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 village officials have assured us that Housing Forward Volunteers and Staff are exempt from restrictions when working on our behalf.
Per section 10 “Definitions and Exemptions” (Page 5 & 7)
f. For the purposes of this Order, “Essential Businesses” means:
We appreciate each and every offer of help from community members and groups. Our most pressing needs are:
We need the following things for our shelter and housed clients:
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.
Welcoming a new staff member; An open overnight staff position; AmeriCorps Recruitment still underway; Looking for ideas and ways to volunteer this holiday season?
After filling out a volunteer profile form, our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to schedule orientation and training. Volunteers under 18 years of age must print the consent form linked on the right column of our "Get Involved" Page, have a parent or legal guardian sign it, and bring it to orientation.
The Start of Emergency PADS Shelter Season
Housing Forward is looking for individuals who are interested in joining our 2017-2018 AmeriCorps cohort. Perhaps you are a recent grad, young professional, or simply someone looking for a professional opportunity to give back while learning about a new career field. The AmeriCorps program is a great way to help your community while also gaining valuable work experience. Benefits include: living allowance, education award, childcare assistance and healthcare benefits.