As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, we recognize the work done by Latinos in the Chicago area.
Micaela Ibarra, 83, is recognized by her church, St. Procopius, for 25 years of volunteer service. Ibarra serves many roles at the small Pilsen church. She volunteers six days a week organizing the food and clothing banks. She also helps with the soup kitchen doing daily chores and handing out meals.
Ibarra, who came from Mexico in her late fifties, doesn’t speak English and learned to read and write as an adult. None of that has stopped her from lending a helping hand.
“Really, I’m not sure what we do without her. She’s a huge part of the community. We’d be lost without her,” said Fr. Sean O’Sullivan said.
The community recognized her work with a huge mural in her honor. It’s a portrait of Ibarra which sits at the side of the church.
For her 25 years of service Ibarra is now also one of Chicago’s Very Own.