Fareed Khan, 16, of Clarendon Hills, knew the perfect place to help when deciding to plan his Eagle Scout project.
“A family friend runs Suzy’s Place, which is a shelter for battered women,” Khan said. “There aren’t many shelters that focus on battered women and it’s a cause not talked about a lot, but something I believe is important.”
The result was laying carpet and painting two rooms at the Chicago shelter.
The mission of Suzy’s Place is to assist women who are victims of domestic violence, including emotional, economic, sexual and physical abuse, according to the organization’s website. The shelters provide emergency and transitional housing, emotional support and various services focused on safety, empowerment and self-sufficiency.
Khan began planning his Eagle Scout project in January 2018 and completed the work June 23-24 with help from 30-plus people. He used a GoFundMe campaign and other donations to fund his project, raising about $1,200. After paint was donated, Kahn was able to give Suzy’s Place a donation of about $1,000.
The Hinsdale Central junior will have a celebration of his accomplishment Saturday at Christ Lutheran Church in Clarendon Hills, which hosts meetings for Boy Scout Troop 51.
Khan first became involved with Cub Scouts nine years ago and has never considered giving up his participating in scouting.
“It shaped my youth,” he said. “My mom put me in and I had friends in it. I enjoyed it right from the beginning, I like camping and have made some of my closest friends in Scouts, most of whom also have stayed in it.”
Khan said he decided in 2014 that he wanted to pursue the Eagle Scout designation.
“I saw Eagle Scout as kind of a finish line and a great goal,” he said. “I knew I wanted to do it, and I’m really glad I did. It teaches you a lot about yourself.”
Khan said he learned leadership skills through work on his project.
“I also learned about patience and communication, and those things, along with leadership, are skills that will help me for the rest of my life,” he said.
While he still has 1 ½ years of high school remaining, Khan said he plans to major in finance when he goes to college and pursue a career in business consulting.
And while his Eagle Scout designation is a pinnacle of being a Boy Scout, Khan doesn’t expect the world of scouting to disappear from his life.
“I want to say involved and maybe have my kids in it, too some day,” he said.