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Legal aid group wins national award

Administer Justice was named winner WORLD Magazine’s 2013 Hope Award for Effective Compassiwith $25000 donation.   Receiving award last

Administer Justice was named the winner of WORLD Magazine’s 2013 Hope Award for Effective Compassion, with a $25,000 donation. Receiving the award last week are, from left, Administer Justice staffers Karla Hunter, Chris Rodriguez, Eric Nelson, Bruce Strom, Theresa Buskey, Marty Page, Judith Leesley and Karen Hippchen. | Submitted

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Updated: December 19, 2013 6:12AM

ELGIN — Administer Justice, an Elgin-based nonprofit Christian legal aid organization, has received WORLD Magazine’s 2013 Hope Award for Effective Compassion, the organization announced Friday.

Founder attorney Bruce Strom and Executive Director Eric Nelson accepted the award and a $25,000 donation that came with it at a WORLD News Group reception in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 13. WORLD Magazine is a biweekly national Christian news magazine featuring U.S. and international news, cultural analysis, editorials and commentary, as well as book, music and movie reviews.

A statement from the magazine, said that “for the eighth straight year, WORLD honored those who sacrifice themselves for others — particularly widows, orphans, prisoners, aliens and others among the poor — by sponsoring the Hope Award for Effective Compassion.

“Earlier in 2013, the magazine accepted nominations for the award, choosing and featuring one nonprofit from each area of the country and one international nonprofit,” the group’s leaders said. Administer Justice won the Midwest award, allowing it to compete for the national award of $25,000. Winning was determined by an online voting contest. The other regional winners were My Safe Harbor of Anaheim, Calif.; Hope Christian Center of The Bronx, N.Y.; Beltline Bike Shop of Atlanta, Ga.; and Hope International, based in Balladere, Haiti.

“There are so many nonprofits doing amazing work throughout our country,” said Administer Justice founder Bruce Strom. “We are excited and honored to receive this award, which will strengthen our ability to serve more of our low-income neighbors throughout suburban Chicago.”

Administer Justice has helped more than 45,000 low-income individuals and families since its inception in 2000. The organization provides holistic client care through a comprehensive program of legal assistance, financial counseling, conflict resolution services and educational programs.

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