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10 | April 12, 2018 | The winnetka Current news winnetkacurrent.com In Memoriam Northfield resident remembered as entrepreneur, friend of community Alan P. Henry Freelance Reporter Across the globe, millions of girls have adorned their locks with hair bows, headbands, clips and flowers made by McBride Bows Arts. The Glenview-based business, now it its fourth decade, was a labor of love for its founder, Barbara McBride, who died March 27 at age 80. “It was always her heart. The business was always so that she could love people, so that she could create jobs and make the world a prettier place,” said her daughter, Deborah McBride DaSilva, now the company’s president and product designer. “She used to say it was like working for a florist but nothing ever dies because it was so pretty, and her mantra was ‘made with love.’ That is the secret sauce, because everyone who makes [the merchandise] makes it with love, like they are making it for their own grandchildren.” McBride started the business in 1982 as a cottage industry out of the family basement, and soon enlisted the help of the Pham family, a family of refugees from Vietnam whom they hosted and were sponsored by her church, Winnetka Presbyterian Church. “They were really master craftsmen and it freed my mom up to do a lot of outward facing sales,” DaSilva said. “They did production, she went into sales and the business grew and grew because she really had a touch.” Bows Arts, all of whose products are manufactured in the United States, has been represented in department stores all over this hemisphere, Europe, Asia and South America. Some members of a third generation of Pham family members now work for the company. Barbara Elizabeth Bailey was born in Arlington, Va., in 1938. Her father, James Russell Bailey, was a successful architect, and her mother was active in church and social justice work. “She remembered all the lights being turned off at night around Washington D.C. as required to confuse possible enemy bombers during the war,” said her son, Douglas McBride. During her college years at Converse College, she attended nearby sit-ins led by Martin Luther King Jr. After receiving a master’s in Christian education, she moved to Virginia Beach, were she met a young sailor named Charlie Mc- Bride. Work brought the couple to Chicago, where they gradually moved north to Winnetka, where the family lived for almost 20 years, and then moved to Northfield. “Like her mother before her, she loved her family, her church and her community,” McBride said. Among her favorite activities was hosting dinners. “In fact recently, well within the grasp of Alzheimer’s, she responded to family visitors by attempting to get up from her wheelchair, ‘to make some chili,’” he said. Most of all, McBride said, “Barbara was a woman with a huge heart. She loved to listen and to walk with people in joyous times and difficult ones.” McBride was the beloved wife for 50 years of the late Charles Douglas McBride. She was the mother of Charles Douglas (Jennifer Talley) Mc- Bride III, Deborah Mc- Bride (Nilton) DaSilva and Russell Bailey (Cristiane Seixas Duarte) Mc- Bride; grandmother of Jackson Noble McBride, Charles Jonathan Mc- Bride, Madeleine Elizabeth DaSilva, Gabriela Duarte McBride and Olivia Duarte McBride; sister to the late Debby Gale Bailey and sister-in-law of Carole (Ray) Iacovelli, Penny (Spencer) Gregg, Richard (Kate) McBride, and the late Alice McBride and Greta Lancaster; and aunt of many nieces and nephews. CITY HOUSE OR COUNTRY HOUSE Whichever direction you are headed, I can take you with caring, customized service. UNDER CONTRCT IN 4 DAYS CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT 739 W WELLINGTON CHICAGO 269 LOCUST WINNETKA 847.800.1482 | Carol Munro Carol.Munro@cbexchange.com WINNETKA OFFICE | 568 LINCOLN AVENUE | WINNETKA, IL 60093 | COLDWELLBANKERHOMES.COM The property information herein is derived from various sources that may include, but not be limited to, county records and the Multiple Listing Service, and it may include approximations. Although the information is believed to be accurate, it is not warranted and you should not rely upon it without personal verification. Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage are independent contractor agents and are not employees of the Company. ©2018 Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Owned by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker and the Coldwell Banker Logo are registered service marks owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC.
