Amate House presented HSPRD Partner Christopher Wilmes with the organization’s Founders’ Award in recognition of his dedication to the ideals of faith, service and community in his life and work. As an alum of Amate House, Chris served as a volunteer in 2000-2001, where he taught and coached basketball at St. Gregory the Great High School on Chicago’s north side.
Amate House is the young adult volunteer program of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Since its founding in 1984, the organization has been dedicated to providing young adults with opportunities for personal, professional, and spiritual growth. Its program is designed to support and form leaders for the church and world, as well as to provide services in response to the needs of the poor and marginalized.
Each year, Amate House Volunteers devote a year of their lives to serving in Chicago. These young adults live in community houses in the neighborhoods where they serve, spend 40+ hours a week performing critical tasks at financially-strapped nonprofits, parishes, and schools in the city, and participate in a formation program that encourages them to understand and explore the link between Christian faith and service. You can learn more about Amate House here.