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Saturday, December 7, 2019

Joliet Hope Center member service rep helps feed families spiritually as well as physically


By Kasey Schefflin- Emrich | Jul 27, 2019

The Joliet Hope Center is a private nonprofit community assistance program that provides a long-term self-sufficiency solution to individuals and families struggling to fulfill their basic needs. | https://handsofhope4u.org/joliet-hope-center

Joliet Hope Center Senior Member Service Representative Diana Ivey changed careers a few years ago to be a part of something special.

“My goal here is to assist as many people as I can, whether it be by educating them about our program, encouraging them when needed, offering prayer if needed,” Ivey told Will County Gazette. “We help all individuals and families obtain food and household items that have been greatly discounted for a minimal set contribution. Our main objective is to share the love of Jesus through our actions. I call it a hidden treasure.”

The Joliet Hope Center is a nonprofit community assistance program that offers a long-term sufficiency solution for those struggling to fulfill basic needs. Ivey began working there in 2015 and obtained the lead position at the front services desk in October 2017.

“There are many experiences I cherish – mainly when a person comes up to you with a good report about a situation you prayed with them about,” Ivey said. “I love meeting and getting to know so many people at a personal level, people from different walks of life. I enjoy our bible studying and growing spiritually and being able to share Jesus with others. I love the fact that we are making a difference in the lives of others by sharing this great ministry with them. We not only get to feed families physically but also spiritually, which is most important.”

Ivey chose to work at Joliet Hope Center after a 23-year career as an early childhood certified disciplined agile instructor (CDAI). 

“I felt it was time to change careers and I know God wanted me to minister to others,” she said. “This opportunity presented itself. I love people and want to know they are loved and special.”

In addition to helping the community through the Joliet Hope Center, Ivey and her fiancée meet on some Saturdays at McDonalds to share kind words, prayer or a meal with others. She is also involved in her church.

Ivey was born in San Antonio, Texas, and raised in Detroit. She currently lives in Joliet and is in the process of planning her wedding and purchasing a home. She enjoys spending time with her family, going to church and fishing.

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