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Conley Outreach, Salvation Army bring Christmas Kettles to Kaneland area

ELBURN—Look for the familiar red Salvation Army kettles this November and December throughout the Kaneland and Big Rock area. Conley Outreach (the local Salvation Army Service Extension representative), together with local Scout troops, businesses, 4-H clubs, church groups and Community Care Team volunteers, will collect donations on Saturdays and the days just before Christmas outside various local businesses.

Every year, Conley Outreach receives about $3,500 from the Salvation Army Metropolitan Division to help needy families pay for rent, heat, food, clothing or other necessities. Because of the current economic conditions, this money is depleted quickly. The Christmas Kettles enable Conley Outreach to raise additional money and replenish this fund. 90 percent of all the money donated in our area kettles will stay in our local Salvation Army fund. This past year over 50 families received assistance from this fund. Many more need help.

Donations can also be sent to Conley Outreach/Salvation Army Fund, PO Box 931 Elburn IL 60119. If you have a group that would like to staff the kettles one Saturday or on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 23-24, in either Sugar Grove or Elburn, contact Carol Alfrey at (630) 365-2880.

Giving to the community a way of life for Paisano’s owners

by Susan O’Neill
ELBURN—When Annette Theobald was a young girl, her mother was her role model for helping others in the community. Her family was active in the church, and it was there where she first heard her mom say, “Let’s see how we can help.”

Theobald recalled being embarrassed as a teenager, when her mother told her they were going out to pull the weeds in the median at the entrance to their subdivision.

“I remember thinking, ‘I hope nobody sees me,’” she said.

However, she soon came to understand the message her mom was giving her.

“This (median) is part of our community, and it’s our responsibility (to help take care of it),” her mom said.

Theobald’s first experience with a large project to raise money for others came a few years after she moved back home from college. She and her sister-in-law, both in their 20s, volunteered to manage the purchase and sale of alcoholic beverages for St. Phillip’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

Her involvement with church projects continues to this day. When she and her husband Dick moved to Kaneville, they joined St. Gall’s Church in Elburn. The church holds a rummage sale every year during Elburn Days, and Annette signed up right away. After helping out for seven years, she began running the fundraiser eight years ago.

Annette said she enjoys working on the sale with the other people from her church. She also likes the idea of people making use of items that someone else no longer needs.

“We’re becoming such a disposable society,” she said. “People throw things away that others could use.”

When the Theobalds opened their pizza business, Paisano’s Pizza & Grill, nine years ago in Elburn, it was natural for her to extend her community involvement to her business.

From the choice of the name—“Paisano” means “friend”—to the many events for which they provide pizzas at a discount or sometimes for free, the Theobalds feel a strong connection between the business and the community.

“A business has a responsibility to give back to the community,” Annette said. “It’s the community that supports you. They have lots of other choices. It goes both ways.”

Elburn Lions Club Past President Chris Halsey said the Theobalds donate something whenever the Lions Club has a benefit. They also offer to staple a flyer to their pizza deliveries to announce the event.

One out of every four Lions Club Bingo Nights is pizza night, with Paisano’s offering their pizza to the club at a discount.

“They are the type of people you instantly connect to,” Halsey said. “They are definitely an asset to the community.

Plus, they also have a very good product. My wife is from Chicago, and she says Paisano’s is the best pizza out here.”

Conley Outreach Community Services also benefits from the Theobald’s generosity.

“I can’t say enough about them (Annette and Dick),” Conley Outreach Director Carol Alfrey said. “They are so community-minded and so generous with their gifts. It goes beyond their business; it’s just who they are as people.”

Alfrey said that Paisano’s provides pizzas for the work day at the Conley Farm in Kaneville. They also put a collection jar out on the counter at their restaurant for Holiday Spirit donations, and match the amount that people give.

They donate gift cards for the Kaneville United Methodist Church’s fundraisers, and do “a little bit of everything,” Alfrey said.

Conley Outreach awarded Paisano’s its Angel Award for Business in 2010, recognizing local donors or sponsors who go above and beyond.

“They step up whenever they’re asked and even when they’re not asked,” Alfrey said.

This year marked the sixth July 4 that Paisano’s donated 65 percent of the day’s receipts to a specific organization. Conley Outreach has been a recipient, as well as the Elburn Lions Club, the American Legion, the Kaneville Fire Department and the Kaneland Sports Boosters.

