Ministry of Service to Homeless Women and Mothers with Children
in Lake County, Illinois
745 N Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville, IL 60048
Office: 847-367-5360
FAX: 847-680-4094

The mission of Maristella is to promote self-sufficiency of homeless women and mothers with children in Lake County, Illinois, by providing assistance with finding safe, clean, affordable housing and providing rent subsidies and educational services.

“From homeless to hopeful, Maristella creates a rippling effect in our community.” Copyright © 2014 Eunice Bridges

M.O.M., Moms of Maristella

Moms of Maristella is a club which provides a support group among the mothers to help lead them to self-sufficiency. We hold monthly meetings with speakers to talk about such topics as:

  • Parenting Skills
  • Budgeting
  • Stress Management
  • Employment
  • Child Development
  • Nutrition
  • ... and much more!

Childcare is provided. Clients who attend these meetings receive special benefits during the Holidays. We have a raffle at each meeting. At the July meeting, children receive school supplies. At Thanksgiving time each family receive a food basket and a turkey. At Christmas time, clients fill a wish list for their families. These items are purchased by the local high schools. Christmas parties are held. The students and staff participate with the clients and families. It is always a joy to see the children enjoying games and partying together.

There are many membership privileges:

  • Meet other mothers
  • Become self-sufficient
  • Share success stories
  • Obtain great advice and information
  • Participate in the Thanksgiving and Christmas programs. To participate in this program, a club member must:
    • Attend at least 6 meetings in a year
    • Attend a Maristella fundraiser
    • Be a client of Maristella

We can always use help with our club. We are looking for:

  • Guest speakers
  • Dependable child-care service for 2 hours each month
  • Volunteers for the Thanksgiving Food and Christmas Gift distribution
Call the Maristella office at 847-367-5360 for more information.

Meeting Information

Who: Clients of Maristella
Where: Waukegan Field House, Grand Ave, Waukegan, IL 60085
When: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. (Club members receive credit for attendance only if they arrive before 6:30 PM).
Meetings are held every second Tuesday of the month from March thru October. (One exception: Tuesday, July 15)

2014 M.O.M.s Topics For The Year

(Clients must attend 6 meetings and a fundraiser to receive Christmas for their families.)

  • Tuesday, March 11
    Welcome, Eunice Bridges and Carrie Panos
  • Tuesday, April 18
    Welcome, Fran Forys and Heather Hipsley
  • Tuesday, May 10
    Building Self Esteem & Introduction to Journal Writing, Carrie Panos
  • Tuesday, June 10
    Handling Conflicts, Eunice Bridges
  • Tuesday, July 15
    Building Self Esteem Part II, Carrie Panos
  • Tuesday, August 12
    Resume Readiness, Lu Bailey
    Dress for Success, Patricia Collins
  • Tuesday, September 9
    How To Be an Effective Communicator, Francine Jones
  • Tuesday, October 14
    How To Be an Effective Navigator to Resources, Francine Jones

Each year, active clients participate in the Annual Thanksgiving Food Giveaway and Christmas Gift Program.

Maristella is a non-profit organization.
Copyright © 2003, Maristella
(Webmaster: Dale Dellutri)