Reclaimed Anniversary and Fundraiser

Project H.O.P.E. House has been invited to the “10 years, 10 tables” anniversary fundraiser on September 10 at Reclaimed, 67 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake, IL 7:00 pm.

The attached letter from Reclaimed Furniture invites us to be a beneficiary of their 10th-anniversary auction. A former Barrington High School Graduate has presented our cause and mission statement to the company, and they have graciously invited us on September 10. Reclaimed will offer ten tables for auction, with one table specifically earmarked for Project H.O.P.E. House. All proceeds from the table auction will go directly to Project H.O.P.E. House.

I am asking anyone interested to support us in this venture. I will have our table decorated with Native American items that were recently gifted to us as well as a blanket and other Lakota items. We will be reaching out on social media looking for interested donors and those interested in participating in the auction. Therefore, if you know anyone who may be interested, please give them this information.

One of our recent initiatives involves working with U.S. Veterans to support their Post Traumatic Stress Disorder issues. WE WILL BE MEETING WITH REPRESENTATIVES from the Veterans Administration and the group Warriors Guarding Warriors on September 20 to facilitate our group counseling/presentations with two groups of Vietnam Veterans, something close to my heart.

In addition, we will be offering a Lakota Wiping of the Tears ceremony in October, the date to be determined. Therefore, if you know anyone who has experienced a loss of a loved one, please pass on this information.


Ray Piagentini


It's Time For Growth

As we move through summer, it is our honor to invite you to help fulfill the promise of completion of the Dylan Balogh Honor Garden.

We share this honor by asking you – as a community - to come together and support the garden and the creation of everlasting beauty and memory by contributing to this unique program.

We have laid out 11 zones designed with 15 perennials and complementary color schemes. Your contribution of $575 includes planting the zone of your choice and a commemorative brick honoring your contribution.

We are also offering you the opportunity to help complete the commemorative walkway.

We're asking six significant donors to contribute $1,000 each to complete the paving of the walkway, for a total of $6,000. Marking each $1,000 section will be a large brick honoring the contribution.

The garden is visited often and is a place of respite, reflection, and relaxation.

Our sincere hope that you support this effort to help improve our Community's mental health by beautifying and completing the Dylan Honor Garden.

Please honor a loved one


Sweat Lodge Held on March 27, 2022


NOTE: We are planning future sweat lodges to be held each quarter. The next lodge will be the end of June / beginning of July - please check back for further information.

Project H.O.P.E. House recently  lead, sponsored, and participated in a Native American holistic cleansing exercise called a sweat lodge
The sweat lodge is a Native American tradition where individuals enter a dome-shaped dwelling to experience a sauna-like environment. The lodge itself is typically a wooden-framed structure made from tree branches. Hot rocks are placed inside an earthen-dug pit located in the center of this man-made enclosure. Water is periodically poured over the heated rocks to create a hot and steamy room.
The sweat ceremony is intended as a spiritual reunion with the creator and a respectful connection to the earth itself as much as it is meant for purging toxins out of the physical body.
Results to be gained are:
  • Mental Healing - it frees the mind of distractions, offering clarity.
  • Spiritual Healing - it allows for introspection and connection to the planet and the spirit world.
  • Physical Healing - it can potentially provide antibacterial and wound-healing benefits.
We are pleased to support these healing endeavors-creating a better and mentally healthier community.
As a 100%  volunteer organization, we count on community monetary support to help us continue community helping programs such as this.
Please help us with your donation.


Project H.O.P.E. House