This year, the Kaneland Parents’ Performing Arts Boosters benefitted from Paisano’s generosity. The parents’ organization raises money to support Kaneland schools’ chorus, band and theatre programs.

Not only did Paisano’s donate a portion of the day’s sales, they invited Boosters Executive Board members to the restaurant that day to inform customers about their organization and what they do.

“Fundraising for kids things is difficult,” Performing Arts Boosters Vice President Trisha Mills said.

Mills explained that students are always bringing home requests for donations for various organizations and events.

“People’s money can only go so far. This (Paisano’s donation) was really huge for us,” she said.

Annette said that she and Dick are on the same page about how Paisano’s can help out in the community. However, while Annette’s focus is more on what organization she can help, she said Dick’s antenna picks up on helping specific individuals with whom he comes in contact.

“He has done this by giving them a short-term loan; giving them a job, even if they have no food experience,” she said. “He has even taken a customer or two he had gotten to know to a doctor’s appointment, when they had no other way to get there. He is quite modest about what he does.”

Theobald has already begun to instill her desire to help in her children, 12-year-old Hannah and 10-year-old Vanessa.

“Hannah already does so many things,” Annette said.

Hannah helps out at the church’s rummage sale, volunteers as a teacher’s assistant at Kaneville United Methodist Church’s Vacation Bible School, and also helped out at the Kaneville Fire Department’s Pancake Breakfast for a few years.

“Different people like to volunteer for different things,” Annette said.

Vanessa, who also helps with the rummage sale, likes to test the donated items, making sure that all the parts are there.

“There are so many things we could do for each other that don’t have to cost anything,” Annette said.

Donating your old eyeglasses to the Lions Club, collecting Campbell Soup labels for the Kaneville Community Center and growing your hair a few extra feet for Locks of Love are just a few examples.

Annette said she also looks through the paper to find events to which she can contribute, as well as find wish lists from various organizations for which she can provide needed items.

“It’s a mindset,” she said.

For Annette, it’s important to choose things to volunteer for that you enjoy. She said that, before you commit yourself to something, you should understand what is involved and how much of a time commitment it is.

“You should also ask yourself, ‘Is it your gift? Is your heart in it?’” she said. “If you don’t enjoy doing it, do something else.”

SG resident lives up to Conley Angel Award

by Lynn Meredith
SUGAR GROVE—In 2011, Willy King was presented with an Angel Award by Conley Outreach for his service as a volunteer. He has lived up to that title all of his life. From his rural upbringing in Arkansas, helping his mother plow the ground for a large family garden, to mowing the lawns of his neighbors well into his retirement, King has been there for those around him, and he has the stories to prove it.

“He will do whatever you need whenever you need it,” said Carol Alfrey, executive director of Conley Outreach. “If he has the time, and if he has the ability, he will do it.”

I spent a delightful afternoon with the unassuming King, who kept me spellbound with the stories from his life. From humble origins in the South, through World War II and on to a career in industry, King has seen his share of national and personal tragedies.

Raised on a farm in Ravensden, Ark., the seventh of 12 kids, King has a love of children and has a way with them, as mothers of fussy tots at the Sugar Grove Methodist Church can attest. King always has a mint ready or an offer to hold a crying child.

“I love kids. I never saw one I didn’t like,” King said. “My mother taught me that. We used to babysit. I thought I should be out playing with the boys, but we had to take care of the others.”

The 40-acre farm grew some cotton and a little corn, but it was the family garden that kept them going during the depression and the rationing in World War II.

“We raised horses, we raised pigs and cows. We planted cotton and a little corn—not much—and we had a garden at home. It was a big garden. I’d have to take the horses and plow that up for my mother. She raised beans; she raised everything,” King said.

His father was a Justice of the Peace, whose influence both helped and held Willy back during his childhood.

“I’ll never forget, this man stole this girl out and came to our house one night to get married. My dad got us kids out of bed. We had to help witness,” King said. “My dad also wrote for the Hardy newspaper. When a boy would come around to see one of my sisters, he’d put that in the paper. He’d say, ‘I kept an eye on him because he didn’t look too honest to me.’ Things like that.”

