Dean Wright Presented With Presence Life Connections Annual Inspire Award

Mokena, IL – Presence Life Connections has honored Dean Wright, Executive Director of the Freeport Area Church Cooperative with the Inspire Award, an annual recognition bestowed upon a group, individual or community organization which exemplifies the values of Presence Health: Honesty, Oneness, People and Excellence. The award also celebrates inspirational leadership that advances the health and well-being of the community.

Wright was given the award for his role in providing emergency and transitional housing for those in need. As a community leader committed to the health and wellbeing of the Freeport community, Wright will often walk in the shoes of others by spending time on the streets with just a backpack to truly learn what it is like to be homeless. These experiences help him to better serve the community.

Under Wright’s supervision, the Freeport Area Church Cooperative ensures safe emergency shelter, transitional housing and proper nutrition for many. The Freeport Area Church Cooperative is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide emergency food, clothing, and shelter to those in need in Northwest Illinois and to empower those served. The Freeport Area Church Cooperative emergency homeless shelter, permanent supportive housing program for the chronically homeless, adults with disabilities and honorably discharged veterans and free neighborhood gardens to provide fresh produce to low-income families.

“Community leaders such as Dean Wright are true heroes,” said Joseph Hugar, president and CEO, Presence Life Connections. “The services that he and his staff provide could not be more important. Next to food and water; no man should have to worry about where to lay their head at night or be without a home. We are honored by his commitment and look forward to working to support his mission as we continue to serve the Rockford and Freeport communities. This award appropriately reflects Dean’s enduring commitment to our community and those we serve.”

Featured from left to right:, Sherry Gillihan, administrator, Presence Cor Mariae Center; Rose Young, member, Presence Life Connections Community Leadership Board; Sister Sharon Kerrigan, chief mission officer, Presence Life Connections; Michelle Lindeman, administrator, Presence Saint Joseph Center; Dean Wright, Inspire Award Recipient; Janelle Chadwick, regional nursing home operations director and administrator, Presence Saint Anne Center; Joseph Hugar, president and CEO, Presence Life Connections; Amy Swanson, assistant administrator, Presence Saint Anne Center.
Featured from left to right:, Sherry Gillihan, administrator, Presence Cor Mariae Center; Rose Young, member, Presence Life Connections Community Leadership Board; Sister Sharon Kerrigan, chief mission officer, Presence Life Connections; Michelle Lindeman, administrator, Presence Saint Joseph Center; Dean Wright, Inspire Award Recipient; Janelle Chadwick, regional nursing home operations director and administrator, Presence Saint Anne Center; Joseph Hugar, president and CEO, Presence Life Connections; Amy Swanson, assistant administrator, Presence Saint Anne Center.

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About Presence Life Connections
Presence Life Connections, the post-acute and senior living division of Presence Health, offers a range of care, services and support options, including: short-term rehabilitation and skilled nursing centers, home care, assisted living, retirement living, community and supportive living, adult day care, hospice, and Alzheimer’s and related dementia services. Presence Life Connections has more than 35 locations throughout central and northern Illinois and northwest Indiana. To learn more about Presence Life Connections, visit www.presencehealth.org/lifeconnections.

About Presence Health
Presence Health is the largest Catholic health system in Illinois, serving over 4 million people in 11 counties. With over 150 sites of compassionate care including 12 hospitals, over 17,000 associates and more than 4,000 medical professionals, Presence Health has annual revenue of $2.6 billion.

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