A shot at a happier future

Thanks to E.J. Coyne & Company reaching their goal of 500 votes + shares, The Harbour received a $10,000 donation from Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance to provide essential services and hope to young women in northern Illinois. Congrats to the team and thank you for supporting them!

Cook County, Illinois has the second highest population density of any U.S. county. The systemic issues that impact such an enormous metro area are bound to have a ripple effect on the surrounding region. Suburban Cook County, just outside of Chicago, is no exception, as it grapples with how to provide young people experiencing homelessness with the resources they need.

In Cook County, The Harbour has spent the past 50 years providing a safety net for young women facing homelessness. In moments of crisis The Harbour provides emergency housing and services, as well as support for long-term employment. Nearby insurance agency, E.J. Coyne & Company, joined the cause 15 years ago and hasn’t looked back.

Finding a home in the cause

In 2006, E.J. Coyne & Company began providing insurance for The Harbour, but quickly saw a deeper role for themselves in the important work the organization was doing. Occasional monetary donations evolved into long term volunteering, and now the agency provides year-round staple events for The Harbour’s clients, as well as fundraising support. Four agency employees are regular volunteers, and agency leadership has even taken up Board-level responsibilities for the nonprofit.

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Ed, Matt and Karen Coyne along with associates Chris Duerwachter and Rotary representative Steve Huntz at the 2019 barbecue. The agency holds this event every summer, inviting up to 30 clients and staff from The Harbour.

Fostering more than a sense of home – a sense of family

E.J. Coyne & Company has stayed involved with The Harbour in very intentional ways. The agency’s efforts all drive toward a common purpose of creating community and helping build the futures of the organization’s youth. From annual barbecues and “Top Chef” style cooking events to holiday gift-giving and mentorship opportunities, the agency builds community and helps break the cycle of homelessness.

The Harbour’s annual gala most directly showcases the enormous impact this work has.

“At the event we hear from the young women who have been able to rise above their challenges,” said Leah Greenblum, Director of Development at The Harbour. “Many have completed their education, secured employment, and are thriving, living independent lives. While they may have experienced abandonment in the past, they’ve learned that there are adults in their lives that care about them.”

“Many of our youth have completed their education, secured employment and are thriving, living independent lives.”

-Leah Greenblum, Director of Development at The Harbour

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Ed and Matt Coyne presenting a check for the Harbour House fund. This will be used to provide computer workstations in a new long-term housing building for the clients’ educational needs.

A flourishing future starts with big changes now

The Harbour continues to ramp up their focus on long-term solutions, providing resources to help the youth they serve with education and employment. Often, successful futures are made possible with even basic access to reliable technology. The nonprofit hopes to outfit that with desktop computers and laptops youth can check out in the new “Harbour House.” This new facility will replace the 90-year-old building they currently use and will house 10 young women, offering a safe, friendly location where they can restart their lives.

E.J. Coyne & Company’s most recent efforts have focused on fundraising to help complete this project. “With the increase in teen homelessness, it’s rewarding to know that we can help even a few of these young women move onto productive and happy lives,” said Ed Coyne, President of E.J. Coyne & Company.

“It’s rewarding to know that we can help even a few of these young women move onto productive and happy lives.”

-Ed Coyne, President, E.J. Coyne & Company

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Ed and Matt Coyne in a Partnership Board meeting, discussing fundraising efforts to complete the Harbour House.

$10,000 would enable The Harbour to make the computer lab a reality in the new Harbour House. Your share or comment on this story would directly contribute to E.J. Coyne & Company’s efforts!

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Jackie Butzen
6 months ago

I realize this is late. I still want to contribute to the Coyne’s effort to make a difference. I am proud to call them friends. Thank you for all your kindness.

Debi Green
1 year ago

Thank you for your support of the homeless!

Tracy
1 year ago

Thanks for supporting this great cause!

Sophia
1 year ago

Excellent organization — thank you

Lisa Anne
1 year ago

You absolutely have my vote!!! Love everyone who is within this company- especially Jessica Wright☺️

Michael Joseph
1 year ago

Jessica does great work!! She helped Soo many people and does it with an open heart just looking out for the youth. The world is a better place because of this organization!!