His father’s position in the small town got him a lighter than expected sentence for things like a crash he was in, but it also hindered him when he wanted to enlist in the army during World War II. King’s father wanted to keep him at home because four of his brothers were already serving in the war.

“Mr. Metcalfe ran the draft board. My father told him he wanted to keep me home. I went back a week later and told him that my dad has two more sons at home and why did he need me to run a 40-acre farm. I told him, ‘I’ll go to one of those small towns ( and enlist there), and there’s nothing you can do about it,’” King said.

In 1945, at the age of 18, King went off for 17 weeks of basic training, but technicalities sent his training group home for 11 days before being sent overseas. He was playing catch in the front yard when his mother came out, gesticulating in a funny way. The kids thought she was acting funny, and then she said to King:

“You don’t have to go back,” she said.

“ Mother, I’m in the Army. I have to go back,” he replied.

“No,” his mother said. “I just got the news on the radio: the war ended.”

Still in the Army but not the war, King was sent to Japan during the occupation, and came home with a respect for the Japanese and some interesting insights. As a cook, he interacted with Japanese soldiers. He was mystified when they would thank him for winning the war. He asked them why they would thank the Americans for beating them.

“They ( the Japanese soldiers) said, ‘But we weren’t hurt. I used to work, but I didn’t get paid. They kill me if I said anything about it,’” King said.

He said that they often had to do things they didn’t want to, like searching people’s homes and retrieving possible weapons. When one woman started crying when he tried to take her kitchen knife, he managed to let her keep it when he learned that it had been passed down in her family. He paid the price when the guard at the door saw him and punished him.

Back on U.S. soil, King moved to Illinois in 1952 to take work at Seal Master Bearings in Aurora. He did quality control inspection and drove every vehicle in the place. He also met his wife there. Coincidentally, she was from a town in Arkansas only 60 miles away from Ravensden. They raised two children.

After a 34-year career at Seal Master Bearing in which he served as the United Auto Workers Union President and on the Alcohol and Drug Committee for both the plant and the union, King retired.

King has seen his share of tragedy. He remembers the day John F. Kennedy was shot. That day was also his birthday.

“I was at work, and the foreman came out—I’ll never forget it. He said, ‘Take the rest of the day off, our President has just got shot,’” King said. “I got home, and it was my birthday, see, and my wife was sitting there crying. I didn’t get a cake that time.”

The worst time of his life struck when his 19-year old grandson, his 47-year old daughter and his 75-year old wife all died within a 10-month period.

“I just about went nuts. I didn’t want to live, and I really thought about doing something about it, but I’m ashamed of it now. My neighbors really helped me, and so did Bruce Conley,” King said. “Bruce and I got to be really close friends.”

These days, King helps at Conley Outreach and runs 13-week grief groups with his son, Willy King, Jr., and his son’s wife, Margaret, at the Sugar Grove Methodist Church. Among other things, he mows on the Conley Farm. Sometimes he just drives through the farm, remembering times he saw Bruce talking with groups of enthralled children.

“I could be down in the dumps and just drive through there and feel a lot better,” King said.

Letter: Blessing of the Manger tradition carries on

The Conley Funeral Home and Conley Outreach Community Services invite the Kaneland community to join in our annual Blessing of the Manger on Friday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. on Conley Corners.

The life-size manger scene has been a Conley tradition since the early 1950s, when Chuck Conley built the first one on the funeral home lawn. Now located on the corner of Pierce and Main streets, the manger features hand-painted figures and a motion-activated recording of the Christmas story, narrated by Bruce Conley and other Conley staff. The blessing, which takes place each year during the Elburn Christmas Stroll, includes short readings, the Kaneland Madrigals and candle lighting. We hope you will make the Blessing of the Manger part of your Elburn Stroll experience.

Carol Alfrey
Conley Outreach
Community Services

Letter: Blessings abound through Holiday Spirit

On behalf of the Holiday Spirit Committee, we would like to thank this community for its overwhelming response to those in need. As our population grows and changes, it is especially inspiring to witness old and new neighbors coming together to help one another in a small-town way.

Due to continuing economic hardships, the number of families who requested assistance increased again this year. And yet, thanks to your generosity, we were able to help all who needed support: 63 Kaneland families, including 141 children.

