Currently, under development and due to open this spring, Sojourner House is a partnership of Housing Forward and the Oak Park Housing Authority. Located on the property at 324 N. Austin Ave., Oak Park, there are two residential buildings on the property.
In case you missed its premiere, here is a link to the full video screened at the Have-a-Heart Gala.
In 2011 Linda was I was living on the third floor of a three flat in Cicero that was owned by the mother of her boyfriend. His mother didn’t know she was living there and didn’t approve of them dating. Linda had to be very careful when coming and going and moving through the house. She learned the homeowner’s daily routines and managed to stay out of her way for over 2 years. She often did the cooking and cleaning for all three of them, but in secret.
Have you ever encountered someone on the street who you feel needs help? Did you wonder if one person can really make a difference? Do you ever imagine people from different organizations truly able to connect someone in crisis with the help they need?
On Nov. 2, 1998 Lynda Schueler began working at Tri-Village PADS (now Housing Forward) as manager of Volunteer Services. She joined six other employees working in two rooms of a church basement in Maywood. Much of the work in those days was done by a small, hardy band of volunteers and a determined board of trustees (most often the same people) concerned about a growing population experiencing homelessness in the area. Nothing has been the same around here ever since.
On June 3rd Maiden Street Irish Dance Academy held a special performance to benefit Housing Forward. The students of Maiden Street put on an amazing performance and helped raise over $2,100. The event was additionally supported by numerous parents who donated food and drinks, St. Vincent Ferrer Church who donated their space as well as Dark Matter Coffee and Two Brothers Artisan Brewing.
The 16th Annual Progressive Dinner was a delicious success once again this year! Thanks to each of you who attended and for filling the evening with laughter and friendship!
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Corporate matching gift programs are charitable giving programs setup by corporations in which the company matches donations made by employees to eligible nonprofit organizations. For example, if a donor works for Bank of America and donates $100 to Housing Forward, Bank of America will double the donation by also writing a check for $100. Thousands of companies offer matching gift programs.
On Saturday, October 21st, 21 well-dressed teams of detectives participated in the Housing Forward Associate Board Mystery and Mayhem event at Untitled Supper Club. During the Old Hollywood Whodunit, guests collected clues throughout the evening to help solve the crime of the century. Team "Book Club" came out on top by not only identifying the culprit, but also detailing her motive and opportunity to commit the crime.
On Friday, September 22, Housing Forward held an Open House at our new office at 6634 W. Roosevelt Road in Oak Park.