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Volunteers are a vital part of Housing Forward. Join our volunteer team and use your skills, talents, and expertise to improve the lives of our neighbors experiencing housing crisis.

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We work to match each individual or group to a volunteer job that matches their interests and talents. If you don’t see the perfect fit, we will work with you to create it.

Current Opportunities

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Featured Opportunities

Interim Housing Program

We have a number of opportunities at our Interim Housing Program site, including:

  • Breakfast, lunch or dinner host
  • Breakfast aid
  • Dinner aid
  • Meal provider
  • On-site assistant

A description of our current Interim Housing Program volunteer roles can be found on this interactive calendar.

Other Opportunities

Employment Readiness

Emergency Assistance

Other Opportunities


Volunteer News

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...

What About the PADS Shelter?

Since it began in 1992, our PADS emergency shelter program provided overnight shelter to anyone in need of a place to sleep, seven days a week.  It included 11 rotating sites in Berwyn, Forest Park, and Oak Park and four secondary sites designated for families.

In March, 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic compelled us to suspend our emergency shelter services. We transitioned clients to safe, individual accommodations at area motels. There, clients received stable, socially-distanced housing and daily meals. Case management services were provided and medical needs were addressed onsite. That September, we leased an Oak Park hotel to create a new interim housing model where every client has a clear exit plan from the program to permanent housing. 

Housing Forward Shelter