Holiday Spirit provided each family with gifts for every child and a gas gift card. It would be impossible to share with you the many additional ways our families were blessed by the outpouring of love from strangers. For the hat-and mitten trees that collected warmth for little hands and faces, and the Thanksgiving basketball camp that raised money for Holiday Spirit, we are incredibly grateful. For the civic groups, churches and classrooms who helped meet the wishes on a child’s Christmas list, we are humbled by your thoughtfulness. For the families that bought presents for a needy family instead of each other, we are inspired by your selflessness. To the groups that sponsored toy drives, stuffed stockings and looked for deals all year long, we thank you.

It is truly amazing to step back and count all the blessings we have in our community. Together, we made a real difference in the lives of hurting area families. Thank you.

Carol Alfrey, Nicole Pryor
The Holiday Spirit Committee

Ring the bell for neighbors in need

by Lynn Meredith
ELB, SG, KNVL—Take a break from your holiday schedule and help your neighbors in need this season by volunteering to ring the bells in front of the Elburn and Sugar Grove Jewel stores and Elburn Ream’s Meat Market. Each Saturday, the red Salvation Army kettles will be in place, collecting for local families in need. All the money collected will go to help families in the Kaneland and Big Rock areas.

Conley Outreach is the local Salvation Army representative. It receives about $3,500 yearly from the metropolitan division, but those funds have been used up. Since July, 30 families have received help with paying for rent, heat, food, clothing and other necessities. The money collected at Christmas goes a long way in replenishing the fund.

“We have been inundated,” Carol Alfrey, Executive Director of Conley Outreach Community Service said. “I’ve had to limit the amount I help people with.”

Besides collecting in front of the Jewels’ and Ream’s on each Saturday during December, volunteers will be stationed in Elburn on Friday, Dec. 3, Kaneville on Saturday, Dec. 4, and in Sugar Grove on Saturday, Dec. 4. Alfrey also hopes to collect on Dec. 23 and 24 at the Jewel locations. The Sugar Grove Library will have a permanent kettle.

But Alfrey still needs volunteers to ring bells at the locations. The more times the kettles are out, the more money can be collected, and every little bit helps.

“On these days, I’m hoping to have the kettles out, but I still need volunteers,” Alfey said. “I have several shifts still available.”

Each shift is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., with two ringers each shift. So far, the freshman and sophomore Kaneland High School basketball teams have signed up, along with other individuals. If your group or family would like to help out, call Carol Alfrey at (630) 365-2880. To send a donation, mail it to Conley Outreach/Salvation Army Fund, P.O. Box 931 Elburn, IL 60119.

A wonderful life — memories of Bruce Conley

by Lynn Meredith
ELBURN—George Bernard Shaw once said, “I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.”

It’s hard to imagine a person who lived more, worked more, and gave more than Bruce Conley. His death last Saturday from cancer cemented in people’s minds that his life was thoroughly used in ways that will leave a lasting impact on individuals, families and this community.

“I’ve always thought of Bruce as George Bailey,” said Carol Alfrey Director of Conley Outreach Services. “Humble, selfless, able to laugh at himself and totally unaware of the impact he had on others’ lives. And like George Bailey, he truly had ‘A Wonderful Life.’”

[quote]That impact was repeated over and over by friends and family members since his death on Saturday afternoon. His work as a funeral director for Conley Funeral Home was only part of what he accomplished.

“All those years he wore a suit, but underneath he was a great dad,” Ben said. “When I was young, I was asked if I wanted to follow in his footsteps. I wasn’t sure about that then, but I knew I wanted to be like him. The funeral director was the vehicle, but it was him I wanted to be.”

Who he was can only be illustrated by the stories and memories people have of him. His sister, Karen Howard, recalled last December when she was rushed to the emergency room and ended up in an intensive care unit.

“He got there not long after I did. Even though he was in chemo himself, he spent the night in my room and wouldn’t go home,” she said. “That’s who he was. He did for others.”

Cheryl Hackbarth received Bruce’s help not only during her husband’s death but years later, when her husband’s car, which she cherished, was totaled in an accident.

“He knew I was upset and asked me what I wanted to do. I jokingly said I wanted a funeral for it. He said, ‘Whatever you want. We’ll say some words.’ He dropped everything,” Hackbarth said. “He always put others first.”

