OTR News & Updates
April 2022
The point is not to pay back kindness, but to pass it on.” — Julia Alvarez

On Giving Tuesday 2021 OTR’s Resident Service Program rolled out its newest initiative called “Kindness Tag”, and it has been a huge success! Below are some of the deliberate, creative, and caring ways OTR and our residents have been spreading kindness:

  • A new motorized wheelchair for a resident in need
  • Residents decorating cards and making art for local school children
  • Automatic door openers for resident apartments
  • Residents gifting each other rolling laundry baskets, shower chairs, medical supplies, adult diapers, needed clothing, winter coats, and boots
  • One resident organized a fun movie night for the building
  • Residents came together to fulfill a much needed baby registry for a new mom at our Waukegan property
  • Purchasing big button phones for residents in need
  • Outdoor furniture and outdoor grills for residents to enjoy
  • Gift cards for food and essentials
  • Hearing aids for a resident in need
  • and MORE!
Kindness Tag has created a joyous ripple effect through our OTR community giving our residents endless opportunities to be kind and experience the unique joy of giving. We have witnessed first-hand Kindness Tag curbing depression, anxiety, and loneliness and boosting the emotional health of our residents. We have decided to raise our goal to $125,000.00 to heighten our impact and keep the movement going all year!  

Click below to view our #OTRKindnessTag website to donate, purchase shirts, and learn more. If you have any questions or want to discuss this initiative further, feel free to email Alex Costelle at alexc@otrhousing.org.
Behind the Scenes: Real Estate
Kirwan Apartments
Kirwan Apartments (Waukegan) closed on financing and broke ground for construction on February 15th, 2022. Winter and Spring weather has been an issue, but work has continued and we are making great progress. The slab and foundation walls are down, and our completion target is set for January of 2023. Kirwan Apartments will be a 24 unit permanent supportive housing development.

Events Spotlight
Save the Date: OTR Challenge Tour
Sunday, September 18, 2022

Join us at Canal Shores for a Bike Ride and BBQ for the whole family!

Questions? Reach out to Alex Costelle at alexc@otrhousing.org
In Loving Memory of Caroline Wheeler
We are deeply saddened that at the age of 92, long time OTR supporter Caroline Wheeler has passed away. Caroline was a lover of the arts, and attended our Celebration concerts for decades. She will be greatly missed.
Click below for OTR's Celebration 2021 video