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When her temple encouraged their community to donate meals to Housing Forward, Amy knew just what to do. As a volunteer of non-profit Lasagna Love, Amy regularly bakes delicious lasagnas and other...
Economy Shop, a unique charity resale shop in Oak Park, has reopened for the season. The shop sells a variety of gently used items and shares the proceeds with seven local nonprofits (including...
Dr. Jeffrey Heiferman, a new attending physician in the ER at Loyola University Medical Center, brought a team of the ER’s resident and attending physicians to Housing Forward for what he calls “a day...
Luis became homeless at the age of 17, when his mother no longer wanted to take care of him. After years of sleeping on public transit and struggling with substance abuse, he came to one of our...
Ryan grew up in Palm Beach, Florida, working in finance and surrounded by affluent neighborhoods. In 2020, Ryan came to Chicago for work. But at the start of the pandemic, the position he was hoping...
Rose of Sharon Community Church in Maywood recently prepared Easter dinner for clients of our Interim Housing and Medical Respite programs. Choir director Michelle Collins made time to speak with us...
The UPS driver stops regularly at the Weiss’ house in Oak Park. Inside, boxes of donated household items are piled up—filling their living room and spilling out into hallways.
What do some of our regular PADS emergency shelter volunteers do when our clients have been relocated due to COVID-19, and are sheltered in place in several locations?
Long before our PADS shelter program was moved from regular locations to individual accommodations, a volunteer at First United Church of Oak Park noticed that when many clients used the restrooms to clean up in the evening, they entered in bare feet.
The Village of Oak Park COVID-19 Public Health Order requires residents to shelter in place Fri., March 20 through Fri., April 3. Our 24/7 emergency shelter is now located at Oak Park Temple and...
We appreciate each and every offer of help from community members and groups. Our most pressing needs are: Supplies We need the following things for our shelter and housed clients: Medical Gloves...
Katrina and Alec are part of a team from Oak Park and River Forest High School who come to our Maywood offices every month through the CITE (Community-Integrated Transition Education) Program. The goal of the program is to create a smooth transition from school to post-school activities, so that students with disabilities who have completed four to five years of a high school program may successfully participate in his/her community as an adult.