St. Coletta’s Recreational Therapist Is ‘All Heart:’ Patch Local Hero

TINLEY PARK, IL — When times are tough, heroes emerge. We all know someone who’s making a difference right now as we live through unprecedented and changing times.

Here at Patch, we’ve launched an initiative to help recognize these heroes making a difference in their communities. We’re working to let all your neighbors know about these outstanding people and their stories.

This submission comes from Charla Brautigam who nominated Stephanie Wingo of Tinley Park.

Local hero’s full name

Stephanie Wingo

Local hero’s home state


Local hero’s Patch

Tinley Park

How do you know the local hero?

Colleague at St. Coletta’s of Illinois

What does the local hero do?

Stephanie is a Recreational Therapist at St. Coletta’s of Illinois. She works with developmentally disabled adults, using sports, arts and crafts, dance and music to reduce depression, stress and anxiety. She helps them build confidence and socialize in their community.

Why do you believe the local hero should be recognized or honored?

Stephanie has a passion for helping others. She is constantly coming up with new activities for participants to enjoy while secretly helping them with their social skills and life skills. “It’s like therapy in disguise,” she says.

What’s one thing you want everyone to know about the local hero?

Stephanie is all heart. She does everything she can to help those with intellectual and developmental disabilities enjoy life and achieve their greatest potential.

Thank you for all you do, Stephanie Wingo!

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Know someone making a difference in town?

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