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Additional programs through the years included job placement, tutoring, mentoring, a food pantry and food, clothing and toy distributions during the holidays, Peggy aid.
“He always thought, ‘What good is a toy if a child is cold? What good is a toy if a child doesn’t have anything?” Peggy said. “All kids love toys but when they’re poor they need food and clothing to keep them warm.”
Peggy said she and Ozzie tried to ensure the youth received new items, too.
“The new things motivate them to want to be somebody, to want to be able to buy for themselves when they get old so we have to try to motivate them to be what they need to be,” Peggy said. “We always tried to help them become self-sufficient,
"We’ve had people come through the center that are now giving back to the community. And some who give before now on the receiving end so we do whatever we can to get them before to where thy were before. Things can happen and you can have today and have nothing
(Above, instructor and 8th degree black belt Christine Simms teaches defensive moves on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, at Peter Claver Center in Joliet, Ill).