A Ministry of Accompaniment: Marge Nykaza
Marge Nykaza is the founder and director of Harmony, Hope and Healing - a ministry to homeless and under-resourced families across the Chicago area. The most visible part of the ministry is choral groups composed of the homeless - but as Dr. Nykaza points out, their work is much more about the soul repair, which happens through the music. Harmony, Hope & Healing is a creative music program that offers dignity and spiritual healing to homeless and underserved women, men and children in the Chicago area. Founded in 2000, and incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2003, HHH collaborates with social service agencies and community-based organizations in Chicago neighborhoods such as Englewood, New City, Woodlawn and the West Loop. Harmony Hope & Healing grew from volunteer work initiated by founder, Executive Director, artist and southwest suburban native, Marge Nykaza. In 2000, while completing a Master’s Degree in pastoral studies at Loyola University, Ms. Nykaza launched a music program for homeless women and their children at St. Martin de Porres House of Hope. She learned that integrating music into their daily experiences influenced and advanced their emotional and spiritual healing.
Watch one of their ensembles performing "One Day" as the 2013 Chicago Leadership Prayer Breakfast: If you are in Chicago, the 2016 Harmony, Hope and Healing Gala will be held on Sunday, April 24th at Galleria Marchetti. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.