This summer, through their family foundation and the Harry Hill Lawson estate, Barbara Stewart and Peter Bowe announced their intention to make the largest private donation to Christopher House in our nearly 110 year history. The gift of more than $1.2 million is an investment into Christopher House’s site in Belmont Cragin, which will be named James & Jean Stewart Campus in honor of Barbara’s parents.
“At Christopher House, we believe that your parents are your first teacher,” Barbara explained, “I was really, really lucky to have great parents – who were great teachers.”
These teachers, Jim and Jean Stewart (pictured left), long time contributors to Christopher House themselves, met while working at the New Jersey Bell Telephone Company and have been married for 54 years, raising four girls in Wheaton, Illinois after Jim moved to work for Sears in the early 70’s.
“I learned a sense of philanthropy from my family – we weren’t wealthy, but they led by example the importance of contributing to the community.” Barbara recalls.
“We certainly couldn’t be happier about Barbara and Peter’s decision to invest in Christopher House and our future,” says CEO Lori Baas, “Their generosity is inspiring and I can’t thank Barbara enough for her commitment to providing children of working poor families and their parents with the tools to create successful and self-sufficient futures.”
For the full story check out our September 2015 Newsletter!