Diaconate Liason: Dcn David Brencic, Assistant Director for the Diaconate, St. Louise de Marillac in Lagrange Park

Past Board Members:

  • Sal Lema, St. Gabriel in Phoenix (founder of HOTW Chicago and Phoenix)
  • Rich Werner, Sacred Heart in Palos
  • Dan Troy, retired from active ministry


Want to Volunteer?

We are in need of people who can:

  1. Contact disaster agencies in affected areas to determine how we can help.
  2. Organize and plan missions to affected areas
  3. Help us purchase supplies for the Buckets for Hope program
  4. Pickup and deliver buckets to and from parishes
  5. Lead crews who will drywall, do carpentry work, tile floors, do basic electrical work (non powered).electrical, and plumbing. We are in need of trained tradesman
  6. Follow direction from others to accomplish physical tasks related to the above.
  7. Cook and help us feed our crews

Please fill out the form on the contact page.