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The Danish Home of Chicago Introduces The Hope Chest

The Danish Home of Chicago is pleased to introduce its new blog, The Hope Chest. An entertaining and whimsical tale The Hope Chest was created to honor the legacy that the 12 founding women of The Danish Home made culturally and historically, as well as within the long term care system. Blending facts with a fictional storyline, this is a celebration of Danish and Scandinavian contributions to American culture (and vice versa) and a way to cultivate and preserve The Danish Home, its residents, staff, volunteers, donors, and communicate our mission.

The Hope Chest weaves historical and fictional past and current day events into a rich tale spanning over 125 years. Our characters are created, although based on the actual group of Danish women who founded The Danish Home of Chicago. All current day guests featured are real unless otherwise stated.

The story begins as our narrator, upon finding an old chest brimming with letters, photos, and personal effects belonging to a very interesting woman, begins to learn about the nature of her life long ago. She becomes intrigued by the discovery that this was one of the founding women of The Danish Society for Old People (which eventually became The Danish Old People’s Home, and then The Danish Home of Chicago). She embarks on a journey to find out more about these amazing women and their significant contribution to Danish and American history. Along the way she contemplates the similarities and differences between these two eras (culturally, traditionally, socially, etc.), inspired by frequent trips to visit her grandmother, a resident of The Home, whom she lovingly calls Mormor.

Come along on this journey with us and be a part of this wonderful community! We invite you to participate in the story by subscribing to and following our posts. There is so much happening at The Danish Home of Chicago, and we have such a rich history. We are so excited to be able to share it all with you! By showing your support you are helping us preserve a tradition of caring for our elders and continuing our wonderful heritage.

Visit www.DanishHomeOfChicago.org/the-hope-chest

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