winnetkacurrent.com news the winnetka current | April 12, 2018 | 11 Developing skills for meaningful lives Our Place builds on vision of Winnetka founder Alexa Burnell Freelance Reporter There is much to celebrate at Our Place — a Wilmette-based nonprofit that creates meaningful lives for teens and adults with developmental disabilities. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the organization, and Wilmette’s Lisa D’Angelo was recently named the new executive director. Our Place was founded in 2008 by Jane Gallery, of Winnetka. Her son, Frank, was born with a rare genetic condition, further complicated by juvenile diabetes. When he reached age 22, he was no longer eligible to receive services through the school systems, so Gallery decided to come up with a solution. “Once a person ages out of school system services, it can be awfully frightening for a parent,” Gallery said. “I searched and searched for some type of program that would work for him, but there was nothing remotely close to us. It made me think that maybe I can do something about that.” Gallery shared her frustrations and desire for change with parents in similar situations. She soon found a group of folks rallying around her. “By the end of my first day, I had 30 signatures, supporting my idea,” Gallery said. “Our original concept was to model the facility like a senior center, filled with enriching activities, a supportive staff and positive environment. Apparently, my idea was wellreceived, because before I Sara O’Keefe (left), program leader, works with Matt Mann, of Glencoe, on computer fundamentals knew it, people were donating funds, allowing me to pursue my idea.” Gallery’s next step was to present the idea to New Trier Township. She explained the importance of keeping these young adults in their own communities, where they could grow and thrive by immersing themselves in their neighborhoods. It didn’t take a hard sell to convince the Township that the idea was a good one, and they quickly granted Gallery $20,000 to put the wheels in motion. Gallery then set up shop at donated space within The Community Church of Wilmette and hired one part-time program manager, who was quickly adored by the participants. In the beginning, Our Place offered 11 hours of programming per week, but that soon turned out to not be enough for the eager participants and growing registration. Today, Our Place is open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Each weekday morning, members can start their day with three hours of vocational work. Members learn valuable work and life skills from their experiences at the New Trier Township food pantry, the Glencoe Public Library, Three Crowns Park Senior Living Center and the Winnetka Thrift Shop. For the remainder of the day, members have a variety of activities to choose from. They can work out at the Wilmette Park District Center Fitness Club, play kickball or basketball at the Takiff Center through the Glencoe Park District and so much more. On Saturday nights, socials are held, where members can dance, eat pizza, play games and hang out, just as any young adult likes to do. “These opportunities integrate the members of Our Place into the surrounding communities, allowing them to socialize, develop job skills and build relationships,” D’Angelo said. “Just like anyone else, they want to feel connected to a community.” Along with bringing members out into the community, D’Angelo would like to see more volunteers coming to Our Place, one of her immediate priorities. She also wants to focus on the changing needs of the members, with hope of bringing the right type of enriching opportunities into their lives. “As Our Place celebrates its 10th anniversary, a number of our participants Winnetka’s Jane Gallery (left), founder of Wilmette’s Our Place, has some fun with Stacy Dodd, of Wilmette, while they work together Thursday, April 5, in Wilmette. Photos by Rhonda Holcomb/22nd Century Media Emily Kerzner (left), program staff member, helps Jessica Rader, of Northbrook, create some art. are now in their early 30s,” D’Angelo said. “While we continue to work closely with area high schools transitioning teens to Our Place, we also want to address the changing needs of our participants as they age. My goal is to find more opportunities for them to work and make friends.” Parents of members say the program is exceptionally unique, offering opportunities for developmentallydisabled teens and adults that are hard to come by. Laura Rader, currently of Northbrook, moved her family from St. Louis about 1 1/2 years ago, so that her daughter, Jessica, 22, could become part of the community. The experience has been nothing short of heartwarming. “What Our Place offers is just amazing,” Laura Rader said. “The staff is wonderful; they make everyone feel like equals. The programming is incredibly well-rounded, giving teens and adults, like my daughter, a meaningful and purposeful life. The environment is so positive and all who are involved become incredibly close.” To learn more about Our Place or to volunteer, visit ourplaceofnewtrier.org.