Thank you to the board of directors and staff of the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation, for hosting the 2016 grantees last Thursday at the 19th Century Club for their annual Thanksgiving in October event. We are grateful to their support of Housing Forward's Prevail Employment Readiness program that facilitates at-risk and homeless individuals (re)entry into the workforce through employment preparation training, career services, transportation and basic needs assistance, employer outreach, referrals to training and education, and job placement and retention services.
Oct. 8, Noon: Varsity Soccer Teams play at Triton College - 4th Annual Prevail Cup
This annual event, now in its 4th year, is once again sponsored by Athletico and represents the sportsmanlike competition between crosstown "rivals" Oak Park River Forest High School and Fenwick High School boys’ varsity soccer. The winning team will get to keep the traveling Prevail Cup trophy (and bragging rights) for the year. Donations collected at the door will benefit Housing Forward. http://www.housingforward.org/events/housing-forwards-prevail-cup.
Donations collected at this event benefit Housing Forward and allow us the opportunity to increase community awareness about issues facing many of our neighbors who are at-risk of losing vital basic necessities such as housing, heat and food. The Prevail Cup also raises money for Housing Forward's important work in the community. With that support, our neighbors facing financial and housing crisis will receive immediate and compassionate response to address their housing or financial emergency and can work with stability support, financial literacy and job readiness programs to develop life skills that will help them improve future stability.
Housing Forward participated in two community fairs this summer, “Vision of Restoration,” in partnership with the Maywood Park District, an annual community resource fair to support youth, seniors and families residing in Maywood and the surrounding western suburbs of Cook County. There were over 1,000 attendees and 60 vendors and organizations participating in the resource fair.
A new survey conducted by United Way of Illinois (UWI), the statewide association of 52 local United Ways and the largest non-governmental funder of health and human services in the state, shows Illinois’ year-long budget impasse impact across the state.
Lynda Schueler, Executive Director of Housing Forward testified in support of House Bill 4955 at the Appropriations Human Services committee hearing. HB 4955 would release funding for housing and homeless services in Illinois.
Hazel, a victim of domestic violence, was recently connected with safe, stable housing while she recovers from a chronic illness.
After 15 years as West Suburban PADS, and eight years before that as Tri-Village PADS, we were thrilled to announce our new name on April 29th.
When asked how he feels now that he has a home again, John had only two words, "grateful and blessed."
If Thanksgiving is for giving thanks, why can't Black Friday be for giving back? For the 13th year in a row at The Book Table, it is. 10% of every sale made on November 27th will be donated to Housing Forward. Cross off some of the items on your gift list, support a local business and help more of our neighbors transition to stability. Doesn't get much better than that.
"Oh yeah, my life is better now that I have a house. I almost gave up before I got the apartment, but Chelsea stopped me. And when it happened, it was pretty cool because I know that these people went to all this trouble for me."