When Barrington’s Stephanie Miller was looking for a way to give back to the community soon after her daughter was born, she came across an advertisement that spoke to her.
“PHD (Preservation of Human Dignity) was looking for volunteers and I was intrigued that there was this special organization in our backyard that was helping young women and families,” Stephanie says. “I was also drawn to PHD because it doesn’t have any political or religious affiliations. They just meet people where they are in their moment of need.”
PHD is a non-profit organization that runs with the help of 150 volunteers. It serves individual and families who are currently pregnant, are parenting a child under three years of age, or are experiencing grief due to the loss of a pregnancy or infant. Their programs allow clients to receive mental health treatment, empathetic support, education on topics such as pregnancy, parenting, and healthy sexuality and relationships, referrals to community organizations, clinics, townships, and support programs, as well as access to their Baby & Maternity Closet where clients can access much-needed supplies.
When Stephanie first became involved with PHD, she worked as an intake volunteer and then as a case manager. It wasn’t long before she recruited her husband Richard to join her as a volunteer.
“I began my journey with PHD because of Stephanie’s involvement and her encouragement that I could make a difference,” explains Richard Miller. “I was grateful to be asked to join the Board of Directors in 2012 and I’ve been honored to contribute my time and abilities to raise awareness in the community about the positive achievements that PHD has performed for both women and families in the area.”
PHD relies on the donations of private donors. And they ask the families they serve to pay what they can, only if they are able. PHD has no geographic boundaries and they do their best to help anyone who comes through their doors.
“Typically, we hold three fundraising events during the year,” explains David Wolf, director of development for PHD. “In the past, our October fundraiser was a fashion show. By changing to a casino night theme, we’re hoping to broaden our audience and draw more couples out for an entertaining evening of casino-style fun.”
The October 14 event will also offer the chance to win several raffle prizes, including a Chicago Bears sky-box package with food and parking allowances or a weekend at a Michigan beach house, complete with tickets to a Notre Dame football game.
“Stephanie and I are humbled to part of Casino Night,” says Richard, “and we invite everyone to join in our efforts to raise awareness and contribute to making the lives of women and families in our community better every day. I often rely on this quote for inspiration. ‘Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.’ PHD has truly allowed us to do this.”
To learn more about PHD or to buy tickets to Casino Night, visit sphd.org.