Chris Halsey, who worked with Bruce on developing an innovative graveside sound system, said that Bruce was always a positive person and comforting to people in their time of need and distress.

“I always heard the term ‘unconditional love’ for many, many years, but until I met Bruce, I truly didn’t know the meaning of it,” he said.

Bruce was a huge part, not only of his own children’s lives, but also the lives of his nephew and niece.

“He was Shelia’s ‘Prince in Shining Armor’. When he would leave on Monday mornings to go back to college, she would sob when he told her goodbye,” Howard said. “He also wrote a song ‘Troubleshooters’ that he and Bill would sing when they went off on an adventure.”

Helping kids was one of the many dreams that Bruce made come true. Most recently this summer, he was pleased to take part in the grief camp at the Conley Farm, a dream that he was able to see realized.

“He knew that the kids would take to being outside with ample space and the gardens and the creek. They could soak in the sunshine and be able to run around. It would be different than being in rooms,” Howard said. “He drew such inspiration from being at the farm.”

One moment that Howard said has become precious to her is the afternoon right after Bruce’s diagnosis, when she and Bruce walked the creek at Conley Farm, up one side and down the other. They talked and laughed a lot.

“I told him that this was the first time we had ever done something like this and that we would have to do it again. You realize that it’s one of those things you’re blessed to have. The creek has a different meaning to me now,” Howard said.

Talking and laughing with people was one of Bruce’s greatest strengths. Halsey recalls a time he drove to Chicago with Bruce to get parts for the new sound system.

“We never stopped talking—about everything. He could converse on any topic. We got so engrossed I missed two exits,” Halsey said.

Dave Anderson, mayor of Elburn, said that Bruce’s sense of humor and ability to express himself always impressed him. When Anderson owned the grocery store, Bruce would come in for a snack, and they would have fun between the two of them.

“Bruce, the undertaker, would ask me how I was, and I’d say ‘Not ready!’ We’d laugh. He had a sense of humor like his father, Chuck,” Anderson said.

Ben said that Bruce’s goofy nature and sense of humor was not showcased because of what he did for a living, but it was definitely who he was.

“It’s what I hold in my heart. I was lucky to have him for a dad,” Ben said.

Anderson was also impressed with the journal writing that Bruce did on Caring Bridge, the website for cancer survivors.

“He put into words what a lot of us have felt or a lot of us have thought. It is a very unique ability,” he said.

Creativity was one thing Bruce had an abundance of, and he used it in every aspect of his life, from playing the trumpet and writing songs to writing books to creating remarkable and meaningful funeral services.

“He was such a visionary. He would just dream,” said Cheryl Kainz, Director of Programming for Conley Out Reach.

Kainz, a high school classmate of Bruce’s at Kaneland, came on board at the funeral home and joined in the creativity of making each service special and meaningful to the family. She creates digital scrapbooks that are given to the family.

“Bruce would say that the funeral is just the band-aid on the grief and that the scrapbooks were the Neosporin. They speeded up the healing process,” Kainz said.

Often their ideas would take them late into the night when last-minute inspirations came to them. She remembers when a farmer died, Bruce got the idea to build some barn doors. They stayed up to 2 a.m. making those doors. Another time, they hung animal pelts over the fence for a hunter who died.

“It’s going beyond and making things special. Bruce believed in celebrating their type of life. That’s what it’s about,” Kainz said.

So many people emphasized how much they learned from Bruce. Many saw him not only as a friend but as a mentor, including his own son.

“He taught me everything I know. I will take what he imparted and continue his lessons, his passion and his commitment,” Ben said.

Bruce’s wife, Kris Conley, said that sometimes they wondered if what they did mattered.

“We knew that it mattered, but still we asked ourselves if we were making any difference,” she said. “It was amazing; people did not wait until he died to tell us that it did. They told us before, so that he knew. I think that will help Ben in his work, that what he is doing does make a difference, that how you care for people matters.”

In the end, those closest to him say that his spirit remained positive and his faith strong. The family is comforted that the important things were said and that little miracles of timing occurred, so that his kids could be home before he passed.

Darlene Marcusson said that she learned so much from Bruce.

“We learned not only how to live well, but also how to die well,” she said.

It was Bruce’s wish that memorials be made directly to Conley Outreach to continue the work he started.

