Representatives of McColly Real Estate’s 17 local offices in Northwest Indiana and Illinois recently conducted a month-long “baby shower” collection drive for necessities to be donated to St. Monica Home on the Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Dyer campus.
Melissa Coduti, second from right, said she came up with the plan after checking online for community donation ideas and a fitting area agency to be the recipient. The company also distributed a press release, made posters and put notices on social media, advertising the drive.
The McColly Foundation campaign has benefited numerous area programs. St. Monica manager Liz Guzman-Arredondo, left, called the effort “awesome and a great surprise,” adding she received the call about the collection “out of the blue.”
Since 1994, the home has offered a medically sound and emotionally healthy residential environment for women aged 12 to 21 who are awaiting the birth of a child. Residents, whose average length of stay is nine months, learn positive relationships and parenting skills under the guidance of experienced and encouraging resident advisers.
Also shown, from left, are Suzanne Davidson, Franciscan St. Margaret Health nursing director; and McColly representatives Sue Frank and Maria McShane.