Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center named Jesus Romero its 2018 Good Samaritan.
Since 1977, it has been a tradition for Oak Crest to name a community Good Samaritan. A Good Samaritan is a person who cares for others beyond the normal compassion of most people; a person who actively participates in various community organizations and combines community service with personal caring; and a person who works quietly to better the lives of others.
Aside from his role as the owner of the award-winning Taxco Restaurant Too in Sycamore, Romero juggles marriage, fatherhood and a spirit of continuous volunteerism. His contributions to his community are numerous. Twenty-one years ago he spearheaded the Sycamore Cinco De Mayo event that since its inception, has raised more than $160,000 for local charities.
Over the years he has served on the boards of the Family Service Agency, 4-C, DeKalb County Health Department, Conexion Comunidad and Discover Sycamore. He was a member of the Advisory Committee for Big Brothers Big Sisters, a former Sycamore Kiwanian, JC and served as president of the Kishwaukee College adult education advisory committee.
Romero also is actively involved in the 50 Men Who Cook fundraiser and currently sits on the boards of the DeKalb County Community Foundation and the Kishwaukee College Foundation.
Romero has been described as tireless in his pursuit of good. Each organization that has benefited from his leadership, expertise and commitment will say that Romero pours himself into volunteering. He lives his life following in the footsteps of the Good Samaritan knowing and embracing all he meets as neighbor and friend.
During his acceptance speech, Romero said, “This community has been very good to me and my family. It is important to give back and work together to do our part to make the world a better place.”
Oak Crest is located at 2944 Greenwood Acres Drive in DeKalb. For information, call the center at 815-756-8461 or visit www.oakcrestdekalb.org.