A New Home and Community

In the middle of the brutal winter of 2014, Dot and Jim Fitzgerald’s four daughters (one of whom is Village member Diane Fitzgerald) each made a pitch for why Dot and Jim should move from their familiar surroundings on Long Island, to a city closer to one of the daughters. Chicago won. Once here, The Village Chicago was instrumental in helping the Fitzgerald’s build their community. They become friends with their volunteer driver and his wife, the volunteer computer guru who helps them with tech issues, and many others through attending Village events. Cheerful, outgoing Dot has brightened the day of many Village members through her special birthday calls. Finding a new community through the Village made leaving their old one a good, happy decision.