Recently, Housing Forward has experienced an influx of families in our PADS Shelter. We know that being without a permanent house places extreme stress on families. Housing Forward is committed to placing a high priority on children and families in all of our programs. As we work to provide comprehensive support for these families, we are seeking volunteers who can help support the parents with providing books and educational supplies so that they can help their school age children with their homework.
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Emergency Shelter Food and Shift Gaps
We are in need of meal volunteers in our PADS Shelter for the following weeks during the month:
5th Wednesday (monthly when applicable) @ Grace Episcopal Church (60 people)
5th Friday (monthly when applicable) @ St. John Lutheran Church (42 people)
1st Friday (monthly) @ Unity Lutheran Church (18 people)
1st and 2nd Thursdays (monthly) @ First United Methodist (60 people)
Due to our recent fire, we have had to relocate to the building just east of our HQ and Support Center. The Quinn Center, also owned by the archdiocese and part of St. Eulalia, will be our new home until the rebuilding is complete. Click below to read our letter of gratitude to Father Mike Adkins and St. Eulalia for their help during this upheaval.
There are hundreds of people that access Housing Forward’s year-round, five-day-a-week, Support Center to attend to their immediate needs and health issues, access case management and begin to address their long-term needs of housing and sustainable income. Our Support Center is an important initial stop on a client’s journey towards stability.
The Heartland Alliance’s National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity has released a new paper about integrating rapid re-housing and employment. Last year, 45 individuals in 27 households were provided with 4,484 nights of housing in Housing Forward’s Rapid Re-Housing program providing access to stable housing and supportive services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness and, at the same time, providing financial assistance and wraparound services that facilitate a transition to long-term stability.
As we transition into Spring, it is a great time to reflect on the impact we have had over the last year. In 2016, our generous supporters enabled us to assist 1,849 unique individuals with their housing crisis. Of our donors that contributed at least one financial gift in 2016, 5% have committed to supporting our mission with monthly contributions. Imagine the impact we could have in 2017 if we increased our recurring donors by 10%. As you read through our 2016 program highlights, please consider how your commitment could impact even more lives.
Housing Forward, in partnership with 30-plus stakeholders, is a leader in the efforts of the Oak Park Homelessness Coalition (OPHC). After launching a Plan of Action, the OPHC continues to meet quarterly to develop strategies and solutions to combat homelessness. As a commitment to this effort, Housing Forward has integrated plan strategies into our 3-year strategic plan and will support this initiative through our agency's 25 years of experience and expertise.
Housing Forward is currently seeking AmeriCorps members.
Please join us to launch the Oak Park Homelessness Coalition's 2016 Plan of Action. It's time to make homelessness rare, brief and one time in Oak Park!