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Raffle Supports Viatorians’ Work with Immigrants

July 11, 2013

Looking for ways to support the Viatorians’ ministry with detained immigrants? It may be as simple as purchasing a raffle ticket.

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Teens helped Viatorians with clean-up work at a possible hospitality site for released immigrants

The Viatorian Community is a member of the Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants. The Chicago-based organization is holding a raffle to benefit its ministry work at the McHenry County Jail and the Post-Detention Accompaniment Program.The McHenry County Jail — in Chicago’s far Northwest suburbs — houses up to 400 detained immigrants under a contract with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.

Teams of clergy and lay leaders have visited the jail every Tuesday afternoon to provide pastoral care to detainees, since the Illinois Access to Religious Ministry Act became law in 2008.  The organization also provides support fo detainees who are released and need assistance with temporary housing, food, clothing or travel expenses.

The first raffle prize is two nights and three days at a downtown Chicago condo in the award winning Aqua Building.  Included is parking for 72 hours, two passes to the Art Institute, seating for two at a Millenium Park summer concert, and a $100 gift certificate for Sopraffina or Trattoria 10 restaurants. Other prizes include a Kindle Fire, Coopers Hawk Winery Gift Basket, and a spa basket.

Raffle tickets are $5 each or 6 tickets for $25. The drawing will be held August 10 and the winner need not be present. To purchase raffle tickets, contact Emmett Fleming at flemingen1@comcast.net.