After receiving a client wish list via email, presents were purchase, wrapped and delivered to our offices in Maywood and then distributed by case managers. Through the 2018 Holiday Gift Program 92 adults and 52 family members received gifts. As always, we are humbled by this generosity and pass along sincere gratitude of their behalf.
The Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township recently awarded its 2018 Community Partners Award to BUILD Chicago, Opportunity Knocks, Riveredge Hospital, and Housing Forward. The award acknowledges agencies and community members dedicated to helping make the community stronger & healthier.
We appreciate Harriet Hawkins and we are not alone.
Harriet S. Hawkins is a recipient of the 2018 Dr. William Fitzsimmons Public Health Award from the Oak Park Board of Health and the Department of Public Health. We are proud and immensely grateful to her.
Housing Forward is pleased to have been asked, by Girl Scout troop from Beye School in Oak Park, for help answering 26 questions about homelessness as part of a year-long project aimed at helping the homeless in their community. Troop leader Beth Houle says that visitng the shelter was eye-opening for the girls. "When they delivered the food, it was at dinner time, when people are entering the shelter," Houle said. "The girls got a sense of who was there, who needed shelter." For Vivienne Pope, it brought to light another aspect of homelessness: it affects everyone.
The Associate Board of Housing Forward is excited to present Charity Royale – an evening of risk-taking for a good cause. This fundraising event will be held at South Branch Tavern & Grill, one of the best restaurants in The Loop with full views of the Chicago River and nestled among the city's skyline. Attendees at this casino-themed event will try their luck at blackjack or poker, pick a big number on the roulette wheel or try their chances rolling the dice at the craps table. Professional, entertaining dealers will help guests get into the spirit of the games whether a novice or experienced player. At Charity Royale, guests can experience all the fun and excitement of a night in Monte Carlo without the risk of losing since everyone wins when helping others. Past events hosted by the Housing Forward Associate Board have been great successes with an average of 150 supporters participating. We anticipate this unique will attract an even bigger crowd.
On Thursday July 12th Housing Forward hosts our 8th Annual Trivia Night - Compete to Defeat. Trivia night offers plenty of opportunity for some friendly competition to support Housing Forward’s programs including an individual fundraising component leading up to the event. The individual who excels most at fundraising gets the honor of choosing the category for the final round of trivia from a selection! In addition, for every $100 participants raise, they receive an extra raffle ticket toward more prizes such as restaurant gift cards and trivia advantages.
Thank you for a very successful 20th Annual Have-a-Heart Gala. Housing Forward raised $267,000 this year due to the efforts of numerous volunteers, donors and supporters making this our most successful year to date. Maywood’s Village Free Press Editor Michael Romaine took time during the Gala to have a quick conversation with celebrity emcees Rachel and Chris Sullivan and published a highlight of our efforts. Read more from Michael Romain. For more detailed information about this year’s fundraising success, and to learn about our numerous donors read this recent submission to the Chicago Tribune.
We hope you will save the date and plan to join us for an evening of cocktails, dinner, dancing and a silent auction to celebrate the community support that has helped thousands of people achieve housing stability. This year's Gala will feature guest hosts, Rachel and Chris Sullivan. Rachel and Chris met right here in Chicago in 2007 and could not be happier to be back and sharing this evening with us. Their love of music and all things creative is what brought them together and continues to lead them on their various adventures.
Residents of Oak Park, Don and Linda Bolte have been long-time volunteers of Housing Forward for more than 10 years. As members of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, they started volunteering as fill in meal providers at the Berwyn PADS Shelter site when the regular team was unavailable.
Eventually, they became involved in several other capacities: they provided breakfast once a month at a former PADS Shelter site in Elmwood Park, and provided lunches to First United Methodist Church as well as First United Church of Oak Park PADS Shelter sites.