Lisa Anne
1 year ago

Such wonderful people! They have always done their job with amazing integrity, honesty, and compassion. Jessica is absolutely wonderful and I know she will help me with everything I need. I love this company!

Michael Joseph Zimmer
1 year ago

Thank you for supporting the community!!

Alison
1 year ago

Thank you for helping the community like this!

Lisa Slavo
1 year ago

What an amazing organization!! They do such inspiring work and love supporting their community. Who could ask for more?❤️

Janet D.
1 year ago

🙂 Inspiring – great bunch of folks. Good luck!

Shan
1 year ago

The Harbour deserves this for all the hard work and dedication they put into helping these young ladies and securing them a bright future.

Nora Gash
1 year ago

This is fantastic! Such a great organization doing wonderful things!!

Jennifer Wright
1 year ago

Thank you for supporting our community

Tiffany Wright
1 year ago

Thanks to the Harbour for all your amazing work for homeless youth!

Shay
1 year ago

After a very difficult 2020, this makes me so happy, to help others in need. This is a fantastic program! Thank you to everyone involved!

Michael Ryan
1 year ago

Great work Ed, Matt and crew! You’re making a difference!

Valorie Wright
1 year ago

Happy to be apart of the Harbour’s mission and efforts to transform and enhance the quality of lives for girls…..

Renate Reichs
1 year ago

Thanks for the work you do!

Mary Burke-Peterson
1 year ago

It is a very good morning!

Terri Szewczyk
1 year ago

Thank you for your continued partnership, E.J. Coyne & Company!

Kris Salyards
1 year ago

Thousands of youth have been through our doors. This house means hope and promise for a better future.

Noah scott
1 year ago

Great work!!!! Keep it up

Kate Kerin
1 year ago

Thanks for all you are doing to support the youth in our community. The Harbour is a wonderful organization that provides critical services to homeless youth.

Amanda McNamara
1 year ago

Thank you EJ Coyne & Company for the support you provide to such an inspiring organization!

Jessica
1 year ago

Keep the comments coming! We’re almost there!

Elouise Spencer
1 year ago

Thanks fir supporting the Harbour. I’ve worked here for 20 plus years. Great place to work and provide needed service to youth.

Bridget Wright
1 year ago

Great organization for the community!

Cindy P
1 year ago

Everyone goes through hard times in life but not everyone has the support they need to get through it, the harbour gives hope, guidance and structure which leads to a second chance.

Susan Rossate
1 year ago

Wonderful organization to support

Jack Rossate
1 year ago

It’s nice to support this work!

Margie Stephens
1 year ago

Wonderful Partnership! Thank you for the work you’re doing to support our homeless youth!

Marc Dykton
1 year ago

Thank you for all the hard work! Great staff and a great cause!

Cari Seymour
1 year ago

Such an amazing organization and all of the people involved are wonderful and helpful!!!! Very lucky to have in the community!!!!

Michael Joseph Zimmer
1 year ago

Great company doing great things for the community!

Angie Wu
1 year ago

Wow, what an amazing organization! Keep up the great work.

Cara
1 year ago

Amazing organization!!! Incredibly important programming

Liz Werner
1 year ago

Thank you! Great work!

Mal Wallers
1 year ago

Such a great organization, love the support from the community.

Jeff Zimmer
1 year ago

Great cause! Vote!

Julia
1 year ago

Thank you for providing the youth in need with supportive resources!

Sharon W
1 year ago

you the best Harbour!!! Keep up the good work!!!

Gina
1 year ago

Such a great cause, could use the extra donation!

Matt
1 year ago

The Harbour is a great organization that does amazing things!

Jessica
1 year ago

Wooohooo! Let’s go Harbour Supporters!

Kori Larson
1 year ago

Thank-you for providing services to homeless women.

Mary Burke-Peterson
1 year ago

We are getting so close! Please keep the momentum going!

Linda McDougall
1 year ago

This is an awesome organization that helps the homeless youth

Melissa Pelto
1 year ago

What an inspiring mission!

Satnam
1 year ago

Thank you for the amazing work you are doing for these young women!

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