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This publication project is the ...
This publication project is the brainchild of my wife Celeste Duignan, who is the manager of the Senior Lunch Program for the Oak Park Township.
She has regularly shared with me over the last five years the extraordinary lived experiences of her guests who passed through the fifth floor cafeteria at the Oak Park Arms, where the lunch program occupied space for years until the summer of 2012.
She heard stories of remarkable professional achievements, and her guests regularly bore witness to historic events of local and national significance.
Interested candidates should apply in ...
Interested candidates should apply in person to Celeste Duignan, Lunch Progeam Manager, Oak Park Senior Services 418 S Oak Park Ave, 5th fl, Oak Park 60302.
For a description of the job click here.
Celeste and Jim Duignan started ...
Celeste and Jim Duignan started the senior lunch time writing program that led to the publishing of a collection of stories.
Their inaugural "container" of remarkable real-life accounts and pictures was co-produced by the Stockyard Institute, an arts and pedagogical initiative in Chicago, and the volunteerism of two Oak Parkers, Celeste Duignan, manager of the Senior Lunch Program for Oak Park Township, and her spouse, Jim Duignan, founder and director of DePaul University's Stockyard Institute.
On board with them for this "Senior Writing Project" were two writing interns, Samantha Phelan and Mary Grace Detmer of Oak Park and River Forest High School
, who meticulously transcribed each oral history from spoken word to printed page - verbatim, Celeste
So it is not a Jim or Celeste Duignan
project but rather a collective process we could facilitate, because we had the means to put together an anthology of stories.
And that is really all we wanted to do - just for the people who walk into this lunch program."
Spreading the words
The genesis of SPREAD occurred at the Duignan home when Celeste
began sharing the highlights of her work day with Jim.
"But I wanted to go back and get the stories that Celeste
was talking about, like 'my aunt was a little girl who sat on Jane Addams' lap in that historic photo of Hull House.' I never had a grandfather, so listening to these guys go back and talk about things that happened in the early 20th century was great."
is still taken aback by some of the stories the lunch crowd shares with her
One of the guests described Civil War vets coming into their kindergarten class, which just amazed Celeste
"Wrap your head around that," she
For a free copy of SPREAD, contact Celeste
at 708-383-8005 or email@example.com.
Celeste Duignan, the Senior ...
Celeste Duignan, the Senior Lunch Program Manager, told us that she designs menus "based on 2,000 calories/day American Dietary Association model, which is a three oz. portion of protein and three servings of fruit and vegetables."
Monday, lunch was stuffed pepper, mostaciolli, mixed vegetable and garlic bread.
Today, lunch is chicken salad in a tortilla wrap, berry muffin, fruit cocktail, fresh celery and red pepper strips.
In addition to lunch at the Oak Park Arms, Duignan's
group also handles home delivery to seniors and organizes a number of activities and senior support services, like help with finances, shopping for groceries.
Lunch is served from 11AM-12:30PM, Monday through Friday.
If you would like to take advantage of this subsidized lunch, you can simply show up at the Oak Park Arms dining room with a driver's license/state ID and have lunch that day.
"There's always someone here to talk to," assures Duignan
"Come and hang out with us."
If you have questions, call 708-383-8060 and ask for Celeste Duignan