Letter: Community comes together through Holiday Spirit

On behalf of the Holiday Spirit Committee, we would again like to thank this community for its overwhelming response to those in need.

As our population grows, it is especially inspiring to witness old and new neighbors coming together to help one another in a small-town way. Due to current economic conditions, the number of families who request assistance continues to increase each year. And yet, thanks to your generosity, we were able to help all who needed support: 63 Kaneland families including 132 children.

Holiday Spirit provided each family with gifts for every child and a gas gift card. It would be impossible to share with you the many additional ways our families were blessed by the outpouring of love from strangers.

For the hat and mitten trees that collected warmth for little hands and faces, and the Thanksgiving basketball camp that raised money for Holiday Spirit, we are incredibly grateful. For the civic groups, churches and classrooms who helped meet the wishes on a child’s Christmas list; we are humbled by your thoughtfulness. For the families that bought presents for a needy family instead of each other, we are inspired by your selflessness. To the groups that sponsored toy drives, stuffed stockings and looked for deals all year long, we thank you.

It is truly amazing to step back and count all the blessings we have in our community. Together, we made a real difference in the lives of hurting area families. Thank you!

Carol Alfrey
Nicole Pryor
The Holiday Spirit Committee
Conley Outreach Community Services

SG Chamber members step up to offer help

by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVE—Sometimes people just need to be made aware of the need.

Carol Alfrey, West Towns Human Services and Conley Outreach Community Services coordinator, attended a recent Sugar Grove Chamber meeting to talk to members about the needs that residents in their community are experiencing.

“I saw a lot of interest immediately,” Chamber Executive Director Shari Baum said.

Alfrey said she used to receive one or two calls a month from people who needed help in one way or another. In the past year, the number of those calls has multiplied to one or two people a day.

“For the most part, those receiving assistance are the ‘working poor,’”unable to make ends meet despite holding down one or two jobs,” Alfrey said. “Some have experienced medical problems and do not qualify for workman’s compensation. Others are living on disability and need help with large utility bills … Others have one-time situations, such as illness, fire or loss of job for which they need assistance.”

Conley Outreach Community Services, of Elburn, is a nonprofit organization that provides and coordinates community mental health and human service programs in rural western Kane County. The organization, while small, expands its reach through understanding community needs, creating systems of support and collaborating with other community and faith-based partners.

“I’m just one part-time person, trying to spread myself around,” Alfrey said.

Alfrey said she said she wanted to encourage each business person to think about his or her company’s unique products and services, and how those can lend themselves to helping people in a specific way.

She recounted some of the stories of people in the area who have already been helped by Sugar Grove business owners: Nick Bumba, owner of Nick’s Custom Furniture in Sugar Grove, donated brand new beds and a dresser to a woman leaving an abusive relationship; Russ Wendling, owner of Rich’s Auto Repair in Sugar Grove, finds and fixes cars that he donates to people in need of transportation; and Scarpacci’s Pizza in Sugar Grove donated dinners for a time to a family whose home had been destroyed by a fire.

Alfrey said that six or seven business people came up to her after her presentation with ideas of how they and their businesses could help. The manager of a nearby hotel with kitchenettes offered to help with temporary housing, in the case of someone being displaced from their home.

A professional fundraiser offered her expertise to Alfrey in the area of raising funds for the organization. A medical insurance broker offered to donate a percentage of his previous year’s proceeds.

All of these actions and others will be part of a Chamber Cares Program, in which the chamber, in partnership with West Towns and Conley Outreach, offers opportunities for its members to work together to take an active role in supporting the community, Baum said.

Letter: Thanks to Conley

Heartfelt thanks to all who participated in the recent Conley Farm work day. We were overwhelmed by the number of friends, neighbors and colleagues that converged that morning, despite the overcast skies and drizzle.

The amount of work done in a relatively short amount of time to prepare the shed, gardens and grounds for our summer Conley Outreach programs was truly amazing. A special thanks to Paisano’s for donating lunch for the volunteers and to Midwest Ground Cover and Schollmeyer Landscaping for donating the equipment and materials used in the creek bed project.

On behalf of Bruce, Kris and the entire Conley family, thank you for your ongoing support. The outpouring of love manifested through your physical labor and words of encouragement has touched us all more than you will ever know.

Carol Alfrey
Conley Outreach Community Services